The Boomdorf Salad

Your traditional Waldorf is pretty simple- apple, celery, grapes and walnuts covered in mayonnaise and served on shredded lettuce. It’s been that way since it was first made for a charity ball in 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and that’s what it is. Put chicken in it? Not a Waldorf. Pecans? Not a […]

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Review- Joe Allen

Where: Burleigh St, London. What: American style brasserie. How much: Set menu from £20, a la carté three courses with drinks £50+ per head. To quote their own website, Joe Allen is ‘the classic theatreland American brasserie’, tucked away in the West End round the corner from Covent Garden. I start this tale on a Lunch-Drinks-Show day […]

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Grow Your Own! Get A Plan.

Ah, Happy Spring Time foodie friends! The daffs are out. There isn’t a predicted frost for the next two weeks and it’s almost pancake day. It’s time to get planting. I donned my wellies this morning for maybe the third time in 2019, but those other times were purely weeding and compost hefting so in […]

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The Nag’s Head, Brentwood

What: Pretty pub grub, bistro style plates and pizzas. Where: Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5ND. How Much: Main courses from £8, for three courses, wine and a cocktail £50-£60 a head. Overall: Good food, great drinks for the drivers and desserts worth skipping starters for. Regulars will already be aware that The Nag’s Head has […]

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For Those About To Veganuary….

I salute you! I’m no vegan, but I do try to make more of my meals meat and dairy free than aren’t. It’s not because I particularly enjoy butterbeans. It’s actually for many reasons which I won’t bore you with now but suffice to say if I could get away with a bacon double cheeseburger […]

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Fight The Festive Waste!!!!

  Happy Twixmas all, I hope it’s been a good one for you and if it hasn’t I wish you a peaceful end to the year now. I’ve had a lovely festive break both hosting at home and guesting with the parentals and am now settling in to a few solid days of leftovers and […]

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The C Word

Swears warning.  I sit here, exactly nineteen hours and seven minutes into December, and I’ve seen at least fifteen fully decorated trees just walking from my house to the corporate evil supermarket for a Saturday night stir in sauce. It’s everywhere. In the shops. On the telly. On the radio. And in my fragile, fragile […]

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Magnesium Boost Salad

If there’s one thing that has been giving me the fear about trying to get on board with a hormone friendly anti-inflammatory diet it is The Bland.  Although I’d say I’m a pretty established cook, I’m also a pretty predictable one on a day to day basis and I rely a lot on using chilli, […]

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