Sport Retired queen of the track Victoria “Sponge” Pendleton

If anyone can complete a 127-mile cycle race through the Pyrenees called the “Bone Breaker”, having done no exercise for years, surely it would be a doctor. They might not have quite the depth of medical knowledge that Lance Armstrong possesses, but surely they can merrily prescribe themselves an assortment of finest pharamceuticals to get themselves over the hump.

Rump of salt marsh lamb with samphire patties

Rump of salt marsh lamb with samphire patties

Serves 4

Sir Elton John (L) and David Furnish

Elton John reveals worries over son Zachary not having 'a mummy'

Sir Elton John has told how he believes his son Zachary's childhood is going to be "very difficult" as he battles homophobia and the impact of his father's world fame.

Match of the day: the London Legacy channel will air sports that gained popularity during London 2012 such as handball

Television: Twenty-four hour handball people?

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Sui mai dumplings

What's for supper?: Sui mai dumplings by Ken Hom and Ching-He Huang

Ingredients to serve 4-6

Endangered frogs breed in London Zoo

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Mexican summer slaw by Thomasina Miers

Mexican summer slaw

Feeds 4. Time: 20 minutes

Mark's mackerel sandwich

Mackerel sandwich

Serves 4

Bowled over: Ken Yamada has brought his style of ramen to London; his parents ran a traditional ryokan inn in Japan before the family moved to Britain

The greats of broth

I never much cared for noodles. Too many underwhelming, broth-based Wagamama meals. Too many student-made Super Noodles. I've always resented sending a chopstick to do a fork's job.

Bowled over: Ken Yamada has brought his style of ramen to London; his parents ran a traditional ryokan inn in Japan before the family moved to Britain

The greats of broth: A bowl of ramen is the ultimate fast food

Now authentic versions of the Japanese staple are starting to fill British bellies, as Tim Walker discovers.

Gnocchi with tomatoes and basil

Serves 4

Pinny on, pancake over ... the 1950s
man slaves over a hot stove

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Asparagus, shallot and feta tart by Ellie Grace and Rosie French

Asparagus, shallot and feta tart

Ingredients to serve 8

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Carrot falafel with sesame sauce

Ingredients to serve 4

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