Pastry parcels of love and heritage

It’s at once evocative, delicious and reassuring: the taste of my mother’s homemade Iraqi pastries. Folded circles of aromatic, buttery dough that are popular across the Middle East, these bite-sized treats can be stuffed with dates or with crushed sugary nuts; there are fried savoury versions filled with spiced chickpeas or meats. But my favourite […]

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10 rules for eating in restaurants with young children

1 Your days of exciting dining are done. Where once you thought nothing of eating in swanky Michelin-starred establishments or queuing up outside the hot new artisanal burger joint, your priorities have now shifted. Now all you want is cheap food brought to you as quickly as possible by a sympathetic waiting staff. Anything else […]

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10 rules for eating in restaurants with young children

Treating small children as discerning customers makes for good restaurant behaviour, says our reader Jude Anderson. Photograph: Peter Titmuss/Alamy Letters Monday 23 May 2016 19.36 BST Last modified on Monday 23 May 2016 22.00 BST Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 36 Save for later Eating in restaurants with young children […]

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IVF: ‘It’s overwhelming and shocking at every single turn’

Gabby Vautier and her husband, Gareth Farr … ‘There was all this pain and anxiety and sadness in our lives, but we weren’t sharing it.’ Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris for the Guardian Here’s something we all understand about conception: it’s a private thing. So what was most difficult about in vitro fertilisation (IVF), says Gareth Farr, […]

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