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.

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My earliest food memory... Eating pork souvlaki on the street in my home town in Greece. Pork souvlaki is basically small chunks of marinaded pork cooked on a charcoal grill and served with salt, pepper, lemon juice, chilli flakes and a dab of mustard on a bit of greaseproof paper. It's still a favourite of mine, though I've never seen it done properly in England. Another one of my childhood favourites was fried fish served with this thick garlic sauce called skordalia. Apparently, I used to eat the sauce straight out of the bowl.

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Smoked salmon fishcakes by Dick and James Strawbridge

Smoked salmon fishcakes

Ingredients to serve 4

Tuile biscuits

Makes 8-10

Observations: If only Irving Berlin had had broadband

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Strawberries with hazelnut meringue

Serves 4

Steak and Yorkshire pudding salad

Steak and Yorkshire pudding salad

Serves 4

Chicken croquettes will feature on Mark's new bar snacks menu

Chicken croquettes

Serves 4-6 as a snack

Simon Kelner: Hooray for edible sea buckthorn and rose-hip petals

I am afraid I'm old enough to remember when restaurant dining was undertaken only on a very special occasion. And even then, a Berni Inn, with its choice of steak or chicken, was regarded as the height of sophistication.

Rabbit and crayfish stargazy pie

Rabbit and crayfish stargazy pie

Serves 4

Meatballs with creamed basil and parmesan spinach

Ingredients to serve 4

The Ralph Steadman Book of Cats is a brilliantly bonkers illustrated encyclopaedia of all things feline. £12.99, published by Atlantic Books on 3 May.

Is baby Nelson the ugliest bird in the world?

When the baby Kea parrot named Nelson was born at Bergzoo, Halle, Germany last week he quickly became a contender for the ugliest bird in the world.

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