Northern Foods suffers after Birds Eye pies axed

Northern Foods said sales were lower after it pulled out of low-margin contracts and reduced promotional spending during the World Cup.

Ulysses and Us, By Declan Kiberd

Kiberd's lively but eccentric study aims to rescue Joyce's masterpiece from academia and "reconnect [it] to the everyday lives of real people". We learn that an advert glimpsed by Leopold Bloom ("What is a home without Plumtree's Potted Meat? Incomplete") evokes "his incomplete sexual acts at home with Molly"), while the gorgonzola sandwich Bloom nibbles in Davy Byrne's pub prompts the thought that "matters of peace and war may depend on someone's digestion".

Election Highlights of the Day: 28/04/10

Difficult conversation of the day

After "megastar" Peppa Pig was stopped from appearing at a Labour Party mini-manifesto launch by her licensing company, Children's Secretary Ed Balls said: "Peppa did tell me that not only is she a supporter of universal Sure Start but would be quite worried if George Pig lost his child trust fund." Wouldn't want to have to break the news to him.

Avocado salad with anchovy and shaved Pecorino

Serves 4

Pedalos, pizza and play-acting: The most embarrassing sports misdemeanours

Wales international Andy Powell was today banned from driving for 15 months after pleading guilty to driving a golf buggy while unfit through drink.

Basic pizza dough

1 tbsp instant dried yeast
1 tsp salt
400g/13oz plain flour
Olive oil
1 cup of lukewarm water

Pizzetta with Gorgonzola and chard

Makes six pizzetta

Pizza with grilled radicchio and ricotta

Makes two pizzas

Rhubarb and mascarpone risotto

Serves 4

Dates, walnuts and mascarpone

Serves 4

Best food festival: Feast of Dorset

I've lost count of the food festivals I've been involved with this year, but the foodie culture is definitely on the up all over the country, which is a great thing.

Three killed in US pizzeria shooting

Three people were killed and seven others injured in a drive-by shooting outside a pizza restaurant where a motorcycle group was hosting an event, authorities in the Los Angeles area said today.

Broad bean salad with pecorino cheese

Serves 4
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