Food: Melting pot

Soho, slap-bang in the middle of London, has Britain's finest array of global gastronomy, as chef Alastair Little reveals in his latest collection of recipes

Nuclear waste will help your greens grow, claims BNFL

AS COMPOST goes it's in a class of its own. If you want a crop of spinach which would give even Popeye a glow give British Nuclear Fuels a call. Radioactive waste may not be the most organic of gardening aids, but it sure is effective. And it's not only the veg that it's good for. Sunflowers love it.

Mandela praises whites in farewell

TO COUNTER a pre-election climate of backstabbing and suspicion, President Nelson Mandela sent out a new message of reconciliation last night, stating that white people had behaved "beyond expectation" in the construction of the new South Africa.

Eating In: Go wild

Paula Wolfert's new book contains lots of delicious recipes for wild greens, discovers Michael Bateman, and happily, you won't have to go foraging for all of them

Food: Bites From the garden to the table

The pick of restaurants which grown their own

People and Business: Sell spinach, buy beans

CHARLES SCHWAB, the American-owned telephone share-dealing service, has come up with a revolutionary kind of investment, if its bulletin for spring 1999 is anything to go by.

RADIO: The delicate art of repeating yourself

I have made a wonderful discovery, which I would like to share with you. You know how some people, desperate for advice or consolation, claim they can turn at random to the Bible, Ulysses, or the Bhagavad-Gita and find something useful? Well, you can do the same with any decent-sized collection of Ogden Nash.

Perfection, except that it was in Manchester

FOOD IS a bore. Doesn't work, either. You get hungry, you eat it, but it doesn't last. After a while you get hungry and you eat more food. On it goes. And the fuss. Did you see the television programme about that horrible chef, the common one who goes red in the face and says "fuck" a lot? Who would want to eat food cooked by a man like that? Arms dealers, that's who; corporate hatchet-men, entrepreneurs, expenses experts: porky gits with bought-and-paid-for, nip-and-tuck girlfriends. You see them in fancy restaurants all over London, waving their credit cards at each other. The company that invents a credit card which can swell up and ejaculate is going to make a fortune.

Food: The golden egg

Eggs are not what they used to be, but wave a truffle in front of one and bake with cream and you have a dish to die for. Photograph by Jason Lowe

Balsamic vinegar with your jam sandwich, sir?

When the primary school child said he no longer wanted school dinners, I reacted badly

The art in a kitchen plot

Arranging a vegetable garden into a pleasing design of interlocking plots adds aesthetic value to good taste.

The column: A heavy toll

He's already suffered little green men in kilts, and biryani burps. Can New Year's Eve get any worse? Howard Jacobson thinks it probably just did

Eating Out: Your usual table?

Who eats where: Steven Berkoff, actor

Christmas Food & Drink: Turkey is not the only food

Why sideline the vegetables to sidedishes? Colin Spencer demonstrates how they can be the star of your Christmas feast


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