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Celebrate the lunar new year this week with these 3 delicious Chinese recipes

As we look ahead to the lunar new year (10 Feb), many of us may be searching for traditional ways to mark the occasion. In Chinese cultures, food plays an important role in ringing in the new year with particular dishes and food items symbolising a range of elements – from strength to an abundance of wealth.

And in her new cookbook, Simply Chinese Feasts: Tasty Recipes For Friends And Family, TV presenter and author Suzie Lee is inviting readers to take a seat at her table to explore the "myriad Chinese celebrations, festivals and traditions, all of which centre around food and family". Among the recipes, Lee has included several dishes that are central to the lunar new year. From chow mein to spring rolls, these are three of the best recipes to try for the occasion.

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Pancake Day is only a week away… 
Jimbobart / £23
Pancakes aren't just for Shrove Tuesday. This plate would look just as good hung on your wall year-round as it would piled high with crepes
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John Lewis / £15
No one wants to get their clothes covered in flour and icing sugar, so this gingham apron is an necessary piece of kitchen kit
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emma bridgewater / £45
The secret to making the best pancakes is to chill your batter before cooking – make yours ahead and pop this jug in the fridge (and thank us later)
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oliver bonas / £29.50
Because you're only one cup of milk, one cup of self-raising and a large egg away from perfect pancakes, every time
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john lewis / £20
Dishwasher and microwave safe and big enough to fit several portions of pancake mix, this extra large bowl is worth the cupboard space
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our place / £155
Whether you're making fluffy American style or a savoury galette, a non-stick pan is essential – and this design comes in six colours
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Why peptides are the hair care ingredient to look out for (and 9 products to know)

Peptides are a hot topic right now in the hair care world, thanks in no small part to the fact that they work their magic on a range of hair types. From people struggling with thinning hair, breakage or scalp health, to those looking to grow their locks as long and as lusciously as possible, there are peptide-rich products out there for everyone.

So it's little wonder that experts are predicting that peptides are going to be a big deal in 2024 and beyond. But if you're wondering what exactly they are, you've come to the right place. Here, we're breaking down what peptides are, what they do, the hair types and textures they work best with and the nine best products to have on your radar.

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