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Saffron scones.

Saffron scones

Karen Martini This is a pretty classic scone recipe with a delicate lacing of saffron that just goes so well with the exotic, sweetly sour marmalade and tangy, creamy labna.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Barbecue road test.

Barbecue methods put to the test

Richard Cornish Gas? Charcoal? Wood? We hunt down the best of the barbecues for the ultimate grill thrills.

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Pear and hazelnut cakes with creme fraiche.

Pear and hazelnut cakes with creme fraiche

Frank Camorra These delicious cakes are very adaptable.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A neat dusting of sugar or freeze-dried fruit powder adds drama to a plate.

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Annabel Smith Pill boxes, PVC piping and some theatrical flourish: chefs' tips and tricks for drop-dead gorgeous plating.

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Sichuan-style chicken stir-fry.

Sichuan-style stir-fry

Neil Perry Add chopped fresh chillies or a spoon of chilli bean paste for extra bite.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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