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 for this month’s issue of Sainsbury’s […]

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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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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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Top 10 Foodie Finds on Norwich Market

When I was a kid the main reason you headed to Norwich Market was to buy a cone of chips, a bunch of grapes or a piece of fresh fish. These days the Market has become a bit of a food-lover’s paradise, especially if you take a stroll down Row B which I think should […]

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A Doughnut Revival Hits Norwich

  Update: Sadly Doughnut Lab has stopped operating. A message from the owners was posted on Instagram earlier this year to say that Ryan, the mastermind behind the business is seriously ill. Our thoughts go out to the pair. Is very sad news indeed – May 2016. I’ve fallen in love with the Doughnut Lab and I’ve […]

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More tea vicar? A large helping of yum at Morston Hall

These days there are so many different twists on the great British afternoon tea, with permutations of this centuries old tradition available in every corner of the country. And it might sound obvious but let’s face it, if you’re after something traditional and high in quality, then all you need is the right atmosphere (a […]

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Retro Retreat: The Control Tower

  North Norfolk is one of the prettiest and quirkiest places in Britain. I am a little biased naturally. But according to the Met Office, it is also officially the sunniest, driest and warmest spots in the UK. Just one example of the county’s retro beauty was apparent last weekend, when we spent two days and […]

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Sea Salted Almond and Dark Chocolate Dipped Flapjacks

I made a batch of these last Monday and they disappeared within 48 hours. They contain quite a bit of butter, sugar, syrup, salt and dark chocolate, so if you’re going to eat something calorific, then make the ingredients count. I try to use local produce, and where that’s not possible, use the finest and […]

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