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Beet happening: Mark Hix gets creative with the versatile vegetable

In the past, some may have turned up their nose at the beetroot, but now the versatile vegetable is all over the place. In these delicious recipes, the beet can be found in everything from salads and curries to even a cocktail

Serve beetroot and vodka shots with caviar or as a shot at a cocktail party

Mark Hix recipe: Beetroot and vodka shots

Serves 4-6

Beetroot, feta and mint salad is a good way to use different coloured beets

Mark Hix recipe: Beetroot, feta and mint salad

Serves 4

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Mark Hix recipe: Beetroot tartare

Serves 4-6

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Mark Hix recipe: Beetroot curry

Serves 4

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Salad days: A January detox doesn't have to mean dour dishes says Mark Hix

After festive over-indulgence, many of us will be in the mood to detox. And there are lots of healthy ingredients that can be used in bright, tasty recipes

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Mark Hix recipe: Squash salad

Serves 4-6

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