Whenever I see Paris Brest on a menu I'm reminded of Tony, my very eccentric head waiter who I worked with for many happy years at The Chalice Restaurant in Bury. I cooked, he was front of house. His first job when he arrived at work (usually late as he stopped to buy things on the side of the road, arriving in with eggs, flowers, vegetables and often a piece of furniture) was to check what was on the menu and then to hand write the copies. His handwriting was awful and his speciality was the deliberate misspelling of menu items hoping that I wouldn't find out before the end of service and allowing him to regale the customers with a verbal description of the desserts of the day. 30 years on I will never forget his squiggle, the r and i in Paris becoming an m. So dear followers, in honour of Tony I give you my recipe for Pams Brest.
Look at some of these grate spellings, collected from a variety of establishments over a surprisingly short period of time. Do people not proof read anymore?
As some of the first food bloggers to start writing in the UK our sixteen year old blog is noted by many in the industry for it's longevity and accuracy regarding the world of food. We are hospitality trained, between us worked as a hotel inspector, chef and a food taster and written extensively about food and food trends - how to cook, what to eat and where to go. Ruth continues to work as a freelance consulant to food led hospitality and tourism businesses. Take a look at her website here. We have been invited to attend promotions and contribute to feedback for many in the food industry over the years including the Suffolk Magazine Food and Drink Awards, the Suffolk Food Hall and and Broads Authority "Eating out on the Broads". We work with PR companies to promote new openings and food events. If you invite paying guests into your home then invite us to your supper club, or if you want to share a recipe, send it to us. Ruth is based in Suffolk and Claire spends much of her time in London, so we travel everywhere for good food - Abroad if necessary. We are always on the look out for new trends, exciting new producers and innovative businesses in the world of food and drink.
For many years Ruth has catered for interesting food events with a wide range of clients. Her speciality is cooking over a campfire in her South African Potjies. Ruth is a personal licence holder and holds a 5 star food hygiene rating. You will find her Little House of Cooking blog pages here.
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When I worked in a Suffolk restaurant the thought of a food critic discovering us, writing amazing things and launching us into celebrity-land was always tempered by the fact that they might not get it, would write something rude and send us in a nosedive into even greater obscurity. Like a Michelin star it's as much a blessing as a curse. And although the critics still have some influence, now that anyone can have an opinion I'm sure it keeps them on their toes. Tracey MacLeod, food critic of the Independent, ventured out not too long ago to review The British Larder, a Suffolk country pub that has a food blog of the same name.