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Paul Collingwood and Phil Mustard put Durham within reach of summit

Durham 245 & 212-6 Sussex 112

Freshly picked raw courgettes slivers combined with just a few other simple ingredients it works a treat

Shaved courgette, fennel and red onion salad

Serves 4

Grilled courgettes with cuttlefish and capers

Grilled courgettes with cuttlefish and capers

Serves 4

Blue heaven: Mark Hix cooks with berries

Have them raw or cooked, for dessert, dinner or cocktails – the uses for blueberries are limitless

Pigeon and wild blaeberry salad

Pigeon and wild blaeberry salad

Serves 4

Restaurant review: Shoryu Ramen Soho, 3 Denman Street, London

'Hirata buns with tempura prawns resembled a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish'

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Prehistoric Europeans were spicing up their food with garlic mustard more than 6,000 years ago

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Branching out: Mark Hix gets creative with olives

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Lamb cutlets with tapenade, maple syrup and paprika
Stuffed olives with orange, oregano and chilli

Stuffed olives with orange, oregano and chilli

Makes 20 as a snack

The 10 Best hand blenders

For top-notch chopping, super speedy soups and perfect purées, get your mitts on one of these handy devices

Much of the vacancy of the film comes from star Ryan Gosling

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Upwardly mobile: Mark Hix cooks with salmon

Around Britain, the salmon fishing season is in full swing, so cast out and enjoy our chef's delicious recipes

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