Four canape recipes for feeding a festive crowd

Few things are as effective at crowd control as a platter of canapes. The ultimate in party food keep appetites at bay and needn’t be fussy or stressful. This foursome are a doddle to make and even easier to eat. Start 2016 on a food high … Canapés: guaranteed crowd-pleasers, and excellent for soaking up booze – and any leftovers ... Read More »

French retrospective celebrates work of German artist Anselm Kiefer

Paris – France’s Centre Pompidou opened a retrospective of the works of German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer on Tuesday with more than 150 works documenting his career from the late 1960’s to the present. Visitors to the exhibition, the first of its kind in France for more than three decades, can stroll through 10 rooms of  Kiefer’s art, which ... Read More »

Mexican artist Toledo mourns disappeared, murdered in new show

Mexican graphic artist Francisco Toledo attends an interview with Reuters in Oaxaca, Mexico, December 12, 2015. Bloodshot faces, baked into ceramic pots, grimace in pain. Gnarled fingers poke from ashen clay. A skull and hands, the only remains of a body, grip the top of a wall, trying to escape. They are among more than 100 pieces created by Francisco ... Read More »

New blood thinner ‘antidote’ to help doctors move past warfarin

Patient Eilleen Corrigin has blood drawn at an anti-coagulation clinic at the Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York in this May 7, 2012, file photo. A new class of blood thinners that competes with widely used warfarin should get a boost next year when an “antidote” that can reverse the medications’ effects in an emergency is expected ... Read More »

Hair piece: 10 of the best hair accessories

Easiest way to zhush up your look in less than 14 seconds? A fancy hair accessory – it’s a bit Prada, and a bit of fun £6, Photograph: £115, by Jennifer Behr from Photograph: £2.99, . Photograph: FacebookTwitterPinterest £25, Marc by Marc Jacobs . Photograph: £170, by Marni from . Photograph: ... Read More »

Nigel Slater’s quick Christmas roast recipe

A pair of partridges: Nigel Slater’s quick Christmas roast recipe. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin for the Observer The recipe Set the oven at 200C/gas mark 6. Wash 350g of Jerusalem artichokes, slice them in half lengthways then put them in a roasting tin. Cut 3 large banana shallots into quarters then add them to the artichokes. Tuck in 8 sprigs of ... Read More »

Come on supermarkets – wonky is the shape of fruit and veg to come

I have not managed to find a single person who gives a toss about the shape of their vegetables: an amusing carrot can even perk us up. Photograph: Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images What pathetic supermarkets we have. Their efforts to sell imperfect fruit and veg are pretty weedy. All right, Morrisons is having a trial in the north-east, Asda’s selling them ... Read More »

The procrastinator’s Christmas gift guide that protects the planet in no time flat

Never too late for a present… Photograph: Alamy It’s 22 December, and if you are among a select group of individuals who like to live dangerously, you have not finished – or even started – your Christmas shopping. Why? I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps you haven’t heard the incessant barrage of pop-revival Christmas carols ... Read More »

Harassed by your boss at the Christmas party? You’re not alone

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees from harassment at work-related social events. Photograph: David De Lossy/Getty Images Tuesday 22 December 2015 07.30 GMTLast modified on Tuesday 22 December 201507.32 GMT Cornered by lecherous co-workers with wandering hands. Told loudly by a senior colleague that you’re too “hot” to be part of the technical team. Proclaimed winner of the “best arse” award. Asked ... Read More »

Bright ideas: how to stay safe when running in the dark

More than 12,000 runners take part in the 72km SaintéLyon night run. Photograph: Gilles Reboisson Do you like running around in the dark with lots of other people? Well, I may have just the race for you. It is little known outside France, but one of the oldest ultramarathons in the world takes place in the Rhône department of France. ... Read More »