Put the kettle on: does a cuppa beat writer’s block?

Research suggestions that drinking tea might help creativity have received endorsement from a number of successful novelists. I’ll drink to that Being British, we have all seized on a report about how drinking tea improves creativity. The researchers – led by Yan Huang, from the Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Department of Peking University – recruited […]

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Best coconut water taste test

Looking for the best coconut water? Read on to find the results of our coconut drink taste test. Some drinking coconut water is made from green coconuts, other coconut waters are pure coconut water and others have added natural fruit sugar, so we put all of the best coconut water brands to the test. Benefits […]

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The Royal Oak, Cotswolds: restaurant review

Check out our review of The Royal Oak, Cotswolds, and see if an expert restaurant critic comes to the same conclusion as an olive reader. The pro Our editor Laura Rowe, originally from the Cotswolds, has reviewed restaurants for more than a decade. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @lauraroweeats. The punter Cotswolds-based Natalie Bacci-Evers […]

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Going plastic-free? Easy eco-friendly kitchen swaps

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Yes, I have to watch my weight. But don’t get me started on diets

It’s my job to enthuse about dinner, so don’t judge me when, on occasions, I have to rein it in Read more from Observer Food Monthly’s 200th edition on Sunday In OFM’s 200 issues we have written a lot about our diet – how and what we eat – but very little about diets. It’s […]

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Costa Coffee loses its froth as sales fall

Chain warns of subdued consumer demand as shoppers shun high street and artisan rivals perk up Britain’s biggest coffee shop chain, Costa Coffee, has suffered a fall in sales at its high street stores and warned consumer demand would remain “subdued”. Costa’s owner, Whitbread, said like-for-like sales at its UK high street outlets had fallen […]

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Ingestible me – will putting Brain Dust in my porridge make me smarter?

A range of ‘ingestible’ supplements are claimed to boost everything from your skin to your sex life. In the first of a new series on the weirdest and wildest food fads, we put them to the test Brain Dust tastes like aspirin. It’s good to know this before putting it in a pancake, one of […]

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From mother’s ruin to modern tipple: how the UK rediscovered gin

Scourge of Hogarth’s London has been transformed 260 years later into booming craft industry Gin parties, gin menus, ginvent calendars and even a Ginstitute hotel: the UK’s renewed passion for all things gin is fast creating a whole new industry. There are 315 distilleries in Britain – more than double the number operating five years […]

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Not taking the biscuit: MPs’ no to ‘unsolicited’ Fox’s selection offering

Festive gift from 2 Sisters Food Group was ‘attempt to impugn’ impartiality, says committee A parliamentary inquiry into food standards at 2 Sisters Food Group took a bizarre turn on Wednesday when a select committee accused the chicken processor of an “attempt to impugn” its impartiality by sending MPs “unsolicited” biscuits. Writing to the group’s […]

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Vanilla Honey Pikelets with Blueberries & Yogurt

Vanilla Honey Pikelets with Blueberries & Yogurt – Easily made, these “Pikelets”, also known as “Crempog” in Wales, and “Scotch Pancakes” or “Drop Scones” in Scotland, are delicious little, fluffy pancakes resembling a thin crumpet, and are perfect for breakfast when served with honey, yogurt and fresh blueberries. Wake Up Better Breakfast, as regular readers […]

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Mandarin Oriental, The Rosebery Lounge, London: afternoon tea review

Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is taken in The Rosebery Lounge, a grand yet unstuffy dining room with high ceilings and a small, stylish bar offering a selection of wines and spirits, including Chêne Bleu Domaine De la Verrière rosé, Goose Island IPA and Hendrick’s gin (here’s our guide to gin to […]

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