The French connection: lessons from an edible garden

It's little wonder our cousins across the Channel are so much more au fait with vegetables – they learn all about cultivating them from such a young age...

Rosie Lovell: 'Something in my brain went and now I can't eat coriander'

My earliest food memory...Being sent out to pick spinach and courgettes from my parents' vegetable patch. I remember spinach being really woody and pretty hard work – it was a cruel upbringing! My favourite childhood dish was my mum's "pasta willy"; it was a massive piece of home-made pasta, scattered with wilted spinach and leftover ham, rolled up, cooked in muslin then covered in a lovely tomato sauce.

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Paul Vallely: Big trouble hits British asparagus

Cooks must make do with... foreign brands
Crispy duck and watercress salad

Crispy duck and watercress salad

Serves 6-8 as a starter

Rain stops asparagus festival

The recent rain and flooding has forced organisers of the annual British Asparagus Festival to cancel the event because of a lack of asparagus.

Asparagus festival cancelled - due to lack of of asparagus

The recent rain and flooding has forced organisers of the annual British Asparagus Festival to cancel the event - because of a lack of asparagus.

Pot Noodle: the snack equivalent of 'Zoo' magazine

Something for the ladies. Noodles in a pot

Pot Noodle, the instant noodle "dish" from Unilever, has never bothered the female market too much before. Coming in such delightful flavours such as Doner Kebab, Bombay Bad Boy and Sticky Rib, it's the snack equivalent of Zoo magazine; women wouldn't be caught dead with it. (Look, I'm not saying I've never bought one, but I think we can agree who they are targeted at).

One in six children think blueberry muffin counts as part of 'five a day'

Around one in six youngsters believe a blueberry muffin counts as part of their “five a day”, a poll has found.

Asparagus, radish and fennel salad

Asparagus, radish and fennel salad

Serves 4

Pea salad is a great spring salad that utilises the whole of the pea family, shoots and all

Raw power: Mark Hix reveals how to enjoy spring vegetables in their natural form

Don't cook all the goodness out of spring vegetables, says our chef.

Jersey Royals grow by the island's Gorey Harbour

Food miles: Spring's bounty is all over these isles – and waiting to be eaten

Spring is an exciting time for gourmet travel in Britain. The fields, hills and hedgerows are abundant with delicious seasonal treats including asparagus, wild morel mushrooms and lamb, providing inspiration for restaurant menus, cookery classes and events all over the UK.

Study examines health benefits of older varieties of fruit

Old varieties of apples, bananas and onions are part of a UK study to potentially give consumers products with "significantly" higher levels of nutrients, it has been announced.

Spring lamb stew
by Rachel Khoo

Spring lamb stew

Ingredients to serve 4-6

Asparagus, broad beans, cucumbers: a seasonal celebration

Crunch time: The ABC of green vegetables

Christopher Hirst celebrates asparagus, broad beans, and cucumbers

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