Celery and ham hock broth

Celery and ham hock broth

Serves 4-6

Jambonette of chicken with celery

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Serves 4

Blanquette d'agneau

800g stewing lamb, cubed
12 small carrots, peeled
1 large onion, halved and stuck with 1 clove
1 bouquet garni
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g butter
50g plain flour
100ml double cream
2 egg yolks
A few drops of lemon juice
Fried button mushrooms, to garnish

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

Mark Leftly: Gardens not so rosy for ex-Barclays man Agius

Outlook After a horrific summer that saw shareholders revolt over chief executive Bob Diamond's £17m pay package and the Libor rate-rigging scandal, Marcus Agius must be relieved today is his last as chairman of Barclays. For a start, he can roam Kew Gardens, where he is chairman of the trustees.

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Serves 4

Wacky but delicious: Galette au fenouil

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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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I'm hungry. The day clears its throat. A cockerel's dusty bluster, a furry rip of motorised scooter exhaust, and from some high weed-throttled loudspeaker, the nasal megaphone of traditional song, impossibly nostalgic for a life I don't know.

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