Food & Drink

With £7.9 million lost to romance scams in the first half of 2019, ‘romcons’ are a real danger to those looking for love online.

How to spot an online dating romance scam

After Thomas received a message request from someone on social media, he thought she was “beautiful, funny and kind”, and they spoke every day over several months.

“Looking back now, I can’t believe how easy it was for her to take advantage of me – I had no idea she was tricking me...

Marc Astley

Marc Astley



I’ve found more time to read (L Connor/PA)

I improved my bank balance (and the environment) when I gave up drinking takeaway coffee

Authored by Marc Astley

My name is Liz and I’m a coffee addict. But I’m not talking about your average ‘spoon it in the mug and swill it with boiling water’ variety.

Nope, I’m obsessed with fancy Arabica lattes from small batch, hipster coffee roasters. The type that start with a punchy espresso shot and are finished with an artisan swirl of steamed oat milk, with microfoam that settles into the liquid in...

Marcus Wareing’s advice for getting kids cooking

Authored by Claire Roberts

Marcus Wareing might be best known for critiquing budding chefs’ dishes on MasterChef: The Professionals, but the Michelin star restaurateur has a softer side at home.

The 49-year-old has three children with wife Jane – Jake, 18, Archie, 15 and Jessie, 12 – and it probably comes as no surprise that all of the Wareing kids can cook, which he says is a result of pulling them into the...

Jamie Oliver: 'About 3/10 of our family meals are idyllic – that's normal'

Authored by Paula_D

You might imagine meals in Jamie Oliver's household to be blissful, well-mannered scenes of his picture-perfect family digging into his cookbook classics, so it's nice to know the TV chef and child health campaigner experiences the same problems as most parents when it comes to kids and food.

"What was my last count? A million children?" he laughs. Five actually, in case you've lost...

11 tips for hosting Christmas for the very first time

Authored by Paula_D

If ever there was a time to shine, it's Christmas – from the twinkly star on the top of the tree and the snowglobe on the side, to the celebratory bubbly waiting to kick-start the festivities and the crowd-pleasing feast.

But what if it's all down to you to put the fizz into the merrymaking, provide the crackers and keep your uncles from fighting? Hosting can be a tough gig,...