Mango salsa

Serves 4, generously

I hate the new coins. My father must be turning in his grave

Virginia Ironside, daughter of the designer of the current coinage, calls their replacements 'unworkable'

Britannia banished as coins get a makeover

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New coins unveiled with winning design

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Puntarelle with mint, anchovies and mozzarella

Serves 6

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