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Mark Hix recipes: Our chef adds green beans to prawn salad, samosas...and even hummus

Fresh, nutritious and endlessly versatile, a few green beans make a snack into a feast

Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: The last bottle of grog distributed to Royal Navy sailors

* Forty-four years ago this week, the final ration of grog was distributed to sailors in the Royal Navy; 31 July, 1970 became known as Black Tot Day, with the final 11am call of 'Up Spirits' being marked with the wearing of black armbands and, in one case, a mock funeral.

Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi

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Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats

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Eating alone at a restaurant: what's the big deal?

It may be a faux pas in Japan and considered pretty odd everywhere else, but dining alone doesn't mean there's a lonely diner

Very tasty: Vladimir Putin dining alone, perhaps sensibly

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line

Bill Granger recipes: Our chef shares the Vietnamese dishes that always make him smile

Vietnamese cuisine combines the most vibrant aromas with the zingiest flavours

Rhodri Marsden's interesting objects: The ice-cream cone celebrates its 110th birthday

* 110 years ago this week, Charles E Menches was sitting idly at the St Louis World's Fair when he saw some girls walking past who'd hollowed out small cakes and put ice-cream inside. It was a Eureka moment. A December 1931 obituary describes how he walked to a nearby confectionery stall and immediately invented the ice-cream cone. Way to go, Charlie.

Let me ask you this: 'Are bananas radioactive and is it true that eating too many can kill you?'

Yes. No. Bananas are slightly radioactive because they contain potassium and potassium decays.

Anthony Rose: 'Sauvignon can transcend its hallmark characters if grown in the right spot'

I'm not the world's greatest fan of sauvignon blanc. But, as with any grape, if grown in a location suited to its character, sauvignon can transcend the one-dimensional nettle, asparagus and gooseberry characters that are its hallmark.

Wine: Something for the weekend

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Mark Hix recipes: Our chef cooks with garlic - from seafood-friendly stalks to leaves that are perfect for a purée

Mark Hix is lucky enough to live near South West Garlic Farm, which sells several different varieties, along with specialities such as scapes

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