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Mussels in cider with tarragon

1–1.5kg mussels
Rapeseed oil
3 shallots, sliced into half moons
1 garlic clove, crushed under a knife and then finely sliced
250ml medium-dry cider
250ml chicken stock
100ml double cream
4 sprigs of tarragon
Sea salt
Sourdough bread, to serve

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If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

Eurovison boosts Waitrose's profits thanks to sales of meatballs and Danish pastries

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you  may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

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European Tour chief executive George O'Grady immediately apologises for causing offence

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Sergio Garcia (left) offended Tiger Woods with his comments

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Sponsors join condemnation of Spaniard, who issues full apology to Tiger after 'totally stupid' racist remark

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James Lawton: Sergio Garcia cracks as major fault line opens up again following racist remark aimed at Tiger Woods

Trying to get the better of Tiger Woods looks like the last word in futility

Tiger Woods (L) was the victim of a racial joke made by Sergio Garcia (R)

Tiger Woods: Sergio Garcia's 'fried chicken' remark wasn't silly, it was 'wrong, hurtful and inappropriate'

World No. One takes to Twitter to express his hurt after Garcia made the comment at an award ceremony on Tuesday

Sergio Garcia at the European Tour gala dinner on Tuesday

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Ryder Cup winner made 'silly remark' about world No. 1 at European Tour gala dinner

Pork knuckles cooked in cider with Tewkesbury mustard
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