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As drug fiends usually know, peyote is a Mexican cactus with hallucinogenic properties; the visions it conjures are so strong that a religious cult once sprang up to worship it. And a pretty hefty restaurant cult has appeared in the UK that worships simple Mexican cuisine.

Branching out: Mark Hix gets creative with olives

People now have a great choice of olives in all sizes and brines for snacking on and cooking with. Long may it last, says our chef...

Red mullet with tomatoes and black olives

Red mullet with tomatoes and black olives

Serves 4

Stuffed olives with orange, oregano and chilli

Stuffed olives with orange, oregano and chilli

Makes 20 as a snack

Upwardly mobile: Mark Hix cooks with salmon

Around Britain, the salmon fishing season is in full swing, so cast out and enjoy our chef's delicious recipes

Salmon tail with peas and girolles

Salmon tail with peas and girolles

Serves 4

Cucumber and lovage soup with crispy haloumi

Cucumber and lovage soup with crispy haloumi

Serves 4

Spicy flavours: Mackerel ceviche canapés

Mackerel ceviche canapés

Serves 10

Tagliolini with mackerel and chilli

Tagliolini with mackerel and chilli

Serves 4

Lamb's liver with herb freekeh

Serves 4

Tomato and cumin salad

Tomato and cumin salad

Serves 4

The village of al-Hamidiyeh, north of Qusayr, following its recapture by Assad’s forces. Much of the damage has been caused by rebel mines as well as shellfire

From amid the ruins new hope for Syrian rebels

The recapture of Qusayr could be a turning point

Tomatoes and crab on toast

Tomatoes and crab on toast

Serves 4

The News Matrix: Friday 24 May 2013

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