• Pomegranate, Fennel and Asparagus Salad with a Caper Dressing

    Serves: 4 Preparation & cooking time time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 150g pomegrante seeds 1 large bulb fennel, sliced 200g asparagus, trimmed 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp sherry vinegar ½ red onion, finely chopped 2 tbsp baby capers Salt and pepper Small bunch of dill chopped Method: 1) Preheat a large griddle pan and lightly dress all the vegetables in olive oil. 2)While you are waiting for the griddle to warm up mix together in a small bowl the olive oil and sherry vinegar, then add the onion and capers, season with salt and pepper and set aside. 3) Grill the vegetables on both sides in a single

  • Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Soup

    Serves 4 Ingredients: 50g (2oz)butter softened 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable stock 400g (14oz) potatoes, peeled and diced 300g (10oz) baby spinach 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 200g (7oz) half fat crème fraiche salt and freshly ground black pepper Method: 1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until soft and golden. 2. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. 3. Add the potatoes, return to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 4. Add the spinach and chickpeas and simmer for another 5 minutes. 5. Season to taste

  • Steamed Mackerel, Spring Onion & Crème Baked Jackets

    Serves: 2 Preparation & cooking time: 7 minutes Ingredients: 2 pre-oven-backed Jacket potatoes 110g tin of steamed mackerel fillets 3 spring onions, sliced 100g half fat crème fraiche 1 tsp lemon juice 1tbsp olive oil 1 tsp garlic puree 1 tbsp freshly chopped dill 1 wedge of lemon to serve Salt & pepper to season Method: 1) Heat up 2 pre-baked jacket potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes 2) Open the tin of mackerel and break up into pieces into a bowl along with the juices from the tin. Add the chopped spring onions and mix well 3) To make the dressing mix the crème fraiche, lemon juice, oil, garlic and

  • A Warm Radish, Halloumi, Potato and Cherry Tomato Salad with a Mustard and Dill Dressing – served with ham

    Serves: 2 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 100g new potatoes, sliced 75g mixed radishes, cut in half 50g cherry tomatoes cut in half ½ tbsp olive oil 100g Halloumi sliced A slice or two of ham per person For the dressing: 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil ½ tbsp red wine vinegar ½ tbsp Dijon mustard Small bunch of dill chopped Salt and pepper Method: 1) Place the new potatoes in a medium sized pan, cover with cold water, and lightly salt. Bring to the boil, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until cooked. Drain and set aside. 2) In a medium sized bowl mix together the olive oil and vinegar, then

  • Perk up lunchtime with these recipes for energising lunches

    We all know the feeling of the midday-slump: come 1pm our eyes are drooping, our attention span is waning and the computer screens are all becoming a blur. But don't just fuel up on sugar-filled snacks or a pre-packed sandwich, instead opt for one of these temptingly tasty recipes which will keep you alert for the rest of the day…   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY Conveniently, all these meals can be made the night before but will still be packed full of nutrients the next day. Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Soup Pomegranate, Fennel and Asparagus Salad with a Caper Dressing A Warm Radish, Halloumi, Potato

  • Emma says leaving Harry Potter role behind was 'liberating'

    Emma Watson has revealed that leaving her Harry Potter alter-ego behind was "liberating". The 22-year-old actress, best known for playing bookish wizard Hermione Granger in the fantasy films, has taken her first major post-Potter role in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, a coming-of-age drama based on Stephen Chbosky's novel of the same name. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Wearing a black peplum dress and wide-legged trousers by Dior Couture, she said before a gala screening at London's Mayfair hotel: "It was challenging. I was very nervous. "Having played someone who was so restrained and very English to playing this free-spirited American

  • Tributes to 'Moon River' balladeer Andy Williams

    Stars including Donny Osmond have been remembering Andy Williams, the singer, whose tunes were among the defining songs of the Sixties and Seventies. The man with the melodic voice behind Moon River, Music to Watch Girls By and Can't Take My Eyes Off You died at his home in Missouri on Tuesday after a year-long battle with cancer. In a career spanning more than 50 years, the crooner recorded 18 gold and three platinum albums. He also won three Emmys and inspired countless other performers.   Donny recalled having singing lessons with him as a seven-year-old. He told the BBC: "When I finally joined my brothers and toured with

  • Question Time: David Cameron 'ends his career' after a grilling by David Letterman

    David Cameron is no stranger to fielding pressing questions, regularly absorbing the stress of parliamentary interrogations. But when US chat show king David Letterman surprised him with a general knowledge quiz, his cool confidence wavered. The Prime Minister, who was in New York for a meeting at the UN, made history by becoming the first serving British leader to warm up the hot seat of the popular show.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY The host was suitably flattered, welcoming his guest by having the house band strike up a thundering rendition of Rule Britannia. He then fired off a round of

  • Love blossoms for 'besotted' TV stars Catherine Tate and Adrian Chiles

    Catherine Tate and Adrian Chiles make gone public with their romance on holiday in the US, and they aren't 'bovvered' who knows. The comedienne and the TV presenter are said to have been dating for the best part of this year, after Catherine's romance with Take That star Jason Orange ended. They have been friends for years, but grew closer after Catherine appeared on Adrian's former ITV chat show That Sunday Night Show. The couple, pictured together in London earlier in the summer, met up in the Santa Monica district of Los Angles between work commitments. Forty-four-year-old Catherine is currently

  • St James's Palace explains Duchess' dress mix-up

    She's never put a foot wrong fashion wise until now, but even the Duchess of Cambridge is not immune to the odd sartorial mishap. While visiting the Solomon Islands as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour to South East Asia, William and Kate were seen sporting what they believed to be the nation's traditional dress, as they attended an island feast held in their honour.     Unknown to the couple, however, the clothes were in fact gifts from the Cook Islands - some 3,000 miles away -  which had been mixed up with their official outfits. In response to the mistake, which reportedly caused "incredible frustration" to the host

  • Kristen Stewart holds court in Paris front row amid 'reconciliation' rumours

    It was a typical appearance from Kristen Stewart. With her look of languid indifference that she has down to perfection, the actress cast an eye over Balenciaga's latest ware from her front row seat next to fashion mogul Anna Wintour. But behind her impassive expression, Kristen, who was fittingly summery in the brand's lemon jacket and floral trousers, may have good reason to be happy.     CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR GALLERY A source told Us Weekly that the star has "reconciled" with former boyfriend Robert Pattinson. And she was spotted looking more content than she has done for months when she touched

  • Fifty shades of great for magnificent mama Monica Bellucci

    Days shy of her 48th birthday, mother-of-two Monica Bellucci continues her glamorous domination of the world's film festivals. The latest to be treated to her magnetic Italian charisma are the San Sebastian set. Monica descended on the Spanish town to promote her latest offering, Rhino Season. With her famous figure draped in an elegant grey lacy number, the leading lady made sure she secured her movie the appropriate amount of attention.     CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY The actress seems to effortlessly find a balance between her work commitments and her home time. French actor husband Vincent Cassel was presumably at home with their two daughters Deva, eight,

  • Prince Harry's Vegas pictures breached the '11th commandment' says ex-army chief

    When Prince Harry caused a furore with his riotous weekend in Sin City, rank and file soldiers backed him by posting nude pictures of their own. Now it seems more senior figures associated with the Army also regard it as a minor indiscretion.    Former Chief of General Staff Sir General Mike Jackson said many servicemen have probably had the "odd moment" they are not proud of.  Sir Mike, who retired in 2006 after four years of service, said: "All young officers are probably saying 'there but for the grace of God go I' and even some older officers are remembering perhaps the odd moment in

  • Tibet's stunning great outdoors shows western culture what we're missing

    Steeped in the mythical and enchanting Buddhist heritage, HELLO! Online brings you the breathtaking landscape of Tibet. North-east of the Himalayas and the highest region on earth, the 'Land of Snows' has often been depicted as an enchanting and far-away Kingdom, dramatically different to the West. For centuries Tibet provided a mythological dream of Shangri-La, treasures and riches, and despite a painful history, the complex country remains a spiritual haven. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY With such vibrant culture, friendly locals, picture-perfect landscape, and the musky smells of juniper incense, Tibet will be sure not to disappoint. Truly an

  • Ronnie 'saddened' as ex-wife Jo auctions marital bed and guitars

    Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood has said he is "saddened" by his ex wife Jo Wood's decision to auction off some of their possessions, including their old marital bed. Other items going under the hammer include two Fender Stratocaster guitars, assorted Rolling Stones memorabilia Jo has collected over the years and clothes Ronnie wore on tour.   The sale, which is being managed by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills and will take place on October 27, is listed as "Property from the Collection of Ronnie and Jo Wood". But Ronnie's spokesperson said: "Ronnie was asked by Jo some time ago if he wished

  • Choosing the right plan for your retirement

    Many of us may often feel that the future, and retirement in particular, is a long way off. However, in order to have a sufficient nest-egg in place when you come to retire it is important to start thinking about your pension now. You may already be paying into a pension pot with your employer, but it is always good to look at your other pension options. In fact, it can often turn out to be extremely beneficial to investigate your options. Many providers offer personal pensions, such as stakeholder pensions, whereby you can put aside any funds you have letting them invest

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