Too much spice, burned meat and lumpy gravy: The 15 most common cooking disasters (and how to salvage them)

15 common cooking disasters and how to salvage them

While is nothing more disappointing than a meal which has gone wrong, just because you may have made a mistake doesn't mean your dish has to be binned. Chefs Pierre Needham, Rachel Green and Adam Hitchen share with FEMAIL their secret methods on how to rescue foods such as (clockwise from top left) burnt chicken, claggy carbonara; salty soup, gluey mashed potato, burnt butter and sticky scrambled eggs.

Food savvy kids taking mums and dads to task over providing nutritious meals

A new breed of food savvy kids could leave the adults lagging behind in the healthy eating stakes.

How Big Macs are REALLY made: Blogger goes behind the scenes at McDonald's... handling raw meat in factories and visiting its farms

Doug Armstrong, from London, steps into the kitchen to learn how to make his very own Big Mac. He also gets the chance to visit the McDonald's farm and factory.

'Shame on you!' M&S; in hot water after Facebook rant criticising its one-bag-per-teapot policy goes viral

Marie Byrne, from Ireland, complained on M&S;'s Facebook page about her pensioner parents being told they had to buy a second teabag for their pot.

Take krill oil, eat almond butter before bed and NEVER drink red wine: Suki Waterhouse and Millie Mackintosh's health guru on how to be in the best shape of your life

Suki Waterhouse's health guru on how to be in the best shape of your life

Russell Bateman, aka founder of The Skinny B**** Collective, has shared his vital tips he says will compliment your summer body plan and overhaul your health. Here, the health guru shares his golden lifestyle rules with FEMAIL - and says if you adopt his advice, you'll be in the best shape of your life.

Forget coconut water: Chilled CAMEL's milk is the latest must-have tipple... but a bottle will set you back £19!

For half a litre, the unusual drink retails at the same price as a supermarket bottle of Champagne. A 100ml-serving of camel's milk contains 53 calories, compared to 62 in full-fat cow's milk.

Back to school! New London restaurant to serve canteen dinners including alphabet spaghetti and fish fingers... but a meal will set you back £55 A HEAD 

The After School Club is London's latest restaurant, housed in The Round Chapel, Old School Rooms in, Hackney, London. For £55 diners can tuck into shepherd's pie and spaghetti.

Long live chivalry! 70% of men think they SHOULD pay for dinner and one in ten are happy to splash out more than £100 on a first date

Most British gentlemen are happy to foot the bill when it comes to first dates, regardless of how successful they are, but half of women don't expect men to splash the cash.

Papa John's pizza founder has his hands insured for $15 MILLION... putting him in the same league as Heidi Klum's legs and Madonna's breasts

In a bold move by Papa John's to protect one of its most important assets, founder John Schnatter is thought to be the first pizza maker in the UK to have his hands insured by Lloyd's of London.

Turning Japanese! Millie Mackintosh stars in food series with ex-Nobu chef as she learns how to make Asian cuisine

Millie Mackintosh, 25, stars in a YouTube mini-series alongside Scott Hallsworth. The food-loving pair go in search of sustainable local produce and develop restaurant-ready plates.

An apple a day keeps the FAT away: The 30 foods you should be eating if you want to lose weight

Experts say that foods such as almonds, peanut butter, red wine, and asparagus, all have properties which can eliminate hunger and speed up your body's fat burning power.

Forage for flowers, put cocktails in jam jars and make napkins out of tea towels: Radio 1 DJ turned supperclub host Alice Levine on throwing a budget-friendly dinner party

Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine on throwing a budget-friendly dinner party

The 28-year-old Hackney-based cook is a self-confessed haggler who 'loves' a bargain. She forms half of supper club Jackson & Levine, alongside TV presenter pal Laura Jackson. The three-course feast runs bi-monthly from a warehouse in east London. Pictured left, Alice, and right, one of her tables arranged with tea-towel napkins and wild flowers

Angela Hartnett shares her exclusive tips for planning a posh picnic (and there's not a pork pie in sight)

Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett is creating an exclusive picnic for Royal Enclosure guest in the Winning Post Gardens at this year's Royal Ascot. Here she shares her top picnic tips with FEMAIL.

How to make a GIANT Oreo cake at home: Video reveals step-by-step recipe... using 14 eggs, 18 crushed biscuits and a pint of milk

A new YouTube tutorial, which has been viewed 800,000 times, demonstrates how to achieve the supersized cookie-cake hybrid.

Fruity cocktails, cider and even ice lollies: How your favourite sweet summer treats are rotting your teeth and ruining your smile

FEMAIL speaks to Dr Sameer Patel  for his expert tips on how to help minimise the damage inflicted on your teeth and mouth over the summer period.

Are food labels making us FAT? Shoppers are making poor healthy eating choices because nutritional info is too confusing

While many of us check the back of food packaging at the supermarket, we are not always making healthy choices. Confusing nutritional labels are leading shoppers astray.

Can POTATOES really prevent sunburn? Experts reveal 12 superfoods that can help heal skin damage

12 superfoods that can help heal sunburn

When suffering from a painful sunburn, experts advise to eat foods high in carotenoids as not only can do they soothe the skin but they could help speed up the healing process. FEMAIL has worked with three nutritionists - Geeta Sidhu-Robb of Nosh Detox, Lifesum's Lovisa Nilsson and Liana Bonadia from NutriCentre - to reveal the foods to eat that will help heal damaged skin. Clockwise from top left: Sweet potato; pomegranate; oatmeal; green tea, dark chocolate; watermelon and cucumber

World's hottest burger is so spicy it comes with a health warning (and a free bottle of water if you're brave enough to try it)

Brothers Jason and Garry Rendall, from Clackmannanshire, Scotland, say their patty contains the Carolina 
Reaper, a chilli which has a 2.2million rating in the Scoville scale of spiciness.

Slow-cooked eggs, streaky bacon and homemade baked beans: How to cook a full English breakfast with just HALF the calories (and it's easier than you think)

Londoners are being promised a full English breakfast with a twist when the Grease-less Spoon Cafe serves its 533-calorie meal which has half the calories of a 1,035 fried breakfast.

The six most ANNOYING diners you will see in the trendiest restaurants revealed (and, yes, Instagrammers are one of them)

A new breed of restaurant goers are frequenting trendy eating establishments, from awkwardly silent Tinder daters to the Vapers - who'd rather puff their dessert than eat it.

Don't drink milk before going out and eat baked beans with Marmite the morning after: Top summer hangover cures revealed

While there have been many old wives' tales about how to combat a hangover, experts say the best solution is to prepare your body by eating the right foods before a night out.

Blackpool ice-cream parlour celebrates 87th anniversary of selling just ONE flavour... and has turned down offers of £1m to reveal its secret recipe

Blackpool's Notarianni's parlour celebrates 87th year selling just vanilla ice cream

Notarianni's in Blackpool (left) has stuck by a family code of honour, serving the same home-made vanilla ice cream since its opening in 1928. The secret recipe is so delicious that the family has been offered £1m part with it, which they turned down. The ice cream parlour was established by patriarch Luigi Notarianni (top right) in 1928 and is now run by siblings Maddalena and Luca Notarianni (bottom right).

Could YOU feed your family for just £40 a week? We challenge two households to halve the cost of their supermarket shop... and the results may surprise you

FEMAIL challenged two families, the Haywards from South Lincolnshire and the Kynastons from Manchester, to see if they could feed their families of four on just £40 a week.

Are YOU a comfort eater? Take the quiz that reveals whether you're in need of an emotional detox this summer

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An emotional detox - not focused on food - might be a better solution to long-term weight-loss goals, says Harley Street hypnotherapist, Tom Fortes Mayer.

Avoid dairy, eat fish every day and chew grape seeds! The essential foods you should eat to combat skin breakouts

Experts have revealed that a diet heavy in meat and dairy and light on fish and eggs may be the cause of skin breakouts. Foods to avoid include iodine-heavy shellfish and sugar-packed refined carbs.

Egg and cheese toasties, ice cream and pizza: What supermodel Kendall Jenner REALLY eats (if her WineNDine account is anything to go by) 

Kendall has taken to the new photo-sharing app, WineNDine, which has been branded the 'Instagram for food', to offer fans a sneak peek into her daily diet and favorite meals.


Quince-flavoured Georgian Tbilvino, Brazilian Riesling, Greek retsina and British bubbly: The 17 unusual wines you SHOULD be drinking this summer

From Greece's signature tipple, which contains resin from the Aleppo pine, to a Georgian vintage made using ancient maturation methods, experts tell FEMAIL the wines we should look out for.

Lean meat, papaya and apples: The ten guilt-free foods that burn MORE calories than they contain

Known as 'negative-calorie' food, according to nutritionist Daisy Connor, snacking on these items is the perfect way to give in to mid-afternoon cravings

Chefs' high-end ingredients you can buy on a budget: Seven gourmet food swaps that will save money (and help the environment) 

A new infographic suggests affordable alternatives to expensive and highly-prized ingredients such as bluefin tuna, saffron, matsutake mushrooms, sturgeon caviar and vanilla beans.

Is your coffee making you fat? The frappuccinos that contain more calories than ICE CREAM revealed (and Starbucks and Pret are among the worst offenders)

Summer coffees such as Starbucks' strawberries and cream frappuccino come laden with up to 500 calories each. Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Leon and Pret A Manger also offer fattening drinks.

What's your beef? Infographic reveals the different cuts of meat you SHOULD be buying and how best to cook them

The infographic also shows that rump, fillet and T-Bone are the most popular cuts of meat we order when eating out but when it comes to cooking at home it's mince or burgers we buy.

Fish supper by the sea, strawberries and cream at the tennis and Sunday lunch in the pub: The nation's favourite British foods (and where we like to eat them) revealed

Discover Cornwall's study also revealed that food is made tastier when eaten at an event with Britons claiming that hot pies are better at football matches and fry-ups most satisfying on Sunday morning.

The 14 high street sandwiches with FEWER than 500 calories revealed

Brits spend £7.5billion on sandwiches each year but many options have more fat, calories and sugar than some junk food. Here FEMAIL reveals the lowest-calories sarnies on the high street.

Ten healthy supermarket lunch deals for under £5

Looking to make a bigger lunchtime saving? We've combed the supermarket chains for deals that can shave valuable pounds off your midday meal.

New breed of superfood drinks so packed with vitamins and antioxidants they are GOOD for you

With ingredients including kale, wheatgrass, and fennel, you might think you're about to tuck into a salad. But these foods are playing a lead role in a new generation of healthy cocktails.

Forget being loyal, don't buy pre-packaged and beware of BOGOFs: The 33 top tips to save pounds off your weekly shopping bill

Make savings with FEMAIL's 33 money-saving tips, from planning your meals in advance to buying certain meals in bulk and shopping for different products in different supermarkets

The 10 supposedly unhealthy foods which are actually GOOD for you revealed... and the findings will surprise you

We've all heard the horror stories about these ten foods, which have been on the receiving end of bad press over the years. Nutritionist Sarah Flowers dispels the bad-food myths to FEMAIL

The most surprising foods with high levels of sugar

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), we should be consuming no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. But stealth sugars are sending our intake soaring above the limit.

Why eating food raw is WRONG

Nutritionists now say that cooking some vegetables frees up more nutrients for your body to absorb. Tomatoes, spinach, carrots, asparagus and mushrooms all benefit from being cooked.

The ten foods you didn't know could be frozen (and could help improve taste, too)

While most of us are aware of the benefits of freezing vegetables such as peas and beans, did you know that there are some other unusual foods which benefit from a stay in the freezer?

The perfect amount of food and drink to serve at a party

This infographic helps worried hosts plan the perfect party by outlining the exact ratio of alcohol and food to each guest for both a cocktail soiree and a sit-down dinner to ensure no one goes home hungry.

The UK's best-value Michelin-star menus revealed

These menus - which all come in at less than £30 - feature impeccably cooked ingredients and intelligent pairings devised by some of Britain's top chefs.

Ten ways sugar is bad for your body (and drinking juice just makes it worse)

With Brits consuming up to 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, nutritionist Sarah Flower tells FEMAIL the dramatic effect it has on our health and why the juicing trend is unhealthier than it seems.

Is it time to stop popping pills? Swap pricey supplements for strawberries, sardines and Marmite for a virtuous vitamin boost

Eat the right foods in the correct portions and you won't need to supplement your diet with extra vitamins. Nutritionist and author Sarah Flower has shared her top vitamin-boosting foods.

Infographic reveals best wines to go with snacks

TV cook and author, Jo Pratt and Jacob's Creek wine maker Rebekah Richardson have revealed their top ten matches.

An Amnesiac, a Situational or a Super? Take our quiz to find out what type of snacker you are... and how to stop your bad nibble habits

FEMAIL has worked with dietitian Lucy Jones to study how we snack in the UK, and identified the habits of three types of snackers and what can be done to change bad habits.

No bananas please, we're vegetarian! The foods you think are safe to eat but actually contain SECRET animal products 

Vegan campaigner Karin Ridgers, the founder of VeggieVision TV, reveals a surprising list of vegetarian foods that can contain animal products either from pesticides or food colouring.

The incredibly simple work lunches that you can make at home... AND will save you money

As we spend thousands every year on lunch, food website Food52 's 'Not Sad Desk Lunch' series demonstrates just how simple it can be to bring healthy, cost-effective, and delicious lunches to work.

Tipping habits across the UK revealed

A study commissioned by OpenTable revealed that 87% of Britons always leave a tip, contributing 9% of their bill and tipping, on average, £4.18. It also found that men are less likely to tip than women.

Not your average Tupperware! Reheating cool bags, soup towers and a pouch that MOULDS to your sandwich... the 12 most ingenious lunchboxes revealed

As office workers increasingly dine 'al desko' there has been a surge in innovative food containers that hold anything from soup to salads (with the dressing). FEMAIL puts them to the test.

Don't slurp spaghetti in Italy, never ask for tapas in Spain and always cut lobster in half in Greece: The RIGHT way to eat food abroad revealed

An infographic by the Co-op has compiled a list of tips and tricks to make sure you never again get embarrassed when dining out on your travels.

Soups, sushi and smoothies: The 'healthy' foods that are secretly making you FAT (and it's mostly because of hidden sugar)

Foods such as sushi, smoothies and soup might sound healthy but many of the shop-bought versions come laden with hidden sugar. Smoothies made from fruit are particularly bad for your waistline.

Watch how to crack open a bottle of beer using just an A4 sheet of PAPER

Rhys Morgan, who is UK-based, has solved a problem faced by many: how to open a bottle of beer without an opener. The ingenious young man simply folds a piece of paper and pops the cap.

First it was wheatgrass, then kale and now it's KELP: Why seaweed is now at the top of the superfood table

The nutrient-packed seaweed contains 46 minerals, 16 amino acids (protein building blocks) and 11 micro-nutrients. It can be consumed in its raw form, in salads and sushi or added as a powder.