Food

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Meet the cupcake king

If Mary Berry is the reigning queen of baking, then Tarek Malouf is surely next in line to the throne.

High 5:2 losing weight

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How's that New Year's resolution of losing weight coming along? If the sweet treats have crept back into your daily routine, or Dry January has become awash with weekend wine, don't despair.

Rise and shine

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What did you have for breakfast this morning? A slice of toast on the way out the door? A quick takeaway coffee from the petrol station, or worse still, nothing at all?

Mama made marmalade

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Every year, without fail, my mum whips up a batch of the most delicious marmalade. It arrives in January - the only time of year when the bitter Seville oranges are available - and disappears by about February, spread liberally on as much toast as my household can consume.

Healthy Bikers keep on truckin'

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In March 2014, Hairy Biker Si King was "hit with a side swipe" when he was admitted to hospital with severe headaches and discovered he had a life-threatening brain aneurysm.

Don't go cold turkey with your leftovers

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Whether you break the wishbone at the Christmas table or take turns to have a ceremonial carve, it's likely that a roasted turkey will be the jewel in your Christmas dinner crown.

Spare yourself a turkey flap

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What's your earliest Christmas memory? Peeling the wrapping paper off your very first bike? Sledding down some powdery snow on a tea tray? Or lovingly laying out mince pies and port for Santa?

Sweet treats for a festive feast

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Christmas is the one time of year when we don't have to feel guilty for stuffing our faces with sweet treats. But for Martha Swift, co-founder and now sole owner of Primrose Bakery, which she set up more than a decade ago, sugary indulgence takes place every single day.

Fantastic fromage

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Forget chocolate fountains and sweet treats, as a self-confessed cheese-fiend, I was in seventh heaven on stepping into the mammoth marquee at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich earlier this year. And I wasn't the only one.

Have yourself a Berry Mary Christmas

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She's the firm but fair baking queen who isn't impressed by shop-bought fondant icing or binned Baked Alaska, but Mary Berry insists her loved ones won't be nervous when they present her with their own home-made offerings this Christmas.

Bake your cake and eat it

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Making a Christmas cake is a bit of an epic challenge, isn't it? First comes the planning, then the mixing, then months of feeding it booze, then baking, making marzipan and spending an eternity icing it - only for half your Christmas party to eventually turn their noses up and opt for the chocolate log. It's a whole lot of festive faff I've never involved myself in.

Frighteningly good grub

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Halloween is a little like Marmite. Some people love it and happily spend hours carving pumpkin faces, and some just can't stand it. But if you've got kids in tow, it means a very handy ready-made themed day of festivities to keep little ones occupied this half-term.

Coleman cuts the mustard

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It's been a year since she won MasterChef, but life is still throwing up surprises for Natalie Coleman.

Ruby's crumbs of wisdom

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When Ruby Tandoh applied for last year's Great British Bake Off, she could never have predicted the level of attention she would receive.

Let them eat cake

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As a mum of three, Rachel Allen had no shortage of recipe tasters when writing her new book, All Things Sweet.

Gino's Italian job

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Whenever Gino D'Acampo plates up impressive-looking meals on TV, he can rest assured that along with the usual chorus of 'Oohs' and 'Aahs' in the studio, somewhere in southern Italy, at least one person will be bewildered by the fanfare.