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Use good-quality butter puff pastry for quince and cinnamon tart

Quince and cinnamon tart

Serves 4

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh, 106 mins (12A) Blood in the Mobile, Frank Piasecki Poulsen, 85 mins (12A)

Few thrills or spills, and not much else to detain you, in Steven Soderbergh's star-studded but curiously restrained thriller about a global virus outbreak

Asparagus in warka pastry

Serves 4

Wild duck and beetroot broth 'en croûte'

Serves 4

Album: The Drums, Portamento (Moshi Moshi/Island)

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Lunchbox recipes from the experts

Soggy sandwiches are so last term. Bid boring breaktimes farewell with these mouth-watering ideas from some of Britain's top chefs

Apricot Tart

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Turbot charged: Skye Gyngell has created a special menu for a series of supper clubs

Petersham in the evening is a truly magical place to be at this time of year, when the sun doesn't set until late in the evening; there is a sense of mystery about it – a misty glow in the air. The nursery in particular is looking spectacular, with glorious displays of flowers – roses, poppies, dahlias and purple-headed scabiosas – while the herbs in our kitchen garden are abundant and at their best, too, ready to be picked and used at will. This summer we have been hosting a handful of supper clubs – and here I've recreated what we cooked on one of those special nights.

Catch of the day: Fresh ways to enjoy British sardines

For Stefan Glinski, in the small Cornish fishing village of Newlyn, nightfall means one thing: sardines. Every day, as families around the country settle down to dinner, he heads out to work, braving wind, rain and waves in his 70-ton 44ft boat. "I've gone out in full-blown gales," he says. "The only time I stop is when I can't stand up."

Better off red: Skye Gyngell's favourite summer raspberry recipes

While I was growing up in Australia, summers could be fierce, with endless days spent on the beach followed by long, restless nights. English summers are gentler, sweeter, and the produce that arrives during these months is glorious – nothing more so than raspberries. Tart yet sweet, they have a beautiful texture, delicacy and softness. My very favourite variety are tulameen, which have a lovely mellow flavour and are around during late summer.

Cornish pasty joins Europe's protected list

Cornish pasties, the packed lunches that came into their own as meals for tin and copper miners in the 17th century, can now only be made in Cornwall.

Cornish pasties join protected list

Cornish pasties today joined a growing list of Europe's privileged foods whose names are protected from imitation.

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