Celeriac and Lancashire cheese pithivier

Celeriac and Lancashire cheese pithivier

Serves 6-8

What the folk at Death by Burrito can do with a bit of braised pig cheek and crackling is enough to have you weep

On The Menu: Death by Burrito; Maggi seasoning; Ben and Jerry's; sloe gin

This week I've been eating... burritos

George Osborne has abandoned his plan to impose VAT on the Cornish pasty

Row set to hot up as Pasty Tax comes into force

The so-called “pasty tax” comes into force today amid warnings that it could tip struggling businesses “over the brink”.

Tomato, feta, almond and date baklava

Tomato, feta, almond and date baklava

Ingredients to serve 6

Two years on, Team cameron is no more

They were the close-knit group of backroom colleagues who propelled Mr Cameron into Downing Street – sharing junk food, long-distance train trips and the frustration of opposition.

Pasty tax win fails to boost Greggs' sales figures

Bakery chain Greggs' success in fighting off the Government's unpopular pasty tax failed to rub off on the company's sales figures today.

The Weekend's Viewing: Exploring China: a Culinary Adventure, Sun, BBC2
The Zoo, Sun, ITV1

Exploring China: a Culinary Adventure is presented by a veritable Marco Polo of kitchen equipment, a heroic figure who ventured East and on his return transformed the cooking techniques of the Occident.

Paul Hollywood: 'If I'm really tired, I hunt down a doughnut for the sugar rush'

My earliest food memory… My nan's mince and potatoes: it was the first time I went back for seconds of anything. Her cooking was always basic but very tasty. Dad was a baker, and we lived above the bakery, so I was always popping down to have an apple pie, or a doughnut or a custard or gypsy tart: I had a very sweet tooth, and I think that that was what got me into doing what I do now.

Tomato and basil tarts and courgette and feta tarts

Tomato and basil tarts

Serves about 10

The Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson

Plans to tax five-a-side teams cause outrage

Sports Minister furious over his party's proposal which will rake in £5m a year... but deter people taking part in sport

Donostia, where Samuel tried cod cheeks

On The Menu: Donostia cod cheeks; Chin Chin labs; Thermapen; Courvoisier; Richard Bertinet

This week I've been eating... Donostia cod cheeks

Pierre Hermé, the 'picasso of pastry': 'Lime is the best seasoning. I can put it with any fruit and it will improve it'

My Life in Food: Pierre Hermé

Dubbed by French Vogue the "Picasso of pastry", Hermé was first apprenticed to a master pastry chef at age 14. He is praised for his chocolate desserts but worshipped for his macarons. He opened his first shop in Tokyo in 2000 and has since opened six more in Japan, one in London's Belgravia, and six in Paris. Hermé is the only pastry chef to have been made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur.

Balti gosht, a type of chicken curry

Birmingham’s Balti curry set for EU 'protected' status

Birmingham’s famous Balti curry could soon have protected status throughout the EU, meaning anyone wishing to use the “Birmingham Balti” brand would have to follow strict guidelines on the traditional recipe.

Leading article: Osborne has run out of excuses

The Chancellor should heed the wise words of his colleague and stop blaming others

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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

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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