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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.)

Japanese asparagus and duck's egg omelette

Japanese asparagus and duck's egg omelette

Serves 2

Bagged supermarket mixed leaf salads blamed for bug that hit 300 people

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium that affected around 300 people probably originated in ready-to-eat bagged salads, an investigation has found.

Trafficker jailed for using Polish workers as slaves

A “physical and mental bully” has been jailed for six years and three months for trafficking four men to the UK and exploiting them to work as slaves.

The workout room in the Equinox Gym in Kensington

Exercise: Working out in the £2,000-a-year gym

In the US, the Equinox gyms have been working the likes of Cameron Diaz and Bradley Cooper into a sweat for years.

Japan brings out the Branston with £93m buy from Premier

Premier Foods is to sell its sweet pickles and sauces business, including its nearly 200-year-old Branston brand, to a Japanese company for £93m as part of its strategy to offload units to reduce its £1bn-plus debt mountain.

Swedish Lapland Reindeer: 'neither like chicken, nor as gamey as I had imagined – there were hints, but only that'

On The Menu: Swedish Lapland reindeer; Llama snacks; Time Out's Eating & Drinking Awards; Qcumber; Vinoteca

This week I've been eating... Swedish Lapland reindeer

Caught in the Net: Wu-Tang Clan's Iron man gets his kicks

Given many of the pop cultural reference points of RZA and his Wu-Tang Clan, it's little surprise that the former has chosen kung-fu action B-movie style for his debut as a film-maker.

Hot-smoked salmon, beetroot salad and horseradish crème fraîche, by Raymond Blanc

Hot-smoked salmon, beetroot salad and horseradish crème fraîche

Ingredients to serve 4

Hamburguesa blanco y negro

Serves 4

Lou Sanders: “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad”

Lou Sanders: And Now for a Nice Evening with Wallan, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

In a year of high-octane show openings, Lou Sanders, self-styled "Beyonce of comedy", might just have the best. It's certainly the only one involving techno, pink tights and rollerblades.

The 10 Best vegetable boxes

From carrots and spuds to more exotic selections, bypass the supermarket and get the best veg delivered to your door

Smoked mackerel pâté

Smoked mackerel pâté

Serves 4-6

Green bean and bacon salad

Green bean and bacon salad

Serves 4-6

All smiles as Yann Guichard and the crew of the 70-foot trimaran Spindrift cross the finish of the Krys Ocean Race from New York to Brest

Yann Guichard wins Krys Ocean Race on race debut

A fast but hard run across the Atlantic gave multihull expert Yann Guichard a debut victory as he crossed the finish line in Brest to win the Krys Ocean Race from New York in just 4d 21h 08m 37s.

Mismatched furniture and soft lighting make The Hampshire Hog very welcoming

The Hampshire Hog, 227 King Street, London, W6

The team behind The Engineer have moved, but have they taken their cachet with them?

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