Feeling fruity: five citrussy recipes to lift the gloom

From a sweet and sticky upside-down cake to a tart savoury salad, these dishes use of citrus to brighten up the most wintery of platefulsServe with plain yoghurt to keep it light, or a little creme fraiche for an excellent afternoon treat.Claire Ptak Cont


What I’m really thinking: the secret smoker

If I was ever going to ‘come out’, I should have done it when I was youngerIf anyone ever offers me a cigarette, I always reply: “No thanks, I don’t smoke.” But I’m lying.I started smoking at 16. I thought it made me

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Blind date: ‘We parted with a kiss’

Did Helen, 62, deputy headteacher, give Robert, 70, landscape designer, a good report?What were you hoping for?Someone who was happy in their skin and had experience of raising a family. Continue reading...


Cocktail of the week: Calming bee’s knees

A taste of summer for the depths of winter, from south London bar/restaurant PowderkegSummer may be a distant memory, but that’s no reason to give up on some of our favourite flavours. We use Bloom gin in this, because its botanicals include honeys


The Space edit: our pick of the best pink homeware – in pictures

Pale and interesting – perk up your home with blush and pink Continue reading...

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