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At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

Chicken supreme with butter beans

Chicken supreme with butter beans

Serves 4

Tesco's horseburgers should have prompted us to reconsider the meat industry. Instead, we laughed

It's much harder to choose sausages when you've heard exactly how the pig died

Soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker’s lunchtime woes

Soup lovers of the world, unite and rejoice (and then fact-check)

Whether you're on January girth-watch and are treating bread like a mortal enemy or are simply bored to tears of limp sandwiches eaten al-desko, soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker's lunchtime woes.

Serve braised shin of pork with cheesy mashed potato or creamy polenta

Braised shin of pork

Serves 4

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, BAC, London

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magical realist fable proves to be the perfect vehicle for this bewitching collaboration between Islington's Little Angel Theatre and Cornwall's Kneehigh company.

Chicken and pomegranate salad

Chicken and pomegranate salad

Serves 4

The newly renovated Parlour just north of London’s Notting Hill

On The Menu: Parlour; Opera Tavern; Dude Foods; Sous Chef; Roti Chai

This week I've been eating...fun foods

'Vocal' chicken saves couple from house fire

An American couple escaped a house blaze after their pet chicken alerted them to the fire.

Wines of the Week: Terry Kirby selects the best bottles for Christmas Day

It is the day before Christmas Eve and too late to order your festive wines online. So here are three versatile, value-for-money bottles you can find in a quick tour of your local high-street stores.

John Salt, 131 Upper Street, London N1

Can Ben Spalding, once of Roganic, bring the house down with his masonry exploits?

Berkoff on his subject: 'Something about the tape measure around his neck gave him a sense of authority and dignity that made me think he himself might have been a bespoke tailor at one time.'

End of days in Berkoff's home patch

When Steven Berkoff was on the film set of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo in LA, he often sneaked off to take photographs of downtown slums and nearby 1940s diner-style restaurants.

Christmas lights - is it just festive ‘peacocking’?

The festive season is here, and so are the shiny, sparkly, twinkling decorations to go with it.

The best way to punish Amazon for avoiding tax is to shop elsewhere this Christmas

We know the company minimises its tax bill, so why do so many of us still shop online there? Laziness, mostly, says our writer

Richard Corrigan: 'I love it when the heat of mustard makes your eyes water'

My earliest memory… Mum making bread. She made fresh bread every  day and the smell was just incredible.  I could live off warm crusty bread with butter and nothing else – it’s one of  life’s greatest pleasures.

London restaurant owner batters rat to death in the middle of environmental health inspection

Rajakumar Rajalingam has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 in fines and court costs after pleading guilty to a string of food safety and trading standards offences

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