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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.

Chorizo-stuffed squid with potatoes, capers and sage by Ben Tish

Chorizo-stuffed squid with potatoes, capers and sage

Ingredients to serve 4 (6-8 as tapas)

Flapjacks are a quick and easy snack or dessert - it might not come out looking quite as perfect as this, though

Five quick and easy dessert recipes for students

Why not treat yourself to a nice dessert sometimes? We've gathered some recipes for you to try out if you want to impress...

April Bloomfield: 'If you think you've added enough butter, just add a bit more'

My earliest food memory… Waking up on a cold frosty morning at my Nan's house and my Grandad cooking porridge on the hob with milk and the tiniest bit of sugar melted on top. Then he'd pour the cold milk around the bowl so it would set like custard. It's the best start to the day for energy. It's better than Red Bull – porridge gives you wings.

French onion soup by Rosie Lovell

French onion soup

Ingredients to serve 4

André Hoinkis: Master blender, Douwe Egberts

My Life in Food: André Hoinkis, master blender, Douwe Egberts

'I've bought the whole collection of Delia smith's books. She's fantastic'

Ham, mustard and parsley tartiflette

A little oil, for greasing
1kg waxy potatoes, peeled
1 large onion, peeled
Approx. 3 thick slices of ham (200g), torn
1 whole 250g camembert cheese, torn into 2cm chunks
3 tablespoons roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus 1 tablespoon to serve
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
200ml hot vegetable stock
300ml double cream (not single as it will split during cooking)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Beetroot spelt with horseradish can be served hot or cold

Beetroot spelt with horseradish

Serves 4-6

My Life in Food: Renée Elliott, founder of Planet Organic

'I don't do white bread or simple carbs so we make all our own bread'

Sprouting broccoli salad with raisins and pine nuts

Sprouting broccoli salad with raisins and pine nuts

Serves 6-8

On the tiles: Makarbas suite

B&B and Beyond: Riad Idrissy, Fez

Two London entrepreneurs have restored a riad as a base to explore this imperial Morrocan city. Sarah Gilbert soaks it up

Nurse guilty of manslaughter of baby who bled to death after botched home circumcision

A nurse has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a four-week-old baby who bled to death after a botched home circumcision.

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder by Ash Mair

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder

Ingredients to serve 4

Harriet Walker: I am never going to
cut my hair again

This party season, I shall mostly be wearing my old self again. After a year of frankly rubbish goings on (broken leg, broken heart), I’m finally back to normal.

Lamb with saffron rice and walnuts by Salma Hage

Lamb with saffron rice and walnuts

Ingredients to serve 4

The best Christmas gifts for the foodie

Main image: hand tray by Fornasetti, £175, Liberty; macarons, from a selection, Laduree

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