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It's always refreshing to see fresh British green vegetables popping up in the shops and food markets at this time of year, although I confess that I wish that our short asparagus season lasted for another month or so.

Asparagus with lemon mayonnaise

Serves 4

Bring me my spears: Skye Gyngell's asparagus tips

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Serves 4

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Ham hock with root vegetable remoulade

Serves 2

Cider-cured herrings

Serves 4

The big sauce mash-up

It’s no longer a choice of just red or brown with your bacon butty. Genevieve Roberts gets to the bottom of a new trend for infusing traditional condiments with odd ingredients

48 Hours: Buenos Aires

New non-stop flights from London will make the sights and flavours of Argentina's colourful capital more accessible. Mick Webb reports

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Potted crab

Serves 4-6

Maria Esther Gatti de Islas: Human-rights activist who sought justice for the victims of South America's 'Dirty War'

When her daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter, Mariana, disappeared in Argentina in 1976, Uruguayan María Esther Gatti de Islas did not sit back and grieve as some mothers and grandmothers might. She fought to determine their fate, and the fate of other desaparecidos ("the disappeared") – those arrested by South American military intelligence agents on suspicion of posing a threat to the ruling juntas of the epoch.

Bite-sized crab cakes

Makes about 18
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