Sport Chris Tremlett, James Anderson and Stuart Broad train as rain prevents any play again in Hobart

England’s elaborate dietary demands in pursuit of the Ashes cooked up a hugely entertaining media storm. But they could not quite disguise the fact that the complete world stocks of pumpkin seed and goji berry bars or buckwheat pancake with probiotic yogurt and fresh berries – merely two of the tourists’ extensive list equating to a foodie’s heaven – will be unable to help if they cannot get on the park.

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Cookery queen is out of flavour

The popular food writer Delia Smith has been snubbed by the foodie "Oscars". Neither her best-selling book Delia Smith's Winter Collection, nor the BBC television programme of the same name have been shortlisted by the prestigious Glenfiddich Awards.

'So my first question is: what is a CD-Rom?'

They're not just for storing Delia Smith recipes and playing games

Tasteful Delia dishes up a literary feast

MARIANNE MACDONALD

Pamela, Delia and obsessions with cups

When I look at the cover of the current edition of the Radio Times, I am reminded of something said by a member of the Platters singing group in 1960.

LETTER:No poverty of ideas here, Delia

From Ms Betty Cairns

Letter: Youthful follies

From Ms Jane Lawson

Letter: Delia's frugal days

From Dr Ruth Bryant

Delia Smith's gift is for taking cookery to the masses. But is she doing enough for those who can't afford pecorino cheese or pancetta? Louise Levene has a plan

It has sold 1.6 million copies and counting. Delia Smith's latest publishing phenomenon goes from strength to strength. Her beaming face garnishes the cover of the Radio Times every week and her recipes have even found their way on to The Archers. Pancetta is pencilled in for inclusion in the new edition of Chambers' dictionary. Her mainstream appeal has put creme fraiche and parmesan on nearly every corner grocer's shelves and her evangelistic mixture of the eclectic and the mundane has transformed cooking in pine kitchens up and down the land.

LETTER: A deal for Delia

From Ms Dolores O'Donoghue

Fancy a little Delia, rechauffee?

Christmas is over and Twelfth Night has been and gone, but there is still one agonising question left for all cooks: what shall I do with all those leftover Delia Smith recipes?

He doesn't mince words off the top of his head

Today is our regular look-at-language spot, conducted by Professor Wordsmith.

Q: 1995? A: Delia Smith and Mr Darcy

The end of the year approaches and it is time to find out just how aware you were of what happened during the past tumultuous 12 months. So here for you to mull over during the weekend is our Grand Quiz of 1995!

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