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Jack and the Beanstalk, Lyric Hammersmith, London

It's been 30 years since a traditional pantomime was put on at the Lyric Hammersmith, and the theatre has marked the occasion by commissioning four playwrights: Richard Bean and Che Walker, both alumni of the National and the Royal Court, along with Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, who have written for the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Tracey Emin: 'You have to watch out for death when you are most happy'

Something very sweet happened today: my mum made pancakes for me and everyone at my studio. My mum will be 81 soon and to see her with a bowl and fork in hand whisking away, with the eager eyes of my Japanese assistant following her every move, and then the tossing – it all worked very well. And the no-recipe formula, the all-knowing "I've-been-making-pancakes-for-70-years" attitude filled me with a strange, glowing pride for my mum, a real mum doing a real mum thing.

Flipping fantastic: Mark Hix cooks up a tasty pancake feast to celebrate Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday has come around once again – and that means that it’s time for pancakes. Pancakes were historically made at this time of year in order to use up the last rich foods before Lent, so the fact that they weren’t the healthiest of options didn’t matter.

Crespelli with braised hare

Serves 4

Crêpe soufflé with blood oranges

Serves 4

Basic pancake batter

Makes 8-10 pancakes

Scampi crêpes

Serves 4

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