Walking while I work has been a big step forward

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Japan brings out the Branston with £93m buy from Premier

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The £90m pickle: Branston sold to Japan firm

One of the nation's favourite sandwich fillers, Branston Pickle, is to be sold to a Japanese firm in a deal worth £92.5 million.

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Hamburguesa blanco y negro

Serves 4

So, why would you eat lobster?

The claws are out for lobster's social status

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Community spirit can help save economy

Regulars at a York pub threatened with closure are leading the charge to save Britain's economy.

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Inventors free trapped ketchup

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Smoked salmon fishcakes by Dick and James Strawbridge

Smoked salmon fishcakes

Ingredients to serve 4

Cider-cured herrings

Cider-cured herrings

Serves 4

Simon Rogan, Chef, L'Enclume: 'I love my thermo blender. I use it to make flower paste'

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Simon Rogan opened L'Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria in 2003. It has held a Michelin star since 2008. He has since opened a two-year, pop-up restaurant, Roganic, in London's Marylebone.

Asparagus and lamb wraps

Asparagus and lamb wraps

Serves 6-8

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