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Lara Prendergast is online editor of The Spectator

Ecole Lesage: the embroidery school for haute couture

Inside Ecole Lesage, an artisan workshop that provides exquisite needlework for the top fashion houses

The best posh Easter eggs

10 gourmet chocolate eggs to get stuck into

A connoisseur’s guide to pork pies

From pubs and supermarkets to flash restaurants, pork pies have gone gourmet

Valentine’s Day presents that actually convey true love

Buy these presents for your beloved and your dignity will remain fully intact

The simple joy of cleaning

Many of our stresses can be soothed away by humdrum chores

Can I find myself in Bali?

Like the protagonist in Eat, Pray, Love, I had visited Italy and India – but still felt somewhat lost. Is Bali the missing link?

In defence of cheap mayonnaise

There’s a reason some of the most beloved items in our kitchen cupboards have survived so long.

Summer calls for Pimm’s, not Aperol Spritz

At university we used to fill up paddling pools with the stuff. But where has Pimm’s gone this summer?

Will these new apps be an Uber for eating?

EatAbout and Dish Next Door connect chefs and amateur cooks to hungry diners, cutting out the restaurant trade entirely

Glass distinction

Was it the Russians? The Saudis? Or Elton John, who once received a florist’s bill for £293,000? Someone’s to blame…