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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.)

No more growing pains: Emma Townshend finds a tiny garden full of fruit, veg and herbs and discovers the simple secret of its success

Alex Mitchell is chopping up tomatoes from her garden, then ladling them on to pieces of toasted ciabatta that she's already rubbed with home-grown garlic. The mixture has the bright orange of cherry tomato "Sun Gold" and the deep red of "Gardener's Delight", and is topped with bright-green freshly picked basil. The result is the best bruschetta I've ever tasted; on a bright sunny day in Greenwich, it's an impressive lunch haul from an urban vegetable patch.

Salad of poached pears, walnuts and Gorgonzola

Serves 2

Candied melon with chilli

This is a great way to use up the melon skins from the recipes above. Serve just as a snack, with cured meats or with cheese.

Melon salad with mint syrup

Serves 4

Mackerel ceviche salad with samphire

Serves 4

Grouse and crispy parsnip salad

Serves 4

Summer veg salad

Serves 4

Farmhouse salad with Scotch duck's egg

Serves 4

I Want Your Job: Market trader

'If you get it right you're quids in'

Tomato and lovage salad

Serves 4

Bites: Punters take a chance and eating al fresco

Is it tempting fate to sit outdoors at a restaurant? Given last week's combination of blazing sun followed five minutes later by torrential rain, it might be unwise. But ever since the terrace at London's Scott's became the place to be seen, punters are taking a chance and eating al fresco.

Iceberg salad with Thousand Island dressing

Serves 4

Lobster with modern Russian salad

Serves 4

Pea shoot and purple basil salad

Serves 4
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