The origins of champ

There are many hidden treasures in Northern Ireland but surely none more inviting than that Ulster culinary speciality ‘Champ’: mashed potatoes mixed with chopped scallions (spring onions) that have been softened in hot milk. Made correctly, this essentially peasant dish verges on the sublime, delivering a pleasure quota well beyond the sum of its parts. […]

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Norfolk Cordial

At The Foodie Bugle we are always interested to find out how new food and drink entrepreneurs establish their businesses in the very beginning and how they overcome the inevitable challenges of creating a new brand. We believe that the sharing of information helps new and aspiring producers to learn from others. We were very […]

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The Bath Gardening School

It’s the news that all gardeners in and around the South West of England have been waiting for. The Bath Gardening School is opening this spring, and it is going to be offering a whole range of interesting and diverse gardening courses, suitable for all levels, from beginners to more advanced practitioners. I went along […]

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The Real Bread Campaign

Many food campaigns are born out of disappointment, anger or a sense of injustice. Along with the campaign for free range hen and pig rearing, real ale and sustainable fishing, the movement to bring high standards back to the mainstream baking industry also has its own white knight. The Real Bread Campaign was established by […]

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Burford Garden Company and the Aspire Garden

Thirty years ago, after spending many years travelling, Louise and Nigel Johnson set up the Burford Garden Company in the premises of Nigel’s family’s garden nursery. Uninspired by the bland, identikit garden centres that were selling mass produced, industrial goods and fluorescent coloured bedding plants, they wanted to create a very individual and inspirational centre for […]

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Allium Restaurant

Allium, in the beautiful Cotswold town of Fairford, is a small, family run restaurant that has grown from quiet, local beginnings to become one of the most accoladed and recommended eateries in the national press. Its mercurial ascent  has not been gained by chance, in an industry where hard work, consistency and grit are the obligatory pre-cursors to […]

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Sam’s Kitchen Deli in Bath

A cross between London’s Ottolenghi, Lyme’s Town Mill bakery and a west country farmhouse kitchen, Sam’s Kitchen Deli is a wonderful place to go for lunch in Bath. Located just past the Fine Cheese Company and Meticulous Ink, in the artisanal quarter of Walcot Street, it is actually a really good idea to leave the […]

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Northern Irish bread

Most of Northern Ireland’s traditional dishes have their roots in potatoes and bread. The simple traditional recipes for soda farls, wheaten and potato breads, pancakes and Belfast baps have survived during the onslaught of fusion cuisine and the pan loaf. Robert Kirk, the owner of Kirk’s Home Bakery, Sandy Row, Belfast told me, ‘The ethnic […]

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The Little Bread Pedlar

A 4am alarm call is not my idea of a great way to start the day but the promise of croissants fresh from the oven overcomes my slothful tendencies.  Not that I’d get out of bed at this time for just any croissant.  I know them to be the finest croissants in London and I’m […]

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