REVIEW: Spring Gastronomy evening, showcasing AHDB Beef and Lamb at Saunton Sands Hotel by Sue Stoneman

A recipe for a fantastic evening is when you bring together some fabulous chefs who create outstanding plates of food using wonderful West Country Beef and Lamb. We are so fortunate to live in a county where we can find plenty of excellent quality produce and for me, as a Home Cook, BBqer, foodie and blogger, I am always interested to know where foods are … Continue reading REVIEW: Spring Gastronomy evening, showcasing AHDB Beef and Lamb at Saunton Sands Hotel by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Pancakes for Pancake Day by Sue Stoneman

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is a day in February or March preceding the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, celebrated in many countries by the eating of pancakes. Also known as ‘Mardi Gras’ meaning Fat Tuesday. It was traditionally the day for eating up rich foods, such as milk, eggs and sugar before fasting for Lent began. Different countries … Continue reading RECIPE: Pancakes for Pancake Day by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Hubbox, Exeter following their recent relocation to Catherine Street by Sue Stoneman #Ad

Ahoy there! Hubbox has moved. Don’t worry, it’s not gone far. It’s dropped anchor in Princesshay to bigger and better premises. Along with a new menu, Hubbox boasts a larger kitchen with charcoal grill, a long bar, and more seating including a terrace outside. The staff are still great and add to the music and décor to create an upbeat and friendly atmosphere. Hubbox continues … Continue reading REVIEW: Hubbox, Exeter following their recent relocation to Catherine Street by Sue Stoneman #Ad

RECIPE: White Bread Loaf for #RealBreadWeek by Sue Stoneman

I really enjoy making bread. It only needs a few ingredients: strong (bread) flour, yeast, olive oil, salt and warm water. There is something about the satisfaction when the finished loaf comes out of the oven smelling delicious and looking lovely, you know you’ve put a lot of love into making it. I do sometimes knead by hand, but quite often as I am short … Continue reading RECIPE: White Bread Loaf for #RealBreadWeek by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

When you’ve seen pictures on social media of the young chefs out and about foraging during the week prior to heading out to your feast, you already know you are going to be eating some wonderful, local, fresh foraged ingredients and I was excited about the menu already. We do live in a wonderful county full of fantastic produce and eating at Gather will enable … Continue reading REVIEW: Gather Pop Up Restaurant at The Sea Shanty Beach Cafe, Branscombe by Sue Stoneman #Ad

RECIPE: Burns Night Scotch Eggs and Cranachan by Sue Stoneman

To celebrate the birthday of the Scottish Poet Robbie Burns, Burns Suppers are held mainly in Scotland around the date of his birthday – 25th January.  Traditionally (and I have eaten something similar in a restaurant on the Isle of Arran a few years ago) it would be a tian (tower) of haggis, neeps (swede not turnip) and mashed potato served with a whisky & … Continue reading RECIPE: Burns Night Scotch Eggs and Cranachan by Sue Stoneman

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RECIPE: Vegan Chocolate & Avocado Cake by Sue Stoneman

For my 2nd Veganuary challenge, I decided to go with a dessert. So when it comes to making vegan desserts and cakes, a little research was needed as all the usual ingredients like eggs, butter and milk can’t be used; however you can get butter substitutes and replacement dried egg mixture when it comes to making cakes.  I’ve read that you can use the liquid … Continue reading RECIPE: Vegan Chocolate & Avocado Cake by Sue Stoneman

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RECIPE: Vegan Korma Recipe by Sue Stoneman

Are you tempted to try and ‘go Vegan’ in January?  Veganuary is what people are talking about. And not just for January, for the whole year. I do cook non-meat dishes, mainly soups and frittatas, but vegan dishes are much more tricky as it also means that it excludes my stash of dairy products – eggs, milk, cream, butter and cheese for starters which I … Continue reading RECIPE: Vegan Korma Recipe by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Ebdons Refreshments launch their new Cocktail Menu by Sue Stoneman #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. I am always on the lookout for new independent cafés and restaurants and I had heard good things from Chris (Editor DD) about a new Delicatessen and Café Bar which opened up in October. He had visited not long after it had … Continue reading REVIEW: Ebdons Refreshments launch their new Cocktail Menu by Sue Stoneman #Ad

RECIPE: Mincemeat Cakes by Sue Stoneman

Did you know that over the festive season, 10,000 mince pies are consumed every minute! If Mince pies or tarts aren’t your ‘thing’, you don’t fancy making your own pastry or you don’t have a packet of frozen puff or short pastry in the freezer, then you might wish to try these Mincemeat Cakes. In a nutshell, or even a pastry case, they are little … Continue reading RECIPE: Mincemeat Cakes by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – 1 Day Christmas Game – by Sue Stoneman Ad#

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. If you are looking to try your hand at cooking something different to the traditional turkey over the festive season, then the 1-Day Game Course could be for you. You will be shown how to create three stunning game dishes, covering boning … Continue reading REVIEW: Ashburton Cookery School – 1 Day Christmas Game – by Sue Stoneman Ad#

ADVERT: Beyond Escapes Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business but was approved before publication. As part of my role for Dining Devon, I get to visit and eat at places I’ve not been to before nor heard about and my recent visit to Beyond Escapes Totnes was one of these, beyond my radar on the Devon foodie/leisure scene. I … Continue reading ADVERT: Beyond Escapes Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

Recipe: Festive Chelsea Buns – by Sue Stoneman

Christmas is just around the corner and to get you into the festive spirit, I’ve made some Chelsea Buns and instead of putting them into a rectangular baking tin, it’s quite fun to arrange the buns into the shape of a Christmas Tree for their second prove before going in the oven and then decorating them with glace cherries and glace icing. Still a ‘Share … Continue reading Recipe: Festive Chelsea Buns – by Sue Stoneman

EVENT: Celebrating Darts Farm 25th Anniversary by Sue Stoneman

  Under the canvas of the tepee and gathered around the wonderfully decorated tables were an abundance of all things Devon and local.  The many people behind labels of the fantastic produce you will find on the shelves at Darts Farm, as well as Michael, Jim and Paul, the three Dart Brothers, the Master Butchers and the friendly staff who make up this multi award … Continue reading EVENT: Celebrating Darts Farm 25th Anniversary by Sue Stoneman

REVIEW: Black Cow Vodka Distillery Experience – by Sue Stoneman #Ad

The meal provided in this review was gratis. Views expressed are independent of the business and is not seen or approved before publication. Holy Cow! Vodka made from milk?  Intrigued?  I for sure was. With there being an influx of new Gin producers flooding the market, even here in this part of the country, and some good ones too, it was refreshing to hear about … Continue reading REVIEW: Black Cow Vodka Distillery Experience – by Sue Stoneman #Ad

EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

It was an honour and a pleasure to be invited back to the Awards Presentation Dinner as for the last three years I have been involved with South West Chef of the Year in the Home Cook Category. I was a finalist in 2015, and again in 2016 where I won the title South West Home Cook of the Year and also in 2017.  I … Continue reading EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Devon Apple & Cider Cake by Sue Stoneman

If you are stuck with what to do with your glut of apples, and fancy a change from pie or crumble, then try making this tasty moist apple and cider cake which is fairly quick and easy to put together. It also looks lovely both before and after cooking.  The sugary topping gives it a lovely crunch. Ingredients: 2-3 apples 125g unsalted butter, softened 140g … Continue reading RECIPE: Devon Apple & Cider Cake by Sue Stoneman

RECIPE: Pumpkin Cake by Sue Stoneman

If you have got any leftover pumpkins, or you’ve managed to save some of the pulp from your carving and hollowing out, here’s a lovely pumpkin cake you can make with some of the flesh.  You can bake it as one whole cake, or it would also work well baked in muffin tins lined with cases, but just cook them for less time. I’ve cooked … Continue reading RECIPE: Pumpkin Cake by Sue Stoneman

All fired up from Powderham Food Festival – by Sue Stoneman

Powderham Food Festival took place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October this year at Powderham Castle.  I was there as one of the demo chefs in the ‘Theatre of Fire and Smoke’ tent, along with some big names on the BBQ scene: Simon Dyer – BBQ Champ, John Gower of Quiet Waters Farm, Nic Townsend, Martin Anderson – Chef of Temper in Soho, David Deadman and … Continue reading All fired up from Powderham Food Festival – by Sue Stoneman

Chris Sherville launches new Cookery School and Private Dining venue near Totnes – by Sue Stoneman

I first met Chris at the Dartington Food Fair in May, when we were both demoing in the food and drink marquee and he mentioned his new venture then, so I was delighted to be able to attend the launch of his new ‘Cooking Workshop’ and venue for Private Dining Events. Situated just further along the main road from the Shops at Dartington, heading towards … Continue reading Chris Sherville launches new Cookery School and Private Dining venue near Totnes – by Sue Stoneman