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Being Modern: Macarons

Is that an Alber Elbaz pink-bubblegum macaron you're eating? Ermahgerd! You are so last year. Lanvin in 2013? Please… this year it's all about Reed Krakoff's matte-black confections. Well, it was at New York Fashion Week, anyway. Come on, keep up!

Karen O, of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Caught in the net: Totally wicked track with lots of bite

On Radio 1 this week, Yeah Yeah Yeahs unveiled “Sacrilege”, the first song from their April-released fourth album, Mosquito – their first LP in some four years. Whereas on their last effort, 2009's well-received It's Blitz!, the New York trio tuned their guitars, drums, synths and vocals to a more dance-oriented sound, on “Sacrilege” at least, they've moved their focus again. Here, on a song produced by Nick Launay and regular collaborator Dave Sitek, a big rock sound prevails with the high-pitched vocals of Karen O (pictured) augmented by a large chanting gospel choir. Hear the track streaming at yeahyeahyeahs.com.

Review: The Taste of Apple Seeds, By Katharina Hagena. Atlantic £12.99

Iris isn't sure she really wants to inherit the old house. But it's been left to her by her grandmother, Bertha, so after the old lady's funeral, when her mother and aunts have gone back to their lives, Iris moves in. Temporarily, at least.

The News Matrix: Saturday 16 February 2013

DfE staff 'subjected to intimidation'

Serve goat curry with basmati rice and scatter with the sprigs of coriander

Goat curry

Serves 4-6

You don't have to buy cheap meat to eat on a budget

Meat-eaters needn’t sacrifice their  health or spend a fortune to track down nutritious recipes, says Lisa Markwell

The 10 Best Valentine gifts

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During the wintry weather the natural sources of food change for birds

The foodie bird catches the honey-fed mealworm

As the wintry weather transforms the suburban garden into the blasted heath in King Lear, spare a thought for the poor birds whose natural sources of food have been snowed on, iced up, rained away or blown to buggery.

Didn't Antonia de Sancha used to be somebody?

A new picture of a once famous political lover amuses Quentin Letts

The reclusive family who didn't see another human for 40 years

Those with an interest in 20th century history will be familiar with the stories of famous recluses like Howard Hughes or the Vietnam vets who emerged from the jungle some 20 years after the war had ended, but the Lykov family beats them all.

When a team of Soviet geologists accidentally stumbled across the family in a remote part of Siberia, they were so isolated that they were unaware that the second world war had even started, never mind finished. It was 1978.

Banana custard croquettes with dark chocolate sauce
Pear Beignets

What’s for supper? Pear beignets by Maria Elia

Ingredients to serve 4-6

Weekend work: Time to order seeds

What to do

Chickpea and coconut curry makes a great vegetarian main course

Chickpea and coconut curry

Serves 4-6

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