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Sriracha chili sauce being produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, California

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Serve the sauce over the chips and scatter the cheese on top

Mark Hix recipe: A Hot Norfolk Broad

Serves 4-6

Parsnip chips with curry and apple

Mark Hix recipe: Parsnip chips with curry and apple

Serves 4-6

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Sarah Millican on her Home Bird tour

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Samuel Muston: Forbes Magazine tells me octopus is the new prawn, and veganism is in

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