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Spiced Granola

Spiced Granola

I always have a big glass jar of this granola in my kitchen. Made with honey,nuts seeds and oats it’s perfect for breakfast. At Christmas, I like to add cranberries instead of sultanas or apricots and mixed spice instead of cinnamon. But this is one of those recipes that provided you stick to the measurements … Continue reading

Cellar Wines

Cellar Wines

The Old Cellar, High Street, Ripley, Surrey, GU23 6BB The upside: A truly inspiring wine and cheese shopping experience! The downside: Only open 5 days per week, but until 8pm. The flipside: Fantastic tailor made and off the shelf events! When Cellar Wines opened in Ripley it was impossible to predict what an impact this … Continue reading

Fresh Raspberry, Pistachio and Almond Tart

Fresh Raspberry, Pistachio and Almond Tart

This is a version of a recipe I use a lot with different fruit (such as figs, pears, blueberries) as it is so versatile. This works better with really fruity jam and its worth using an extra jam like Jam Packed with at at least 45% fruit content. Once you have the basic recipe sorted … Continue reading

Platform 3 – The smallest pub in Britain

Platform 3 – The smallest pub in Britain

Brightwater Brewery, Platform 3, The Parade, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0PN The upside: Lovingly crafted small batch beer available to drink in or take-away! The downside: This pub is really small with short opening hours The flipside: This really is the smallest pub in Britain selling a range of their own unique beers If you turn into the parade towards Claygate … Continue reading

Tante Marie Restaurant

Tante Marie Restaurant

For the well-heeled young in post war Britain who weren’t suited to academic life it was often a choice (for young ladies in particular) of learning secretarial or cooking skills. On the cooking front selection usually came down to two venues in England, the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London or the Tante Marie Culinary … Continue reading

Eton Mess with Blackberry Gin Cordial

Eton Mess with Blackberry Gin Cordial

This has to be the easiest emergency dessert to make providing you have the right ingredients. It’s fast, effective and difficult not to love. Fruit infused gins are lovely for providing an alcoholic kick to an otherwise innocent classic. The *gin cordials from Silent Pool are perfect here.  Eton Mess with Blackberry Gin Makes 4 … Continue reading

A Night of Food & Agony with Jay Rayner!

A Night of Food & Agony with Jay Rayner!

Jazz & Comedy If you have been following my blog for a while you know that I only write about things I really like. I sometimes get invited by PR companies to review restaurants and I am always totally honest with them. Yes, I am happy to go as your guest; but if I don’t … Continue reading

Blueberry and Cashew Bars

Blueberry and Cashew Bars

When the ‘Hemsley and Hemsley’ book was published we all fell in love with their avocado cheesecake and spiralised veg to replace noodles.  I bought their book based on the avocado and lime cheesecake recipe that appeared on their twitter feed one afternoon. Intensely green, it looked wonderful. My dinner guests agreed and I couldn’t … Continue reading