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Medium-sized cats from around the world

Medium-sized cats from around the world

Cats come in two kinds, right? Big huge things that roam the wilds of Africa and Asia, hunting prey and roaring everywhere. And the humble domestic cat, leaving you half-dead birds and lounging in the most inconvenient places.

Sopa da pedra: Portuguese stone soup

Sopa da pedra: Portuguese stone soup

What could be more delicious that a hot, stone soup of an autumn evening? Well, quite a lot I imagine. A soup made from stone doesn’t soup appealing, let alone edible. However, it is both.

Everything you wanted to know about aubergines

Everything you wanted to know about aubergines

It’s a little ironic for me to be writing about aubergines considering I probably haven’t ever eaten one myself. I’m an incredibly fussy eater and I’m sure I would’ve dismissed the idea of eating a purple vegetable off-hand. But nevertheless, the aubergine is a fascinating thing for many different reasons. Let me tell you why.

Cuíca: The drum that sounds like a cross between a possum and a lion

Cuíca: The drum that sounds like a cross between a possum and a lion

Have you ever been listening to a nice bit of samba or reggae and wondered what that squeaking/woofing noise was?

Quintessentially British things that originated elsewhere

Grab a cup of tea and some fish and chips while we cover some of the most quintessentially British things we nicked from somewhere else.

Jellyfish: The world's wateriest animal

Jellyfish: The world’s wateriest animal

Once, on a day trip to the beach, I saw hundreds of dead jellyfish washed up on the sand. What could’ve happened? How did they get there? Why were there so many?

The alternative Christmas menu 2013

The alternative Christmas menu 2013

If you want to add an international flavour to your Christmas celebrations (or just fancy a year off the turkey), why not pick a dish or two from our alternative Christmas menu: