• The best festive canapé recipes for your Christmas gathering

    Browse our brilliant selection of easy but impressive canapé recipes for your festive celebrations — click on photo below for recipes. We've sourced Scandi-inspired mini open sandwiches, rare beef Japanese style roll ups, Spanish olives with Manchego cheese, cheesy cauliflower fritters and many more.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR

  • The Queen remembers 'with great warmth' her meetings with Nelson Mandela

    The Queen has said she is "deeply saddened" to learn of the passing of Nelson Mandela, and has sent her "sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa". A statement from Buckingham Palace said, "Her Majesty remembers with great warmth her meetings with Mr Mandela. "He worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today."   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Prince Charles also paid tribute to the iconic former leader, describing his as the "embodiment of courage and reconciliation". "He was also a man of great humour and had a

  • South Africa and the world mourns the passing of a icon

    South Africans have gathered in Johannesburg and Soweto to mourn their former leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday aged 95. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY There was dancing and singing in front of Mr Mandela's former home in Soweto as his people paid tribute throughout the night.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY As soon as the news broke in a late night national TV address by President Jacob Zuma, small crowds began to gather in Soweto's Vilakazi Street, where the iconic leader lived in the 1940s and 1950s. By daybreak, dozens more had gathered. "We are celebrating his life and

  • 'Excited' Lacey Turner confirms she is returning to EastEnders as Stacey Branning

    One of EastEnders' most popular characters is heading back to Albert Square. Lacey Turner is reprising her role as Stacey Branning in January, after nearly three years away from the BBC soap. Stacey was last seen fleeing the country after she was exposed as the killer of Archie Mitchell. Show bosses have said her shock return will be one to remember.   "I may have left EastEnders over three years ago, but the show has also been in my heart, as has Stacey, and she has never really left my side. "I am so excited about returning and seeing what the future holds

  • Frankie Sandford finds the perfect workout companion in son Parker

    Frankie Sandford has found the perfect workout companion in her baby son Parker. The new mum posted a cute photo of herself exercising at home while carrying newborn Parker safely in a baby carrier. "Finally found a way to make working out enjoyable!" wrote Frankie next to the picture. "#everybodyneedsaparker."   Frankie, who is due to re-join her band The Saturdays on tour in 2014, is clearly keen to get back into her pre-baby shape before the energetic concerts begin again. In another Instagram picture 24-year-old Frankie showed off a charming Scrabble-themed wall decoration of her family's interlinking names. Frankie and her footballer fiancé, Wayne

  • Kate pairs £19.99 Zara necklace with bespoke Roland Mouret gown

    Kate Middleton accessorised her cream designer Roland Mouret dress with a dazzling statement necklace from high street store Zara on Thursday night. The Duchess of Cambridge turned heads in the budget bling, which retails for £19.99 but has since sold out completely. It wasn't the first time Kate had worn the bespoke Roland Mouret gown – the royal, who is known for recycling her outfits, debuted the elegant number at a ball in May 2012.   Earlier this year, designer Roland spoke about Kate wearing his design. "I think it was quite fantastic that there was a split up the front," he told the Sunday Telegraph. "That picture

  • 'I want our children to know that rhinos are not just a picture in a book': Prince William and David Beckham promote wildlife campaign

    He has one day promised to show his son Prince George the wonders of Africa. Now Prince William is taking big steps to help protect elephants, rhinos and sharks for future generations. Scroll down to see the video In September, the caring royal teamed up with fellow dads David Beckham and Yao Ming to film two messages for a WildAid campaign addressing illegal wildlife products.   The first message — titled Fatherhood — was released in Shanghai this week. "As a father, I want our children to know that rhinos are not just a picture in a book," the Duke of Cambridge says, while

  • 'I'm definitely not pregnant': Rebecca Adlington give post-jungle interview

    I'm A Celebrity evictee Rebecca Adlington has denied reports that she is pregnant in an interview on Lorraine. The Olympic swimmer sat down with Kate Garraway following her stay in the jungle, and addressed the speculation about her health after she was exempt from a few of the jungle trials.   "I'm absolutely fine — every single person went through it. Mo was excluded from a few, David, Matthew, myself. I didn't know what the trials were, I had no control over them, all you get told is… you do the medical at the start and you can't do them. "But it's definitely

  • New mum Kate brings joy and laughter to children's hospice

    New mum Kate Middleton championed a cause close to her heart with a visit to a children's hospice on Friday afternoon. The 31-year-old met staff, children and their families at the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton near London. The Duchess, a keen supporter of children's hospices and palliative care, toured the facilities, watched a music therapy session, met volunteers and had tea with the children and their families.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY Kate had a private meeting with parents who recently lost their two young children to spinal muscular atrophy. Their one-year-old daughter died three days previously while they lost their five-year-old son to the

  • Get the look: Kate's grey wool Reiss coat

    Kate Middleton was the epitome of elegance in a £275 grey wool coat from Reiss as she stepped out at the Shooting Star Children's Hospice in Hampton on Friday. Click on the photo below to see our gallery of lookalike

  • Sophie Wright's cheesy cauliflower fritters

    Everyone agrees that cauliflower cheese is delicious, but this recipe gives you a lovely variation. Enjoy alongside a roast dinner or as a great veggie starter. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Makes about 16 fritters Ingredients ½ large cauliflower, cut into florets 60g / 2oz plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 60g / 3oz Freedom Food labelled Cheddar or Gruyère cheese ½ tsp grated nutmeg ½ tsp dried red chilli Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 whole Freedom Food labelled eggs 600ml / 1 pint vegetable oil for deep-frying Method Place the cauliflower into boiling water and cook for 5-7 minutes or until just tender. Don’t let it go soggy,

  • Cranberry bruschetta

    Preparation time: 15 minutes plus chilling time Cooking time: 20 minutes Makes 16 servings Ingredients 2-3 tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 x 250g jar Ocean Spray® Wholeberry Cranberry Sauce 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped 1 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped and a few leaves to garnish 1 French stick Method Heat a little of the oil and cook the onion and garlic until soft but not coloured. Add the Wholeberry Cranberry Sauce and red wine vinegar and stir until the sauce is melted. Bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat

  • Scandi Kitchen's five minute open sandwich canapés

    Have a Nordic start to your evening with these three simple mini open sandwiches from Scandi Kitchen. Smoked Salmon on sourdough bread with dill crème fraiche Handy tip: use a 4-5 cm round or square cookie cutter for shaping. Makes 8 canapés 2 large slices of fresh sourdough bread, lightly buttered 4-6 slices of thinly sliced good quality smoked salmon (we love Falkenbergs) A good dollop of crème fraiche Fresh sprigs of dill 2 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters A slice of lemon Cut the bread into 8 equal sized pieces. We usually cut rounds using a 4 cm pastry cutter. Arrange a thin slice of salmon on the

  • Santa's drinking habits revealed

    If Santa Claus was to drink a glass of sherry or port in every house in the UK this Christmas, he would gain over 263 tonnes in weight – almost 22 double decker buses. In order to burn this off, he would need to run for 146,666 days – the equivalent of 782,218 marathons. He would also consume more than one million litres of alcohol – equal to nearly 24 million units – according to alcohol education charity Drinkaware.   It serves as a reminder that while the festive season may involve drinking, it should not be an excuse to drink to excess,

  • How to take the perfect party selfie

    The festive season has provided celebrities with another excuse to fill our Instagram and Twitter feeds with selfies. Barack Obama was even spotted taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela's memorial service this week. If you want to share a party selfie but aren't quite sure how, take note of these five handy tips compiled by travel brand Expedia that will help you master the ultimate self-portrait...   Selfie queen Kim Kardashian recently showed her fans how to capture the perfect self-portrait   Consider the camera angle. Ideally, the phone should be held above your head so you are looking up towards the camera. This