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‘It’s called Disco, so we’re buying it!’: the rise and rise of fancy cordials The Guardian


Forget lemon or lime – when the temperatures soar, what you really need is blood orange and bitter lemon, or strawberry and sage. Read here




‘When I’m in front of the camera, there’s such a spark’: The YouTube cooks leaving TV chefs behind The Guardian


GoPro scrambled eggs! Dogs in the kitchen! Emma Thompson as guest chef! For fun onscreen recipes that actually inspire you cook, Youtube’s foodies are where it’s at. Read here




From the Beano to Katherine Ryan: 31 ways to beat the January blues The Guardian


I contributed to this compendium of cultural goodness to usher in the new year. Read here




Seeds, kale and red meat once a month – how to eat the diet that will save the world The Guardian


A complete overhaul of what we eat may be the only way to meet the needs of a planet in crisis. So what’s on – and off – the menu? Read here

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A 4.30am start and three-minute toilet breaks: are you ready for microscheduling? The Guardian


It’s easy to feel swamped by work and succumb to stress, so some people have decided the answer lies in scheduling their day, minute by minute. Read here




Chill out! The 10 rules for a perfect fridge – from egg storage to deep cleaning The Guardian


How cold should your fridge be? How often does it need to be emptied? And is it safe to keep open tins of food in it? Here is a guide to keeping it cool. Read here

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Kitchen continental: chefs on the 12 European dishes everyone should try The Guardian


From waterzooi to zur, there are countless delights on offer across the continent. Chefs from Spain to Estonia tell us their best-kept food secrets. Read here




Forget sourdough! How to make 10 of the world’s easiest breads The Guardian


Keen to bake for your family or housemates, but put off by previous attempts? Here are delicious options – including some that don’t require yeast, and one that doesn’t even need an oven. Read here




From the Cookie Monster cat to ballistic missiles: when text and email alerts go wrong The Guardian


The US embassy in Australia spammed recipients with a picture of a cat this week – but that’s nothing compared with other recent message fails. Read here



The truth about expired food: how best-before dates create a waste mountain The Guardian


What happens if you ignore expiry dates altogether? One man did that for a year, without ill effects – but his approach is debatable. Read here

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The angry chef or the Michelin guide: which giant ego are you rooting for? The Guardian


The standoff between Marc Veyrat and the famous guide isn’t about cheddar – it’s about power and who has the last word. Read here




Super bowl: eight delicious ways to make porridge – without using oats The Guardian


Sweet or savoury, with cornmeal, quinoa, rice or millet, this warming breakfast lends itself to so many variations. Read here




Fix up, look sharp: how to mend more and buy less The Guardian


It is surprisingly easy and satisfying to repair everyday textiles. Here’s how. Read here




The power of pickles: a guide to preserving almost everything – from jam-making to chutneys The Guardian


You don’t need a glut of garden apples or courgettes to create mouth-watering preserves that will last you through the months ahead. Read here

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Get the picture: the Instagram accounts that post the same photo every day The Guardian


A host of online accounts are dedicated to posting an identical image every day – from pictures of Bake Off stars to Steve Buscemi. But why? Read here



Deadly appetite: 10 animals we are eating into extinction The Guardian


From eel and sturgeon to pangolin and turtle, hundreds of species are threatened by human hunger or greed. Here are some of the most at risk. Read here




Extreme loneliness or the perfect balance? How to work from home and stay healthy The Guardian


More and more people are working where they live, attracted by the promise of flexibility, efficiency and no commute. But does this come at a cost to their wellbeing? Read here

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Yam dunk: how we fell in love with sweet potatoes The Guardian


Britons prefer them to traditional tatties, but we’ve hardly begun to plumb their tender depths – there’s much more to them than fancy chips or Thanksgiving pie. Read here




No flour, eggs or butter? No problem! 23 cake recipes for when you're missing an ingredient The Guardian


On lockdown and feeling the urge to bake, but missing something apparently vital? Then pinch some ideas from great bakers past and present. Read here




Dough! How to avoid the 21 biggest baking disasters – from burnt cakes to soggy pastry The Guardian


If your dough is too sticky to knead, or your icing is full of crumbs, don’t despair. Here’s how to solve common kitchen problems and avoid them next time. Read here



Audio-entertainment companies are coming to home-schooling parents’ aid The Economist


There are few better ways to keep a child occupied than with a compelling story, vividly told. Read here

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