Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

As you will have gathered, we’re very lucky and privileged to enjoy eating out around Devon, but we are also fairly good cooks at home. I’m not too precious about my kitchen though…. if someone wants to cook for me then go for it. I’ll eat it. Anything. (Well, except for olives and goats cheese; I can hear your shock but I’ve tried many a … Continue reading Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

Recipe: Fillet of Lyme Bay Red Gurnard Escabeche

With Easter creeping up fast, here’s a light dish to cook for yourself and a loved one, or perhaps a group of friends – with thanks to The Salutation Inn for the recipe. Red gurnard is a firm fish, with fantastic flavour. It’s one that we should all be eating more, as gurnard is often discarded due to low market demand. Once you try this recipe though, … Continue reading Recipe: Fillet of Lyme Bay Red Gurnard Escabeche

2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

DEVON: Delightful, Edible, Variety, Outdoors, Nourishing. Five words we can think of relating to our incredibly rich, tasty and hardworking county, but there are certainly many more words to describe the assortment of food and drink available to us from our waters, moors and everything inbetween. The best way to be exposed to as many great producers as possible? Food and Drink festivals of course! … Continue reading 2018 Devon Food and Drink Festivals for your Diary

10 Questions with Vicki Montague aka The Free From Fairy

We met Vicki a couple of years ago at an event, and after tasting her wares, found out she had made the world’s first wholegrain gluten free flour blend. I found this very impressive to say the least, and I guess we are surprised by such achievements sometimes in our little county of Devon (assuming you need a London base and budget to do such … Continue reading 10 Questions with Vicki Montague aka The Free From Fairy

Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Crab Cakes with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Whilst this is the season of Christmas dinners, random concoctions using leftovers, eating out with friends and plenty of heart-warming meals – if you fancy something a bit lighter but still comforting, how about this fab crab cake recipe from Favis of Salcombe? Favis of Salcombe have been fishing the waters off the South Devon coastline since 1972. Their hand-picked crab meat has won a series of … Continue reading Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Crab Cakes with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Crab Spaghetti Recipe using Favis of Salcombe Crab – by Lauren Heath

A true family run business, Favis of Salcombe’s history dates back to 1972, and is currently being run by 4 of the Favis family at the core, along with a 5th Favis who is starting out as a fresh young fish, straight from school as the Favis apprentice. We have been delighted to share their progress and news as well as a recipe before so … Continue reading Crab Spaghetti Recipe using Favis of Salcombe Crab – by Lauren Heath

Honey and Peanut Butter Cake Recipe using Princesshay Honey

Ever hear the buzz of our city? Well it’s not just down to busy bee humans going about their business; there are bees on the rooftop of Princesshay! Thanks to the good weather earlier this year, there has been a bumper harvest (you can read more about that here) with delicious honey on sale exclusively in the wonderful Chandos Deli. Princesshay were kind enough to … Continue reading Honey and Peanut Butter Cake Recipe using Princesshay Honey

Caribbean Food Week Street Party Spread – by Lauren Heath

Here at EEDD HQ, as well as local food and restaurants, we like to experiment at home with both recipe books, free-for-all cooking as well as national food initiatives including the Ultimate Crisp Sandwich with a national crisp company and trying out new recipes with British leeks. I recently got the opportunity to sign up to Caribbean Food Week (celebrated 21st to 28th August), thanks … Continue reading Caribbean Food Week Street Party Spread – by Lauren Heath

Local Exeter Food Producer Eat The Smoke Makes it into South West Morrisons Stores

Earlier this year the supermarket Morrisons put out a call for ‘The Nations Local Foodmakers’, a mission to find local producers to stock in their stores within each region or city so that customers can buy more British and local. If successful at application stage, the food or drink producer would have the chance to meet their buyers, local store colleagues and customers at one of … Continue reading Local Exeter Food Producer Eat The Smoke Makes it into South West Morrisons Stores

Summer Lamb – Recipe from Jamie Coleman, Overall South West Chef of the Year & SW Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Earlier this month, Jamie took up the position of head chef at the prestigious Michelin-starred Masons Arms at Knowstone, near South Molton, working under highly respected chef and South West Chef of the Year judge, Mark Dodson. At the time of entry into South West Chef of the Year, Jamie was head chef at the Saunton Sands Hotel in North Devon.  Twice a finalist, Jamie … Continue reading Summer Lamb – Recipe from Jamie Coleman, Overall South West Chef of the Year & SW Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Heritage Tomato Salad courtesy of Timothy Kendall, South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Timothy is the Senior Chef de Partie at The Idle Rocks Hotel in St Mawes, Cornwall, working under Head Chef, Guy Owen. At the time of entry into South West Chef of the Year, Tim was working at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. As South West Young Professional Chef 2016, Tim went on to compete in the semi-final of the Craft Guild of Chefs … Continue reading Heritage Tomato Salad courtesy of Timothy Kendall, South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2016

Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Summer Crab Burger

In this warm weather, we find we’re still pretty hungry, working hard to stay cool! But the last thing you want is a hot and heavy dinner – thanks to Favis of Salcombe for sharing this lovely and easy crab burger recipe. Favis of Salcombe have been fishing the waters off the South Devon coastline since 1972. Their hand-picked crab meat has won a series … Continue reading Recipe: Favis of Salcombe Summer Crab Burger

Recipe: Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake

Our second recipe from Hanlons Brewery, using their Port Stout. Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake Recipe Cake 250 ml Hanlons Port Stout 250 g Unsalted Butter 80 g Cocoa Powder – Green & Blacks is best 400 g Caster Sugar – Golden best for flavour 2 large eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract – not Essence! 140 ml buttermilk – use the rest to make scones … Continue reading Recipe: Hanlons Port Stout Chocolate Cake

Recipe: Hanlons Steak and Port Stout Family Pie

Our next couple of recipes are from the lovely Hanlons Brewery who are based in Newton St Cyres, Exeter. A family brewery producing some fab ales and also having pop up foodie nights – if you want to know more you can read Chris’ review here. Even though Summer is just about upon us, what more could you want than a hearty meal with family or … Continue reading Recipe: Hanlons Steak and Port Stout Family Pie

Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

Jim Fisher, head chef tutor and co-owner of Exeter Cookery School, shares his fail-safe method for creating show-stopping desserts adorned with spun sugar cages, baskets and springs – or for Easter, why not make an edible nest for mini chocolate eggs! Spun Sugar Cages, Baskets and Springs This is something I love teaching on our cooking courses: spinning sweet gossamer threads over the back of … Continue reading Get Spun with Easter Sugar Fun – Exeter Cookery School Recipe

Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

Recently the wonderfully charming Andy Cooper, Editor of Devon Life magazine, lost his darling Zena warrior princess to that awful disease Cancer. Obviously nothing can bring her back or heal the wound fully but as in life one must find the good within the bad. So apart from deciding to run the Taunton half marathon in her honour to raise funds towards his chosen charities, … Continue reading Foodie Fundraising Feast by Lauren Heath

Recipe: Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme by Mitch Tonks

The third recipe in a series from Mitch Tonks. Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme   Serves 3 -4, you will need  8 large cloves of garlic, unpeeled 100ml olive oil Salt A splash of good white wine A handful of mussels 6 raw shell-on prawns 3-4 langoustines 50g squid A handful of clams A handful of cooked bucatini pasta A pinch … Continue reading Recipe: Baked Shellfish with Bucatini, Whole Roasted Garlic and Thyme by Mitch Tonks

Recipe: A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron by Mitch Tonks

Our second post in a series of recipes from Mitch Tonks. A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron  Serves 4 – you will need  Olive oil 1 brill weighing about 1.5 kg / 3lb 4 ripe tomatoes 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 small dried birds eye chilli – optional Good pinch of … Continue reading Recipe: A Whole Oven Poached Brill with Tomatoes, Thyme and Saffron by Mitch Tonks

Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Tom Kerridge confirmed in chef line up! Early May bank holiday weekend – Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May  An all-star line-up of chefs has been confirmed for this year’s Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink including Tom Kerridge who will join festival co-founder Michael Caines MBE in the cookery theatre on the Sunday. Seven Michelin-starred chefs are among the line-up this … Continue reading Michelin-Starred Chef Line-Up Announced for the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink

Recipe: Mussels with Chilli, Wine and Bay by Mitch Tonks

As well as dining out and attending events to see what local restaurants, suppliers and businesses have to offer, we do cook at home. Some nights are simpler affairs, with repetitive or traditional favourites like anyone enoys. Occasionally, some inspiration is needed! With spring showing it’s face (sort’ve)  and the fact we are surrounded by beautiful coastlines, we thought something a bit lighter and fishy … Continue reading Recipe: Mussels with Chilli, Wine and Bay by Mitch Tonks