Wow, April has come and gone and what a difference a year makes!
We’ve decided to do more of a highlights/newsletter style blog post rather than a blog fully focussed on one visit or event – we hope you enjoy it.
We’re looking forward to munching our way through May! Continue reading April Highlights – Food Kits, New Openings, Alfresco April, Foraging, Donut Porn and more
Pancake Day is fast approaching, which also means that Spring is on its way as is Easter! Yippee for the longer, lighter days and warmer weather. This year, Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 16th February. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s the day when traditionally you would eat up rich foods such as milk, sugar … Continue reading RECIPE: A twist on Pancake Day – American Style Pancakes – by Sue Stoneman
Valentine’s Day! One thing’s for sure, LOVE can’t be locked down… with the January blues nearly over, we’re rosy with excitement, and have rounded up the lush Valentine’s Day offerings for enjoying at home. With the twinkly lights of Christmas now packed away, the longer and darker nights have felt a bit more noticeable, but we’re now over the mid-way point of January and need … Continue reading Valentine’s Day 2021 – Restaurant Food (& other treats) at Home
Across the UK many restaurants have reopened their doors, but it’s a tough time to be in the hospitality industry. With social distancing restrictions, and the looming threat of another ‘lockdown’ – even if it is a local one – means that restaurants have had to think outside of the box. Or even, inside. Circa is tucked behind the High Street in a central location; … Continue reading REVIEW: Circa Takeaway menu – DIY Steak Box a.k.a The Blowout Box
Online Cooking Classes If you’ve been missing visiting the local Food & Drink Festivals during #lockdown and not being able to see some of your favourite chefs cook up a storm in the demo kitchens, and are missing visiting your favourite cookery school, how would you like to be able to cook along with them in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, now you … Continue reading Virtual Cooking Class Review: Fun Foodie Online Classes with Larks.Live – by Sue Stoneman
DIY Devon Food Kits from Austin Gosling, Co-Owner and Head Chef of On The Rocks, Torquay and Brixham So what do you do when both your successful restaurants, that have been open since 2014 and 2017 respectively, have to close their doors due to the current lockdown situation? Initial panic, the boredom and quiet at home as opposed to the buzz of the kitchen, gathering … Continue reading Meals To Go Review: DIY Devon Food Kits – by Lauren Heath
Quiche can be a French Tart, a topless pie or a pastry crust filled tart with savoury custard (eggs and cream), cheese, meat (for carnivores), seafood or vegetables. More familiar is Quiche Lorraine, which traditionally is made with lardons or bacon. It is a classic French dish, but Quiche originated in Germany and the word ‘quiche’ is from the German word ‘kuchen’, meaning cake. National … Continue reading RECIPE: Cheese & Leek Quiche for National Vegetarian Week by Sue Stoneman
The wonderful Five Bells Inn, Clyst Hydon have sent us this delicious recipe from Head Chef Charlotte to share with you all – Recipe: Five Bells Lemon Posset and Clotted Cream Shortbread Continue reading Recipe: Five Bells Lemon Posset and Clotted Cream Shortbread
Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England have come together to create Slow Life Good Life, an online club and community to teach the nation how to thrive and grow in these challenging times. Continue reading Top chefs, gardeners, producers, makers and wellbeing experts in the South West of England create ‘Slow Life Good Life’
Sue guides us through a great hot cross bun recipe that can be cooked traditionally in the oven, or even on the BBQ or other outdoor cooking kit. A great excuse to get your bake on this Easter! Continue reading Recipe: Sue’s Easter Hot Cross Buns for Oven or BBQ
Powderham Food Festival is back for 2019, with a line-up of incredible local south west chefs and bakers booked in to host fantastic foodie demonstrations Continue reading News: Catch Incredible Chef Demonstrations At Powderham Food Festival!
Yipee! The better weather has at long last arrived. The warmer, sunnier days and the longer, lighter evenings are here so it can only mean one thing – it’s BBQ time! BBQ season has definitely arrived for some, but for me and many others, we BBQ all year round. I’ve noticed my neighbours doing the first cut of their lawns and doing a bit of … Continue reading Are you ready to Q? – Newbies guide to BBQ’ing by Sue Stoneman
During a night of great food, wonderful company (…and a little alcohol) an exciting plan was hatched; just over a year later, Colin and Tasha are opening a purpose built cookery school with a difference – The Ground Up Cookery School. Approximately 12 miles west of Exeter, and the top of Dartmoor, The Ground Up Cookery School will focus on seasonal, sustainable and foraged … Continue reading News: A New Devon Cookery School, Built From The Ground Up – Plus 20% Discount Offer
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
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
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
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
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