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As a personal trainer, I am a big believer that great food does not have to sacrifice your health. As part of my general rules to eating, I always encourage clients to maintain a low Glycaemic level to their foods, so I use Quinoa in place of rice, and new potatoes instead of regular King Edwards, etc. In this recipe I have used my favourite fish, sea bass, which I buy fresh from Borough Market, as its produce is always fantastic quality.

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Sir: While at first sight, the prediction that sales of organic food will triple in the next four years is good news (report, 7 November), this increase will come almost entirely from imports of organic produce. Currently, 80 per cent of organic food sold here is imported, with simple items such as carrots and onions coming from far away, even though we are capable of growing these ourselves. It is sometimes hard to convince a consumer that an imported organic cauliflower at twice the price is better than a chemically produced one grown only miles away.

The hole truth and nothing but

Bagels have been around for quite a while. Created by a Jewish baker in Vienna, they were invented to honour the historic victory of King Jan Sobieski III, who drove back the Turkish hordes from the gates of Vienna. Shaped in the form of a "beugel" - the stirrups that the grateful populace clung on to during Jan's triumphant ride - the beugel evolved into the circular roll that we enjoy today.
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