Szechuan peppercorns cause a unique sensation

What's the difference between a Szechuan pepper and a vibrator?

Not much, at least according to top scientists from a prestigious university in London, who claim that the sensation caused by eating the unique Chinese peppercorn feels exactly the same as pressing a vibrator to your lips.

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Serves 4

Deer steak burger with green peppercorn sauce

Serves 4

The crispness of the savoury-battered flower is great with a duck egg, creating a simple but luxurious breakfast offering

Fried duck's egg with courgette flowers

Serves 4

Freshly picked raw courgettes slivers combined with just a few other simple ingredients it works a treat

Shaved courgette, fennel and red onion salad

Serves 4

Serve Mark's spiced courgette fritters with a chutney such as mango or lime pickle - or with a minted yogurt dip

Spiced courgette fritters

Serves 4-6

Pigeon and wild blaeberry salad

Pigeon and wild blaeberry salad

Serves 4

Place the scallop shells on plates, arrange the sea vegetables on the scallops and spoon over a little rapeseed oil

Steamed scallop with seashore vegetables

Serves 4

Wicked game: Mark Hix prepares a supper for the grouse season

The arrival of grouse in our kitchens is a perfect moment to try varied recipes for a great meal, says our chef

Serve the grouse on or off the bone, with jelly and the gravy separately

Roasted grouse with gravy and hedgerow jelly

Serves 4

The slight saltiness of the samphire and the bacon works well with them as a simple combination for a starter

A plate of girolles, samphire and bacon

Serves 4

Red mullet with tomatoes and black olives

Red mullet with tomatoes and black olives

Serves 4

Upwardly mobile: Mark Hix cooks with salmon

Around Britain, the salmon fishing season is in full swing, so cast out and enjoy our chef's delicious recipes

Barbecue-style salmon belly with roast cherry vine tomatoes
Salmon tail with peas and girolles

Salmon tail with peas and girolles

Serves 4

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