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Serves 4-6

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Tomato and cumin salad

Serves 4

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Watermelon, strawberry, labneh and mint salad

Serves 4-6

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English peas and their offsprings, such as mangetouts and sugar snaps, and of course pea shoots and tendrils, are great tossed into a salad. I plant a member of the pea family most years – and end up using more of the shoots and leaves than the actual vegetable itself.

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Sugar snap curry

Serves 4

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Crispy mackerel and pennywort salad

Serves 4

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