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Food scares and stricter pig production rules across Europe will all be good for the bacon, sausage and cooked meats group Cranswick, its chairman said yesterday.

Girolles and streaky bacon on toast

Serves 4

Richard Bacon: 'Each year's visit to the Edinburgh Festival increases my respect for the job of stand-up comedian

It'll be a laugh," my producer Garth told me when I asked him to remind me why I'd agreed to do this. And to be honest, I have been struggling to remember.

Farmhouse salad with Scotch duck's egg

Serves 4

Roger Bacon: We lost a son and have a right to know

I feel very strongly that we should be able to attend a public inquiry. From our point of view – as relatives of British soldiers who died in Iraq – we want to hear the evidence first-hand. If you have lost a son, as we have lost our son, or a husband, or a father, you are entitled to know what happened.

Jersey royals with bacon and wild garlic

Serves 4

Breakfast bap

Makes 4

John Rosser's odyssey with Francis Bacon

A retrospective exhibit, which opens today at Ebury Galleries, called "Sleeping with Francis Bacon" displays the life work of John Rosser. The title alludes to the friendship between Rosser and Francis Bacon and the mystery of a forgotten canvas rather than any clandestine affair. The paintings on display are a mix of oil and watercolours of landscapes, gardens and figures.



Dom Joly: I'm going to eat like an elephant for a whole year

It might be my age or it just might be that I've succumbed to the same nonsense that I've ribbed all my Sloane hippy friends about, but it seems that I've "seen the light". I've had a "spiritual" moment out here in Indochina.

The Hacker: We failed to bring home the bacon as the opposition were on a roll

There are times in golf when generosity has an adverse effect on the receiver, especially on those who are not used to it. Unaccustomed as we are to kindness, hackers fall into this category.

Ministers criticised over civil service bonuses

Why target council chiefs when civil servants receive windfalls, critics ask

Super tuber: Mark Hix pays tribute to the old-fashioned potato

Our neighbours, Judith and Gerrard, often bring us their freshly dug and picked produce from their allotment and it's such a pleasure to cook with; we often end up swapping food – something from the land for something that I have cooked or prepared. Our last exchange was a selection of Judith and Gerrard's heritage potatoes for a side of my De Beauvoir smoked salmon. There were five bags of delicious spuds containing relatively unknown or forgotten varieties with names such asUlster Sceptre, Lady Balfour and Rooster.

Rosti with fried ducks' eggs and bacon

Serves 4

Sprout tops with bacon and onions

Serves 8

Four charged with murder of gamekeeper

Four people were charged with the murder of a gamekeeper who was stabbed to death at his remote bungalow, including his wife and son, police said.

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