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10 best mince pies

It’s December, so Christmas is officially coming. Time to stock up on the mince pies. We’ve sampled them all to bring you the fruitiest, butteriest and most innovative in the shops

Greggs launches their own version of a 'cronut', the Greggsnut

Bakers say the launch is 'the most exciting thing since the birth of the sausage roll'

Ron Atkinson entering the Big Brother house

Matt Butler: Big Bad Ron Atkinson sneaks back as a cuddly old granddad on Celebrity Big Brother

View From The Sofa: There’s no getting away from the fact that a racist remark ended his career

Cake pushers, begone! We don't want your calories

If the Government wishes to curb the obesity epidemic, it should forget chip shops and focus on kind, maternal women in offices who equate sweet foods with happiness

Waitrose feasts on Eurovision boost

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

Couple arrested for allegedly putting razor blades in doughnuts and eating them in attempt to extort money from shop owner

Hospital x-rays of Carole Lee Leazer-Hardman, 39, and Michael Condor, 35, showed the couple had several razor blades in their stomachs

The 10 Best Mother's Day gifts

It's time to make her feel special with flowers, perfume, cupcakes – or even the latest in coffee-machine chic

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!

<b>Sylvester Stallone: Sly Moves</b> I have a thing about posture in the car. If I'm driving, I'll purposely put the seat upright to 90 degrees … and try to drive with my head on the headrest and it is so great for the neck and the spine.

The sly wisdom of action hero Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone might be 66, he might not have made a decent film for a while, and he might talk a bit funny, but could he still have you in a fight? Fuhgeddaboudit!

In an interview in today's Shortlist magazine, he confounds and delights in equal measure with a serious of pronouncements that leave us in no doubt: Step off Seagal,  move aside Arnie, Sly is back!

Grace Dent on TV: Ripper Street, BBC1

Sperm deposits, wombs in ribbons and ripped-out Fallopian tubes... Who enjoys this?

Totally baked: Two University of Colorado students face jail after feeding classmates pot brownies

Students like to let their hair down at the end of term, but two history undergraduates took the hippy spirit a step too far last Friday - baking their classmates and teacher brownies mixed with marijuana. The pair, both from University of Colorado, face multiple felony charges after a history teacher who ate some of the cakes lost consciousness and other students complained of effects ranging from anxiety attacks to dizziness.

Agenda: Laduree macarons; Quvenzhane; Wallis; Gastronomical; Enscripted

The immaculate confection

Arnaud Bignon

My life in food... Arnaud Bignon

'After a long day tasting, I eat yoghurt to freshen my palate'

Fitzbillies, 51-52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge

I'm walking through Cambridge at twilight, and there's a touch of magic in the misty air. Lights twinkle distantly behind college windows. Students stream past on bicycles, heading back to their digs. Apart from the fact that most of them are talking on mobile phones, we might have slipped back into another century.

Winteringham Fields' dining room is contrived to be both cosy and elegant

Winteringham Fields, 1 Silver Street, Winteringham, Lincolnshire

Approaching from the east, the first thing you see in the Lincolnshire village of Winteringham, an isolated straggle of houses on the fringe of the Humber, is a sign that baldly declares 'FERRETS'. It is an unlikely milieu for an upmarket 'restaurant with rooms'. Yet there it is at the heart of the village: a slate-topped, two-storey structure, possibly a former Georgian inn, with pantiled extensions. The facilities include a helipad, but our spirits failed to soar on entering Winteringham Fields. Booked in for Friday lunch (three courses £39.95, four courses £45), my wife and I found ourselves deposited in a small, unpopulated lounge. Our refusal to take a drink before the meal was greeted with an expression of surprise ("Oh!") as if apéritifs were pretty much compulsory.

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