20 Questions with The Farmcafe

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Today on 20 Questions we are at Farmcafe in Marlesford, an excellent eatery and stores in lovely Suffolk that you may remember from little plugs past.  Assistant manager Sarah has joined the heady ranks of our Questioneers with a love of all things beefy and a rare vote for our Chefs of The Zombie Apocalypse.

1: Describe what you do without being boring?
I’m an assistant restaurant manager at the Farmcafe in Marlesford, Suffolk.

2: What’s great about what you do?
Being part of a great team and dealing with members of the public. Every day is different!

3: What sucks about what you do?
The washing up!!!

4: Do you eat breakfast?
Yes if we have time. Usually its just toast and jam

5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?
The White Hart in Otley is one of my favourite places. It does the most amazing food and the atmosphere in the pub with all the locals makes it a great place to socialise.

6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Rick Stein…his ability to improvise and cook up a storm would help me get though any zombie attack!

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Sarah votes Mr Stein for her zombie apocalypse team! Here he is demonstrating his camouflage abilities. Ahem. 

7: What’s your go to comfort food?
Steak! Just amazing on every level.

8: Who taught you how to cook?
My mum. She is a total legend in the kitchen and I have learnt from the best.

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!
Witchetty grub and a termite…I’d be great on “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!”
Ed- but why would you go there if you weren’t on I’m A Celeb?!??!?!?!?!? 

10: What one food would you erase from all existence?
Tongue….who ever thought to eat it???

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
Anything by Daft Punk! Its music to create beautiful food to.

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
Hawksmoor in London with my partner.
Ed- given your comfort food choice I’m guessing this isn’t for the weekly vegan special!

13: Do you have a signature dish?
Yes it’s chicken stuffed with brie, wrapped in parma ham. Winner, winner chicken dinner!!!
Ed- Yes!!!!

14: Confess your biggest food sin….
Charcuterie

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
Italian…so many wonderful flavours and tastes.

16: Cake or biscuits?
Biscuits…I’m quite partial to a chocolate finger or 3!

17: Tea or coffee?
Tea please.

18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
Curly fries..so good with a huge dollop of mayo!

19: Wine or beer?
Am I allowed both?? If not it would be wine.

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Not in my book but each to their own I guess.

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20 Questions with Bumbles!

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Bumbles of Brightlingsea! No, I don’t know what that dude in the top left is up to either…..

I love a bit of 5-A-Day action from my local greengrocers Bumbles, and they are with us this week to answer the most burning questions that life/this blog has to offer.

Are you ready?

1: Describe what you without being boring?
We are purveyors of the finest fruit & vegetables aka Greengrocers

2: What’s great about what you do?
We offer an alternative old fashioned way of shopping

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Only ask for ounces if you want to pay in shillings!

3: What sucks about what you do?
Everything’s heavy & people not knowing what kilos are- come on people it changed over 40yrs ago!!

4: Do you eat breakfast?
Yes fruit or pancakes or pancakes with fruit 😂
Ed- I think that’s my favourite answer #4 yet. There are not enough pancakes in my life. 

5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?
Being a vegan The Den at 23 in Colchester it’s the only place I don’t feel a pain in the arse for being vegan!

6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Gordon Ramsey without a doubt he would be a bad ass!

7: What’s your go to comfort food?
Buffalo cauliflower wings Mr Bumble makes the best ones!

8: Who taught you how to cook?
Mr Bumble

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!
As a kid liver, I can’t eat anything that I have actually got inside me!

10: What one food would you erase from all existence?
Faggots

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
At the moment it’s The Beatles the red album, am a massive music fan so my playlist changes with mood. Mr Bumble is currently playing Royal Blood.

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
Genoa Italy, I found a tiny little place that did the best bright green pasta dish that looked hideous but was the best I’ve ever had and I still don’t know what it was called! I would dine with the fam.

13: Do you have a signature dish?
Vegan bolognese everyone loves it!

14: Confess your biggest food sin………..
Marmite spread on a lump of vegan cheese 😋

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
Italy so many beautiful veg based dishes!

16: Cake or biscuits?
Cake

17: Tea or coffee?
Coffee

18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
Chunky chips

19: Wine or beer?
Beer from Two Brews in Colchester

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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A pic of peppers pinched from the Bumbles blog.

Get your vegetable stalker act on and follow Bumbles here or alternatively, go and see them at 24 The High St, Brightlingsea, CO7 0AG for all your veggie produce needs! And some vegan treats to boot.

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Last Time: Gourmet Anglia

Next Time, The Farm Cafe at Marlsford.

20 Questions with Gourmet Anglia!

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Today on 20 Questions we have Tracey from Gourmet Anglia– purveyor of truly gorgeous small batch kitchen and homewares. I think I could only like this webshop more if it offered a one hour gin-to-desk delivery service, but there is always time to expand.
We are also doing a little giveaway inspired by her love of Italian food, so look out for details of that below.

And the questions commence:

1: Describe what you do without being boring?
Picker, packer, parcel dispatcher at Gourmet Anglia www.gourmetanglia.co.uk

2: What’s great about what you do?
Sourcing utterly gorgeous products is pretty fabulous and, as an online biz, it’s great to connect with amazing, like-minded individuals on social media.

3: What sucks about what you do?
The boxes, THE BOXES! We have a mountainous store of packaging.

4: Do you eat breakfast?
Does a handful of dried fruit and nuts count?
Ed- yes!

5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?
Tough question as there are so many passionate and hardworking local businesses producing a vast array of quality products. As a homage to FoodieBoomBoom homeland let’s throw in Coles Puddings, Kelly Bronze Turkeys, Maldon Salt, New Hall Vineyard wines and Wilkins & Sons but that really is a tiny drop in the teacup.
Ed- All great examples, I’m prompted to give a quick wino shout out to the Bacchus from New Hall vineyards- it is superb. 

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Tracey loves a bit of local heroes Wilkin & Sons jams, shown here with the Shy Owl pot holder available on http://www.gourmetanglia.co.uk

6: Which celeb chef would you want into your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Nigella (whom I have met) would surely stop any zombie dead in their tracks with her mesmerizing loveliness.

7: What’s your go to comfort food?
Something cheesy or eggy, Croque Monsieur, Welsh Rarebit, Eggs Benedict or Florentine.

8: Who taught you how to cook?
Delia Smith, Raymond Blanc, Nigel Slater …. c/o their books of course!

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!
A wasp!!! It landed, unseen, on a boiled sweet a split second before I popped it in my mouth, ouch! I was about 12 at the time!

10: What one food would you erase from all existence?
Mean, tart little blackcurrants … or ‘fruits of the devil’ as I prefer to call them.

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
Anything chilled and mellow.

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
Le Cinq, Paris … want to tag along Jenna? Closer to home, Le Talbooth, Mistley Thorn or The Company Shed for some succulent Mersea oysters.
Ed- Le Cinq looks great I’ll get my coat!

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That’s a good looking bit of salmon!!!

13: Do you have a signature dish?
I love to cook simple dishes using terrific quality ingredients, an example would be Salmon with a Parmesan & Herb Crust.

 

14: Confess your biggest food sin………..
Heinz Tomato Soup (… is that a sin?), also cold leftover sausages are not safe.

 

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
Italian …  pasta, pizza, parmigiano reggiano, prosciutto, panna cotta, prosecco.
Ed- Thanks to Gourmet Anglia we are frankly thrilled to be giving away not one but two gorgeous Italian cookery books! Details at the end of this post. 

16: Cake or biscuits?
Cake. Carrot can be good, or something chocolatey. I also love pears in cakes, or a Pear Frangipane Tart or a pear or quince flavoured vodka but I digress …..

17: Tea or coffee?
Both. Morning coffee. Afternoon darjeeling.

18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
Chunky thrice cooked, or oven baked with a generous sprinkling of olive oil and Maldon Salt.

19: Wine or beer?
A large glass of an oaky smoky full-bodied red for me please.

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Not a fan but fine if you want it … tho’ ‘fusion’ toppings do make me slightly twitchy. Chicken tikka, Cajun prawns, Black beans & banana … just isn’t right is it?

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Last time: Boneman’s BBQ

Next week, our buddies at Bumbles!

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20 Questions With Boneman’s BBQ!

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Today The Boneman himself is suffering our 20 Questions- Steve is another Colchester based food bod who you will usually find smoking, prepping and yumming all the proteins. Or chowing down on creamy Asian poo fruit. Those 4 words are going to bring me some highly misdirected Googlers.

Let’s go!

1: Describe what you do without being boring?
I BBQ meats! Either grilled hot n fast or smoked low n slow! Not strictly American style, just tasty, juicy and smokey!  I offer a pop up catering service, event catering, BBQ advice and tuition.

2: What’s great about what you do?
When a long smoke produces an amazingly tender nugget of smokey goodness, with a great bark (crust) then the long day is well worth it!

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Extreme meat close up. Who’s hungry now?

 

3: What sucks about what you do?
The long smokes can be 9 hrs plus, not done a commercial brisket yet but many of my home experiments have gone over 12 hours! I also hold myself to a high standard so if its not as tender as I would like it can be a bit disheartening.

 

4: Do you eat breakfast?
Always! Seeded bread with crunchy all peanut butter and a cup of tea!


5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?

That’s a difficult one! I love The Victoria Inn, they gave me my first gig! Sheena and Andy have been a great friends and their passion for their pub, it’s atmosphere and their general ethos is inspiring! I also love Two Brews, Paul’s passion for quality beer and local business is contagious! Our first collaboration went well the other week, and we’re hoping to do some more! I also love PECK because who doesn’t love fried chicken?!?
Ed- I’ve been thwarted by the mass queues for Peck at the last two food fests I’ve been to! They certainly smell awesome. 

6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Does Ray Mears count? He would be good in a pinch! He can find anything and cook it, and you know you probably won’t die from eating it!

 

7: What’s your go to comfort food?
Tricky! Either roasted chicken thighs with white rice and peas or Steak & Ale pie (a good one!) with white rice and peas! The rice just soaks up all the awesome flavours!

8: Who taught you how to cook?
A mixture really, I watched my Dad cook, my Grandad bake and I have always enjoyed cookery shows. Food Network is usually on most days in our house! Or Netflix.

 

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!
Another tricky one! Being Chinese, we eat some weird stuff! Fish brains, fish eyes, chickens feet. It’s a tie I think between sea cucumber and Durian fruit (the Marmite of Asian fruits, banned on public transport as it stinks). Durian has been described as eating the creamiest custard in a festival toilet. Get from that what you will!
Ed- What an utterly charming prospect!

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Durian fruit. Maybe the spikes are there to protect you from eating it?? Pic from 2msia.com

10: What one food would you erase from all existence?
Canned pulled pork.

 

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
Usually anything rock! 80’s hair metal is on a lot! As are classical film soundtracks! I also enjoy some 50’s diner jukebox music or scratchy old timey Blues! No ABBA!

 

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
I would go to Noodle Bar on North Hill with my fiancé Megan, the most authentic Asian cuisine you can get in town!
Ed- Everyone is so lovely wishing for a nice dinner with their life partners. Am I the only one who wants to take the Defenders cast to Mighty Quinns?!?!?!?!?

 

13: Do you have a signature dish?
A random pineapple fried rice, can be veggie or its good for leftovers!

 

14: Confess your biggest food sin………..
I like to eat peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. Oh, and I once had a packet of instant custard for my dinner.
Ed- #studentcuisinegoals

 

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
I would say Chinese but I really mean the cuisine of Penang, my Dad’s home island. Penang is a real melting pot of fusion cuisine, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Hokkien. It’s awesome!

 

16: Cake or biscuits?
Biscuits

 

17: Tea or coffee?
Tea at home, coffee at work

 

18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
Proper chunky chips, triple fried!

 

19: Wine or beer?
Beer!

 

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Of course! Especially with hot n salty meat!
Ed- someone immediately needs to start a business and/or Dad Rock tribute band called Hot N Salty. 

 

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20 Questions with The Victoria Inn!

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There’s more to life than food.

There is also beer.

This week we are taking 20 Questions to Landlady Sheena of The Victoria Inn, Colchester: A self proclaimed Proper Pub and multi award winning type house of drinks. They throw a mean BBQ once in a while too, and don’t mention the annual fireworks extravaganza………..

 

1: Describe what you do without being boring? Adult Entertainment Industry (publican to you & me)

2: What’s great about what you do? Funny drunk people

3: What sucks about what you do? Stupid drunk people

4: Do you eat breakfast? Does tea & cigarettes count..?

5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)? Two Brews bottle shop – if only for Dennis –  the super cute shop puppy.

6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why? Marcus Wareing – one glare from those steely blues & the zombies would soon quit bothering us…(Swoontastic!)
Ed- I’m glad someone is finally thinking out of the Gordon Ramsay box on this. We must of course all be prepared for potential need to repopulate the planet once all the undead are, er, proper dead? 

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Chef Wareing looking happier than usual at the prospect of facing the undead with our Sheena. Pic from country and townhouse.

7: What’s your go to comfort food? Soft stinky cheese

8: Who taught you how to cook? Trial & error

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean! Sheeps Brains – long story..!
Ed- Are you sure Marcus will be safe with you?!?!?!?!

10: What one food would you erase from all existence? Spinach. No need for that horrid soggy yukkiness.

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist? BBC 6 Music..always

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with? Blue Strawberry with my lovely hubby
Ed- I’ve still never been! Must remedy this.

13: Do you have a signature dish? Ummm…not really. Like to try my hand at allsorts

14: Confess your biggest food sin……….. Fray Bentos Pies – so wrong..but…
Ed- Pure. Filth. 

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why? China – so much variety, & lots of small bites. Then again, proper Italian Pizza is hard to beat..

16: Cake or biscuits? Biscuits

17: Tea or coffee? Tea.

18: Chunky chips or curly fries? Chunk chips, but PROPERLY cooked.

19: Wine or beer? Do I HAVE to choose?

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza? Only with ham.
Ed- I know a spicy chicken that might change your mind……

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Find out more about this truly pubby pub at http://www.victoriainncolchester.co.uk/ or tweet to @victoriainncol

Last time: Two Brews

Next time: Boneman’s BBQ

20 Questions With Two Brews!

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This week we’re talking to Paul, the mind behind the mighty Two Brews- a wee indie store in Colchester selling the craftiest beers and coffees that your money can buy. I cannot say enough good things about this shop, so just take my word for it and check out the links at the end.

1: Describe what you do without being boring?
I help to get people intoxicated! Alcohol and Caffeine!

2: What’s great about what you do?
Testing the above statement

3: What sucks about what you do?
Not proving the above statement

4: Do you eat breakfast?
Yes! Big yes! Big Breakfast!

5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?
New boy Bonemans BBQ. Bones n Brews night soon hopefully!
Ed- yes yes we love Bonemans BBQ who is also soon to star in these pages, and sooner still you can catch Bones and Brew on 9th September. 

6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Gordon Ramsey, a verbal tongue lashing from him should see them off! Plus I think I would die of laughter selling him in action long before the Zombies got to me if first Part didn’t work!

7: What’s your go to comfort food?
Pringles!

8: Who taught you how to cook?
That hasn’t happened yet!

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!
My dogs paw!

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Brew Pup Dennis, who’s welfare we now fear for……

10: What one food would you erase from all existence?
Terry’s Chocolate Orange, just wrong!
Ed- no, no you are just wrong chocolate and orange is the holiest of unions!!!!

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
A random 90’s dj house mix from Soundcloud

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
Picnic on a random (read sandy, secluded, exotic, paradise) beach with the Mrs.

13: Do you have a signature dish?
Yes, its big, round, empty and always looking for someone to fill it!

14: Confess your biggest food sin………..
I have not tried enough!
Ed- happily this is one of the easiest to fix. 

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
Britain!
British cuisine has been so open and incorporated the national dishes of so many other countries for so long, that combined with our ‘traditional’ range you never fail to have a huge choice.

16: Cake or biscuits?
Biscuits! Chocolate Hob Nobs please!

17: Tea or coffee
COFFEE!
Ed- quel suprise…..

18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
Chunky Chips – but must be cooked properly or a huge disappointment!

19: Wine or beer?
Beer!

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Hell yes! But look out – Banana and Ham, the next ‘big’ pizza topping!
Ed- or chocolate and orange………

Check out Two Brews here: https://www.twobrews.co.uk/ or tweet to @two_brew

Last time: The Older Male Sibling

Next time: The Victoria Inn

20 Questions with the OMS

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The Older Male Sibling hard at work in the kitchen. Fiver says not one of those bananas got eaten. 

 

Yup, it’s time to take five minutes to appreciate the culinary musings of the Older Male Sibling: food flogger, Pomme D’Or alumni and champion crispsndips hogger since 1977. He ain’t heavy.

1: Describe what you do without being boring?
I work for a company who make all sorts of lovely food for the big retailers. I sell and help develop food for Marks and Spencer.

2: What’s great about what you do?
Working with a truly foodie customer and business dinners!

3: What sucks about what you do?
Early starts, office hours and never escaping emails thanks to the work phone.

4: Do you eat breakfast?
Yep – as soon as I get to the office. Some form of heart healthy cereal to make up for the rest of the week.

5: Where/who is your favourite local food/drink business (other than your own)?
The White Oak in Cookham. They are as welcoming for a pint and a packet of crisps as they are for a four course dinner party. Good beer and beautiful, British, seasonal food. Great Sunday lunch.

6: Which celeb chef would you want in your gang in the event of a zombie apocalypse and why?
Ken Hom – have you seen him with a cleaver?! Also I reckon I could out run him.

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Three guesses where those chopsticks are going if you question his cardio skills again.

7: What’s your go to comfort food?
Pizza.

8: Who taught you how to cook?
My parents. Both awesome cooks in very different ways.
Ed- neither of which will ever forgive you for not specifying them first. Unlucky!!!

9: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth? Keep it clean!
Ants.

10: What one food would you erase from all existence?
Lychees.

11: What’s on your kitchen playlist?
It changes so much. Recently Haim, The Milk, Vance Joy, Michael Kiwanuka. And always Fleetwood Mac. And Springsteen. How many am I allowed?!

12: If you could eat out anywhere tonight where would you go and who would you dine with?
Osteria Barberini in Rome. Our best honeymoon meal so obviously with the wife! Great value tiny restaurant. If you’re early they make you wait outside but the food is amazing.

13: Do you have a signature dish?
Tarte Tatin. Award winning. Just saying.
Ed: I won first prize Cornish Pasties when I was in the Brownies you know, I’m not still going on about it. 

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Tarte tatin for the purists, no pears or salted caramels here (yes this is one of his).

14: Confess your biggest food sin………..
Eating too many nibbles and spoiling dinner.

15: If you had to restrict yourself to the cuisine of one country which would it be and why?
Italy without doubt. So simple, so tasty and I’m growing to love their wine.
*insert inevitable Nice Chianti gag here*

16: Cake or biscuits?
Cake.

17: Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Black, no sugar as nature intended. Tea is up there with lychees!

18: Chunky chips or curly fries?
This is tough. Chunky chips.

19: Wine or beer?
I couldn’t choose. Beer is so good and so varied now.

20: Does pineapple belong on a pizza?
Yep – I never order a Hawaiian but I’d gobble up a free one!

Feel free to insta-troll him @jonboybarton

Next time, the brains behind Two Brews, possibly the best retail idea in history (or at least in Colchester).

Last time, Chef Tom Russell from The Rosebud (click link)