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Easter love and joy

As the days become longer (and, dare we say it, a little brighter), the first spring flowers bring a touch of colour to the world and excitement gathers for the big Easter bank holiday, starting this year on Friday 30 March. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and cook food that makes you happy – hearty dishes you can put in the oven and forget about and celebration cakes that show you care. Turn the page for delicious. recipes to make your weekend magical

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