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Hot Chicken, Bacon and Mango Salad

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Thursday, 12 January 2012

Today celebrity chef Nigel Brown launches his new and exclusive recipe blog with a warming chicken salad.

Chicken is always a favourite - whatever season it is - and this dish is perfect for those busy week nights when you don't have much time but you still want a treat for tea.

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A bit of a "phase"

Posted by Esther Walker
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on Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A friend of mine, who has a beautiful but classically unruly toddler, is due to have another baby in June. “I can’t believe I’m doing it again,” she said. “It’s all worth it, though isn’t it, right? RIGHT?”

Just now, after two months of illness-free, frustration-free bliss, Kitty is having a bit of a “phase”, as people politely call it. She will be 1 year old in February and I can already see her gearing up for toddler tantrums; she shrieks and arches her back when I try to dress her and clenches her little fists, purple with rage, as she tries to communicate to me through the medium of anger, what it is that she wants.

It is only going to get worse. And what would it be like with another one?

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Blow the detox

Posted by Esther Walker
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on Tuesday, 03 January 2012
Flowers to cheer you up

Why does everyone go on about how much they hate January? I love January. It's my favourite month. There are so few expectations of joy and happiness that I, personally, love it.

I can be as depressed as I like. No-one invites you out for dinner, or to a party, or anything. It's great!

And I always find the run-up to Christmas a tiny bit like the run-up to the end of the world. Quick, quick, quick... got to get everything done by this looming deadline. And you hold your breath and do it all and sort of expect the sky to fall on your head. But then January 2 and 3 and 4 roll around in the usual fashion and you feel like you've been given a second chance at life.

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