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Wild Garlic Pesto and Brinkburn Chicken

We discovered Brinkburn goats cheese from Northumberland Cheese Company during an explore of Alnwick Market over Easter.  I love cheese.  I love goats cheese even more. Coupled with the wild garlic I had just picked and turned into pesto I knew I had the makings of a tasty dish.... so a little experimenting and here is the recipe (It is not a looker but it is delicious and quick): Ingredients:...

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Wild Garlic Pesto. A Recipe Reworked

I make wild garlic pesto every year.  I’ve had a recipe on here for a long time but after a fantastic lesson with Sara Danesin last year I realised I could improve it.  In particular using more pine nuts and less olive oil helps the flavour.  Here is my reworked version. 100g wild garlic leaves 150g pine nuts 75g grated parmesan pinch of salt Good quality olive oil Put the...

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My 15 favourite dishes of 2017 (and a little bit more)

2017 has been another wonderful year full of food memories. I have enjoyed every minute of looking through the menus and photos I’ve collected along the way. I admit it was a bit of struggle narrowing it down to my 15 favourite dishes but I’ve done it (with a little bit of bloggers licence along the way) I was going to say that 2017 started with a bang, but it...

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Eating out in July

July was another great month of eating with friends, inspiring young chefs and a weekend by the sea. Riley’s Fish Shack There is nothing better than local fish and seafood cooked simply and you can’t get any better than Riley’s Fish Shack.  A wooden shack nestled in St Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth using a wood fired oven to do most of the cooking - it’s perfect.  The food is sensational...

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Eating out in May

So it turns out May was a pretty spectacular food month! The Man Behind The Curtain I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect or whether Michael O’Hare’s food would be my thing but I could not fault the creative flare or skill that went in to this meal. It was extraordinary and well worth a visit.   A return to Northern Ireland: Brunch at Haptik Newtownards is definitely...

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Blanchette, Soho

I really wanted to try somewhere new on this visit to London and so decided to ask Twitter where we should try. Well Twitter came up trumps, thanks to our friend Tom's contacts. What a great place! Tucked away in Soho, a small place with big personality. We sat at the bar enjoyed a glass of wine and a selection of small plates of fantastic French food. I loved the...

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