Beetroot tartare can be used to accompany smoked or pickled fish and cold meats

Mark Hix recipe: Beetroot tartare

Serves 4-6

The News Matrix: Saturday 28 December 2013

Violence continues as 74 bodies found

Refreshing: Salmon salad with pink grapefruit

Mark Hix recipe: Salmon salad with pink grapefruit

Serves 6-8

The News Matrix: Friday 27 December 2013

Yasser Arafat 'not killed by radiation'

Mark Hix recipe: Turkey meatballs in sweet and sour sauce

You’ll likely have turkey remaining after Christmas Day and this is a good variation for the leftovers, with cranberries helping to make a nice sauce.

Spaghetti with Mark's tomato sauce

Mark Hix recipe: A simple tomato sauce

Serves 6-8

Radiant Orchid: The colour of 2014 according to Pantone

Pantone announces official 'colour of 2014' - is it your shade?

'Radiant orchid' follows in the footsteps of emerald and 'tangerine tango' to become the colour of 2014.

Dresden cannibal: German police worker ‘obsessed’ with cannibalism charged with torturing, butchering and eating man he met on fetish website

Police says victim had been fantasising about being killed and eaten by someone else since his youth

Sriracha chili sauce being produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, California

Sriracha hot sauce: Heated dispute

A hot sauce invented by a Vietnamese refugee is a cult hit among foodies – but locals say its factory fumes make them ill. A judge will decide its fate on Friday

A Korean speciality from the restaurant On the Bab

Korea opportunities: Once Asia's least trendy food, now everyone's getting in on the kimchi act

First came "K-pop"; now, get ready for "K-food" as Korea's national cuisine attempts to shake off its also-ran status in the Asian food stakes and attract a new audience. With his catchy tune and crazy dance moves, Psy paved the way for fellow Korean pop-stars to break into international markets. And now restaurateurs and retailers are leaping on the Gangnam bandwagon by following K-pop with a host of K-pop-ups, namely Korean-influenced food trucks that are proving popular from Birmingham to Glasgow.

Wine: Something for the weekend?

Night in

Winter warmer: Curried cauliflower soup

Curried cauliflower soup

Serves 4-6

Comfort food for grown-ups and kids: Cheesy cauliflower mash

Cheesy cauliflower mash

Serves 4-6

Fillet of pike with sauce Nantua

Fillet of pike with sauce Nantua

Serves 4

Whole roast chicken with new season garlic sauce and straw potatoes

Baked new season garlic sauce

Makes enough for 4

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