Crispy duck and watercress salad

Crispy duck and watercress salad

Serves 6-8 as a starter

James Moore: Expect more wonders from the Far East

Outlook Amazing what you can do with Japanese managers. Thanks to the small matter of an £8m bung from the Government, more than 1,000 desperately needed jobs are going to be created in the North-east, where Nissan will build some new cars.

Zampone with pulses

Zampone with pulses

Serves 4

James Moore: The case of George the magician and disappearing rabbits at the Royal Mail

Outlook: Even Dennis the Menace might baulk at pulling off a trick as mendacious as this

Leading article: The starting gun is fired in defence of the union

The Prime Minister's speech in Scotland was a delicate political balancing act
Consommé julienne is a classic

Consommé julienne

Serves 4-6

Braised oxtail with celery

Age of steam: Mark Hix invests in a pressure cooker

It can save precious time in the kitchen and is the perfect piece of kit for conjuring up warming soups and stews.

Oxtail broth with winter pulses

Serves 4-6

Ex-reporter 'proud' of News of the World job

Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck today said he had been "proud" to work for the now-defunct Sunday tabloid.

And the beet goes on: The year is still young enough to sow the UK's favourite seed

Suttons Seeds has just issued its official top five bestseller list for the season so far, and it goes like this: at number five is its pack of peppery wild rocket. At number four, an old favourite: "White Lisbon" spring onion. At number three, a recently launched mix of tasty, fast-growing lettuce varieties: "Speedy Veg Leaf Salad Mix". At number two, the sweet-flavoured, unchewy carrot "Nantes". And stillthere after months in that coveted number one position – a bit like "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You" by Bryan Adams – is Beetroot "Boltardy".

Simon Read: Check their credentials before you hand over cash

Boiler-room scams have been around for decades, yet tricksters – often based overseas – still catch people out by persuading them to hand over tens or thousands or pounds for worthless shares. The carrot is always "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" or "get in now before the news is out". But the claims are always false and the only opportunity is for the fraudsters to fleece you.

Ham hock and flageolet bean soup

Serves 4-6
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