The slight saltiness of the samphire and the bacon works well with them as a simple combination for a starter

A plate of girolles, samphire and bacon

Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Tagliolini with mackerel and chilli

Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4-6

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