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Barbecued cuttlefish with the pickled chive buds

Mark Hix recipe: Pickled chive buds

This year my chives seem to be flowering like crazy, new blooms seem to sprout all the time. During their budding stage I experimented with pickling them in cider vinegar – so I'd have my own caper-like pickles. They worked a treat and managed to keep that pink tinge once pickled. Once you've got some on the go in a jar, you can just keep harvesting more and adding them to the mix – or use very small jars and have different batches with different vinegars, even.

Sweet cicely and raspberry jelly

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef cooks with the ultimate taste of summer - edible flowers

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Crab beignets is Mark's take on Gordon Gleave's prize-winning recipe

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Mark Hix recipe: Velvet crab soup

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Mark Hix recipes: Our chef celebrates crab festival time in Lyme Regis

This year, Mark Hix hosted a challenge on the seafront during which he cooked as many crab dishes as he could in 45 minutes and sold them to the audience. Here he shares some of those recipes...

Mark Hix recipe: French-style peas

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Mark Hix recipe: Mortadella and fennel salad

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