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It is now the season when main-course summery salads really come into their own. There are so many interesting leaves and vegetables around at this time of the year and it's dead-easy to impress your lunch or dinner guests with a simple, sophisticated main-course salad instead of a predictable main-course meat or fish dish. You may be sceptical about whether or not your guests are going to be happy with salad as a main course, but it's all about getting the balance right – so, for example, you could start your dinner party with a risotto or pasta dish and then it would be perfect to follow with one of these salads.

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Serves 4

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Lobster pancakes

Serves 4

Letters: Get real about climate change

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Tom Aikens: In the heat of the kitchen, a knife is the quickest solution

The Crustastun sounds like another gadget that's going to get broken and relegated to the back of a kitchen cupboard.

Leading article: Short, sharp shock

There is no shortage of old wives' tales about the most humane way to kill a lobster. And the convenient thing, until now, has been that the chef has been able to choose a method of execution that fits with his or her outlook on life.

Divers work to free whale caught by line

Expert divers were yesterday trying to free a humpback whale which has become entangled in rope near the bay of Orra Wick on the north-east side of Shetland.

Alamar (U)

This slight and picturesque faux-documentary is like a family photo album brought to life.

Roasted shellfish platter

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