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If you're not relishing stepping out the front door today, spare a thought for Robert Falcon Scott. The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust would certainly like you to, as they are appealing for public donations to preserve Scott's wooden hut at Cape Evans on Ross Island.

Tagliatelle with cavolo nero

Serves 4

Haggis baked potatoes

Serves 4

Pan-fried ray with hazelnuts

Serves 4

Leeks poached with butter

Serves 6

Fried duck egg with sprouting broccoli and capers

Serves 4

Bold as brassica: Mark Hix reveals that purple sprouting broccoli and creamy cauliflower florets can make for perfect autumn comfort food

I've always been a big fan of sprouting broccoli and cauliflower, and it seems that farmers around the country are growing both for the best part of the year now. There was a time when the Cornish cauliflower season was during the winter, and the summer season was up north, but now we seem to find West Country caulis available almost all year round. Likewise, with sprouting broccoli: those lovely dark green spears just seem to go on and on, and I like to use them like asparagus, as they share many of the same qualities – they are perfect, for example, dipped into hollandaise sauce for a starter, or served with some mature cheese shaved on top.

Potted shrimps on toast

Serves 4

Lemon cupcakes

Ingredients to make 12 cupcakes

Smoked salmon with horseradish butter on toast

Serves 4

Blackberry crumble

Serves 6

Omelette

Serves 4

Soft-boiled eggs

Serves 1
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