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

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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Going plastic-free? Easy eco-friendly kitchen swaps

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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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10 surprising food and drink products that aren't suitable for vegans

10 surprising food and drink products that aren’t suitable for vegans

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How do we smell? Terrible! Food sources might affect how we describe scent

How do we smell? Terrible! Food sources might affect how we describe scent

Humans have long been considered poor at describing smells, but research on hunter-gatherers shows this is not the case for everyone If describing a smell leaves you struggling to find the right words, it might be down to how you put food on the table. Researchers studying two communities living in tropical rainforests have found […]

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From antioxidants to iron absorption: how to make the most of your cup of tea

From antioxidants to iron absorption: how to make the most of your cup of tea

Scientists reckon a cuppa can have cognitive benefits, but how best to make a health-boosting brew? Five millennia on, tea is still delighting scientists who want to prove slightly obvious things. The latest news on that front is that it can make us more creative. In the journal Food Quality and Preference, Yan Huang, from […]

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