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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

MasterChef 2013 winner Natalie Coleman

MasterChef 2013 winner Natalie Coleman on being crowned third female champion: 'I can keep up with boy banter'

Credit controller and part time DJ Natalie Coleman has become the third woman to win MasterChef after beating Welshmen Larkin Cen and Dale Williams in the final.

How We Met: Ken Hom & Ching-He Huang

Ken Hom OBE, 63

Just like a woman?:Nadia Santini, winner of this year’s Veuve Cliquot Best Female Chef award

Is there a place for sex in the kitchen?

A storm of controversy greeted this year’s award for the world’s best ­female chef, but it wasn’t surrounding the winner. Instead, as Sudi Pigott explains, it was about whether gender matters in cooking.

Be your own student Masterchef: Cooking delicious food with simple ingredients

No matter what anyone might say, cooking for yourself doesn't have to mean beans on toast. Student gastronome Joe McMullan has a few basic lessons for those of you who aspire to greater meals

The Final Four with the judges Larken Cen, Natalie Coleman, Gregg Wallace, John Torode, Saira Hamilton, Dale Williams

'I hardly ever cook' says MasterChef semi-finalist who blagged his way through

A solicitor who has reached the final stages of this year's MasterChef has confessed that he rarely cooked before joining the fiercely competitive BBC One show.

Green scene: Clouds shroud the woods of Motovun in Istria

Independent on Sunday travel writing competition: Write your way to an inspirational week in Croatia

We have once again joined forces with Bradt Travel Guides  to offer readers the chance to win our travel-writing competition, with a top prize this year of a holiday for two to the Croatian region of Istria. PLUS have your winning story published in 'The Independent on Sunday' and Independent.co.uk

Room Service: A manor reborn, a star to follow?

Brockencote Hall, Worcestershire

Bright spot: a Silver room

Boutique flourish without the fuss: 25hours Zurich

Room Service: a design hotel that bridges the gap between budget and boutique

Clockwise from top left: the Blue Lagoon; Fimmvorduhals volcano; Reykjavik; Gullfoss waterfall

Foreigners are cool: Iceland's lesson for Britain as isolated island is voted the friendliest place on earth

The country that topped a hospitality poll could teach the UK (placed 55th) a thing or two, Jenna Gottlieb discovers

Sports caterer snapped up by American rival

A catering group that counts Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club among its clients has been snapped up by an American rival Centerplate. 

Lounge at The White House, Daylesford

Stay the Night: The White House, Daylesford, Australia

A couple of hours' drive from Melbourne, this smart rental is quite at home in desirable Daylesford, says James Litston

Ametsa is cool, minimal, and overwhelmingly white

Review: Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, The Halkin Hotel, Halkin Street, London

The full name of this week's restaurant, it pains me to report, is Ametsa with Arzak Instruction. Yes, really. And it's housed in a hotel which calls itself The Halkin by Como. I only get 800 words per review, so from here on in I'll just call the place Ametsa, although it's the Arzak element that has got the foodies all excited.

Reese Witherspoon has bought the film rights to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and would make an excellent female lead.

Gone Girl: the thinking woman’s Fifty Shades?

It is the book everybody is talking about. But can Gillian Flynn's tale of marital deviance live up to the hype? Definitely, says Matilda Battersby

Celebrity chef Paul Rankin who has shut his flagship restaurant Cayenne in Belfast blaming the continuing Union flag protests

Celebrity chef Paul Rankin closes flagship Belfast restaurant Cayenne, blaming continuing Union flag disturbances

One of Belfast's most famous restaurants has shut, it was disclosed today.

Kitchen confidential: Stephen Terry

'My secret to the ultimate bacon sarnie: marmalade'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

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Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
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Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

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How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

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Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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