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Baked onion squash

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Clinton Ford: Singer and entertainer whose versatility was both his strength and his weakness

Clinton Ford was among the UK's most versatile entertainers and although he made hit records, notably "Old Shep" and "Fanlight Fanny", he could have had several more. His versatility was both his strength and his weakness as he recorded jazz, country music, romantic ballads, comedy songs, children's favourites and music hall standards. He told me in 2005, "I can't be put in a pigeonhole and when people ask me what sort of songs I sing, I say, 'The ones with words and music.'" There was an additional problem: given two options, Clinton Ford invariably chose the wrong one, but he commented, "Nearly everything I've done seemed like a good idea at the time." (Pause) "Even 'Old Shep'."

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Feel my pulse: Mark Hix finds inspiration in a store-cupboard sensation

Pulses, dried beans and peas are a crucial part of my larder – you never know when you may need a little inspiration to add to a stew or to knock up a sauce or dressing. I normally have a dozen or so different types that I randomly collect from delis and around the world on my travels, so I'm not short on ideas. Anything from a humble split pea to a black Beluga lentil can inspire a dish when you find yourself scratching round for ideas.

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Mackerel nicoise

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John Walsh: Using only a fork just doesn't cut the mustard

Few domestic metal objects carry more precarious symbolism for the British than cutlery. Employing the wrong edge of the spoon to drink your soup, holding your knife like a fountain pen, putting a knife in your mouth, shovelling peas onto your fork – these are gaffes that consign you to social perdition, as surely as drinking tea out of the saucer. Adopting the American habit of using only a fork to eat your meal, however, represents a revolution in table manners that's both seismic and deeply unwelcome.

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