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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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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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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Warwick Street Social

Restaurant Review of Warwick Street Social Terrace: a lovely outdoor space, one of the biggest in Norwich. This picture taken at twilight only really shows you half the story. Roots and Toots was invited to dine at Warwick St Social this week, a bright new shooting star in the heart of the Golden Triangle in […]

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Kusksu – Maltese Soup

I love big, clear soups packed with different textures and mopped up with a hunk of sourdough bread, thick with salted butter. Kusksu, a recipe from my roots, is a soup my Mum (and Nona) would make for us at lunchtime on a Saturday, served with goats’ cheese, black pepper and some olive oil, a […]

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Pissaladière

This tart-cum-pizza tastes of sunny France at noon. My first Pissaladière was around ten years ago in Nice, with the smell of while thyme growing in the hills. The bread dough is usually slightly thicker than a classic pizza but in this instance I’ve used a lovely creamy, flaky (cheat’s) alternative – puff pastry! The […]

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