Pumpkin Patches: Norfolk & Surrounds

Halloween, we’re ready for you! For those who read my blog, you’ll know I’ve always been an advocate of PYO and local produce. I think this stems from my childhood growing up in the countryside and where I learnt from an early age that the seasons brought different gifts: Garden raspberries in the late spring, […]

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Samphire Special: How to forage for, prepare and cook with Samphire

  With over 90 miles of ridiculously beautiful beaches here in Norfolk, as you’d expect, there are some rather delicious things that come from these waters.  Including a rather exquisite sea vegetable called samphire, which locals pronounce as sam-phur (not sam-fire). It’s the season for talking about samphire. I wrote about it for this month’s issue of Sainsbury’s […]

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Sugar Free Banana Birthday Muffins

I recently made these sugar-free muffins for our little girl’s birthday party. Great for anyone trying to reduce sugar in their diet or for little ones – they work really well for baby-led weaning too. Or just simply for anyone who likes muffins – they’re extremely light and fluffy, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. […]

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My Best of British for Sainsbury’s Magazine

A few weeks ago I received an email from Sainsbury’s magazine. A rather lovely journalist – a food writing hero of mine – told me that she had selected a handful of bloggers from across the UK to write about their favourite local produce and places to eat out, that she really liked my blog and would I be […]

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Figbar: Dessert Bar Opens in Norwich

If you took a stroll around Norwich’s Lanes today you may have encountered sweet wafts of loveliness luring your senses towards this little gem: I popped into Figbar this morning to say hello. They’ve literally only just opened today (5th July) but you wouldn’t believe it. As you walk through the door you instantly feel […]

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Kannoli

Kannoli (or cannoli) is a Maltese Sicilian dessert my Mum has been making for us since we were very small, usually just once a year around mid-spring and on birthdays. The pastry shell, which looks similar to a brandy snap, is a lovely soft yet slightly crispy texture, made with a splash of red wine. The […]

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Eric’s: Norfolk’s Swankiest Chippie?

We finally made it to Eric’s last week, arguably Norfolk’s finest chippery which opened last April. We were in the area anyway, staying at Cley Windmill for a mini-break and after a beach walk in Holkham with fresh air in our lungs and an ache in our bellies, we decided to visit the rumoured holy grail […]

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Truffled Mushroom and Gruyere Toasted Sandwich

I’ve gone to town on the toastie! Here is my recipe for a gourmet veggie toastie with a twist – chestnut mushrooms cooked in truffle sauce, a touch of garlic and cream and a good helping of cave aged Gruyere which has a refined flavour, one that’s developed over a year of maturing. Good old cheddar […]

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Rustic Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

This isn’t a Maltese dish or a recipe with stems from my home county of Norfolk, but it is a soup from my roots made with my favourite root vegetable! You can rarely find Jerusalem artichokes out of season so I like to soak up the last of these knobbly delights by making this light rustic […]

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Stuffed Maltese Artichokes (Qaqocc Mimli)

It’s June! All very exciting for lots of reasons but also means globe artichokes are back in season and gives me the chance to share this, one of my favourite Maltese recipes, something my Mum started to make for us more when we were a bit older. Maltese stuffed globe artichokes make the perfect starter to pasta or […]

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