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Roast Spiced Chicken with Rosemary, Garlic, Sweet potatoes & Chilli Jam

This dish is raised a level when its made with really top notch free-range chicken and Etherley Farm Poultry fits the bill here. You can use any chilli jam with this but I love one with a Thai influence. Here is a link to the recipe. Download a printable version of the recipe Spiced Chicken … Continue reading

Etherley Farm

Etherley Farm

Etherley Farm, Leith Hill Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5PA The upside: Ethically reared poultry and meat from a well run rural business with provenance. The downside: Don’t expect a picturesque arrival this is a working farm. The flipside: You can buy direct from the farm shop or from any of the markets they attend and … Continue reading

Pork, Cranberry, Orange and Cointreau Tarts

Pork, Cranberry, Orange and Cointreau Tarts

Makes 18 medium or 24 small These tarts are perfect to serve as the festive season rolls in. Easy to make with the minimum fuss as you can take short cuts with ready rolled pastry and make the filling to freeze ahead of time. I used Seville Orange Marmalade Jelly for the glaze made by … Continue reading

Thai style Tomato & Chili Jam

Thai style Tomato & Chili Jam

I make a batch of this versatile relish every Christmas for canapés , cheeseboards and spicing up leftovers ! It’s a lovely hot spicy sweet concoction that is as good in a fried egg sandwich or on a gorgeous cheese board. This jam was featured in the Sugar Club Cookbook by Kiwi chef Peter Gordon … Continue reading

Guildford & Woking Food Assemblies

Guildford & Woking Food Assemblies

Food assemblies (part of an online European food movement) giving an alternative retail stream to small, local food producers is launching in Guildford and Woking. The set up is all managed via a website managed by the founders in France currently operating 900 active assemblies in Europe. I met with Jane Crisp-Daly who is initiating Guildford … Continue reading

Ockley Farmers Market

Ockley Farmers Market

Rural Food Retailing in a Modern World Surrey is a county of contrasts, which is part of its endearing appeal. Guildford where I live is full of designer shops smattered with a few independents and a small but growing fine food culture made so by the likes of Surrey Hills Coffee Shop, Partisan Deli and … Continue reading

Hunts Hill Farm and Farm Shop

Hunts Hill Farm and Farm Shop

Normandy Common Lane, Normandy, Guildford, GU3 2AP The upside: Hand reared free-range meat on a Surrey Farm The downside: Larger joints of meat must be ordered in advance The flipside: You can buy direct from the farm shop if you miss a market There is nothing quite as British or evocative as the aroma of … Continue reading

Redber Coffee

Redber Coffee

Merrow Depot, Merrow Lane, Guildford, GU4 7BQ The upside: Expertly sourced green coffee beans roasted to order in Surrey to buy direct or online The downside: The on-site cafe is very small The flipside: Buy an online coffee subscription for a gift that keeps giving (you choose how long for) I often rave about delightful journeys … Continue reading

Gooseberry, Rhubarb and Elderflower jam

Gooseberry, Rhubarb and Elderflower jam

I love making small batches of preserves when I have ripe fruit in the garden. Jam making this way is easy, stress free, and an incredibly satisfying hour of creativity. My gooseberry bushes were re-sited this year and I thought the trauma would kill the yield. In fact they actually they blossomed in their new … Continue reading