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Spring can offer many temptations, fresh lamb, rhubarb, spring greens, but let’s not forget the one thing that most of us prefer to bypass unless we are dieting... and that is the good old-fashioned cucumber. Here are some unusual facts about the humble cucumber and a stunning sweet relish recipe to try at home.

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I formed theQuirkyCook in October 2008. It seemed a natural progression to take years of cooking and baking for friends and family to a professional level.

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Paving a new way for preserves, Derby-based The Quirky Cook is now celebrating its runaway success at this year’s Great Taste awards, with its punchy and pioneering Honeyed Fig Relish with Black Garlic winning the Golden Fork for Ambient Product of the Year.

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