Red mullet with crushed Jersey Royals

Serves 4

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When I worked for the BBC, each corporate away-day resulted in a new buzzword. One year we castigated ourselves for being "remote". The next we confidently promoted programmes as "emblematic". Politicians are no different. A credit crunch has morphed into a recession, and now the Tories have appropriated the word "thrift" to describe the way forward. Thrifty advice has been commonplace lately but it's relative to how much you had in the first place. For some it might mean sending your kids to state school or getting rid of the cleaning lady.

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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If you think carrots and turnips are where winter veg begins and ends, you're missing out on a colourful treasure trove of seasonal goodies, says Skye Gyngell

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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