Friday, 18 June 2010 09:09

    Pea Porridge – lunch for two

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    Back to BSE for lunch with my son at our favourite local restaurant (has anyone nominated it yet? It's had enough fantastic reviews online) before we go to Wales for a two night stay with Uncle David. My first ever lunch here; it's a little bit formal if you are looking for a quick three choice menu and no frills, but as usual every mouthful from the Raspberry Prosecco aperitif to the last drop of gravy on our plate is tasty, interesting and well thought out. We have the delicious and complimentary signature pea and ham croquette canape, then a soft salami paste on fresh foccacia, cod cheek tempura (for me) and snails with bone marrow (my son) and then he has a steak with fat chips and I have pigs cheeks casserole with vegetables. I have forgotten the exact menu as they wrote it but we were too full for pudding, it was £39.75 and so much better than your average restaurant I could jump for joy.

    Monday, 21 June 2010 09:09


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    Been to Wales but didn't see much roadside selling  -  no local cheeses, a few eggs and some ordinary looking preserves in the touristy places. But what a beautiful, rural, peaceful country - there must be lots of nice food here if you have time to find it.  Will definitely be going back to Uncle David's!

    Saturday, 26 June 2010 09:08

    Veg patch – don’t despair

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    In real life believe me it looks better, and in lovely WALES Uncle David's veg patch looked a lot healthier than this! But all being well I should have broad beans soon, courgettes, runner beans, french beans, potatoes, spring onions, beetroot, artichokes, gooseberries, currants, carrots, plums and apples, and have already had plenty of broccoli, rainbow chard, spinach, mixed salad leaves for weeks and lots of fresh herbs. The birds stole my strawberries.

    Wednesday, 23 June 2010 09:07

    Bury Market

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    What a great day for the market...I bought fresh peaches, a big pineapple, gorgeous cherries, strawberries, new potatoes  - Bury market isn't always this good but it beats a supermarket for fruit & veg any day in a summer like this.

    The day has finally come when my first free sample as a result of writing about food has arrived - HOORAY ! Bring on the presents/bribes/samples. So off to Wyken to get my macaroons and take a few pictures of the other stall holders while I'm there. And we liked the salted caramel ones best Min!

    Tuesday, 29 June 2010 09:06

    Oozing with sugary pinkness.

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    Wednesday, 30 June 2010 09:05

    The perfect gift for a foodie…

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    ...a fruit clock! Found this in a fab cheap London variety store and just had to buy it for my kitchen. It's about twenty two orange to pear as I write this.

    Thursday, 08 July 2010 09:05

    Breast of lamb – is it the new belly of pork…?

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    This is the bargain of the week - a rolled breast of lamb from Asda, already cheap, but reduced to £1. I have cooked this lots of times, and it's been tasty, crispy but as tough as hell. This time I read the intructions in a recipe book instead of guessing and rushing, and it said SLOW cooking. So I put it on at 100, went to work for four hours and came back to the most delicious and tender piece of meat ever. Turned it up for twenty minutes to crisp up and WOW, what flavour! It's not for everyone as it's very fatty, but with rosemary, broad beans and the first new potatoes out of the garden it was as tasty as anything I have had lately. Next time I will unroll it, put some stuffing in and serve it to my best friends.

    Friday, 10 December 2010 09:04

    World Cup 0 – Tapas 4

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    What a boring final, but good excuse for a family food event - supporting Spain with jugs of Sangria and various Tapas (a kind of English tapas - whatever you can make without going to the shops.) Had more fun with intermmittent singing of Y Viva Espana and flamenco music and eventually, finally, yawn - the goal.

    Thursday, 15 July 2010 09:04

    Lavenham Swan

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     Being Suffolk born and bred you tend not to go to these touristy villages, but I had one of my favourites here recently at The Swan - calves liver. It beat other liver (and bacon) dishes I've had recently hands down, and it was nice to have a walk around afterwards - the houses really are fascinatingly wonky.

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