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Mark Hix recipes: Fresh, colourful and bursting with nutrients - vegetables go vibrant in summer

Spring or summer vegetables tend to be a bit more versatile than winter roots and brassicas, says our chef

Mark Hix recipes: Saffron can add flavour to soups, sweets, savouries ... even a cocktail

Mark's dishes were inspired by David Smale, the Essex farmer who has revived the culinary spice, bringing some home-grown luxury back to farming

A selection of chilli peppers. Don't be afraid of a bit of heat

Mark Hix recipes: Chilli peppers - not all dishes with them have to bring tears to the eyes

They have flavour, intensity, variety and versatility

Mark Hix recipes: British ham can be air-dried, grilled ... and even baked in hay

Good British ham provides the foundation for our chef's simple and satisfying dishes

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef pairs yoghurt with John Dory, crispy lamb ... and even scones

Yoghurt is an incredibly versatile ingredient that plays a role in a wide range of cuisines, from Mediterranean to Asian

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef puts his knife skills to the test with four sharp spring recipes

Well-cut vegetables are the bedrock of many a good dish

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef elevates the humble baked potato with simple and extravagant dishes

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktail party - Mark has a baked spuds recipe for every occasion

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef gets creative with pasta and spring vegetables

The great thing about pasta is that it works for veggies and non-veggies alike

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef whips up his favourite fast food dishes

Good-quality, tasty dishes don't always take an age to cook, says our man in the kitchen. Sometimes, fast is best...

Mark Hix recipes: Our chef rustles up indulgent breakfasts for a lazy weekend

Breakfast can be the best meal of the day - make the most of it with something better than your standard grab-and-go dish
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