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Parsley, basil, coriander, chive... all sorts of delicious herbs can be grown easily in pots

Worth shelling out: Mark Hix celebrates summer's most versatile vegetable – the humble pea

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Pea and spinach curry

Serves 4

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Bombay bites: Mark Hix delights in Indian ‘tapas’

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Serves 4-5

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Serves 4-6

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Let Them Eat Petals: Why British tables are blooming

The nation's vegetable aisles are suddenly bright with edible flowers. Terri Judd reports

Public school cook cleared of poisoning soup

A kitchen porter at a £27,000-a-year public school was acquitted yesterday of trying to poison pupils by lacing their soup with cleaning fluid.

Man cleared of soup poisoning

A kitchen porter at a top public school was acquitted today of attempting to poison the pupils' soup.

Kitchen aide 'poisoned soup' at public school

A trainee chef at a leading public school recalled her surprise yesterday at seeing a kitchen aide allegedly try and poison the pupils' carrot and coriander soup.

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