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Crab broth with ginger

Serves 2-4

Forgotten Authors No 54: Richmal Crompton

Writers of children's books tread a fine line. They need their lead characters to be interesting and a little wayward, but if they are too wild, the wrath of parents and librarians will be incurred; too soft, and their target audience will lose interest.

Ginger beer

Makes about 4 x 1 litre bottles

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (9 May 2010)

Can anyone who read Richard Moore's illuminating article ("Vote for fair votes: clamour for change grows", 2 May) doubt that the time has come not only for a referendum on reform of the voting system? It is also time to implement in Britain the single transferable vote, as opposed to the much weaker system of AV or AV-plus, as recommended in the Jenkins report in 1998. The alternative is to continue with the present system under which many people feel effectively disenfranchised.

Katy Guest: Talk about me behind my back, but make it good

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Shortbread biscuits with a hint of ginger

Makes 20 biscuits

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Is Lord Sugar, asked by the Government to advise it on how a tribunal for small companies turned down for credit might operate, the best man for the job? Last year, Lord Sugar said most of the firms that complain to him about the banks weren't living in the real world. "A lot of problems you hear from people who are moaning are from companies I wouldn't lend a penny to," the ever-honest Sugar said.

Rhubarb jelly with vanilla ice cream

Rhubarb jelly with vanilla ice cream.

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Rhubarb and Kings Ginger fool

Serves 4

Tripe with black beans and ginger

Serves 4

Carola Long: Even Xmas cards are now obscene

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