And in defence of 'virtuous' women
Luton girl Stacey Dooley doesn't have years of broadcasting experience, but last night on BBC3 she proved herself more than adept at winning an interviewee's confidence. Sex, Stags & Prague: Stacey Dooley Investigates wasn't exactly hard-hitting, but Stacey's friendly, one-of-the-girls manner led to some open exchanges with Prague's sex-workers, women who don't always get to speak for themselves. There was 33-year-old prostitute Lara, who said it's almost always the groom who's most eager to buy sex, and 19-year-old Lucy, who works 18-hour shifts in an out-of-town brothel in an effort to pay off her paralysing debts.
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One warm, still evening in mid-July I picked the first peas, the first cucumber and the first courgette. My husband was away sailing in the Shetlands. The booty was mine, all mine. I made fat batons of the cucumber and ate them, dipped in hummus, as I sat outside shelling the peas. In the fading light, the rooks sailed in overhead, hundreds of them, chattering, clattering, making for their roost in the alder trees below the house.
If you go down to the woods today, you could find a savoury delight – wild garlic. Freshly foraged ingredients make wonderful sauces, says our chef.
This is a handy butter to keep in a roll in the freezer. Just slice up from frozen, and serve on grilled meats and shellfish, or use it to finish a pasta or risotto. Add some finely-chopped fresh chillies for a bit of a kick.
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Makes 14-18 pieces
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Serves about 10
2 fillets of lemon sole (about 150g each), skin removed
3 tablespoons of plain flour
Half a teaspoon of salt
A generous pinch of pepper
One and a half tablespoons sunflower oil
45g butter, cut into cubes
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon small capers (optional)