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The Junction Windsor

The Junction Windsor

I do like a day out in Windsor. It’s such a compact city with Windsor Castle sitting right in the middle, beautiful parks and meadows for walking in and Eton perched on the end. We timed it just right on our last visit to see the changing of the guards; it was about as British as it gets and it was … Read More

Bramley Apple and Nut Flapjacks

Bramley Apple Flapjacks

I live in a village and on first appearances it has all the qualities of somewhere straight out of Call The Midwife. Actually living there is quite different; people don't know each others names, good luck trying to get them to take your bins in for you and there's so much material competition it's … Read More

Lentils and Chard

lentils and chard, close up

There’s always a pack of lentils in my kitchen cupboards. Sometimes more than one; the quick cooking red variety to throw into soups, the big fat yellow ones for making dahl and the more elegant puy for making a wholesome side dish or salad. The mealy, earthy taste and texture that comes from a … Read More

New Products for Autumn 2016

Leffe beers and cured sausages

You might have noticed that autumn has arrived. We're still lucky to be enjoying sunny days and there are still green leaves on the trees but as things get cosier, the food I eat changes. Here a some of the things I've been trying which I think make the move into autumn tastier: my new products for … Read More

Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea - finished

Sometimes I make something for the first time and I wonder why it’s taken me so long to get round to it. Iced tea is one of my favourite drinks, especially lemon iced tea, but other than a passion fruit and jasmine version I concocted a few years ago I’ve not made my own since. I wanted to make some … Read More

An Adventure Right on Your Doorstep

An Adventure Just Outside the Back Door - Wayferers Walk

I thought I knew my local area pretty well, thought I’d trodden all its paths and roads and could take you to all the best places. Turns out I was wrong as a spontaneous left turn took me to all sorts of corners of Hampshire that I didn’t even know were there. We were planning on doing a bit of … Read More

Chorizo Hash with Purple Spring Onions

Chorizo Hash with Purple Spring Onions - close up

Sometimes the vegetables that arrive in my veg box are so stunning that it (almost) seems a shame to eat them. We all know that a romanesco cauliflower is mathematically wonderful and who can say no to a green lemon when it’s yellow inside and full of juice. A bunch of purple spring onions turned up … Read More

Yellow Split Pea Dahl

Yellow Split Pea Dahl - big bowl

First impressions are terribly important, but then so is not judging a book by its cover. This may look, on first glance, like a bowl of indistinct yellow mush but trust me, don't judge this bowl of incredible-ness by its 'rustic' appearance. When I have a bowl of dahl it has to be three things: … Read More

Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake Brownies

Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake Brownies - pile

I like to think I’m fairly well behaved. The majority of what I eat I make myself and is somewhat healthy and well balanced. I find a place for the indulgent dishes (macaroni cheese, dauphinoise and the like) amongst the day to day soups, salads, vegetables and wholegrains. I’m by no means a saint … Read More

Mexican Black Beans

Mexican Black Beans

I tried something similar to these Mexican black beans at a restaurant a few weeks ago. They were so tasty and I loved the frugality of them that I really wanted to try and make them at home. Attempt one tasted fine but the texture was all wrong, attempt two was an improvement but the spicing wasn’t … Read More

Stop The World Cafe, Leigh-on-Sea

Stop the World Cafe - eggs benedict

I have already mentioned that Leigh-on-Sea is a fantastic town with a seemingly never ending road of independent shops, bars and eateries. We'd already spent hours wandering around; first down to the old town with fresh fish for sale in charming sheds and stalls then back to the top of the town for … Read More