Talking turkey

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It’s pretty much the hottest day of the year and I’m about to eat a full Christmas dinner in deepest Berkshire. Just what is going on. Especially as I’m not turkey’s number one fan. It’s okay but to date its not had a guaranteed place on my christmas table….

When I was a kid we always had roast turkey for Christmas dinner and it was good,but it never seemed as nice as the excitement it generated amongst everyone else. For me it was never quite a tasty and juicy as roast chicken. Maybe the plethora of trimmings overshadowed [...]

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Festive menu,part 2 (cheese terrine)

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The first of the recipes from my festive menu is the cheese terrine we had as a starter with Peters Yard crispbreads and a selection of smoked and cured salmon from Forman’s.

The terrine is adapted from a recipe in Delia Smith’s Christmas (the old version I’ve no idea if its in the recently published version). I particularly wanted to use a range of Lancashire cheeses but you could use any mix of cheeses you have and it would be a good way to use up what’s left of a cheese board. It makes a good starter [...]

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Festive menu,part 1

I’m sure everyone has their festive menu’s already sorted. Their shopping list written,deliveries planned,meat ordered and so on. Down to the last detail. So my festive might have come to late. But if you are dithering then read on (and into the remaining parts as they appear) you might find some inspiration. And for those who have everything planned out with military precision well you might find some ideas for surpluses or things to make if you can’t get what you need for your menu on your final dash to the shops.

I cooked this menu last weekend [...]

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Good Food Show Winter 2010 (very special competition)

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I’ve been to local food festivals,I’ve been to food trade shows but I’ve never been to any of the big,big food shows like The Good Food Show. The idea of the NEC packed with good food is is slightly overwhelming.

But this year I’m going to be there. Not cruising the aisles checking the produce mind you. Oh no. I shall be a Pop-Up Pie Assistant to the wonderful Brays Cottage Pork Pies. If you are in any doubt about their wonderfulness then consider that they were one of only ten producers selected from over 70 to [...]

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E17,the food,the place,but mostly not the band

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I just looked up E17 on wikipedia…..where it tells me that it can refer to:

A European road route that runs from Antwerp to Beaune,via a whole bunch of places including Arras and Reims A British pop band,originally called East 17 A version of the window stacking software Englightenment A postcode in the E area of London (E = east) A Japanese visual sci-fi novel called Ever17 A type of Edison screw on light bulbs witha diameter of 17mm And a British submarine of WW1

Well I never and I just thought it was the postal district adjacent [...]

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A chocolate super hero

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Ka-boom. Wowzer. Bam. Pow. OMG.

Wonderful. Amazing. My taste buds and brain are in overload.

I’m at Paul A Young. I’m tasting chocolate. Beautiful chocolate. I’m riding on taste sensation after taste sensation. I thought I knew chocolate but I didn’t know all of this. It’s a whole new set of experiences. How to convey it all to you?

Its passion,its craftsmanship,its huge knowledge. It’s wanting to save the world from bad chocolate and show everyone the way of good chocolate. Its superhero time. Okay so as far as I know Paul doesn’t zoom about wearing a cape [...]

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Boxed in

About a month ago I was contacted by the PR firm for Abel &Cole asking if I’d like to try one of their veg boxes for free,well in exchange for doing a review of it on my blog,after all nothing is truly free;although I figured they’d have a hard time trying to enforce the contract if I just scoffed the food then did nothing.

Legal matters aside there was,of course,the issue of whether to accept a freebie and whether you can write an objective review of something you didn’t pay for. In actual fact can [...]

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