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Ravinder Bhogal’s watermelon recipes

Watermelons, all big-bellied and heavy as lead balloons, are summer’s sweet and refreshing reward. Their sumptuous flesh invites the company of all manner of flavours, and is especially good with a salty component, whether that’s feta or a dressing enriched with briny condiments such as soy. Today’s dishes take inspiration from Asia and the Middle […]

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Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for blueberry cake with elderflower cream

When I think about my perfect summer, I think of meals shared outside with friends and family that involve, among other things, fruit- and cream-filled cakes. If you’re vegan or have a dairy allergy, however, you’re all too often left eating something entirely different, which can pop a perfect summer bubble in an instant. I […]

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Nik Sharma’s recipes for roast grape, cheese and walnut salad and lime sorbet with a Thai twist

I’m always amazed by the sheer variety of fruits that exist in nature, each with their own personality. This lime sorbet is robust with the sour taste of citric acid, but also has that delightful, refreshing perfume that is most welcome on a hot summer day. Makrut lime leaves are used in Thai cooking to […]

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Liam Charles’ recipe for mango slices with a white chocolate ganache

Mango, coconut, lime: this classic flavour combo is an absolute winner. And smothering each mini loaf cake with a glorious cloud of whipped coconut and white chocolate ganache makes them the ultimate summer time treat. I tell you what: take these cakes to a shindig and everyone will want to be your best friend. Mango […]

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Nigel Slater’s recipes for ice-cream sandwiches, and aubergines with coconut

It is the fleeting nature of ice-cream that appeals to me – the idea of catching something at its brief moment of perfection. In the case of ice-cream, that’s somewhere along the road from rock hard to milky puddle. They may bring with them a sense of peace and lazy summer days, but ices also […]

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Rachel Roddy’s recipe for strawberry tart with crema pasticcera

The bar in Linari must be 12m long, at least, and it’s shaped like an “L” or an allen key. The shorter section is opposite the espresso machine, and a good place to stand, or lean, with one eye on both doors and the cash desk, and the other on the silver machine with its […]

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Thomasina Miers’ recipe for cinnamon semifreddo with chocolate drizzle and raspberries

Making ice-cream brings me pleasure like little else. There is something magical about transforming fruit puree, some melted chocolate or a simple custard into a bowl of softly whipped, tooth-cold ice-cream. I often make some when I have a gaggle over because, in my experience, there are few things adults love more than a bowl […]