Home & Lifestyle

Allotment etiquette expert tips

Gardening

Planting and growing your own vegetables can be a hugely rewarding experience, here’s our guide to allotment etiquette

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Can dogs drink beer?

Pets

Woof & Brew come up with a range of non-alcoholic tipples for well behaved pooches. ...

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The secret to delicious tomato salads

Food & Drink

Most of us are aware of the advice to eat ‘five a day’, but as Irini Tzortzoglou shows you can enhance flavours to make the most humble...

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Sustainable gardening

Gardening

Sustainable gardening is all about making the most of what you have, working with the natural environment and bringing a diversity of vegetables and flowers into your patch, writes Sarah Divall.

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Why are there so many text scams all of a sudden?

Home & Lifestyle

Fraudsters are increasingly targeting older people through text scams sent to mobile phones. Gareth Norris and Alexandra Brookes examine...

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Keeping hair healthy

Fashion & Beauty

Being careless about what you eat or choosing a fad diet can have a real impact on the health of your hair, writes nutritionist Fiona...

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Reader recipes invitation

Food & Drink

Share your favourite recipes with the 50connect community and see your culinary triumphs published as a reader recipes of the week.

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Helping grandchildren with anxiety

Relationships and dating

Lockdown has taken its toll on us all but for young people it has been particularly tough. Here's what we can do to help ...

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Why eat seasonally?

Food & Drink, Nutrition

Most of our favourite fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed year-round but they are only really at their best in season....

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How to build raised beds

Gardening

Raised beds have aesthetic value as design elements in your garden but they are extremely practical too as this short guide illustrates.

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Outdoor activities for families

Home & Lifestyle

Dr Sam Wass talks about the importance of creating quality cross-generational outdoor family time. ...

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5 Ways to save water in the garden

Gardening

Water wastage is a huge issue in the UK and our garden could be huge drain on our water resources. Here, Scott Hawthorne shares five tips...

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Six natural pest removers

Home & Lifestyle

As warmer weather arrives so do those annoying bitey, stinging crawling and flying pests.

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Baked rhubarb compote

Food & Drink

2019 Masterchef winner Irini Tzortzoglou pays a visit to her neighbour's garden before creating a delicious compote....

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Dating after 50

Relationships and dating, Sponsored

Are you ready for a Senior Dating Website? Check out this guide for mature singles ...

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It’s a sustainable fashion revolution

Fashion & Beauty

We are addicted to cheap and disposable fashion – a habit that has been difficult to break. Designer Bozena Jankowska has tips on how we can reuse, recycle and reinvigorate our wardrobes.

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Curried beetroot and lentil shepherd’s pie

Food & Drink

Concerns over red meat and increased cancer risk are encouraging more to be creative at meal times. Check out this curried beetroot and...

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Create a pet-friendly garden

Pets

Make your garden a safe haven for friends and family, including the furry kind. Here are seven tips for creating the ultimate pet-friendly...

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What not to throw away during the spring clean

Home & Lifestyle

TV antique expert Antony Charman, reveals some surprising ways to maximise your return when clearing out or selling heirlooms and antiques.

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Woodland walks and bluebells near you

Home & Lifestyle, Outdoor leisure

Now that we can enjoy outdoor spaces and spring at its finest, get your walking shoes on and find your nearest bluebell wood. ...

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Asparagus recipes

Food & Drink

British asparagus will soon be at its peak as May approaches, so here are some recipe ideas to get you in the mood for a spring treat....

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April in John’s garden

Gardening

Take advantage of the warmer weather to sort out your perennials, borders and April gardening jobs.

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Gluten-free popcorn cheesecake

Food & Drink

Gluten-free Drambuie butterscotch popcorn cheesecake, you say? Don't mind if I do....

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Create your own ornamental kitchen garden

Gardening

Planting a kitchen garden is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to embrace spring....

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Bring your relationship back to life

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Is your relationship going a little stale? If so, follow our top tips and bring your relationship back to life.

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Japanese ramen soup

Food & Drink, Recipes

A super simple Japanese ramen, packed with greens and goodness that put lukewarm, tasteless takeaways to shame! ...

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Why you should detox from Social Media

Relationships and dating

As we tentatively emerge from lockdown now is the time to detox from social media and focus on improving your mental and physical health,...

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Vegan South African sponge

Food & Drink

This vegan plum sponge cake is sweet, fluffy and studded with vibrant tasting South African plums! This cake is completely plant based, gluten free and still super indulgent tasting!

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Smartphones will never catch on … will they?

Home & Lifestyle

In 2008 we ran a story about the first Android phone, the brick-like HTC Dream. How times have changed and how quickly, as omnipresent...

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Masaledar Aloo

Food & Drink

Masaledar aloo cooked at home ... and in under an hour. It's time to ditch the expensive takeaways and treat yourself to a homecooked taste...

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Starting an allotment

Gardening, Hobbies

If you’re starting an allotment take time to plan before you start. Gavin Keir outlines the importance of planning when approaching your allotment and accepting that the work you do can be enjoyed at an older, time-honoured, longer rhythm.

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How to tell if your dog is a genius

Pets

New study reveals dogs learn the name of a new object after hearing it only four times, an ability previously thought to be confined to...

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Encouraging abuse victims to recognise toxic relationships

Relationships and dating

Many victims of coercive control do not realise that such behaviour from their partner is controlling. ...

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Fruity treats for Pancake Day

Food & Drink

Two flipping delicious pancake day recipes the whole family will enjoy. Leave the lemon juice and caster sugar in the cupboard and treat yourself.

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Attract birds to your garden this February

Home & Lifestyle

With some garden bird species sadly in decline, now is the ideal time to put up nest boxes to help protect a variety of wild birds...

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Gardening – February spring clean

Gardening

Gardening – February spring clean. All jobs that will ensure your oasis of calm is in tip top shape for spring...

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Creamy chicken pie

Food & Drink

A rich and creamy pie the family will love & that’s ready to go in the oven in 10 minutes!

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Spring skin care

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

The seasons change and so do the needs of our skin. Here are a few tips to help you transition from winter to spring....

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Lockdown Valentine’s Day menu

Food & Drink

You know what they say, the best way to a man or woman's heart is through their stomach!...

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Marriage changes with age

Relationships and dating

Whether you’re recently married or have been married for many years, it’s important to understand that with age comes change in relationships.

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Duck with cherries in Gabbiano chianti

Food & Drink

Tuck Into Some Tuscan Specials. Learn how to cook Duck with cherries in Gabbiano chianti with TV chefs Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi....

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Pet obesity – diet tips

Pets

It's not only us who binge at Christmas, our pets are the beneficiaries of lots of leftover treats and it does them no good at all. ...

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January garden chores

Gardening

Now is the time to prune fruit trees and deciduous trees ready for Spring.

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Walking: exercise for all ages

Outdoor leisure

Fitness and exercise are important health considerations for people over 50 - even in a lockdown. Here's how to give the old joints a...

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Dazzling Christmas cocktails

Food & Drink

The cocktail hour tends to get an unlimited extension over the Christmas period, so we've chosen an assortment of classy cocktails that...

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Interior & design tips in time for Christmas

Home & Lifestyle

Inject some Christmas colour into your home – even for this most unorthodox of holidays. Here are some top tips for transforming your humble abode to help deliver some festive cheer.

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December in the garden

Gardening

The gardening is virtually done for another year but brave the cold, and save yourself some time in the spring....

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Dating advice in later life

Dating, Home & Lifestyle, Relationships and dating

Having trouble finding success as a midlife dater? Here are some of the common missteps you may be making and how to refocus your energies...

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Over 50s dating – 3 top tips

Dating, Relationships and dating

Online dating is among the easiest ways to find new friendships and with these easily applied tips, you’ll have peace of mind and confidence too.

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Christmas dinner for dogs

Pets

Giving your dogs Christmas dinner leftovers is not doing them any favours - and could do them harm. So follow these simple rules and make...

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Start the day the morning quiz way!

Competitions & quizzes, Home & Lifestyle

Get those grey cells fired up for the day with the daily 50connect morning quiz. ...

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Sensational stuffings

Food & Drink

A cornucopia of ideas for creating the perfect stuffing.

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Five tips for talking to children about feelings

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

Talking about feelings and thoughts we might have doesn’t always come naturally. It takes time and practice to instil a sense of honesty...

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There are more Ways to Save with Luxury Water

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

Find out how softened water can help you save time and money, leaving you more time to do the things you enjoy. ...

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The importance of Gifts in Wills

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

Gifts in Wills are vital. Without them Barnardo’s simply couldn’t continue supporting vulnerable children. So if you’re considering leaving this special gift – thank you.

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Ensuring the gift of childhood for future generations

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

Former Barnardo's boy, David, remembers his childhood and pledges to leave a gift in his Will to the charity that transformed his life....

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Vegan chocolate mousse

Food & Drink

Rustle up this smooth, super-chocolatey mousse in minutes and pop it in the fridge ready to serve for lunch and dinner, with friends and...

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Beetroot and red onion tarte tatin

Food & Drink

Eat to the beat this summer with this fantastically sweet and luxuriously simple beetroot and red onion tarte tatin recipe.

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Sizzling greens with crispy beef

Food & Drink

Quick-fire stir fry recipe to help you beat the summer heat ...

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Mint choc CDB sleepy hot chocolate

Food & Drink

An intriguing twist on a classic night cap including mint and CBD oil which is thought to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and...

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How to embrace change in 2020

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Change can be stressful and unsettling but Dr Lynda Shaw has tips on how to embrace new situations and rediscover the positives in your life.

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Debunking fashion myths and using colour tricks

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

The power of colour is clear across marketing, advertising, sport, in many areas of business and of course is vital in fashion, but there...

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First-rate fish chowder

Food & Drink

Fish is rich in Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) and this delicious chowder cooked up by nutritionist Rob Hobson,packs in pollock, hake and...

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Walnut and Wild Mushroom Gnocchi

Food & Drink

Dr Rupy Aujla takes the humble walnut and transforms it from unappreciated and unloved kernel into the tasty co-star of this delicious gnocchi supper.

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How to effortlessly wear classic blue

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

2020 is the year of Classic Blue. Here, Helen Venables, of House of Colour, explains how to mix and match and wear Classic Blue with style...

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Falafel with tomato and cavolo nero sauce

Food & Drink

Deliciously spicy and rich in iron, here's a simple vegetarian supper that is a reassuringly heart alternative to the new year, new you fad...

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Chickpea, squash & tomato curry with beetroot pickle, brown rice and coconut yoghurt

Food & Drink

Our bodies naturally crave carbs during the winter months which may be a way of helping to promote serotonin production (the feel-good hormone). He’s a super satisfying high fibre filler to spice up any winter evening.

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Christmas Chocolate, California Walnut & Apricot Panforte

Food & Drink

Richer than a very rich thing and more chocolatey than a Cadbury's production line, this sublime panforte by GBBO finalist Ruby Bhogal is...

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Together we can rebuild lives

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

There are 50,000 blind veterans across the UK that still need support - Leaving a gift in your Will is a deeply personal and special...

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The 12 days of Christmas – in plants

Home & Lifestyle

Ditch the gaudy, tatty old tinsel and introduce these 12 plants of Christmas into your festive decorations.

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How to play your old favourites online

Home & Lifestyle

You don't need an expensive games console to enjoy playing online. Here, we choose our favourite classic games to play on the web....

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Seven ways to regain the joy of reading this Christmas

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

How a passion for perfection led to the creation of the ultimate reading light, endorsed by over 500 opticians. Exclusive light offer to...

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Brussels sprout, chestnut and sage risotto

Food & Drink

Sprouts are divisive let’s be honest, but this delightful risotto medley will win over even the most ardent Brussels dodgers.

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Vegan sweet potato and coconut soup with sweet potato chips

Food & Drink

Get inspired for World Vegan Month (1-30 November) with this deliciously warming, moreish spiced soup, beautifully garnished with crisp...

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How to combat loneliness as you get older

Home & Lifestyle

Loneliness and social isolation is a growing problem as more of the baby boomer generation get older, but as Jamie Turnbull explains there...

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Future-proof your home now and live with peace of mind

Home & Lifestyle, Sponsored

More people are turning to the new-generation of domestic lift as a solution to future-proof their homes and maintain their independence in later life.

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Special fried rice with radish, celery and spring onions

Food & Drink

Ditch the cost of a midweek takeaway in favour of this quick and easy homemade recipe for special fried rice....

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Falafel

Food & Drink

Falafel is perfect for a light lunch or supper. Don't worry that they are deep fried, heart-healthy rape seed or avocado oil will help keep...

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Reconnect with old schoolmates

Home & Lifestyle

A new website is helping log lost school friends reconnect and share memories.

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From retirement to a new lease of life: combating middle-age loneliness

Home & Lifestyle

For Angelina Lipscombe retirement started as a rest, but after a while she needed purpose and to keep her brain ticking over and found...

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Autumn style tips

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Helen Venables encourages you to get creative with your wardrobe as autumn arrives with some styling tips for the coming months....

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The Peugeot 5008 SUV GT-Line

Motoring

Heading off on a U.K. road-trip, Michael Edwards puts the Peugeot 5008 SUV GT-Line through its paces.

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Baked pesto chicken and asparagus flatbread

Food & Drink

Blue-eyed TV kitchen adonis Paul Hollywood gets all bakey with these amazingly simple healthy eaters. ...

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Simplifying your summer beauty routine

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Tricia Cusden reveals her top tips for streamlining your summer beauty routine to ensure you're making most of the warmer weather while...

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Pimm’s and strawberry lollies

Food & Drink

Mix up your Pimm’s consumption by making these fun ice lollies, you can guarantee they will impress guests!

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Fifteen ways to sleep well in the heat

Home & Lifestyle

It's important you get enough sleep and the hot weather can prove to be a challenge - try these tips so it doesn't get the better of you...

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How to take care of your clothes

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Don't waste money investing in new clothes only for them to lose shape and lustre. Helen Venables shares tips for keeping your clobber in...

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British asparagus and prawn tacos with a tomato salsa

Food & Drink

For a quick 30-minute meal, load these tacos with pan fried garlicky prawns, asparagus, fiery tomato salsa and fresh coriander and radish

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Dating over 60 more likely to be a success story

Relationships, Relationships and dating

Life experience and strong sense of self-worth help older daters make the right relationship choices....

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Smoked mackerel and couscous salad

Food & Drink

Beat the heat with this spectacularly simple smoked fish dish with flavours that will dance on your palate. ...

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Eating out: Fancy Crab

Food & Drink

An evening with delicious seafood royalty, without the pretentious setting – a night at the Fancy Crab is one for every occasion.

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Summer skin saviours

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

Eloise Craven Todd shares the best summer skin care products and skin care tips to help you care for oily, sun-exposed skin....

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While the cat’s away

Gardening

Gardening expert Maxine Farmer explains what happens to your garden when you go on holiday....

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Be Bright, Be Bold!

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty, Sponsored

The collection at Hotter is bursting with colour this season, with a multitude of shades to choose from to get you summer-ready.

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Black suits only 1 in 4 of us

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Black is effortlessly stylish but we can't all pull off an Audrey Hepburn or Helen Mirren-look. Indeed, that go-to black number suits only...

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Beef fillet marinated in tea and horseradish

Food & Drink

Warm weather and a bank holiday weekend what better way enjoy spring bank than with this delicious marinated beef fillet on the barbecue....

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Spinach & ricotta pie with Tracklements fresh mint jelly

Food & Drink

GBBO might be off our screens but that is no excuse to down tools in the kitchen. It’s time to stand by your benches and … Bake!

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Beef and super greens stir-fry

Food & Drink

Iron deficiency can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Try this super quick and healthy, iron-rich stir fry and boost your red blood...

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Stopping the environmental cost of fast fashion

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Helen Venables warns we need to make our wardrobes sustainable and eco-friendly. Even making small changes could make a difference. Here...

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How to dress and accessorise for your figure

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

The age old problem of how to match clothes that suit your shape plagues us all. Thankfully, Helen Venables has some tips on the dos and don’ts of staying stylish and true to your figure.

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