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Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

Serve Mark's rhubarb triangle with ice-cream, clotted cream or whipped cream flavoured with vanilla, ginger or even a dash of Kingston Black cider brandy

The rhubarb triangle

Serves 4

Out and about: B&B del Corso

B&B and Beyond: Bed & Breakfast del Corso, Naples

Simon Calder explores Italy's ultimate comfort-food city from a cheap, spacious base that's handy for the airport

Kelly's €1bn boost for Magnum

Celebrity Kelly Brook has helped Unilever's Magnum ice cream join its €1bn club of brands, as shares in the consumer goods giant hit an all-time high.

Prue Leith: 'If i could take one thing to a desert island, it would be chilli sauce. Ideally Nando's Piri Piri'

My Life In Food: Prue Leith

'If I could take one thing to a desert island, it would be chilli sauce. Ideally Nando's Piri Piri'

Google Doodle celebrates the 112th birthday of Frank Zamboni, the man who invented the ice resurfacing machine

Google's latest interactive doodle marks the 112th birthday of Frank Zamboni, the man who invented the ice resurfacing machine.

A firefighter in Jerrawangala National Park, New South Wales

My journey into Australia’s boiling heart (but could I
fry an egg?)

Tempers are fraying in the town where it is 45C in the shade. Kathy Marks reports from Bourke

Kathy Marks: 'Heat is on and I can't thank electrician enough'

I love my electrician. I love him because before he disappeared on a month-long break, as many Australians do in January, he installed a ceiling fan in my house. Without that fan, I’m not sure I would have survived today. I sat under it all day, and so did my dog.

Wild and woolly: Pretty jumpers for Spring that you can wear right now...

Banish winter-weather blues with pretty jumpers from the first spring collections, says Gemma Hayward

Wild and woolly: Pretty jumpers for Spring that you can wear right now...

Banish winter-weather blues with pretty jumpers from the first spring collections, says Gemma Hayward

Sam Harris: 'you can tell the quality of a restaurant by the bread it serves when you sit down'

My life in food: Sam Harris, chef/patron, Zucca

'you can tell the quality of a restaurant by the bread it serves when you sit down'

Patrick Moore on: the Germans

As the Drip has already noted, the great Patrick Moore has died. His fixture in the British public's imagination was chiefly owed to his decades-long presenting career with The Sky at Night. But he also had many outspoken views on politics, of which his lack of affection for the Germans was a highlight. Here he is, quoted in the Daily Telegraph:

Postcard from... Berlin

Communist East Germany may have been killed off with the fall of the Berlin Wall 23 years ago, but its products live on – and on. Some 90,000 former East German citizens queued up in freezing temperatures over the weekend to get into east Berlin's Yuletide phenomenon for insiders – a Christmas market dedicated to selling “Ossiware” – goods that were being produced in East Germany before 1989 and still are.

Hartnett says: 'You don't cook for your ego, you cook for your guests. People want more relaxed dining experiences these days.'

Angela Hartnett: 'People assume all kitchens are manic. Half of them aren't that mad'

The secret of good Italian food is to keep it simple I used to help my gran cook supper when I was a kid, making things like aubergine Parmigiana. She always told me never to overcomplicate, to keep it seasonal and to buy the best quality you could afford.

Meet me in St Louis

The seventh-inning stretch was minutes away, but the crowd at the Busch Stadium had itchy feet. Throughout, spectators had been filing to and from the hotdog stands, or making come-hither gestures to the peanut vendor. Everyone was distracted.

Ice cream pottery? The beguiling world of Charlie Harry Francis

Interview with an ice cream entrepreneur

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