Mark Hix: Ham hock with pease pudding

Serves 4

Crab with linguine

Serves 4

Rocket pesto

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Whole stuffed John Dory

Serves 4-6

Mutton and root vegetable broth

Serves 4-6

In the dining room with Colonel Mustard

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Mirabelle: Join the Mayfair set

Chef Marco Pierre White reveals how to create the dishes that are helping restore his Mirabelle restaurant to its glory days, when Orson Welles, Winston Churchill and Vivienne Leigh were among the regulars

Onions and parsley stop bone disease in older women

A SIMPLE change in diet may delay or even prevent the onset of osteoporosis, the bone- wasting illness that frequently leads to fractured hips and broken limbs most commonly in post-menopausal women.

Letter: Chub en croute

READING David Earlam's letter ("Ssh, pike for tea", 29 August) reminded me of an excellent Welsh recipe for chub: prepare some pastry, roll it flat and place in a baking tray; chop and fry garlic, parsley and chives; prepare your chub, zesting it with a dash of lemon; place the fish in the baking tray and baste the whole with butter. Put the tray in a preheated oven at gas mark 6 for 25 minutes. After this period, remove the tray, throw away the fish and eat the pastry.

A dance to the music of thyme

Herbs such as mint, thyme and the little-known burnet add zest both to garden borders and the salad bowl

Food & Drink: Weekend Cook - 1: Midnight Pasta Serves two. Total time 20 minutes

OF ALL the millions of shapes and sizes of pasta nothing beats a steaming mound of spaghetti.

Conran summer food: Fish

If the depths of winter call for calorie-rich comfort food, summer demands lightness, speed and convenience. This is when seafood comes into its own. Consider the range, from lobster and Dover sole to more modestly priced salmon and mussels. In the first of a two-part series, we publish some of the best fish recipes chosen by

Travel: Family therapy on wheels

Cycling `en famille' along abandoned railway lines in the Peak District may sound like hard work, but it's a very enjoyable way to avoid arguments.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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