• Savoury Seed, Carrot and Thyme Muffins

    These savoury breakfast muffins make a lovely change from the more traditional, sweet ones. Feel free to play around with the recipe - you could use courgette in the place of the carrots and swap for your favourite nuts and seeds. Serves: 12 Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes Ingredients 300g self-raising flour (or use wholemeal for a healthy alternative) 1 tsp baking powder 60ml of vegetable oil Pinch of salt 6 fresh thyme sprigs, chopped 2 eggs, whisked 100ml of Greek yoghurt 275ml Almond milk A large pinch of brown sugar 100g of grated carrot 2 tbsp each of pumpkin and sunflower seeds Method 1)Preheat the oven 200c gas mark 6. Grease

  • Post-summer beauty plan: How to reverse sun damage

    Although the summer can leave us relaxed, glowing, and with sun-kissed skin, it can come at a cost. Spending too much time in the sun can be damaging, cause uneven skin tone and texture, and leave our hair and skin dried out. Work these essential tips into your daily regime and face the autumn months with a super fresh state of mind and glowing, supple skin.   1. Water does wonders for the skin – and for energy levels – the recommended water intake is two to three litres per day 2. Make sure you get your sleep – this will make sure you're

  • Peanut butter and jam cupcakes

    These yummy cupcakes are so easy - perfect for kids and grown-ups alike. Plus there's the added excitement of seeing the jam ooze out of the middle when you bite! Makes 10 Preparation time: 15 mintues Cooking time: 20-25 minutes Ingredients: 150g butter, softened 150g caster sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 125g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 120ml milk 75g blackcurrant or raspberry jam For the frosting: 150g cream cheese or mascarpone 350g icing sugar 110g smooth peanut butter 25g unsalted peanuts, finely chopped Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Place 10 paper cupcake cases into a bun tin. 2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and

  • Very-Berry Whoopie Pies

    Cupcakes with a twist, use the same ingredients to create these cute little cakes which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, sandwiched with intensely fruity and vibrant raspberry butter-cream. Makes 20 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 10-12 minutes Ingredients 275g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 175g caster sugar 75g butter, melted 150g Greek yogurt 2 medium eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Filling 100g raspberries 100g butter, at room temperature 250g icing sugar 5 tablespoons raspberry puree To decorate 200g icing sugar, sifted 6-7 teaspoons water Selection of fresh raspberries and sugar sprinkles, mini marshmallows, sugar flowers Method 1. Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into

  • 'We are happily awaiting a new arrival': Shakira announces she's expecting with footballer beau

    After months of rumours, Shakira has announced the happy news she's pregnant. The Colombian pop sensation has confirmed she's expecting her first child with 25-year-old FC Barcelona player Gerard Pique, her boyfriend of two years.   "As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby!" The 35-year-old Grammy winner is postponing promotional activities and will not perform at Friday's iHeartRadio Music festival in Las Vegas. "At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next

  • Martine McCutcheon ecstatic about becoming Mrs Jack McManus

    After five years of dating, Martine McCutcheon became Mrs Jack McManus in a joyous Italian ceremony at the weekend. The former EastEnders star married her dreamy musician boyfriend in an exclusive location on Lake Como, where George Clooney has a villa. Martine, 36, announced the happy news to fans on her Twitter page. She wrote: "Hello all! I've been quiet as I've been having the best few days of my life in Italy marrying @jackmcmanus. I'm so happy to be Mrs McManus! x." The wedding comes nine months after Jack, 28, proposed at Christmas by going down on bended knee besides the River Thames in London as

  • Hot mama Uma on fine form on first post-baby date night with Arpad

    If she's suffering from sleepless nights following the July birth of her little girl, Uma Thurman certainly isn't showing it. The Kill Bill action heroine looked sparkly-eyed and glowing as she joined her husband Arpad Busson on their first red carpet date since welcoming their daughter.   Uma, 42, showed off her post-baby curves in an flatering plum-hued, floor length gown. The blonde actress joined her other half at the Annual Brazil Foundation Gala Party at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The couple welcomed their first child together on July 15 but are yet to reveal the

  • Catching a Kardashian: Kourtney's televised birth sparks debate

    This time it's not Kim but her older sister Kourtney making the news. As stars of their own, very popular reality show, the famous family has always been open, sharing moments as mundane as dentist appointments to serious issues including infertility and divorce. But viewers have been left questioning whether they have gone too far this week following the televised birth of 32-year-old Kourtney's second child Penelope.   In the footage, she can be seen taking an active part in the delivery of her daughter by reaching down to guide her out with her hands, a practice known as 'catching'. Reactions, particularly

  • Prince Charles touched by inspirational example of injured servicemen

    His own son has just been deployed to Afghanistan on a four-month tour of duty, so Prince Charles's latest engagement had great personal resonance.  With the Duchess of Cornwall by his side, a "humble" Prince of Wales opened a new therapy centre for wounded servicemen on Wednesday. The future King met several former soldiers as he toured the new £16.9 million Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in Surrey.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY   Crouched down in the gardens of the centre, the Prince listened intently to the stories of bravery and strength recounted by the patients. At one point, Charles even

  • 'I won't compare Maxwell to other children,' says Jessica as she shares adorable snaps

    Jessica Simpson has insisted she will nurture her daughter Maxwell's individuality as she raises the little girl. "I think that we can easily put expectations on our children just by comparing them to other children,' says the new mum in a blog post on community blog iVillage. CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE   "I obviously want to know that my daughter is healthy, that I'm doing the right thing in taking care of her and she's getting all the nutrients that she needs. "But, I think that as parents, we do a lot of comparing and we don't really focus on our

  • Gwyneth and Cameron bring Hollywood glam to UK Obama fundraiser

    Just days after pals Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz dropped in on a wedding fair in Windsor, the pair have been out and about looking fabulous in the UK once again. This time, however the actresses were on a different mission, showing their support for US President Barack Obama's reelection campaign. Gwyneth, 39, donned a tight white dress and velvet black court shoes to attend the Obama Victory Fund 2012 event, which she co-hosted with designer Tom Ford and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY   Arriving at the exclusive Marks Club in London for the event on Tuesday, the Iron Man actress showed off

  • Lindsay Lohan arrested over hit and run

    Lindsay Lohan has been arrested in New York on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop, police said. The 26-year-old actress was arrested as she left a Manhattan nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday.   Police said no alcohol was involved. Lindsay was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and causing injury. She was given a ticket and will have to appear in court on October 23. Her publicist declined to comment. Police said the star was driving a black Porsche slowly through an alley when the accident occurred. The victim

  • Gucci brightens up Milan with dazzling display of colour

    Now London’s cool kids have wrapped up proceedings, the fashion set moves on to a more grown-up stage in Milan. The editors and bloggers are swapping the fresh, funky, whimsical style of Britain's new gen designers for a city of business and impeccable taste. But this time, it looks like the adults are up for having a bit of fun too.    CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY   Gucci kicked off the proceedings on Wednesday, hitting its stride from the off with a carnival of colour. Gowns in shocking pink, canary yellow, azure blue and fiery red brightened the Italian fashion mecca. Watching Gucci’s departure from its trademark black was

  • Get designer brands at high-street cost with thrifty London shopping

    Yet again we've seen another spectacular season of style on the London catwalks. But you needn't break the bank for the best of designer brands. London, of all cities, is the very best place for thrifty fashion finds. To add some vintage daytime elegance to your wardrobe, such as the elegant Fifties silhouettes, chiffon skirts and wide-brimmed hats that dominated the shows of Alice Temperley and Erdem, head to Cloud Cuckoo Land.    CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY A charming shop just off Islington's Camden Passage, the shop is responsible for keeping local Islington ladies stylishly clad since 1982. It's not hard to find the perfect capes,

  • Princess Mary reinvents the Brazilian blow dry on tour

    Her own brunette locks are never less than perfect. So Princess Mary shared her expertise with a group of young fashionistas in Rio de Janiero. The royal's Brazilian tour took her to the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela where she was treated to a fashion show by local  youngsters.    CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Presumably helping out with the preparations beforehand, Mary wielded a hairdryer as she got hands on with grooming one girl's hair. Behind the fun, Mary was there for a good cause. The brunette wanted to experience for herself the social projects that run in

  • Middleton girls big fans of Dannii Minogue's label

    They recently shared their delighted at seeing Pippa Middleton wearing one of their dresses, telling HELLO! that it felt "great". So Dannii Minogue and Tabitha Somerset Webb are bound to be delighted to have the other Middleton sister – not to mention one of the most high-profile young ladies in the world – on board too.   The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted ending her nine-day long style show on Wednesday with a pretty floral dress from the design duo’s branchild Project D London. The beautiful brunette teamed the silk frock with her trusty LK Bennett heels as she and

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Chilli Chocolate Sauce

    Preparation Time:20 minutes Cooking Time:15 minutes Serves: 8 Ingredients 110g self raising flour ½ tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 55g cocoa powder 140g caster sugar 2 eggs 3 tbsp milk 100g plain chocolate 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp soft brown sugar 1 tbsp golden syrup 2 tbsp milk 1 tsp Ground Bart Chilli mixed with in Sunflower Oil Method 1) Preheat the oven to 190c/Gas 5. Grease 8 holes in a non-stick muffin tin. 2) Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add the butter, caster sugar, eggs and milk and beat until smooth. 3) Divide between the 8 wells in the muffin tin. Bake for 8-10 minutes

  • Cupcake crazy: The small cakes that have made a big impression

    Cupcakes are, quite literally, on the rise. The cupcake phenomenon has exploded into modern cuisine culture in recent years, helped along by famous TV chefs like Nigella Lawson and boutique cupcake shops such as the Hummingbird Bakery.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY   Cupcakes first made steps toward baking popularity in the United States where they first made a revolutionary mark for the time they saved in the kitchen. They can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe in American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons, suggested that these convenient cakes could be 'baked in small cups'. This not only meant less cooking time, but the advantage of using a cup

  • Police raid magazine offices over Kate photos as other publications release images

    Back in Britain now, the Duchess of Cambridge can be confident that her and Prince William's colourful tour for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee was a resounding success. But the one blot on the ten-day visit to celebrate with some of Her Majesty's most far-flung people refuses to go away. While Closer, the French magazine that first released pictures of Kate sunbathing in private have handed them to the royal family in compliance with a court order, other publications were preparing to go ahead with similar features.   Swedish celebrity magazine Se och Hoer produced an edition containing 11 images of the Duchess.   Meanwhile, its sister publication in Denmark said it had

  • The Boss puts the spotlight on his next generation of fans

    Bruce Springsteen certainly knows how to put on a show. But 'The Boss', as he is known to his fans, has almost been upstaged in some of his recent concerts. The Born In The USA singer has had some help from pint sized followers, sharing microphone time with children at some of his concerts in Spain. In Madrid, six-year-old Pablo Planells gave it his all, singing the chorus for Waiting on a Sunny Day before the singer lifted him up on his shoulders to wave to the cheering crowd. During the same song in San Sebastian, Bruce spotted a little

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