FOOD & DRINK: VEGGING OUTVEGGING OUT

MASTERS OF MODERN COOKERY: A monthly series in which the country's best cooks share their inspirations with Michael Bateman: here, the owner- chef of the Merchant House in Ludlow on his passion, vegetables

Gardening: Perpetual salad daze

Spinach, rocket, lettuce and other leaves not only provide a crisp crop, they're also perfect for pattern-making in the garden.

Food: Full of Euston promise

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Food: We'll eat again

There's more to family suppers than stir-fry, says Simon Hopkinson; That is really all it takes: adding your favourite things to ingredients you know like each other a lot Photograph by Jason Lowe

Cooking with attitude: Salad days

This weekend the clocks change, moving forward to give us another hour of light in the evening. So summer is just around the corner, which to foodies like us is a long-awaited time. There's alfresco eating, barbecues, and... salad.

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Gardening: The Art Of VegeTable-Growing

PART ONE OF A FOUR-PART GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN

Chubby charms

Gnocchi like mamma makes. By Annie Bell. Photograph by Patrice de Villiers

Health: Here's a new way to feed toddlers that takes the biscuit (for `biscuit', read `broccoli')

Looking for a challenge? Climb Everest? Do a degree in astrophysics? How about `persuade toddlers to eat vegetables'. It reduces the most rational and competent parents to jabbering stupidity and leaves the kids full of crisps and chocolates. A very bad thing indeed. Now, as Sarah Lonsdale, reports, help is really at hand.

Outtakes: Take-outs

From Hebden Bridge to Urbino, Glen Baxter's dish of seared luncheon meat with balsamic sago is held in awe. Here, we preview his latest gourmet guide

Food: Happy Rosh Hashanah

Celebrate the Jewish New Year the Sephardi way with this feast created for the Independent by Claudia Roden. Photographs by Patrice de Villiers

Daylight snobbery

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Food & Drink: AUBERGINE WITH EVERYTHING

SUMMER SALAD DAYS 2: TURKEY

CLOSE-UP WITH THE MUSSEL MEN

There's a lot more to Belgium than fuddling bureaucracy and boring seaside towns. Michael Bateman reports on the rising profile of its cuisine on the London food scene

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