Oyster and cucumber ceviche

Serves 2

George Cowling: Britain's first television weatherman

Before magnetic clouds, satellite technology, hi-tech graphics and colour television brought more pizzazz to forecasts on screen, a 32-year-old Yorkshireman who worked for the Meteorological Office became the BBC's first on-screen weather presenter. George Cowling stepped in front of the camera at 7.55pm on 11 January 1954. Even though he delivered the forecast in a traditional, BBC style, long before weather presenters adopted a more chatty, informal manner, Cowling was able to turn the scientific explanations into human reality by telling viewers that high winds would make the following day a good one for hanging out washing.

Cocktail: Slap, Cracker and Pop

Perfect to start the evening. It stimulates the appetite and has a wonderful combination of flavours. It's fresh, fruity, sweet and spicy and will set the mood for celebration.

Cocktail: Tommy's Margarita

Tequila is guaranteed to make any party go with a bang. I like to drink mine in margarita-style cocktails that are sweet and sour. This one was created by the owner of Tommy's in San Francisco, Julio Bermejo. Alternatively, try the Armalita Chico, which is slightly more complicated but still simple enough.

Kale, pork and bean one-pot

4 tablespoons groundnut oil
500g lean boneless pork, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 white onions 2, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
half a teaspoon dried oregano
1 litre chicken stock, preferably home-made
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1-3 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
3 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
350g cooked borlotti beans or butter beans
half a teaspoon of salt
half a teaspoon of black peppercorns, crushed
150g kale, trimmed and shredded
coriander leaves, trimmed and chopped to make five tablespoons
juice of 1 lime

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Serves 4

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