Lentil, carrot and cumin soup

Serves 4

Leading article: Please sir...

Shocking news reaches us from the kitchens of Stowe School: carrot and coriander soup was on the menu. What on earth has happened to the standard of dinners in our public schools? Wasn't the British Empire built on a generation of young men force fed nothing more palatable than gruel and gristle? No wonder we appear to be in a condition of national decline when pupils are being served such decadent cuisine. What next? Caviar? Bread rolls? Cutlery?

Amy Jenkins: It takes more than a carrot and a stick to get the best from people

Pretty much everyone thinks corporate payouts are excessive these days. But bonuses haven't been given their marching orders – they're overpaid, oversexed and still here.

Why you have to dig deep to grow your own

For the army of grow-your-own devotees, it is a moment of triumph that makes months of labour worthwhile – the harvest of a clutch of muddy carrots. That sense of green-fingered pride may fade rapidly, however, with the knowledge that it has been achieved at 15 times the cost of buying the same vegetables in a supermarket.

Devilled Kidneys on toasted brioche

Calves' sweetbreads with carrots

Serves 4

Lamb's liver with herbs and green split peas

Serves 4

Terry Kirby: Ward's grey goo was of little help to my recovery

A gooey, lumpy, grey mess on a cold plate, it was surrounded by watery carrots and what could have been mashed potato or perhaps cauliflower.

Papardelle with oxtail ragu

Serves 4

Glazed carrots

Serves 6

Leading article: A test of Burma's sincerity

The emerging new US strategy of greater engagement with Burma represents the biggest shift in Washington's policy since the imposition of sanctions more than a decade ago, in protest at the trampling of democracy by the military regime, and its flagrant abuses of human rights.

Sea bass en papillote with carrot, leek and ginger

Ingredients to serve 2

A slice of Britain: Carrots and leeks do battle for the vegetable crown

The National Vegetable Society's annual championships attract growers from all over the country – and they take the contest extremely seriously. Even the judges have to pass a 90-minute exam

Smoked haddock risotto with saffron, fennel and peas

Ingredients to serve 6
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