Rite of spring: Mark Hix creates a feast for Easter with these old-fashioned cuts of lamb

I've been cooking a lot of mutton over the winter months – so it makes a refreshing change when tender new-season lamb starts to reappear on the shelves. It's sometimes hard at this time of year to know whether you're buying new or old meat. One of the best indications can be the price – prime cuts of lamb sell for ridiculous prices around now. But as usual, I'm recommending avoiding the common cuts that everyone else buys. A shoulder of new-season lamb, for example, will give you flavour which is equal to that of a leg; and neck fillets are almost as tender as the best end.

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Fiona Phillips, broadcaster

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Deep fried sprats with wild garlic aioli

Serves 4

BBC apology as radio guests swear about politician

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Salt cod 'Scotch eggs' with aioli

Serves 4

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Mobile companies face probe over customer service

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Simon Mayo, 5 Live

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Deborah Orr: In the weird world of these embittered men, rape is a crime that doesn't exist

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Kiss goodbye to your sales, Stonewall tells 'homophobic' Heinz after advert is pulled

Gay rights supporters have been urged to boycott Heinz products, after the company dropped a mayonnaise advertisement that showed two men kissing.

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