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Nigel Slater’s desert island dishes

To celebrate 200 issues of Observer Food Monthly, Nigel Slater revisits and updates 10 of his all-time favourite dishes, including roast lamb and couscous, scallops with yuzu and apple bread and butter pudding

The recipes that appear in my column in OFM have always mirrored what I eat at home. They start their life around the kitchen table. An idea. A possibility. A whim. Something I have made to eat at home that I feel is worth developing and sharing. There are no test kitchens and teams of home economists and chefs here. Everything comes from my home kitchen. That said, I don’t work alone. James Thompson has worked on the recipes with me for almost a decade. Jonathan Lovekin has photographed them for even longer. After cooking and shooting, the three of us sit down and eat.

I started, enthusiastically, picking my favourite recipes from the last 200 issues. A task that soon found me frustrated at having to leave out so many much-loved recipes. (At one point it was pretty much a collection of pork recipes.) Like choosing your desert island discs, it becomes easier to choose by making a list, closing your eyes and sticking a pin in it.

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In its own ‘war on plastic’, the UK government is a deserter | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The 25-year deadline spells doom for many ocean species. One supermarket’s pledge to ban plastics puts the target to shame

The prime minister has declared war on plastic, with an announcement that the government hopes to “eliminate all avoidable plastic waste” within 25 years. You could say that this week saw the first troops landing on our plastic-strewn beaches. But, rather than our ministers or MPs, they turned out to be the shelf-stackers and checkout workers of Iceland supermarkets.

Those shop workers could well be among the first to handle a new kind of plastics-free packaging that the world so badly needs. While the war may last well beyond next Christmas, Iceland has pledged victory over plastic packaging within five years – 20 years ahead of Theresa May’s deadline. This is, of course, good news, because the government’s war wasn’t looking likely to liberate anything any time soon.

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Raw deal: sushi-loving California man discovers 5ft 6in tapeworm

Fresno doctor says of ‘giant’ parasite patient wrapped round toilet roll: ‘Apparently it was still wriggling when he put it in the bag’

A California man’s daily sushi habit ended in a trip to hospital with a stomach-churning item to show doctors: a 5ft tapeworm that “wiggled” out of his body.

Fresno emergency department doctor Kenny Banh told the Guardian he was skeptical when the man walked in to his hospital, asking for treatment for a worm.

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Tetrodotoxin: the poison behind the Japanese pufferfish scare

The accidental sale of potentially deadly fugu in Japan has sparked a health scare – and the same poison is now found in European species

Gamagori city in Japan was put on alert this week after toxic fish went on sale in a local supermarket. Pufferfish are considered a delicacy in Japan, often eaten raw as sashimi or cooked in soups. But if the fish are not carefully prepared they can be deadly.

The supermarket in Gamagori failed to remove the liver from the fish before putting them on sale, and unfortunately the liver is one of the organs that can harbour the potent neurotoxin tetrodotoxin. In an effort to recall the potentially poisonous fish sold, loudspeakers across the city have been warning citizens of the danger; at the time of writing, three of the five packs of fish sold had been traced.

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Japan: hunt for deadly fugu fish sold in error by supermarket

Loudspeakers across Gamagori warn people not to eat delicacy after five packages were sold without removing poisonous livers

A Japanese city has activated an emergency warning system to alert residents to avoid eating locally purchased blowfish after a mix-up saw toxic parts of the delicacy go on sale.

A supermarket in Gamagori in central Japan sold five packages of fugu fish without removing the livers, which can contain a deadly poison.

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