Antipasti of courgettes

Antipasti of courgettes

Serves 4-6

Panzanella by Matt Wilkinson

Panzanella by Matt Wilkinson

Ingredients to serve 4

Pod cast: Mark Hix adds colour and flavour to his dishes with the new crop of beans and peas

Some of our summer beans are starting to appear now in the shops and at farmers' markets, and they are always a welcome addition to my shopping basket as they can really add colour and flavour to spring and summer menus. Even serving raw peas in their pods makes a great healthy start to a meal and is no effort whatsoever to prepare.

Yellow beans with red onions

Yellow beans with red onions

Serves 4

Red mullet with spring vegetables

Red mullet with spring vegetables

Serves 4 as a starter or main

Broad bean and pecorino salad

Broad bean and pecorino salad

Serves 4

1. Duchy Originals Sweet Pea with Mint, £2.99, waitrose.com:
A classic summer soup done remarkably well. It's graceful, fresh and as pea-y as you'd expect. Benefits from a dash of pepper.

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For a simple supper, give salad a swerve and sit down to an even more refreshing meal in a bowl...

Grey mullet with chive buds

Grey mullet with chive buds

Serves 4

Olive oil price hits the skids

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My earliest food memory... Eating pork souvlaki on the street in my home town in Greece. Pork souvlaki is basically small chunks of marinaded pork cooked on a charcoal grill and served with salt, pepper, lemon juice, chilli flakes and a dab of mustard on a bit of greaseproof paper. It's still a favourite of mine, though I've never seen it done properly in England. Another one of my childhood favourites was fried fish served with this thick garlic sauce called skordalia. Apparently, I used to eat the sauce straight out of the bowl.

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Chicken tagine with peas and fennel

Serves 4

Stuffed sardines is a typical north African fried fish dish

Stuffed sardines

Serves 4

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Moroccan market salad

Serves 4

Carrot and cumin salad is perfect for a mezze-type buffet or
with meat or fish like red mullet

Carrot and cumin salad

Serves 4-6

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Smoked salmon fishcakes

Ingredients to serve 4

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