When I’m stressed, I eat one potato chip, says Jennifer Aniston in InStyle. “A chip. Crunch, crunch, crunch.” I’m good at self-restraint, the actress adds. “I know. That’s so annoying.” I don’t know that it’s annoying so much as it is bonkers, says Olivia Craighead in Gawker. One, “that seems like too many crunches per chip”. Two, I’d rather have none than just one. “Jen, I need you to know something. You can eat more than one chip. It won’t ruin your life. You can even, dare I say, eat a bag of them if you want to.”
In Aniston’s home town, Los Angeles, I’d wager there are countless varieties of salt-free non-potato chips on offer. Consider it a healthy snack. “I’m begging you, for your own sake, free yourself from your organic shackles and eat another chip.”
Muffins just like Grandma makes – on TikTok
A 72-year-old American grandmother has become a TikTok cooking star by sharing her simple family recipes. Barbara Costello, from Connecticut, is like that “funny, approachable, no-nonsense neighbour” who gives you “great advice over the backyard fence”, says The Washington Post. Her blueberry muffins use just three ingredients: blueberries, ice cream and self-raising flour. The ice cream is ingenious, as it’s “essentially your premade base” of dairy, egg yolks and sugar. Watch Barbara making muffins here.
Ingredient of the week: watermelon
Watermelons are summer’s “sweet and refreshing reward”, says The Guardian. The “big-bellied” fruit goes deliciously well with feta in a light salad, but is also fantastic in lemonade. This refreshing recipe from Ocado magazine can be turned into a cocktail – “just add gin and tonic water instead of soda”.
Half a watermelon, skin removed and cut into chunks (approx 800g prepared weight), plus slices
Juice of two lemons
50g granulated sugar
Handful of mint leaves
300ml soda water
Ice cubes, to serve
Place watermelon chunks into a blender along with the lemon juice and sugar. Blitz for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Sieve into a serving jug and add most of the mint leaves. When you’re ready to serve, add the soda water to the jug and stir to mix. Serve in tumblers over ice, garnished with melon slices and mint leaves.