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, 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.)

Steak and Yorkshire pudding salad

Steak and Yorkshire pudding salad

Serves 4

Crispy duck and watercress salad

Crispy duck and watercress salad

Serves 6-8 as a starter

Pea salad is a great spring salad that utilises the whole of the pea family, shoots and all

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Don't cook all the goodness out of spring vegetables, says our chef.

Rebecca Armstrong: Supermarket snacks: be careful what you wish for

When i was just a twinkle in its creator's eye, its sister paper The Independent moved offices from east London to west. Staff left behind a windswept waterfront and a long walk to buy lunch in favour of shops! Cafes! Restaurants! Marks & Spencer! All seconds away, which is great, although our wallets now take regular thrashings. But no one's ever content, right? So there is the occasional gentle whinge about what isn't perfect: mainly that the nearest branches of two old favourites, sandwich bar Eat and sushi chain Itsu, are too far away. (Oh, and that our diamond shoes are too tight).

Ruby salad is a great winter or autumn salad

Crunch time: Beat those winter blues with Mark Hix's inventive salads

Who said that salads had to be eaten during the summer months?

Brushing teeth with tap on using only 6l

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With a drought on the way, we need to start saving water now. In his bid to go from torrent to trickle, Simon Usborne dries out

Take a pot shot: Have a go at growing from seed and give yourself a flying start for the Olympics

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Rebecca Armstrong: Is it me, or does a Smartie sarnie sound quite tasty?

What's on the menu for lunch today? A cheese and pickle sandwich? Quinoa salad? Chips? Will it be eaten at home, or in the pub, or al desko, scattering crumbs over your keyboard that will worm their way under the "S" key and make it ssssstick? Homemade or shop bought?

Weekend Work: Time to pinch sweet peas

What to do

Taking no prisoners: According to one associate, Smith threatened to stab a man for waking him up. He is also reputed to have fired a sound man for ordering a salad

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The 10 best salad servers

1. French Bull

Bring your salad to life with these psychedelic servers. Shatterproof and dishwasher safe, they are available in a multi-coloured ring pattern or paisley design.


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Serves 4

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Serves 4

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