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

Big Mack

Serves 4

Crispy mackerel tail in seashore vegetable broth

How broccoli became a political hot potato: Provocative remarks by President Obama about his favourite vegetable have reignited a bitter ideological debate

It seemed like a harmless question, but when you’re the 44th President of the United States there’s no such thing. On Tuesday afternoon, Barack Obama turned up at the second annual Kids’ State Dinner, hosted by his wife, Michelle, and attended by the winners of her competition to create a healthy lunchtime recipe. One of the 54 children at the event asked the President to name his favourite food, to which he replied, implausibly: broccoli. Given his grasp of political history, Mr Obama must surely have known that broccoli was a hot potato.

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Versatile: Quinoa with summer beans

Quinoa with summer beans

Serves 4-6

Julia Gillard announces her resignation after being ousted as Labor Party leader by Kevin Rudd

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Steamed wild salmon and seashore vegetables

Steamed wild salmon and seashore vegetables

Serves 4

Watercress and crayfish soup

Watercress and crayfish soup

Serves 4

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The new magazine for hip(ster) daddios

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You were born, raised and schooled in Australia and worked in Thailand – how did you find yourself leading the Green Party of England and Wales?

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