Frozen out – the rower on a solo polar mission

After years of meticulous preparation, Oliver Hicks is ready to launch an attempt to row solo around the world. First, though, the young Englishman must surmount a last-minute obstacle: the bossy paternalism of authorities in Australasia, where he intends to start his expedition.

Carrots with fennel seeds, oregano and mint

Serves 4

Monkfish, carrot and orange salad

Serves 4

Why children can teach their parents a lesson in healthy eating

Annual Health Survey for England reveals generation gap in understanding

A casserole of winter vegetables with rosemary

Serves 4

You Write The Reviews: Fragments, Young Vic, London

The theatre is full. Two ushers stand in front of the empty stage. The chattering stops, and the lights go out. Two men come on stage: Khalifa Natour plays A, a depressed blind violinist, and Marcello Magni is B, an angry disabled man in a broken wheelchair. B sees the advantages of them both living together and tempts A with the corned beef and potatoes he cooks. A relates how he lost "his woman", who made him crawl on all fours and left him when he stood up: "I have always been unhappy." "Why don't you let yourself die?" B asks. "I am not unhappy enough," A responds. We see ourselves in what follows: violent, vulnerable and unable to recognise and therefore satisfy our many human needs.

David Prosser's Outlook: No prizes for pension prudence

No wonder companies keep closing their final salary pension schemes. The premiums employers must pay into the Pension Protection Fund, set up to protect members of schemes run by companies that go bust, will be more than twice as high as the compensation scheme itself had suggested last November. And what will particularly aggrieve many finance directors is that they appear to have been victims of their own prudence.

Chickpea curry

Serves 4

Urban gardener: Ready, steady, sow

A couple of weeks ago, some friends who have taken on an allotment in nearby Tolworth in Surrey, proudly showed me their French beans that had germinated on the windowsill.

An Ear to the Ground, By Ken Thompson

Celebrity gardening books flourish like weeds, but this hardy guide by botanist Ken Thompson deserves its own place in the sun. An entertaining guide to the biology behind green tomatoes and red cabbage, brambles' peculiar sex lives and why not to be afraid of Latin, it is learned and authoritative without blinding with science. And remember: fungi are more closely related to people than to carrots.

Mark Hix: Ham hock with pease pudding

Serves 4

GM carrots have extra calcium

A genetically-modified carrot that provides extra calcium has been developed by scientists.

Carrot purée with yoghurt (Havuç ezmezi)

Serves 4-6 as a mezze

Carrots with chilli

Serves 6-8 as an appetiser
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