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Howard Jacobson: Ginger zingers, banana nirvanas and all my other juicy nightmares

One point stands out: lime juice stings a cut finger beyond endurance

Claire Beale: Sexy or sick? The big scare over selling condoms

Have you seen the ad with the girl slurping up her own vomit. Twice. It begins at the end of the story and plays backwards. So instead of throwing up down the loo, our heroine hovers up her sick from the toilet bowl. It's enough to turn your stomach.

Mira Bar-Hillel: Here's to the liberated non-drinker

Alan Johnson is wrong if he thinks those who decline alcohol are pariahs

Crêpe soufflé with blood oranges

Serves 4

Quince with verjus, bay leaves and vanilla

Serves six

Monkfish, carrot and orange salad

Serves 4

A fresh start: Eaten too many Christmas dinners? Mark Hix's healthy recipes will perk you up

This is supposed to be the time of year when we all have a bit of a detox following our gluttonous behaviour over the Christmas period – and although I've never been very good at detoxing myself, I do know how to create delicious, light and healthy dishes. Healthy eating is an interesting subject because there are some basic misconceptions: it's really about achieving a balanced diet rather than being obsessed with every single ingredient. Some people can eat fatty food all the time and not be affected – whereas others just can't tolerate it. Anyway, here are some fresh recipes that will hopefully bring a bit of vigour back into your New Year.

Natural inspiration: The best Christmas decorations are picked from the garden

"And here's one I made earlier," used to be a classic refrain on Blue Peter. Whenever a particularly messy and time-consuming project was under way, out came the well-worn phrase. It got the presenters very neatly from stage one straight to the finishing post, without any of the intermediate muddles and cursing that usually attend such things.

Zuppa Inglese

Serves 8

Grilled Herring with calcium rich leaves, orange zest puree, crunchy seeds and feta

This dish can be adapted in many ways. The herring can be substituted for tuna, mackerel or trout for instance however I’ve used herring because it has the highest Vitamin D levels. The seeds are not only a great way of providing texture but also bring increased amounts of Omega 3 and 6 to the dish.

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