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Ultimate Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas with black beans

We were about halfway through this meal when the OH turned to me and said, “This is the best dinner we’ve ever cooked”. High praise indeed. Although I once baked a whole cabbage and anything would be an improvement on that. Chicken enchiladas always remind me of my University days. My friend Kathryn … Read More

Coastal Bite, Southend

Coastal Bites, Westcliff-on-Sea

After arriving in Southend a few weeks ago we ventured out, into some unruly weather, to take a walk along the seafront to Westcliff-on-Sea to get some lunch. After passing the pier, Southend town and some of the gardens opposite the water we arrived at a collection of cafés and shops set back from … Read More

Five Dipping Sauce recipes that are perfect for Summer

Summer Dip Ideas

The living is easy in summer. Gorgeous fresh produce, long days, and fantastically easy recipes. Create some wonderful dishes that will accompany you while you’re out and about or that you can simply enjoy while sitting at home. The easiest way to produce some seriously delicious snacks, that are … Read More

Grapefruit, Lime and Basil Agua Fresca

Grapefruit and Lime Agua Fresca

I've toyed with the idea of making an agua fresca for a little while. What with the focus on Brazil and South America at the moment with the Olympics I have seen a few frescas popping up on menus. But I wondered, is it worth the effort, isn't it just easier to squeeze a bit of fruit then water it … Read More

Growing Herbs with Dobies of Devon

Growing Herbs - Rosemary

Whether you have a garden, maybe even a dedicated herb patch in your garden, a window box or windowsill you always have room for growing herbs of your own. I love using fresh herbs in cooking, especially in the summer but I can’t believe the price of buying them from a supermarket. I have a sunny … Read More

The Pipe of Port, Southend

The Pipe of Port Southend - pies

Every town has a hidden gem I’m sure of it. The only problem with hidden gems is that some people don’t like to tell you about them; the secret is best kept to themselves. Well, sorry Southend but I’m going to tell everyone about yours: The Pipe of Port. Just off the main high street, with … Read More

A Weekend in Southend

A Weekend in Southend - Southend Beach

When I hear a town name that ends in ‘on-Sea’ I can’t help but think it’ll be a place full of fish a chip shops, candyfloss and rock, stripy deck chairs and 99s with a flake. It conjures up images of 1950’s his and hers matching striped bathing suits, an afternoon watching Punch and Judy and a cream … Read More

Honeyed Apricots with Rosemary Crème Fraîche

Honeyed Apricots with Rosemary Creme Fraiche

Apricots make me think of my Mum. She's the biggest apricot fan I know and until last year I didn't really get what all the fuss was about. Then I had a proper one. Not a dry, fuzzy one with an inside like loft insulation but a sweet, juice running down the chin, superbly ripe one. And … Read More

North Cornwall Coast Road Trip

North Cornwall Coast Road Trip - Bottalack Tin Mines

We’ve all done it. Looked through various travel magazines and wondered why all these amazing places are so far away, took one look out of the window and decided that our own surroundings are rubbish. Just me? I decided that I want to explore more of what’s on my doorstep; to visit more of my own … Read More

Riverford Recipe Box with Sarah Raven

Riverford Sarah Raven Recipe Box

If you've been reading my blog for a little while you'll know I'm a fan of recipe boxes. To come home and find everything you need ready to cook a meal, all pre-weighed and everything, is music to my ears for a busy week. It's meal planning but the hard work has been done for you. Riverford have … Read More

It’s All Easy Cookbook

It's All Easy Cook Book

When I get a new cookbook I feel it deserves some quality time to be looked over and thumbed through. Normally with a nice cup of tea. I was really looking forward to taking some time to read through the It's All Easy Cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow. The title got my interest first; a whole book full of … Read More