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Top five autumn vegetables to plant in your garden now

The Vegetable Awards

As a nation, we Brits have developed a much more health-conscious mentality over recent years. Gone are the days when stale beer and cigarettes provide our main intake every weekend and, instead, people are embracing hikes, runs, competitive sports and yoga.

Whatever our extra-curricular activities, there is one thing that we now know for certain. The most important thing to help maintain our health, the condition of our skin, our energy levels and our mood is the food that we choose to consume. In fact, many leading nutritionists such as Shawn M. Talbott now claim that as long as our diet is right then exercise, although beneficial, is not as integral to maintaining good health as we used to believe.

There’s just one problem – we’ve entered autumn and the increasingly cold weather that leads us towards winter has been proven to increase people’s desire to eat unhealthily, opting for “cheat foods,” processed foods and foods with unnatural sugars rather than fruits and vegetables, which help support our body. View all of this post >

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8 of the Best Twitter Accounts for Home and Cooking Advice

Whether it’s seeking inspiration for creating a stylish home you’re after or just a few recipe ideas, Twitter is sure to have the answer. Here, we take a look at our favourite British Twitter accounts that can help make life at home a lot easier.

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@LifeandStyle

This Twitter account weeds through all of the Guardian’s Life and Style content for you. With a brief summary of each piece, you can find the best content on the Guardian’s stellar website without getting lost for hours at a time.

@FoodNetwork_UK

Not only will you receive updates and reminders regarding the television show’s schedule but this Twitter feed is also well known for linking to fantastic recipes which are as delicious as they are easy to follow.

@GHmagazine

You probably won’t be surprised to see this touchstone dropped in here – the Good Housekeeping Magazine’s own twitter account. The feed allows you to find great articles on their own site, without having to trawl through mountains of content.

@BritishBakeOff

Whether you’re keen to read what people thought of the show or are in search of some information on how to bake the splendid goodies they’ve showcased, you’ll be glad to hear that the Great British Bake Off has its own Twitter account.

@Nigella_Lawson

For an insight into the eating habits of English food writer Nigella Lawson, familiarise yourself with her Twitter account. Followers can check out what she’s eating throughout the day and, if you’re lucky, pick up the recipe.

@slowfooduk

Whether you’re looking for some food based events to catch while in London or you’re simply after some great recipes, the slow food feed is well worth looking up. This Twitter account also posts links to a wide variety of fascinating articles about current trends in the culinary world.

@JamieOliver

Jamie’s Twitter account offers the occasional recipe but focuses more on his day to day life. If you drop in once in a while for a chuckle you might be lucky enough to find a quick recipe, otherwise you’ll find some information on when next to catch him on telly.

@DeliaOnline

Delia’s Twitter feed is one of the neatest and most straightforward out there. Rather than linking to innumerable websites, Delia simply posts her chosen recipe of the day. Perfect!

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Top 10 Tastiest Recipe Websites (And Our Favourite Recipe from Each)

Modern technology is a wonderful thing and the advent of the internet means that we now have access to a greater wealth of knowledge than ever before. From household cleaning tips to new food recipes, the options are endless. Here is our top selection of recipe websites and the favourite dishes they’ve inspired us to create.

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Maison Cupcake: Chicken and Leek Pie

What better meal for cold weather than pie? Light, delicious pastry crammed with steaming hot meat and vegetables is the perfect tummy-filler and this post from Maison Cupcake gives you access to a great recipe for these mini delights.

Cook Bake Nibble: Apple Crumble

We love a delicious apple crumble come autumn, but what can you do if you’re intolerant to gluten? Thankfully, this great recipe from Cook Bake Nibble has the answer to that particular conundrum.

Helen Graves: Beetroot with Cumin and Feta

This simple but scrumptious dish is perfect as the frosty nights start to build up considerably. Alongside the fact that it is obviously a delight to sample, its best feature is the simple (and short) list of ingredients.

Miss Foodwise: Kentish Cobnut Cake

This quintessentially British blog throws up a very British recipe in the form of the Kentish Cobnut Cake. Again, the premise for this recipe is relatively simple, but this is unlikely to make it any less popular at Christmas time.

T & Cake: Caramel Fudge glazed Zucchini

This quirky recipe is definitely one for all those with a particularly sweet-tooth…or a weird sense of humour. Either way, it falls into the category of ‘must try’ simply because of the curiosity that flows through every genuine food-lover.

Best of this life: Gluten-free Chocolate Valentine’s Cupcakes

This website is great for anyone who needs to avoid gluten in their food but does not wish to deprive themselves of the sweet treats that life has to offer. This particular recipe could also land you some serious brownie points when the most romantic day of the year rolls around in February.

Great British Chefs: Butternut Squash Ravioli

The title indicates the unmistakeably British nature of this site. However, this particular recipe actually takes elements from across the planet in creating a new twist on the undeniably Italian dish.

Jill.net: Shortbread

Our love of shortbread drew us to this fantastic site where the simple layout made it easy to know what to do. A great option for a homemade Christmas present, with two months to go until the big day there is plenty of time to practice!

Gourmet Chick: Aubergine & Pomegranate Salad

Gourmet Chick markets herself as a girl who simply loves food and travel. Her aubergine (eggplant) and pomegranate salad continues this theme of relative simplicity, as well as being adaptable to virtually any time of the year.

The London Foodie: Dr G’s fillet of Beef Wellington

The London Foodie offers a range of recipes under titles designated by nationality. However, this delectable beef wellington recipe is unmistakeably British and is probably the standout recipe on a site which offers a notably diverse range of options.

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