Plunkett proves all-round hit

Durham 380 Sussex 269-6

Taste matters: Mark Hix makes the most of the new season's green herbs

Spring is the season to get really generous with those newly planted or reappearing vibrant green herbs. Historically they were grown and used for their medicinal properties but these days many people misuse herbs, scattering them over food, just for a bit of visual colour. I too have been guilty in my younger days of garnishing dishes with sprigs of mint and chervil and discovered that they blew off the plate when they went through the vortex of the kitchen swing door. Now, of course, I appreciate the way they enhance certain dishes. I've recently planted out a new herb and salad plot at our home in Charmouth, Dorset, and have really stuck to the stuff I'm going to use, although I don't know how they are going to fair up in those salty sea winds.

Grilled black sea bream with herb sauce

Serves 4

Grilled squid with sweet and sour alexanders

Serves 4

Vaughan cut short in effort to impress

Durham 362 Yorkshire 264-6

Matthew Norman: Turn us into the 51st state? Why not?

The upsides of the UK becoming part of the US would more than dwarf the regrets

The Cribs, Heaven, London

There was a time that The Cribs seemed highly unlikely to be anything other than grot rock also-rans.

Celeriac remoulade with speck

Serves 4

Early birds: Twitchers look out for 'rarity' spot

In its Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, the RSPB expects more species to be spotted – thanks to climate change. Paul Bignell and Richard Osley report

Double-cooked yardlong beans

Serves 6

Great white: Mark Hix sings the praises of the humble cauliflower

Don't just cover it in cheese sauce. The cauliflower deserves better

Hackney

Secondary School Tables 2009

Monkfish, carrot and orange salad

Serves 4
Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 1 May 2015
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before