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Serves 2

Treacle tart

Serves 8

Spiced celeriac with lemon

Serves 5

Lemon chicken with spinach

Serves 8

Blackcurrant jelly

Serves 6

The Weasel: Lemon with a twist

Though better known for honeymoons than gastronomy, it was in the Sicilian cliff-top resort of Taormina that I saw one of the most remarkable foodstuffs of my entire life. It happened when Mrs W and I were holidaying there. (No, not a honeymoon.) We were participating in the evening passeggiata on the main drag Corso Umberto when I caught sight of an extraordinary fruit sitting in the window of a restaurant. Barring the size, you would have said it was a lemon. About 10 inches in length, it might have escaped from Gulliver's Brobdingnag. I was smitten. After 10 minutes peering in the window, Mrs W had to drag me away. Its impact was akin to the pineapple that prompted John Murray, the fourth Lord Dunmore, to erect a 53-foot pineapple-shaped pavilion in the grounds of Dunmore Park, Stirlingshire, in 1761. (It's still there. Indeed you can stay in the Pineapple through Landmark Trust.)

Chambord Presse

Serves 4

Scallops with white beans, sage and speck

Serves 4

Poached langoustines with lemon mayonnaise

Serves 4-6

Maple-syrup custard with rhubarb

Serves 6

Risotto with butter and lemon

Serves 4

Raw beef with deep-fried artichokes and agretti

Serves 4

Candied cedro or citron

Serves 4

Urban Gardener: Special brew

Back in the days when I used to build and maintain gardens, much of the job satisfaction depended on tea. A job was often remembered not by how pleasant the people were to work for or how stunning the garden was, but by the quality of the brew (especially if we were fortunate enough to have a client willing to do the honours).

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