Water Baby

THE summer holiday must-have? Once you’ve packed the factor 40 and a killer beach read, a decent waterproof mascara is your next essential. These are the ones you need to know about.

best waterproof mascaras

Long-lasting formulas, smudge-proof promises and with all the benefits you expect from your regular mascara, waterproof wands have a lot to live up to. Before you buy, consult our tried and tested reviews… Read more: ELLE.

RIH Eats

Best-selling cookery writer Anjum Anand certainly knows her stuff when it comes to Indian food; her breakthrough book (Indian Food Made Easy) actually knocked Harry Potter off the top spot! From her latest title - Anjum’s Quick and Easy Indian – this recipe for Indian stir-fried spring veg vermicelli with peanuts is a made-in-minutes supper staple. And it’s super healthy to boot!

Vermicelli and rice noodles feature on Indian menus, the former in desserts in North India as well as in quick stir-fries in many regions, the latter mostly in the South. This recipe is inspired by those northern vegetable stir-fries. If you make the recipe with fine vermicelli (available in Indian stores), you will produce a softer, more unctuous dish. Rice noodles, used here, are more textured but also more widely available. Both work well. Add edamame beans for a little protein, but you can use broad beans or peas for a burst of sweetness if you prefer.

stir-fried spring veg vermicelli with

  • 2–3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp chana dal
  • 14 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 15g root ginger, peeled weight, finely shredded
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 7.5cm matchsticks
  • 12 asparagus spears, tips cut whole on the diagonal, stalks finely sliced
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 handfuls of edamame beans
  • 300g packet fine rice noodles
  • 2–3 tbsp lemon juice, to taste
  • small handful of finely chopped mint or coriander leaves
  • small handful of roasted salted peanuts, lightly crushed

 

noodles

Heat the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan. Add the chillies and mustard seeds and, once the popping dies down, the chana dal and curry leaves. Once the lentils start to colour, add the red onion, ginger and seasoning and sauté for three to four minutes before adding the turmeric. Fry for 20 seconds, stirring to mix well, then add the rest of the vegetables.

Stir-fry for two minutes, then add the rice noodles and lemon juice and continue to cook for another two minutes, or until the noodles are soft but the vegetables are still crunchy. Stir in the herbs and peanuts and serve hot or warm.

Politics and Fashion

We do get rather bored of how commentary on female politicians seems to be limited to what they’re wearing. With David Cameron’s recent reshuffle, the usual media outlets have been all aflutter with all the sartorial details of the PM’s latest posse. Yawn. Luckily the New Statesman has created a guide to the Kings of the Downing Street catwalk… And it’s brilliant.

politics and fashion

He sashayed into Downing Street, offering a daring glimpse of his hand. And his face. And just a glimpse of the bare skin on the top of his head. William Hague knew that all eyes would be on him as he stepped down from the Foreign Office, and he dressed accordingly, carefully balancing the undeniable erotic charge of his low-cut suit jacket with the businesslike light blue tie. Read more: New Statesman.

100 Years, 100 Legacies

It can’t have escaped your notice that this year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War One; a conflict which truly shaped society, politics and the world we live in today. Commemorating the anniversary, the Wall Street Journal has launched an inspired and absolutely fascinating resource: the 100 Years, 100 Legacies microsite.

100 Years 100 Legacies

“Wall Street Journal editors from around the world have selected 100 legacies that still shape our lives today. History is always open to interpretation, but as the war to end all wars retreats from living history, it feels more important than ever to remember its impact. It is everywhere you look.”

From drinking hours to Dada, passports to Pilates and wristwatches to the women’s vote,  100 Years, 100 Legacies is an interactive site that will keep you occupied for hours….

About Couture

If you’re someone not into their fashion, the endless schedule of Fashion Weeks can seem pretty baffling, bordering on bonkers. And then there’s couture: catwalk shows exhibiting prohibitively-priced, sumptuously-decorated garments that no one’s ever going to wear. What on EARTH is that all about then?

couture

Staging an haute couture fashion show takes unimaginable time and expense, and most fashion make their profits from lower-priced accessories. So what is the point of gobsmackingly expensive couture? Read more: The Guardian.

New Nails

Banish black and get rid of grey! Summer is the season to embrace bright colours, which are scientifically proven to make you 87.5% happier too. From award-winning four-free nail colour brand Nailberry, the Summer Collection features a range of six bold, bright colours perfect for fingers and toes.

nailberry summer 204

Our favourites? The punchy Rio (canary yellow) and De Janeiro (mint green) colours look fantastic on fingertips, while A Smart Cookie (deep raspberry pink) is chic pedicure choice. While we’re aware that nail colour won’t change your life, it is rather nice isn’t it?

Nailberry’s Summer Collection is available to buy online here.

 

How To Marry

Summer’s officially wedding season. Whether you’re planning on walking down the aisle for the first time, buying an appropriate frock or pondering whether to go for a hat or not, chances are you may be involved with something wedding-related this summer. And yet, as we toast the happy couple, we’re fully aware that the odds are stacked against us – the stats ain’t good, people. So why and how do we end up marrying the wrong person? The Philosophers’ Mail has some answers…

unhappy marriage

Given that marrying the wrong person is about the single easiest and also costliest mistake any of us can make (and one which places an enormous burden on the state, employers and the next generation), it is extraordinary, and almost criminal, that the issue of marrying intelligently is not more systematically addressed at a national and personal level, as road safety or smoking are. Read more: The Philosophers’ Mail.

RIH Eats

Pastries, heavy sauces and beaucoup of fromage – you could be forgiven for thinking that French food is anything but healthy. Inspired by the best of Gallic cuisine, Delphine de Montalier’s Raw Food French Style is nothing short of a revelation. Eating raw food doesn’t have to mean the same-old salads either – this is a cookbook full of inspiring recipes, packed with intriguing flavours. Focusing on seasonal, fresh ingredients, and packed with beautiful images to accompany the recipes, the book is a joy to read. And particularly for reinvented classics such as this delicious – and saintly – Raw Lemon Tart.

raw lemon tart

  • 170g blanched whole almonds
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 13 pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • Zest of 2 organic lemons
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 150 g cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla powder
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

 

 

To make the pastry case for the tart, first remove the zest from both lemons using a fine zester tool to scrape away tiny pith-free shreds. Reserve the zested lemons for the lemon juice for the filling. Follow the instructions for mixture before blending and reserving the remaining zest for a final garnish.

Soak the almonds in a small amount of warm water for at least an hour. Drain them and blend with the pine nuts, dates, honey and enough water to obtain a reasonably smooth mixture. The dough should be very well mixed and should not stick to your fingers.

raw lemon tart recipe

Use the palms of your hands to spread out the dough in a tart tin with a removable base. With the flat, damp base of a glass, continue to press the dough into the tin. Remove any excess dough from around the edges.

For the filling, drain the cashew nuts and blend them in a food processor or blender with the vanilla powder, lemon juice and coconut oil, to obtain a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into the pastry case, and refrigerate the tart for at least 2 hours. Garnish with lemon zest before serving.

Skinny Shaming

It’s been a few weeks since Instagram account You Did Not Eat That went viral, and we’re not going to lie – we found it pretty amusing to start out with. But maybe the ‘skinny shaming’ account is really asking us to pass judgement – yet again – on other women’s bodies. And that’s not okay. Good on fashion blogger Ella Catliff for weighing in (sorry…) and speaking out.

YDNET

Let’s be honest, we’ve all rolled our eyes at a perfectly styled shot of a brunch laden table groaning with bagels posted alongside an #OOTD snap of someone wearing size 0 J Brands. Or, as the profile’s founder puts it “a pink frosted doughnut in front of an eight-inch thigh gap”. Read more: La Petite Anglaise.

Animal Kingdom

Our latest jewellery obsession? In LOVE with these amazing pieces from Bill Skinner. Unique, fantastical and beautifully made. We can’t quite pick a favourite…

Bill Skinner jewellery

Bill Skinner jewellery available to buy online here. You can also find the brand on Facebook or follow on Twitter @billskinneruk.