Unilever sells Bertolli oil and vinegar for £500m

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate, lost a touch of Italian brio yesterday after selling its Bertolli olive oil and vinegar business for €630m (£500m), as part of its drive to sell non-core businesses.

Leeks vinaigrette with eggs mimosa

Serves 5

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Serves 4

Roasted fillet of beef with green sauce

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Katy Guest: The stagflation index is at an all-time high

In the various indices that measure the cost of living, has anyone looked at the inflation-busting rise in the price of the average stag night? You know how it goes: once it was an evening with the lads, a sniff of the barmaid's apron and turning up to the wedding with a guilty expression and one eyebrow. Now you have to book a long weekend, hire a paintballing centre, join the RAF, commandeer a £10m Chinook helicopter.

Asparagus with red wine butter

Serves 4

Joan Bakewell: Why can't the Speaker's wife use a bus pass?

The Freedom of Information Act makes nosey parkers of us all. That, plus the activities of the TaxPayers' Alliance, offers us gossip and innuendo to match anything in Heat magazine. What is more, we have a stake in the whole, gorgeous story of the Commons Speaker Michael Martin's expenses. For a start, aren't we ourselves paying for this grotesque charade? And second, don't we identify in some small way with the squirming guilt of the named parties.

Southern comforts: Skye Gyngell shows how to add Australian flavour to any British table

Feeling downcast after a cold, wet winter at Petersham Nurseries, I was looking forward to my two weeks at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. As soon as we stepped off of the plane and into the warm and balmy night, the scent of gardenia in the air and the Southern Cross above us, I immediately relaxed and felt excited to be back in my native land.

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