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 almost the season for talking about samphire. I wrote about it a couple of years ago […]

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Patata Fil-Forn: Maltese Potatoes

Feeling inspired after eating something very similar in France, and now that our Rayburn has been ceremonially lit for the winter, this week has been about revisiting hearty food from my roots. These oven-baked potatoes are the Maltese version of the French Boulangère or dauphinoise potato but without the cream and cheese. Patata Fil-Forn literally […]

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The Highs and Lows of a Sugar Detox

    A World Without Sugar Imagine a world without sugar or sweeteners. Doesn’t sound like much fun does it. Yet we’d all suffer from significantly fewer health problems if we reduced our sugar intake. These days, the average Brit consumes 238 teaspoons of sugar a week without knowing it – that’s 34 a day! […]

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15 ‘Best’ Things to Do in Aldeburgh

Our recent trip to Aldeburgh reconfirmed just how lucky we are to have so many coastline hotspots and charming seaside towns on our doorstep. Here in Norfolk, a trip to the coast always feels like we’ve managed to ‘get away from it all’, very quickly. Although we’re loyal friends to neighbouring Aldeburgh, there are certain things we […]

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Maltese Kappunata

  This is a recipe from my Maltese roots. Although it’s probably best known as an Italian dish, it’s a popular aubergine accompaniment in Maltese homes too. My Mum would make a big batch of this and serve it up as a sidekick to grilled tuna or with barbequed meat. Recently, I’ve really enjoyed making […]

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Review of Norfolk Wine School

There’s a happy person in my wine glass Earlier in the week, this picture of me popped up on my Facebook TimeHop feed. “There’s a tired person in my wine glass,” was the status update. This was during my sleep-deprived state as a new Mum. This wine glass wasn’t actually mine, I was far too […]

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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 a couple of years […]

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Cambridge Food Tour

  Recently, Cambridge Food Tour invited Roots and Toots to attend one of its weekend tours, Taste Cambridge. Tipped as the “hottest lunch date in Cambridge,” the plan was to spend a full day eating my way around this historic university city to discover various local producers, independent eateries and the best-kept secrets hidden from […]

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