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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

Eating Organic on a Budget

Eating Organic on a Budget - veg box

Can you eat organic while also making sure you don't break the bank? I think you can. And not only that I think you can make some really delicious and different meals too. The answer to eating organic on a budget is about sourcing the ingredients cost effectively and a good meal plan. I wanted to … Read More

Harissa Lamb with Tabbouleh

Eating Organic on a Budget - Harissa Lamb with Tabbouleh

When it's hot in the day but slightly cooler in the evenings, sometimes a salad doesn't quite cut it; I'm after something with a little warmth and zing for those colder evenings. This Harissa Lamb with Tabbouleh came about for two reasons: firstly I had some harissa paste leftover from a previous … Read More

Tikka Paneer and Pilaf

Tikka Paneer and Pilaf

I love paneer. If I see a menu and it has paneer on it, I will order it without a doubt, preferably alongside a thick, garlicky daal of some description. As the cheese itself is quite flavourless it lends itself to being mixed with punchy flavours and spices. This Tikka Paneer and Pilaf is one of … Read More

Lamb, Lentils and Flatbreads

Lamb, Lentils and Flatbreads

When it's a weekday and you come back from work to cook dinner, I'm assuming it's not just me, you actually just want to relax. The cooking should be straightforward, ideally with minimal washing up and the food should be tasty, filling and balanced. I've been adding more and more recipes to my … Read More