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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.

Bignon says: 'I like The Square in Mayfair - it is classic French cuisine and the tastes are very clear'

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My earliest food memory… Cooking with my mother and grandmother. My mother taught me how to do classic things such as make an apple tart, while my grandmother would cook a big meal every Sunday for 10 or 15 people, which I would help with. They had a lot of animals, and they would often kill a chicken or rabbit and cook that. But my favourite childhood dish was yoghurt cake. It was incredibly simple, but that's what you appreciate when you're young.

Warm octopus salad

Warm octopus salad

Serves 4

Broad bean, mint and ricotta bruschetta

Broad bean, mint and ricotta bruschetta

erves 2

Raw razor clams, white currants and fennel

Raw razor clams, white currants and fennel

Serves 4 as a starter

Smoked mackerel, asparagus and noodle salad with ginger miso dressing by Maria Elia

Smoked mackerel, asparagus and noodle salad with ginger miso dressing

For the ginger miso dressing

Minted cucumber soup with fried halloumi

Ladled with love: Mark Hix's fresh, vibrant and healthy soups

Warm or chilled, soup makes guests at summer dinner parties feel cherished, says our man in the kitchen.

Minted cucumber soup with fried halloumi

Minted cucumber soup with fried halloumi

Serves 4

New potato soup with cumin and crispy bacon

New potato soup with cumin and crispy bacon

Serves 4-6

Tomato and basil tarts and courgette and feta tarts

Courgette and feta tarts

Serves about 10

Tomato and basil tarts and courgette and feta tarts

Tomato and basil tarts

Serves about 10

Mexican summer slaw by Thomasina Miers

Mexican summer slaw

Feeds 4. Time: 20 minutes

Caponata with mozzarella

Caponata with mozzarella

Serves 4-6

Smoked mackerel, cucumber and caper salad

Serves 4-6

Mark Hix: A light touch with pasta

Pasta doesn't have to mean heavy, high-carb dishes – our resident chef creates delicious and healthy recipes for summer

Gnocchi with tomatoes and basil

Serves 4

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