A plate of autumn vegetables

A plate of autumn vegetables

Serves 4

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Lamb's kidneys with parsnips

Serves 4

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Being Modern: Gourmet crisps

What colour have you got? Red? EURGH! I've got my blue ones, and I ain't givin' you any. That, at least, is representative of a typical breaktime conversation at my primary school, a few decades ago. And it hardly needs a semiotician to break it down: red equals ready salted equals not enough flavour equals EURGH! Blue equals either salt and vinegar (Golden Wonder) or cheese and onion (Walkers, which, for reasons unfathomable, switched the universally held acceptance that green was cheesy and blue was salty), which equals yum, and you ain't havin' any.

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Antipasti of courgettes

Serves 4-6

Japan in £41m buy from Premier Foods

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Yellow beans with red onions

Serves 4

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Crispy sea bass with rosemary flowers and cucumbers

Serves 4 as a starter

Darina Allen: 'If I was on a desert island, I'd want the nostalgia of champ'

My earliest food memory... My mother baking her own soda bread, which she would do as part of her everyday routine. I remember being just old enough to see up over the table and watching her quick and light hand movements as she worked. She would always give me a little bit of dough to make my own cistín, or "little cake", and I would cut a cross in it as she did, then prick the four corners to let the fairies out. That is very important; otherwise the fairies will jinx your bread.

Ruby salad is a great winter or autumn salad

Ruby salad

Serves 4

Tom (right) and Henry are the respective owners of the Hobbs House Bakery and the Hobbs House Butchery, both in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire
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Duck bitoks

Serves 4

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Serves 10

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