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Asparagus with crab and chopped duck egg

Serves 2

Shellfish pleasures: Mark Hix creates three delicious summery dishes from just one crab

I've had my crab pots in the water down near Charmouth beach since last summer, and I can think of few things that give me greater pleasure and satisfaction than catching and cooking these delicious crustaceans.

Flash, bang, dollop! Variations on a mayonnaise

It takes no time to transform a basic mayo into aioli, rouille, sauce vert or even a spicy, paprika-infused sauce. What more do you need to give a lift to any number of light, summer dishes, asks Skye Gyngell

New potatoes with sauce vert

Serves 4

Crab with mayonnaise

Allow 150g/5oz of white crab meat per person and try to pre-order through your fish monger, asking him to remove any shell. Please don't use frozen crab meat – it's watery and horrid – and don't accept pasteurised; it has a nasty aftertaste.

Paprika and sherry vinegar mayonnaise

This is lovely as part of a mezze plate, with raw vegetables or warm flatbread, grilled aubergines and peppers. It also goes well with barbecued chicken, chorizo or even folded through a plate of warm clams.

Basic recipe for mayonnaise

No more than three ingredients are to be found in this recipe – that is if you discount the seasoning that is needed to bring the flavours together. Just two things to bear in mind: make sure your ingredients are all at room temperature, and pour in the oil as slowly as possible. If it does curdle, add a teaspoon of warm water and continue to whisk; this should bring it together again.

Sea trout on toast with pea tendrils

Serves 4

Long prison term for former Argentinian dictator

Argentina's last dictator was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for torture and kidnappings committed during the nation's 1976-1983 military regime.

Glaxo Smith Kline

On 19 March we reported on research by the Mayo Clinic into the finanical links of scientists involved in the debate about the diabetes drug Avandia. We should have made clearer that the research concerned the possibility of bias on the part of scientists who have written about Avandia and the need for higher rates of disclosure of financial conflicts of interest, rather than accusing GSK of improperly seeking to influence that debate. We are happy to reiterate, as stated in the article, that GSK is committed to greater transparency and to disclosure of financial links with clinicians.

Asparagus and duck egg mayonnaise

Serves 4

Scrumpy battered Dublin Bay prawns

Serves 4

Love bites: Create the ultimate valentine's meal with Mark Hix's sensuous oyster recipes

It's St Valentines Day tomorrow, and I have always thought that going out to a restaurant for an intimate dîner à deux on 14 February is a bit of a rip-off – some restaurants seem to think it's a good excuse to charge a small fortune for expensive food and champagne.

Oyster po' boy

Serves 2
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