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Sweet treat: Mark's baklava

Baklava

Makes 25-30

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Ingredients to serve 6

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People feel de-skilled by celebrity chefs and their complicated recipes, so they're not cooking things that have been done since time immemorial. You can make a pastry in five minutes with leftover scraps: eggs, cream, milk, vegetables, bacon – just throw in whatever's in the fridge.

Lamb and garlic pie

Serves 6-8

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