A festive floating island is Mark's version of the classic îles flottantes

Mark Hix recipe: A festive floating island

Serves 6-8

Refreshing: Salmon salad with pink grapefruit

Mark Hix recipe: Salmon salad with pink grapefruit

Serves 6-8

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Mark Hix recipe: Artichokes, olive and caper salad

Serves 4

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Mark Hix recipe: Prawn, green mango and lime Salad

Serves 4

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