A British seaside summer…

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“Ahhhhh…” came the voice from beyond the fence,“it isn’t a proper British summer without crab sandwiches,it really isn’t….I do declare that crab sandwiches are the epitome of the British seaside”. We sniggered quietly,picturing the lady next door lying on her sun lounger eating crab sandwiches and extolling their virtues loudly to no one in particular.

And although amusing she had a point,proper sandwiches made with good brown bread,some lemony mayonnaise and fresh fresh crab really are rather lovely,and very British. Of course there is nothing to beat the British coastline in August for [...]

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Coming together

I love it when things just seem to come together in the right way and its one of the things that I’m starting to love about blogging and tweeting. You swirl around the blogosphere,you play about on Twitter and suddenly a whole bunch of influences collide to make you spot a new dish that resonates for you or triggers fond memories of something you haven’t had in simply too long.

 

And so it was earlier this week that the influences of Browners’National British Sandwich fun,Fran39′s watercress post and the #livelocal challenge came together to make me think [...]

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National British Sandwich Week

Apparently,according to Jonathan (aka @Browners) who writes a Sandwichist slot,its National British Sandwich Week this week. Right. Yes. You already knew that didn’t you? Anyway Mr Browners is fed up with pre-packed sandwiches and I’m fed-up with look-a-like Pret’s all over the place. Pret was good once (honestly) back in the days when it was just starting and only had a few stores,it was a revelation as well as independent. Like many good things they expanded and expanded then they needed big corporate money. I guess there might a place for that kind of thing when you visit [...]

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A good bacon butty

For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘butty’ the OED defines it as follows:

butty (also buttie) noun (pl. butties) informal,chiefly N. English a filled or open sandwich:a bacon butty. – ORIGIN mid 19th cent.:from BUTTER+-Y.

Or perhaps think about Ken Dodd for a moment and the jam butty mines – or maybe don’t. Also,of course,there are chip butties and cheese butties. In essence any kind of sandwich can be called a butty although I’m not sure you’d apply the term to something filled with chicken and avocado or crayfish and rocket or cucumber…..now [...]

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Mmmmm mushrooms

I’ve been thinking about my favourite foods recently,listing,considering,adding,subtracting,juggling,testing…….although I’ve not quite got to my top 5 just yet I’m getting close.

But one thing that has just got to be on there is MUSHROOMS. I love them in all their different guises. From elegant looking oysters to hearty portobellos and every stop in between,they are a (very) regular feature of my cooking.  Stews,stir fries,omelette,risotto,pasta and fry ups. But I’d stake a lot on the two best ways being:1. Sauteed in butter and eaten on toast (rye or sourdough [...]

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