• A private paradise in the Seychelles

    . You don't actually get to have the place entirely to yourself, it just feels that way. Just half an hour by plane from Mahe, the main island of the Seychelles archipelago, Denis Island measures only two kilometres in length and one and a half wide, and tucked away in this area are 25 cottages for guests. The thatched roofs are barely visible among the lush foliage, and they're all just a stone's throw from the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. 
At any one time, then, there are barely more than four dozen privileged visitors on this private

  • Spicy guacamole

    Ingredients 2 avocados Juice of 1 lime 1 red chilli Pinch chilli flakes Small bunch coriander 1 tomato, diced and seeded if you feel the urge Tabasco, to taste Salt and pepper Method Halve the avocados, carefully remove the stone and spoon the flesh into a bowl. Mash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring to combine and serve at room

  • Warm baked victoria sponge with red berries and whipped cream

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 3 large eggs 100g golden caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling on top 70g plain flour 15g cornflour 20g melted butter To serve 600ml (1 pint) cream 400g (14oz) red berries Method Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/Gas Mark 5. Bring a shallow pan of water to the boil and place a large heatproof round-bottomed bowl over the steam. Reduce to a simmer and then place the eggs and sugar in the bowl and whisk

  • MJ’s warm salad of spinach, chicken and blue cheese

    Ingredients (Serves 4) 4 generous handfuls of baby spinach 4 handfuls of rocket leaves Handful of green beans, blanched 250g blue cheese – Dolcelatte or Roquefort work well 2 tbsp plain flour 1 egg Splash of milk 200g white breadcrumbs 4 chicken breasts, weighing about 160g each olive oil 150g wild mushrooms A few splashes of

  • Whip up some Wimbledon classics

    Sports fans are in for a treat over the next couple of weeks – and foodie fans too as bars and restaurants get creative to celebrate the World Cup and Wimbledon. The strawberry is synonymous with Wimbledon – a bowl of the red gems and some thick, yellowy cream make the perfect snack to watch a match – washed down with a glass of bubbles of course. Football snackage may be a little less delicate but can be just as simple and delicious – steak sarnies with horseradish crème fraiche, jerk chicken drumsticks with jerk mayo, sausages with

  • Pregnant mum-of-three Jools Oliver puts her best foot forward in the heat

    It's at this stage in a pregnancy that even the most devoted mother might be asking herself why she signed up for another baby. Jamie Oliver's wife Jools – expecting her fourth in September – has only ever wanted to be a mum, though. And she's well aware that means balancing the tough days with the incredible joy their posse of girls bring them. So struggling with shopping bags and pushing their youngest, 14-month-old Petal on a push bike near their London home, the 34-year-old put her best foot forward. In a stripy T-shirt dress, with Converse plimsolls and trendy yellow

  • Mum was 'mad' – thinking of her keeps us going, says Prince Harry

    Prince Harry has revealed he thinks of his late mother Princess Diana every day, and wonders what she would make of what he and William are doing now. "Whatever we do, wherever we are and whoever we're with, I particularly always wonder what she'd think, what she'd be doing if she was with us now," said the 25-year-old. "If she'd be sitting here having a laugh, whether she'd be in the background sticking her tongue out or whether she'd be playing football with the children. "That's what keeps us going every day – that thought of what would she

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  • Auditioning for bridesmaid? Princess Caroline's daughter Alexandra charms the crowds at the palace

    The wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock is still only in the planning stages. But if the couple are thinking of bridesmaids they surely need look no further than the Monegasque royal's niece Princess Alexandra. Ten-year-old Alexandra, the daughter of his sister Caroline  and husband Prince Ernst of Hanover proved she has all the credentials for the role at a family gathering this week. As their engagement  was made public, Albert chose to carry on with his scheduled duties, attending a traditional Midsummer's celebration. His attractive South Africa fiancée was not present. Instead the royal ladies were ably

  • Michael Jackson, remembering the king of pop a year after his death

    From the star studded memorial to the unseen album cover we look back at the last 12 months to mark the one year anniversary of his

  • Charlene Wittstock's evolving style: from Olympic swimmer to future princess

  • Vamp it up for 'Twilight: Eclipse' with fabulous fingers

    It's almost time for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as the movie premieres in LA. But the majority of us are extremely unlikely to have made it for the first night – especially with the hordes of Twi-hard tweens and teens who started camping outside the theatre four days in advance. So we thought we’d suggest an alternative way of celebrating the new movie with a glamorously vampy new package that combines bling and beauty, perfect to pay homage to Robert Pattinson. Nails Inc has teamed up with Martine Wester to create three bespoke colours to go with a selection of


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