Food

Let's raise the toast

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If you love toast, but sometimes yearn for something more exciting than beans to put on it for dinner, then Raquel Pelzel is worth listening to.

Make Hay for healthy, happy cooking

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If learning to cook healthy, wholesome meals is number one on your New Year's resolutions list, then help is at hand in the form of Donna Hay - Australia's answer to Delia Smith.

Meringue magic

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If there's one season that epitomises Alex Hoffler and Stacey O'Gorman - aka the Meringue Girls - it's this one: the festive, glittery, party period that takes us through from Christmas into the New Year. And they're the first to admit that they don't do things by halves.

Decorations that really take the biscuit

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Nothing beats the smell of Christmas - the hint of pine, the scented candles and the mulled wine bubbling away on the stove... Add the aroma of freshly baked biscuits and you might just have the recipe for the sweetest-smelling Yuletide ever.

Martin keeps it sweet

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TV presenter, restaurateur, bestselling chef and one-time Strictly semi-finalist, blue-eyed-boy James Martin certainly doesn't do things by halves - and the tradition continues with his latest cookery book, Sweet.

Forget the faff

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Simplicity is key for Lorraine Pascale. "It's the way I live and the way I eat," explains the chef, discussing the essence behind her latest book, Eating Well Made Easy. "There's no faff - just chop it up and throw it in."

Don't scoff at scraps

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"I haven't got any recipes for completely mouldy lemons that have gone blue, but if it's mouldy at one end, then I'll cut that end off and use the other half," says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, being quite serious.

Are Roux a sausage fanatic too?

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Michel Roux Jr. loves sausages. He really, really loves sausages ("It's as simple as that!"), so it makes sense that he's signed up to be the face of this year's British Sausage Week (November 2-8).

Roving Rachel cooks up a storm

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The sun didn't always shine during Rachel Allen's recent road trip along Ireland's stunning Atlantic coast, but the chef and writer insists that was all part of the charm.

Perfect Christmas pud

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No matter how many pigs in blankets you've scoffed on Christmas Day, you can always make room for some pudding, can't you? The Japanese say we have a separate stomach ("betsubara") for dessert, and it's never more true than on December 25.

Eating through breast cancer

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It might be one of the less talked about elements of breast cancer, but with treatments often causing side-effects like exhaustion, reduced appetite, soreness of mouth and an upset stomach, mealtimes can be a minefield.

All Torode's lead to home

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"What are you like in the kitchen?" asks MasterChef's John Torode at the beginning of our cookery masterclass.

Ottolenghi's dream team

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"I always get obsessed with things," says head chef Ramael Scully, explaining how he recently spent £100 on eBay buying 1.5kg of the rare spice, Grains of Paradise.

Builder, baker, breadstick maker

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Richard Burr might not have won last year's Great British Bake Off, but he's definitely one of the show's most memorable contestants.

On the road again

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Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King were determined to throw themselves into the action while making new BBC Two road trip series Northern Exposure - even if that meant a spot of wife-carrying.