Dorset crab with white asparagus

Serves 4

Red alert: the glory of the great British tomato

Heavy rain has ruined Spain's crop, a staple of supermarket shelves. But don't despair – just buy home-grown

Veal chop with Café de Paris butter

Serves 4

Linguine with lemon and sage

Serves 4

Packing a punch: Skye Gyngell cooks with sage

A word to the wise: go easy on this spring herb or you risk losing the flavour of your other ingredients to its aromatic, punchy essence

Picnic perfection: Britain's top chefs reveal their recipes for al fresco dining success

It's time to celebrate the great outdoors – but don't let a soggy sandwich blight your hamper...

Around the world in 80 dishes No. 46: Fish soup with harissa

Ingredients to serve 4

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Preserved-lemon dressing

We make this dressing from time to time at work – everyone in the kitchen loves it and when we have menu meetings, it is bound to be brought up as a suggestion by one of the cooks. It is good over a simple green salad and ripe tomatoes, or served alongside chicken or fish (pictured right).

Chorizo and clams

Serves 6

Clams and linguine

Serves 6

White bulb moment: Skye Gyngell cooks with fennel

Perfectly in season and versatile enough to roast or eat raw – it's no wonder fennel is finding its way into almost everything Skye feels like eating right now
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