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Corn and chorizo chowder

Serves 4-6

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Home-grown mange tout paired with lobster fresh out of the sea gives this humble vegetable a nice lift

Lobster with mange tout and ginger

Serves 2

Mark uses roe to make his lobster drop scones

Lobster drop scones

Serves 2

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'I ate some corn. It rained and I drank some rain, but not much': Chinese woman found alive after 16 days in well

A woman stranded for 16 days in an abandoned well in central China said today that she shouted for help every day and began to lose hope, but that she managed to survive on raw corn and rainwater.

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Partridge with polenta and elderberries

Partridge with polenta and elderberries

Serves 4

Bit of spice: Partridge tagine with olives

Partridge tagine with olives

Serves 4-6

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