Eating In: The cutting edge

Does half your Parmesan end up trapped in the grater? Michael Bateman has found the solution - a revolutionary planer that even the gadget-phobic Elizabeth David might have welcomed

Food: Strong stuff

Past your salad days? Indulge in the bitter pleasures of endive (for adults only). Photograph by Jason Lowe

Derek Nimmo dies aged 68

THE ACTOR Derek Nimmo died of pneumonia yesterday, aged 68. He had been in hospital for nearly three months after injuring himself in a fall.

Green tea and garlic keep the ulcers away

IT MIGHT taste a bit strange, but think of the benefits: drinking tea and eating garlic should prevent you from getting an ulcer, according to two teams of scientists.

What's On This Weekend

IT'S GARLIC a-go-go this weekend on the Isle of Wight. Tuck into a garlic ice-cream followed by a pint of garlic beer or a piece of garlic fudge as you marvel at the amazing exploits of an escapologist, cowboys and Indians, fire-eaters and magicians - just a few of the exciting performers at the annual Garlic Festival in the village of Newchurch. Visit the Garlic Marquee and discover more about this versatile plant, said to prevent gangrene, ward off evil spirits and cure bronchitis. The festival includes more than 20 events and more than 250 stallholders.

What your name means - if it sounds funny and made up

TODAY I am glad to welcome back Dr Vernon Monicker, the man who knows more about the origin of names than anyone. He's here today to answer your queries about where your name comes from, or where someone else's name comes from, if your name is too boring to ask questions about. All yours, Vernon !

Outdoors: Nature Nite

Over the past few days the forest floor has swiftly changed from grey- brown to brilliant green, with the annual eruption of wild garlic. Properly known as ransoms - or in some parts of the country as ramps - Allium ursinum pushes up its fleshy, spear-shaped leaves at an astonishing rate, until they are 8in or 10in tall. Also astonishing is the smell, which, on chilly mornings, sweeps down out of the woods in great waves.

Black beasts take a rain check in the ball park of today

Dear Dr Wordsmith, Why, oh why do people insist on using foreign expressions like "de nos jours"? Why not just say "the Dr Johnson of today"?

Nature walk; Swampy writes

Literary agents have the reputation of leaving no lunch unturned when it comes to wooing a new star, but rarely can an agent have displayed such determination as Luigi Bonomi, writes Suzie Feay.

Bailiffs kept at bay by protester in noose

Officials trying to evict victim protesters from the site of the planned Manchester second runway were delayed yesterday by a woman demonstrator with a makeshift noose around her neck.

Spaghetti functions

Pasta should be a dish in its own right, not just an accompaniment

Chicken feed

So who says that pounds 30 isn't a fair price for a top-quality bird?; On this particular visit, I bought the gilt-edged chook, flax oil, some beautiful round floppy lettuces, colon cleanser and a shoulder piece of wondrously fatted Gloucester Old Spot pork Photograph by Jason Lowe

IDEAL HOMES

LEE EVERETT REGRESSIONAL THERAPIST Lives with her husband, a boat builder, in Berkshire, in a modern house set in an acre of land

How does your garlic grow?:gardening

Perhaps those baffling people who find garlic repulsive are really vampires and fiends. Since I've never hung around with the likes of Vincent Price, my appreciation of garlic has largely been confined to the kitchen, where I revere it is one of life's great gastronomic pleasures. It also endears itself to the gardener in me, by being a complete doddle to grow.

Vital signs

Sound cure
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 12 March 2015
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing