Summer lovin': Skye Gyngell serves up her favourite recipes for sunny days

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Samphire with red chilli and olive oil

Serves 4

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Peppers piedmontese

Serves 4

Super nature: Skye Gyngell keeps it simple and seasonal

Last weekend we did a workshop at the nursery with the Australian food writer Stephanie Alexander, whose new book is called Kitchen Garden Companion (Quadrille, £30). It was a fascinating few days, and it inspired me to put together these three simple dishes – perfect for this time of year, using ingredients that can be grown in any back garden.

The time is ripe: Skye Gyngell reveals how to cook with the freshest English produce in the simplest ways

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Deep-fried pea pods with minted pea mayonnaise

Serves 4-6

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It's always refreshing to see fresh British green vegetables popping up in the shops and food markets at this time of year, although I confess that I wish that our short asparagus season lasted for another month or so.

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Cherry granita

Serves 6-8

Asparagus with lemon mayonnaise

Serves 4

Bring me my spears: Skye Gyngell's asparagus tips

It may be here for only six weeks of the year, but its sweet nuttiness has Skye Gyngell singing a hymn of praise to the delights of English asparagus

Dorset crab with white asparagus

Serves 4
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