Robert Fisk: Tea with Bin Laden...and other stories

The distinguished Middle East correspondent of The Independent recalls the culinary highs and lows of an extraordinary career – from feasting with kings in Jordan to eating under fire in Afghanistan

Spring tacos with mushrooms

Ingredients to serve 4 as a starter

Queen scallops with chorizo

Serves 4

Heart and soil: If you're serious about growing your own food, then follow our list of dos and don'ts

So you've made a resolution to grow more of your own fruit and vegetables this year. Bad idea. Not the vegetables but the resolution. Most of us never keep them and then we feel twice as bad. The veg idea is good, but let the notion just sit in your mind for a week or two, quietly simmering away. Don't see the grow-your-own thing as a great hurdle to be jumped, but something to sidle into, a little at a time. Growing food should be a pleasurable, manageable occupation, not another worry, another weight on your mind.

Lamb shanks with chickpeas

Ingredients to serve 6

Grilled sardines with chickpeas

Serves 4

Finger on the pulse: Skye Gyngell's chickpea dishes

Skye Gyngell reveals how bland little chickpeas can be transformed into wonderful dishes simply by adding chilli, garlic and a magical blend of herbs and spices

Monkfish cheek and fennel pie

Serves 4

Bigoli with anchovies

Serves 4

Pasta con le sarde

Serves 4

Dinner al dente: Skye Gyngell's perfect pasta

Home-made or dried, nothing beats a warming bowl of pasta – especially with the toppings Skye Gyngell has in store...
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