The original sin

Serves 8-10 (depending!)

Potted shrimps on toast

Serves 4

Lemon cupcakes

Ingredients to make 12 cupcakes

Fennel and broccoli roasted with olives

Serves 6

DVD: In The Loop (15)

It's the film that brought the phrase "Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult," into the national consciousness.

Album: Cornershop, Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast, (Ample Play)

It’s to Cornershop’s eternal credit that, rather than attempt to exorcise the ghost of that song (or, to be exact, that remix) by throwing a decade-long sulk and retreating into tuneless unlistenability, they have instead embraced pop melodicism.

Album: Cornershop, Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast (Ample Play)

Since 2002's Handcream For A Generation – one of the great overlooked albums of the decade – Cornershop have been silent save for the 2006 single "Wop The Groove".

Pickled cucumber

1 medium cucumber
1tbsp good-quality white wine vinegar
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2tbsp olive oil
2tbsp chopped dill

Ripe for the picking: Skye Gyngell makes the most of plump, summer fruits

The hottest June for years has given us an abundance of summer fruits – and there’s no more refreshing way to consume them than in a thirst-quenching cordial or a sweetly fragrant jam

Raspberry cordial

Makes just over 1 litre

Gooseberry and lemon verbena cordial

Makes about 1 litre

Sophia's Sling

Makes 4

Driving Over Lemons, By Chris Stewart

First published in 1999, this classic account of running a farm in a remote region south of Granada kick-started a wave of travel writing celebrating the joys of the good life abroad. Such was the copycat effect that his publishers were forced to initiate a new slush pile known as the "Frutibowl".

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