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Crops in Pots – Book Review

I was sent a review copy of Crops In Pots – 50 cool containers planted with fruit, vegetables and herbs by Bob Purnell which is being published this month. It sounded right up my street as I’m currently planning my veggies for this year and it didn’t disappoint. I’d never thought of combining edibles with […]

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Tasting Home – Coming of Age in the Kitchen – Book Review

When I downloaded this book (it was Free for a limited time on Amazon recently), I had no idea how fantastic a read it was going to be! Not only did I finish it in less than 24 hours but I’ve now been inspired to reach for my Escoffier and Larousse (there were a lot of French […]

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Dinner’s ON! Inspirational ‘Foodies’ – Barry Lewis

I was recently intro’d to Barry – and you can’t fail to be inspired by his story – it’s well worth sharing and a wonderful encouragement to all ‘foodies’ who have dreams of making a career out of it.  Barry set-up MyVirginKitchen in 2010 and made videos of himself cooking recipes in the evenings and shared them on YouTube – every recipe […]

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Ants on Toast for Tea anyone…?

I had to laugh when I spotted a friend’s recent facebook update about a recipe book used by her family when she was wee – the comical bit was the fact that they have a recipe using Ants (yes the little black crawly things) and not only that but also tips on the best places […]

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Excellent presents for a Food-Geek Heaven

Foodie related xmas presents were abundant in our household this Christmas but there were a few that are particularly notable so thought I’d share. A Molecular Gastronomy Kit (a present from me to Dr Science) Who hasn’t see Heston Blumenthal doing some weird & wonderful things with liquid nitrogen and bringing science in to the […]

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Cheese Fondue – don’t mind if I do! (recipe)

You may have noticed I’m having a bit of a love-fest with dishes more suited to the colder weather and after ‘visiting ‘Morocco with a ‘summery’ flavoured Tagine yesterday, tonight I’ve gone to the mountains in search of snow and cheese, in fact mountains of it! (Cheese Fondue, as my friends all know, is often […]

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Chicken, Lemon & Olive Tagine – recipe

With the beautiful weather this weekend, cold yet sunny it was time to cook up one of my favourite tried and tested recipes, a mediterranean influenced chicken, lemon and olive Tagine, another super easy to make yet delicious offering. If you don’t have a tagine, a casserole dish or slow cooker work just as well. […]

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Seaweed Butter Recipe (Thanks to Xa, from Edinburgh’s Sea Spice Co)

A few months ago I met with Xa, one of Edinburgh’s ‘@SeaSpiceGirls’ and we had an absolutely fascinating  and delightful chat about their seaweed products that are favoured by top Chefs across the country including our very own Paul Wedgwood and Mark Greenaway. Having then found out about the book they published, an utterly charming read […]

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My new book has arrived – GARLIC & SAPPHIRES – the secret life of a food critic

Can’t wait to get stuck into this new arrival, thanks to ‘J’ for flagging it up to me, sounds right up my street! “GARLIC & SAPPHIRES is Ruth Reichl’s delicious and mischievous account of her time spent as an undercover restaurant critic. Reichl knows that to be a good critic you have to be anonymous. […]

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