Anna Jones’ spring herb and yoghurt soup recipe | The modern cook

The modern cook: Wake up sleepy palates with this fresh herb soup or a crisp salad fortified with sorrel, roasted radish and lentil The daffodils have been( and are almost gone) and the branches are heavy with bud: springtime is here. In the kitchen, signs of wintertime are fading, although the greener things that spring…

I live a healthier life now I’m free of the trappings of modernity | Mark Boyle

Being healthy is not about doctors, ambulances and technology. I use natural methods to keep my body in balance, writes Mark Boyle, the Guardians Life Without Technology columnist When people learn of my decision to reject modern complex technology in favour of older, slower, forgotten styles, their first line of investigation usually involves healthcare. Considering…

I live a healthier life now I’m free of the trappings of modernity | Mark Boyle

Being healthy is not related to doctors, ambulances and technology. I use natural methods to keep my body in balance, writes Mark Boyle, the Guardians Life Without Technology columnist When people learn of my decided not to reject modern complex technology in favour of older, slower, forgotten ways, their first line of investigation usually involves…

Nuno Mendes’ summer recipes: seared beef salad with herb puree

Cooking with this unusual technique renders the juiciest steak, which pairs beautifully with seasonal vegetables This may seem an unusual style to cook steak, but a light touch preserves the integrity of the meat and makes the juiciest melt-in-the-mouth steaks you can imagine. The garnishes are very much a reflection of what is around at…

My swimming odyssey:’ It felt like a last chance to prove what I was capable of’

It seemed like the ultimate challenge: a 5km swim between Greek islands. But would it help me deal with a trauma to come? I had always supposed I could swim. It may have been because I could run. It may well be because I wanted to swim. Or because I merely ever did 10 minutes…

How we made Musical Youth’s Pass the Dutchie

We met Michael Jacksons snake, made a film with Mr T, and were the first black band to be interviewed on MTV. It was a relief to get back to school Dennis Seaton, singer We were all still schoolkids in Birmingham when the band was formed. Patrick and Freddie ” Junior ” Waite’s dad was…

A factchecker goes to psychic school: can you predict what happens next?

For six months, I attempted to quiet my fact-checking, left-brain voice and tap into my goddess roots, where fantasy and reality are interchangeable Montclair Psychic School sits above a florist’s store in the cities of Rutherford, New Jersey. On a Sunday in June, eight students sit in a yellow painted classroom, watching a mastiff named…