Norfolk Saffron Risotto

We stock Norfolk Saffron, grown by Sally Francis, in The Foodie Bugle Shop, but until I contacted Sally I had no idea you could grow saffron in East Anglia, nor that it has grown there historically. A tiny amount goes a long, long way – I just use a pinch to make a golden Milanese risotto […]

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Colonna and Small’s

The trend for independent, specialist coffee shops is growing in Britain and our lifestyles are becoming increasingly in tune with Continental Europe, where a morning, mid-morning and post-prandial coffee is now the accepted norm. Recent industry studies have shown that the £5 billion coffee shop market in the UK continues to grow, year on year, […]

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How I set up my chocolate business?

I am the founder and head chocolatier at Boutique Aromatique, a chocolaterie, patisserie and sweet pantry situated at the entrance of the Welbeck Farmshop in the courtyard of the Welbeck estate in rural Nottinghamshire.  I have a passion for natural ingredients, botanicals and perfumery – all which inspire and inform my work and are at the heart of everything I […]

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Westover Hall Hotel

The sweeping views across the clear blue Solent right to the Isle of Wight on a clear day are one of the many reasons to visit Westover Hall. It was once the Victorian home of Alexander Siemens, the General electrical engineering industrialist who came to settle in the sleepy seaside town of Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire […]

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Anna Herbert – She Shops Local

I was intrigued when I first read the new food blog, She Shops Local, and I remember wishing I had thought of the name myself.  It is the online journal of Anna Herbert who has set out on a mission to cook her way through Elizabeth David’s seminal cookery book “French Provincial Cookery”, across the […]

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Hodmedod Black Badger peas with eggs and spice

Tuscans are labelled by Northern Italians with the moniker “fagioloni” which literally means “bean eaters”. Well, I am a Lombard, not a Tuscan, but I too am a “fagiolona” because I adore beans and pulses and cook and eat them as often as possible. The Hodmedod range is a new British brand, that showcases old fashioned British […]

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Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath

Rachel Demuth has been impressing vegetarian diners since 1987 at her restaurant, Demuths, in the heart of Bath.  The small restaurant is constantly bustling; just what you’d expect from what Gourmet Britain (www.gourmetbritain.com) called the Best Vegetarian Restaurant in 2010.  Rachel herself, recently crowned “Bath Businesswoman of the Year”, is just as busy. But these days, she’s […]

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William’s Kitchen and Food Hall

Arriving in Nailsworth, the pretty Cotswold town that sits in the “bowl” of the Stroud valley between Bath and Cirencester, an imposing glass fronted shop stands in front of you, its black awning marking the corner of the town where all roads meet the A46. A blackboard announces “The Oyster Bar”, and as you push […]

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