A classic French celeriac rémoulade

A cut above: Mark Hix demonstrates chopping skills for classic dishes

Cutting up vegetables properly is a skill which any professional cook knows – but we should do it at home, too. Here, our chef gives a masterclass.

Onion, spinach and goat's cheese tart

Onion, spinach and goat's cheese tarts

Serves 4

McEvedy says: 'My ebullience for life can sometimes make me a tad bullish'

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'I went right off the rails'

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Cornwall hosts first world pasty tournament

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Brik with duck's egg and harissa

Brik with duck's egg and harissa

Serves 2

Spicy flavours: Masala omelette

Breakfast club: Mark Hix cooks up a lazy and indulgent brunch

You don't need to cook up a fancy dinner party to impress your friends.

Being Modern: Awards ceremonies

Everyone's been talking about it, haven't they. Who's going to win the big one? Who's going to wear the best dress? Who'll give the excruciating speech? You know, the one where they thank everyone but the dog. And then the dog.

Genevieve Roberts watches the final touch applied to the apple charlotte

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Hard times have led to a surge in sales of traditional desserts such as spotted dick and Bakewell tart. Genevieve Roberts reports

Duck bitoks are a kind of Russian patty-cum-meatball

Duck bitoks

Serves 4

Honey-roast duck with flowering chives and black fungus

Divine duck: Mark Hix cooks with the most succulent of birds

It's the perfect ingredient with which to create these warming winter dishes.

Beef Wellington

Ingredients to serve 6

Yorkshire's rhubarb crop crumbles in mild winter

The heat is on growers of Yorkshire's world famous rhubarb as the mild winter threatens a crisis in the crop.

Leopold Hawelka: Proprietor whose café played its part in the Cold War

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Sophie Grigson's onion, chive and garlic tart

Ingredients to serve 6-8

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