Dave Johnstone asks:

Anything for the Weekend, sir? How about Tim Dowling? He’s from the States (do love him, though). How about Dear Rapist…? She’s from the States. Or how about Jesse Eisenberg? He’s from the States. Nearly every week, you seem obsessed with things “over there”. Well, I like here, too, and Europe.

We always appreciate it when readers answer their own rhetorical questions, but it’s not quite clear to us what Dave’s questions were! From the answers, we suspect he was curious about the nationalities of Weekend contributors and subjects Tim Dowling, Jesse Eisenberg and Liz Seccuro, who as Dave confirms are all (at least initially) from the United States of America.

It seems Dave would prefer contributors from the UK and the rest of Europe, which makes it unfortunate for him that he happened to pick Dowling, Eisenberg and Seccuro to read! Almost any other selection of three articles would have been more to his taste. Still, perhaps he’ll have better luck this week!

Simon Gretton asks:

If Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s simple Sri Lankan bream curry (30 April) has 21 ingredients, how many does his not-so-simple one have? Has he been spending time with Heston?

As far as we can tell, Fearnley-Whittingstall has published only one Sri Lankan bream curry – the simple version under discussion. Simon therefore has no reason to fear a more complicated recipe lurking in the wings!

In answer to Simon’s second question, Fearnley-Whittingstall has indeed been spending time with Heston Blumenthal: both men were involved with Channel 4’s Big Fish Fight earlier this year.