Prawn, persimmon and cucumber salad

Prawn, persimmon and cucumber salad

Serves 6-8

1. Tanqueray No. 10
£34.21, thedrinkshop.com
A slow burner with a peppery heat behind it and a nice bit of coriander. You'll notice this is what bartenders in smart bars tend to use in their martinis.

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Red mullet en papillote

Serves 4

Fishy Fishy seafood salad by Martin Shanahan and Paul Flynn

What's for supper? Fishy Fishy seafood salad by Martin Shanahan and Paul Flynn

At Fishy Fishy in Kinsale (fishyfishy.ie) we just can't take this dish off the menu as it's one of our customers' absolute favourites. Make sure to ask your fishmonger to skin and bone the fish.

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Chicken tagine with peas and fennel

Serves 4

Stuffed sardines is a typical north African fried fish dish

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Serves 4

Carrot and cumin salad is perfect for a mezze-type buffet or
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Carrot and cumin salad

Serves 4-6

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Ingredients to serve 4

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Serves 6-8 as a starter

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Okra with mustard seeds

Serves 4

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Asparagus with Asian mushrooms

Serves 4

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Halibut en papillote with ginger

Serves 4

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Dorset is still a county with plenty of pasture

Crop stars: Farmers continue to produce quality record crops against the odds

My stars of the year are the farmers of West Dorset, many of whom have brought in record crops this season. It's not fashionable to praise farmers. In the public eye, they have become villains. I am fed up with hearing what villains they are. Over and over again, the same vitriol is poured from the same cracked jugs: farmers are ruining the countryside; farmers are poisoning the land. The fact is, acre for acre, gardeners use far more nitrogenous fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides than farmers. Farmers can't afford to chuck the stuff around in the quantities that gardeners do. Why can we be allowed to take pleasure in a well-grown row of beans while they are vilified for a fine field of corn?

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