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Not A Whole Hill of Beans

Affordable, nutritious and highly versatile, beans are must-have ingredient in everyone's pantry. I do not have a pressure cooker at home, and for many years I was daunted by the aspect of long preparation time for bean dishes...until I tried a recipe of beans in reduced red wine from Melissa Clark's video on the New York Times. She debunked a couple of myths about cooking beans and got me hooked on the simple and fuss free way in preparing bean dishes. Since then, I have tried cooking beans with seasonal vegetables: chickpeas and squash during autumn, black eye peas with kale during winter, white beans with tomatoes and the variations go on. With a little planning, preparing bean dishes can be...

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Slow & Steady Wins the Race

This year, ViTRINE will run a campaign to encourage its readers to try taking a slower pace of living via its Instagram account. During the course of the year, 100 ways to escape the fast paced madness of the 21st century will be shared with its readers via photos posted on Instagram. We invite our followers to share your way of taking it slow, with us by hash-tagging their post with #100WaysSlowLiving2015 and #72Smalldive. Each month the most inspiring tip will be selected and included in our list of 100 slow living tip for 2015, and the contributor will be awarded a 72 Smalldive €50 online shopping voucher, valid for any online purchase via 72 Smalldive webstore.

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

Citrus fruits are at the peak of their flavours during the winter season. I always look forward to this season’s offering of clementine and blood oranges. In fact, it is the only time I would eat an whole peeled orange. For those with the luxury of owning a citrus fruit tree in the garden, you would also know that a great way to spend your cold weekend indoors, is to prepare and stock up orange (or mix citrus) marmalade for gifts or Sunday brunches. The humble orange is in fact a highly versatile ingredient that could be used in a wide variety of dishes: from salads, soups to deserts, the accessible and economical fruit lends your dish a sophisticated sweet...

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Gracious Living Guide 27: Not Being That Brand New Me

Not being able to fulfill one's resolutions may be frustrating, but it does not hurt to take a gentler and kinder attitude with our failures in keeping our resolutions, after all life is not just a sheet of paper with check boxes and ticks

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