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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

Hidden layers: Bill Granger reveals the secret to his favourite lasagne recipe

People imagine that those of us who work with food professionally entertain in wildly extravagant ways, but if I'm honest, the opposite is the case. Experience has taught me that it's always best to keep it as simple as possible.

Ziferblat: Pay-per-minute café opens in London

Owner of Russian chain says he hopes café will encourage a more 'communal' experience

Fast food is the 'unhealthy choice', McDonald's tells its own staff

Fast food restaurant McDonald’s has advised its own staff that a burger, fries and soft drink is an “unhealthy choice”.

Prawn, green mango and lime salad

Mark Hix recipe: Prawn, green mango and lime Salad

Serves 4

Keep it on ice: Mark Hix reveals his delicious freezer essentials

Great ingredients such as prawns, globe artichokes and tomato sauce can all be kept in your freezer, ready to be deployed at the drop of a hat for a delicious tasting dish. You can even have a vodka shot on hand, too

Fried potato skins with spiced chicken, guacamole and sour cream

Weekend work: Time to clear out summer bedding plants

What to do

Tesco salads buyer Emma Bonny holding the rare 'Avozilla' avocado

Avozilla to invade Britain: Super-size avocados make their way to UK

Avocado lovers can look forward to the arrival of an enormous new variety, five times bigger than the standard size, when it hits supermarket shelves tomorrow.

Restaurant review: River Cottage Canteen, St John's Court, Whiteladies Road, Bristol

Tracey Macleod visits Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's latest River Cottage Canteen housed in a former church hall in Bristol. But will she be subjected to lengthy sermons about locavorism and sourcing fish responsibly?

Blueberry recipes

Blueberry sales are on the rise and with that in mind, click the links below to see recipes from Martin Hix that involve the fruit.

Go green: Mark's bolting herb soup

Bolting herb soup

Serves 4-6

Herring milt, bacon and samphire salad

Serves 4

Eric Pickles' tweeted an image of himself eating salad, parodying George Osborne's burger picture

Pickles and Salad? Eric Pickles hits back at Osborne with picture of himself eating a SALAD

Mr Pickles was on the receiving end of a Osborne jibe during the Spending Review speech when the chancellor dubbed him a 'model of lean government'

Pressed cuttlefish with parsley salad

Pressed cuttlefish with parsley salad

Serves 6-8

Shaved asparagus and Cashel blue salad

Shaved asparagus and Cashel blue salad

Serves 4

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