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Top 5 Reads That Inspired The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake

Bestselling Icelandic author, Sif Sigmarsdóttir shares the top 5 reads that inspired her to write her Nordic thriller, The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake. They say that you are what you eat. They also say that you are what your read. When I started writing The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake I wasn’t aiming for […]

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Explore Your Creativity: A Resolution You Can Keep Whatever The Weather

It’s been a few weeks since the start of the year and the weather is starting to conspire against your resolutions to run miles each day and shed last year’s weight gain. It’s not that you made the wrong resolutions – you just chose the wrong time of year. Save that for Spring, when the […]

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Roast Plum Pavlova from Borough Market

British plums tend to be found at the likes of Jock Stark & Son’s stall in August and September, so really they’re both a summer and autumn market fruit. Finding the correct season in which to pigeon-hole plums, though, is less important than recognising that they make a very fine pavlova topping. Here they are […]

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Chorizo and Piquillo Pepper Traybake from Borough Market

This is an homage to Brindisa Ltd.’s legendary chorizo, piquillo pepper and rocket roll; one of the first and still one of the best street foods in London. This one-tray sausage dish is rich, piquant and deceptively luxurious. It’s simple to cook, though the specific sausages are essential. These can be found at good market […]

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Eggy Bread and Roasted Grapes from Borough Market

It’s easy to forget that grapes are seasonal, such is their ubiquity throughout the year. But autumn is the time of the European grape harvest, and it’s worth taking home a bunch or two of premium French or Italian grapes (such as the black muscat variety) if you come across them in September and October. […]

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Six things I’ve learned about maternity wear

Before I was pregnant, my idea of maternity wear fell in to two camps: The first: big billowy Laura Ashley dresses – awash with chintzy floral and worn with pride in the 80s and 90s by my Mother when she was pregnant with me and my sisters. The second: the more modern take on antenatal […]

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Banana and Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Banana and Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwiches This fun pudding is lip-smackingly good and great for all ages. It is also easy to assemble. I especially love making it with kids although every adult I know likes to behave like a child now and again too. The ‘ice cream’ is just banana mixed with cocoa powder and […]

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What I’ve learnt from a year without alcohol

This time last year I stopped drinking alcohol. There was no dramatic trigger and I didn’t have a booze problem. It’s just that several things happened around the same time which made me want to give it a go. I was working on a memoir called The Sober Diaries which is a funny, honest account […]

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Related Categories: Mindfulness, Yellow Kite Books Posts

Chicken Donburi

Donburi is quintessential Japanese comfort food. The base layer is a basic sushi rice bowl but then what sits on top can consist of any variety of meat and vegetables. This chicken donburi recipe is a very well-balanced combination that might not be a typical way of presenting food, but I think it is good […]

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Warm Barley Salad with Pomegranate and Feta

Barley has a unique flavour with a moreish chewy texture. The combination of ingredients here make this a sensational looking Instagram-worthy salad and the pomegranate jewels add a gourmet crunch. SERVES 2 100g pearl barley 600ml vegetable stock or water 60g pomegranate seeds 3 spring onions, thinly sliced 40g watercress 40g baby leaves, to include […]

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A Yoga Retreat For All Seasons

This Christmas I decided to do something different. The sort of different that, if you knew me, would inspire not only raised eyebrows, but concern for the state of my mental health. I decided to go on a yoga retreat in the south of Spain which is about as close to my comfort zone as […]

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Great Feminist Quotes to Inspire You this Christmas

As a little gift from Virago to you this yuletide, we wanted to send you all cards . . . not your traditional Christmas card, we’ll admit, but some of our favourite feminist quotations to keep you inspired. They all feature in I Call Myself a Feminist, the essay collection which we published in November, […]

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