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Take root: Fresh ginger is perfect for creating healthy, refreshing dishes

A lot of people are put off by the thought of ginger – maybe it's the powdered stuff that gives it a bad reputation. But fresh root ginger is quite another story and I always keep a piece in my fridge – it comes in useful for all sorts of things, from making a healing and refreshing tea to creating a fragrant Asian broth. Occasionally, you also see the fresh pink ginger in Asian supermarkets – this is very young ginger, before the skin forms, which is very tender and not too overpowering. This is the stuff that often gets pickled for serving with sushi and sashimi. Then there is crystallised ginger and preserved ginger in syrup, which have their uses in puddings and sweets.

Chocolate ginger shards

Chocolate ginger shards

Serves 4

Marcus Wareing is the chef/patron of Marcus Wareing At The Berkeley

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Marcus Wareing is the chef/patron of Marcus Wareing At The Berkeley. Having trained alongside Albert Roux, he went on to work as Gordon Ramsay's sous chef and then as his partner in L'Oranger in 1996. He opened the Gilbert Scott restaurant at the St Pancras Hotel in 2011.

A famous workaholic, Margaret Thatcher said she could function on about four hours of sleep a night

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Food shop creates inhouse treats

Hotel Chocolat will today open the UK's first shop that sells and makes chocolate under one roof.

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£10, red chambray, topman.com - The softer sister of regular denim, chambray is a great option for those who don't like leather. This has two places for notes and a zipped pouch.

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Stefan Bruderer was born in sight of the Lindt factory in Switzerland

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Thorntons raised fears of a Christmas flop on the high street today

Thorntons sees drop in sales

Chocolatier Thorntons today said it had suffered at the hands of tough competition in the run-up to Christmas as cost-conscious consumers hunted for the best deals.

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