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Red mullet with tomatoes and black olives

Red mullet with tomatoes and black olives

Serves 4

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Barbecue-style salmon belly with roast cherry vine tomatoes
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Tomato, cumin and coriander soup

Serves 4-6

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This week I've been eating...Aubergine with chickpea and labnah

You can tempt kids to try fish with Mark's Big Mack

Big Mack

Serves 4

Tagliolini with mackerel and chilli

Tagliolini with mackerel and chilli

Serves 4

Lamb sweetbreads and prawn curry

Serves 4

Tomato and cumin salad

Tomato and cumin salad

Serves 4

Sunny and share: Mark Hix creates four light, crowd-pleasing dishes

There are some big old manly meals on other pages of our summer food special, so I thought I would avoid the barbecue and go a bit light and mezze-like.

It's a fruit - not a veg

Millions of Britons can't distinguish between common fruit and vegetables - and some are trickier than you think.

Only 51 per cent think a tomato is a fruit, while 99 per cent incorrectly identify peas in a pod as veg.

Eat shoots and leaves: Mark Hix gets creative with fresh peas, mangetouts and sugar snaps

English peas and their offsprings, such as mangetouts and sugar snaps, and of course pea shoots and tendrils, are great tossed into a salad. I plant a member of the pea family most years – and end up using more of the shoots and leaves than the actual vegetable itself.

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