• Simon Cowell offers Victoria Beckham lucrative deal as judge on US 'X Factor'

    Victoria Beckham must have made a big impression on Simon Cowell during her debut as a guest judge on American Idol. The music mogul has reportedly approached Posh to discuss putting her on the panel for his new venture – a US version of the X Factor. Simon – who is leaving his position on Idol to start up American X Factor – is believed to have left messages for the mum-of-three on Sunday night, finally speaking to her shortly after her panel appearance aired on Tuesday. According to the Mirror, he offered Victoria four guest slots as a panellist on

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donate $1 million to Haiti earthquake relief

    As thousands await aid in Haiti following the country's devastating earthquake, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stepped in to help. The couple's Jolie-Pitt Foundation is contributing $1 million to the emergency medical operation responding to the disaster. "It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades," says Angelina. Brad adds: "We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent

  • One Show's Adrian and Christine are all white as they have fun in snowy London

    It wasn’t long ago that One Show co-presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were linked romantically. But a new relationship with footballer Frank Lampard means Christine and her fellow host are evidently just good friends – a point made clear as they larked around in the snow together this week. Joining others making the most of Britain's recent flurry, Adrian, 42, wasted no time grabbing a snowball as he and Christine hit North London's Primrose Hill. As for the Northern Ireland-born brunette, she not only managed to avoid any wayward snowballs, but also caught the attention of two male fans, who looked delighted

  • Happy as Ever: Model mum Milla Jovovich totally devoted to adorable daughter

    There was no doubting Milla Jovovich's devotion to little Ever Gabo as the model gazed adoringly at her daughter during playtime at the park. The Ukranian actress was having a whale of a time in Beverly Hills as she and her two-year-old – cute as a button in ruby red Mary Janes – ran around a play area. Thirty-four-year-old Milla is relishing being a mum and she recently offered up some of her parenting advice to US magazine Parade. "You've got to know your kids like the back of your hand and make sure they're honest with you and not scared to tell you

  • Johnny Depp unveils statue of himself at Serbian film festival

    Johnny Depp was in Serbia on Tuesday to unveil a statue of himself at a film festival organised by a director friend.  And if the Pirates of the Caribbean star had any doubts about the model's likeness, he certainly didn’t show them as he posed at the opening ceremony for the Third International Kustendorf Film And Music Festival. The statue represents Johnny’s character in the film Arizona Dream, which he made with festival organiser Emir Kusturica in 1993. The double Palme d’Or winning filmmaker, who’s set to reunite with Johnny and Salma Hayek for his next flick, also presented the

  • Ingredient of the week: Kale

    Kale, or curly kale, is a wintry friend indeed. It’s earthy, robust nature make a great addition to the warming soups we are all tucking into at the moment. Tossed with chestnuts and bacon (and a splash of cream if you are feeling naughty) it makes a perfect accompaniment to roast chicken. It takes a little more cooking than spinach although it can be treated in very similar ways. It is a member of the cabbage family, although more closely related to wild cabbage than the closed-headed domestic varieties. The leafy green has been eaten for over 2,000 years

  • Beef and mushroom casserole with garlic bread crust

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 4 tsp plain flour Salt and freshly ground black pepper 700g/1½lb lean braising steak, trimmed and cut into 1cm/½in thick pieces 2 tbsp vegetable oil 2 onions, peeled and sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 250ml/9fl oz red wine 250ml/9fl oz beef stock 1 bay leaf 150g/5oz green beans, trimmed and cut in half

  • Parsnip and apple soup

    Ingredients (Serves 6) 50g/2oz butter 1 dessert apple, cored, peeled and sliced 700g/1½lb parsnips, peeled and sliced 1 Bramley cooking apple, cored, peeled and sliced 1.25ltr/2pt vegetable stock 4 fresh sage leaves, plus extra to garnish 2 whole cloves 150ml/¼pt single cream Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Melt half the butter in a large saucepan and add the dessert apple slices. Sauté until

  • Pork with blackberries and apple

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 tbsp vegetable oil 450g/1lb lean pork fillet, trimmed and thinly sliced 150ml/¼pt unsweetened apple juice 150ml/¼pt chicken stock 1 tbsp clear honey 1 tbsp fresh sage, chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced 150g/5oz blackberries 2 tsp cornflour Method Heat the oil in a non-stick, medium-sized frying pan. Add the

  • Slow-roast pears with orange and aniseed

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 4 ripe pears Juice of 1 lemon 2 large oranges 2 tbsp light brown sugar 3 star anise 50g/2oz unsalted butter Double cream, crème fraîche or yoghurt to serve Method Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4. Peel, halve lengthways and core the pears. Place in a small, shallow roasting tin and sprinkle over the lemon juice. Using a sharp knife, cut the top and bottom off the oranges,

  • Pitta pizzas with melted brie, avocado and grapes

    Ingredients 1 tube sundried tomato paste 4 wholemeal pitta breads 175g/6oz ripe Brie, rind removed, cut into long, thin slices Handful South African grapes, halved 1 Hass avocado, peeled and diced Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped Method Preheat the oven to 220°C, 425°F, Gas 7 and warm a baking tray in it. Spread the sundried tomato paste evenly over the 4 pitta breads and top each one with 3-4 slices of Brie. Arrange on the warm baking


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