Whether you are a veggie, or not, a beetroot curry goes down a treat

Mark Hix recipe: Beetroot curry

Serves 4

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Serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side dish

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Free vegetarian food is served at the Sikh temple in Ilford, Essex

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Mark's shell shot can be made with lobster, prawn or crab shells

Mark Hix recipe: Shell shot

Serves 6-8

Spaghetti with Mark's tomato sauce

Mark Hix recipe: A simple tomato sauce

Serves 6-8

Dustin Lance Black, a prominent LGBT activist, is won an Academy Award in 2008 for Milk

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Waitrose to sell sweeter 'child-friendly' Brussels sprouts for Christmas

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Video: Scientists create world's first Christmas tree powered by Brussels sprouts

They hope it will inspire children to eat the things - and take up an interest in science and engineering

Pressed pigs' ears - as close as it gets to turning a sow's ear into a silk purse

Mark Hix recipe: Pressed pigs' ears

Serves 8-10

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