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Arum Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

The striking arum lily has been known to European horticulture since at least the 1660s and is one of the world’s most iconic and widely known plants.

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The Arum Lily is one of the world’s most iconic and widely known plants. Native to Southern Africa, these long-lived flowers have been described with adjectives from the poetic: such as elegant, secretive, exotic, and expressive, to the mundane: decorative. 

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Meet “A Street Cat Named Bob”

Nowadays, the duo spend their days going to book signings and doing charity work. Bowen spoke to TIME to help us get better acquainted with this famous feline. Here are some fun facts about the Street Cat Named Bob.

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Back in 2007, James Bowen was a struggling street performer who happened to find an injured tabby cat lingering in his London apartment building. He began to care for the cat — who he dubbed Bob — and eventually, they became a duo, with Bob joining Bowen’s busking act. Bowen, who says the cat helped lift him out of drug addiction and turn his life around, wrote a book about their story called A Street Cat Named Bob that spent a year on the Sunday Timesbestseller list following its March 2012 publication. On July 30, the U.S. version of the book will hit shelves, introducing Americans to a cat who’s already become a celebrity in the U.K.

Nowadays, the duo spend their days going to book signings and doing charity work. Bowen spoke to TIME to help us get better acquainted with this famous feline. Here are some fun…

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Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in cabbage do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw cabbage still has cholesterol-lowering ability, just not as much as steamed cabbage.

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Savoy Cabbage | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Commonly found in winter time, dressed in deep purple or nice shades of green with beautiful textured leaves, here’s the cabbage.

From my childhood, I remember cabbage slowly cooked in my mother’s potée de chou or finely sliced in her spicy achard de légumes.
But for today it’s a Hungarian inspired dish I share with you.

Hungarian Cabbage Rolls | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Half way between a töltött káposzta -stuffed cabbage- and a pörkölt these cabbage rolls are a personal interpretation.
I used fresh savoy cabbage leaves instead of the traditional pickled ones and simmered the filled rolls in an onion rich and paprika flavored sauce.
These little parcels are perfect comfort food on a chilly winter night.

Hungarian Cabbage Rolls | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Cabbage Rolls
Makes 6

385g pork mince
100g cooked rice
6 cabbage leaves
salt, pepper
Good pinch of paprika powder
Fresh thyme and rosemary finely chopped
1 garlic clove, mashed

1 big onion, finely chopped
1 heaped tsp…

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Food forest in the middle of a city



Editor’s note: Darrin Nordahl is the author of “Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture.” Aiming to increase food literacy in America, Darrin also pens the daily food blog Today is…Fava Beans!Follow him on Twitter.

What’s better than fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables? How about fresh, locally-grown, free fruits and vegetables, all within an easy walk of your home or office?

Such is the philosophy behind the growing movement of public produce.

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eBooks Rise in Russia, But Piracy Reigns

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Tolstoy. Pushkin. Solzhenitsyn. With five Nobel Prize laureates in literature and a rich history of famed authors, Russia has long been a publishing powerhouse. But that hasn’t helped it escape a worldwide publishing crisis marked by a precipitous decline in annual book sales. To help stem the tide, last month the government announced plans to pool more than $100 million to prop up the nation’s $2 billion book market until 2018, as part of a broader initiative to boost funding for the arts.

Amidst the crisis, ebooks have emerged as a bright spot. According to the Russian Association of Online Publishers, ebook sales almost doubled in 2012 to $8 million, up from $4.1 million in 2011. As Quartz reports, 70% of Russian readers are using ebooks, which cost about $3 each in the republic (versus $10 or more in the U.S.).

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