Serve Mark's spiced courgette fritters with a chutney such as mango or lime pickle - or with a minted yogurt dip

Spiced courgette fritters

Serves 4-6

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Blueberries with zabaglione is a British version of the classic Italian
dessert

Blueberries with zabaglione

Serves 4

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