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  • ‘Feel fuller’ ingredient created

    ‘Feel fuller’ ingredient created

    A new food additive that suppresses the appetite and prevents weight gain may one day be used in slimming bread. The ingredient, IPE (inulin-propionate ester) makes food more filling by stimulating the gut to release hormones that act on the...

  • European vintage round-up

    European vintage round-up

    With its consistent climatic conditions, Malta rarely suffers from a poor vintage, but that’s definitely not the case in other European wine-growing countries where the weather is less predictable and more erratic. This has been especially so in...

  • Release of premium reds soon

    The latest vintage of Delicata’s two flagship red wines Gran Cavalier has just been bottled at the winery and will be released to the market in the coming weeks. The 2013 vintage Gran Cavalier Syrah and the 2013 Gran Cavalier Merlot are both DOK...

  • Taramosalata

    Taramosalata

    Serves 4 Ingredients4 slices white bread, without crust2 onions½ tsp garlic, crushed120g salmon caviar2tbsp lemon juice2 tbsp parsley, chopped¼ tsp red chilli Method Soak the bread in water, then squeeze out well. Peel and finely chop the onions,...

  • Stuffed turkey drumsticks

    Stuffed turkey drumsticks

    Ingredients4 boneless turkey drumsticks350g veal, minced100g collar bacon, finely chopped75g dried cranberries2 cloves garlic, mincedSage, finely chopped100g chestnuts, choppedParsley, finely choppedOatmeal1 knob butterChicken stockPort...

  • Pooh drawing makes £314,500

    Pooh drawing makes £314,500

    A familiar image of Winnie the Pooh as he played ‘Poohsticks’ with Piglet and Christopher Robin has sold at auction for more than £300,000. The illustration by E.H. Shepard − first published in 1928 − one of the most famous images of Pooh, had...

  • Pasta di mandorle

    Pasta di mandorle

    Ingredients500g ground pure almond300g icing sugar100g castor sugar4 egg whites1 lemon2 tsps honeyVanilla Method Heat the oven to 180ºC. Mix the almond and sugar well until integrated. Grate the lemon zest and mix with the almonds. Add vanilla,...

  • The different faces of female oppression

    The different faces of female oppression

    TheatreMarjelenaPjazza Teatru Rjal With rising awareness of the often hidden plight of women in daily life, including the local scene, Leanne Ellul’s new play, Marjelena, performed by Bakkanti Troupe at the Green Room of Pjazza Teatru Rjal, was a...

  • A Santa Claus classic

    A Santa Claus classic

    Get Santa (2014)Certified: UDuration: 102 minutesDirected by: Christopher SmithStarring: Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor, Stephen Graham, Ewen Bremner, Jodie Whittaker, Michael Walter, Warwick Davis, Joanna Scanlan, Nonso Anozie, Perry...

  • Tinkering with Hobbit was ‘all for a good cause’

    Tinkering with Hobbit was ‘all for a good cause’

    The final movie based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is here for the holidays and while the creators of the popular franchise admit they have taken a few liberties, they say it is all for a good cause. A new character, the female elf warrior...

  • Judi Dench wept at demise of agent M

    Judi Dench wept at demise of agent M

    Dame Judi Dench has told how she cried when James Bond producers told her that M was being killed off. The veteran actress played the MI6 chief in seven 007 films but her character met her demise in Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig, in 2012. She...

  • Birdman, Unbroken among top 2014 films

    From Birdman to Unbroken, the American Film Institute (AFI) selected an eclectic range of films already gaining momentum in the Hollywood awards race as its top picks for 2014, the organisation said. Breaking the traditional selection of 10 films...

  • Malaria death rates fall

    Malaria death rates fall

    WHO says world has managed to halve number of people dying from infectious disease but Ebola epidemic threatens progress in West Africa Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 and cases are falling steadily thanks to more people being...

  • Ebola nurse slams Band Aid single

    Ebola nurse slams Band Aid single

    The British nurse who survived Ebola has described the new Band Aid charity single as “cringeworthy”. William Pooley went back to work at an isolation unit in Sierra Leone in West Africa, despite having been airlifted to London after catching the...

  • Tom Hanks, Sting get high-profile honours

    Tom Hanks, Sting get high-profile honours

    Hollywood stars, ballet dancers, and soul singers celebrated Kennedy Center Honors winners actor Tom Hanks, singer-songwriter Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin during Washington’s high-profile tribute to excellence in the arts. Ballerina Patricia...

  • Bowie and Swift lead BBC nominees

    Bowie and Swift lead BBC nominees

    David Bowie, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are among the nominees in the first ever BBC Music Awards. Bowie and Sheeran are up against Elbow, Jungle, Royal Blood and Sam Smith for the accolade of British Artist of the Year. It is the second nod for...

  • Mockingjay retains top spot at US box office

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third film in the dystopian action series starring Jennifer Lawrence, collected $56.9 million to hold off advances by animated films Penguins of Madagascar and Big Hero 6 and claim victory at the US...

  • Fidelio wows La Scala

    Fidelio wows La Scala

    Daniel Barenboim celebrated his final season premiere as musical director of La Scala on Sunday with a performance of Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, winning a 13-minute ovation on the opening night of a new modern-dress...

  • Graffiti artists cover Miami neighbourhood, wall-to-wall

    Graffiti artists cover Miami neighbourhood, wall-to-wall

    The acrid smell of spray paint fills the air in Miami’s once-blighted Wynwood neighbourhood where graffiti artists from all over the world have descended, covering walls – sometimes invited, sometimes not – with eye-popping murals from traditional...

  • Parma ham, tomato and Parmesan misto

    Parma ham, tomato and Parmesan misto

    Serves 2 Ingredients200g Parma ham150g cherry tomatoes200g rucola100g mixed leaves100g artichokes50g Parmesan cheeseFor the dressing50ml raspberry purée100ml extra virgin oil10ml white vinegar10g fresh basil½ tsp honey Method In a bowl whisk all...

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