Voices

To buy a ticket for a hotly tipped play, within seconds of booking opening, requires perseverance and nerve as websites falter, payments vanish and a confirmation finally limps through. The goal is to see a top cast, whose fluency and fluidity is testament to years of determination – getting to drama school, being noticed at the end-of-year shows, getting an audition, getting a part and nailing it.  

Roots' famous Reggae Reggae sauce took off after an investment from Dragon's Den entrepreneurs Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh

My Life In Food: Levi Roots

Roots first started selling his Reggae Reggae sauce in 1991 at the Notting Hill Carnival. Sixteen years later, after an investment from Dragon's Den entrepreneurs Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh, it hit the shelves in Sainsbury's. Since then, Roots has written six cookbooks, including his latest, Sweet (Conran Octopus £18.99). His proudest moment remains, however, singing happy birthday to Nelson Mandela when he visited Britain in 1996.

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Mackerel broth with tomatoes and coriander

Mackerel broth with tomatoes and coriander

Serves 4

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Anthony Hilton: Ramsay the right recipe to save euro? Dream on

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Gallows humour for Clarke but horror 76 is no laughing matter

The last time Darren Clarke strolled up the 18th fairway at the Open, he knew he was about to claim the Claret Jug and be crowned champion golfer of the year. The memory of that glorious St George's coronation last July came flooding back yesterday as Clarke completed the first round of the defence of his title. What was he thinking? "How the bleep did I ever manage to win this last year," Clarke said with a shrug and a chuckle. It was gallows humour. His six-over-par 76 was no laughing matter.

Bloody Black Cow tomatoes

Bloody Black Cow tomatoes

Serves 4-6

Caponata with mozzarella

Caponata with mozzarella

Serves 4-6

Donostia, 10 Seymour Place, London W1

As holidaymakers know, Donostia is the Basque name for San Sebastian, the lovely, sun-drenched municipality on the north coast of Spain that's capital of the Basque country. Tourists spill into it every year to, um, bask in the Bay of Biscay, to drink txakoli and nibble pungent snacks in the tiny bars of the Parte Vieja (or 'Old Part of Town') or sample the classier cuisine of the Michelin-starred Arzak restaurant.

Raw lasagne from 42°Raw

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This week I've been eating... raw lasagne

Mark Hix: A light touch with pasta

Pasta doesn't have to mean heavy, high-carb dishes – our resident chef creates delicious and healthy recipes for summer

Gnocchi with tomatoes and basil

Serves 4

Hawksmoor: The food is American and trashy… and absolutely delicious

On The Menu: Short ribs, an open book, cool canapés, tomato treats and an ode to bacon

This week I've been eating... Short ribs

Deep-fried courgette flowers with oxheart tomatoes and shaved courgettes
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