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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

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