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Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Lemon juice and gritty white sugar are perfect with a pancake. The HomeArama lemon squeezer gets the juice out of the fruit with far less effort than the twist and press type. Looks good, too, and hard to lose, though a hole in the handle to hang it from would prevent it disappearing into the drawer of gadgets. £15.45 for the lemon squeezer, £16.45 for an orange one which also squeezes the bejeezus out of grapefruit and pomegranates. Stockists include John Lewis; for others call 001993 848780.

A better batter

If you can't be flipped to make your own pancakes, or even go out and buy them, Suzettes Pancakes can be brought to you. The pancakes are made in Wiltshire with nothing you wouldn't use at home. Order by mid-morning on Monday for delivery on Shrove Tuesday from 01373 832665/ They're £3 for a pack of six plus p&p. Or buy a frozen pack for £2.89 from Waitrose. Frozen Suzettes Pancake Batter is also available in some Waitrose branches for £2.85 for 500ml until next month.

Souks you?

If a winter break in Marrakech is out of the question, there is an answer when Morocco arrives at Hyde Park Corner in London later this week. Boujemaa Mars, executive chef of La Mamounia, one of Morocco's most luxurious, historic and best known hotels, is cooking at The Lanesborough from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 February (reservations 020-7259 5599). The hotel's already palm-filled Conservatory restaurant will be conjuring up seafood tagines, lamb couscous, Moroccan pastries and mint tea.

To the Manoir born

Cook It! - the campaign by leading food writers aimed at encouraging children into the kitchen - is organising a cookery competition for 8 to 14-year-olds. The closing date is 24 February, so hurry to download entry details from First prize is dinner and a night's stay for the winner and parent(s) at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, followed by a day on the children's cooking course. Entrants must devise a two-course meal costing no more than £10 for their fave person. Judges include Rick Stein and our own Mark Hix (above). Other forthcoming Cook It! events include bread-baking days at the Village Bakery, Melmerby, workshops in York and Edinburgh, and demos at Borough Market in London.