Quesadillas with beef burger and peppers.

Quesadillas with beef burger and peppers.

Quesadillas are a ludicrously simple thing to make, and really versatile. The only essential ingredients are cheese and tortilla wraps.  They can be made as a snack or a quick lunch and can be filled with whatever takes your fancy. You can even cut them into small wedges to create a delicious finger food – …

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Ox Cheek Braised in Beer

Ox Cheek Braised in Beer

This is an amazing, rich, ox cheek stew – perfect as the days get shorter and the weather becomes colder.  Ox cheeks need to be cooked low and slow, so get this dish prepped and in the oven, brave the elements to work up an appetite, then head home to find dinner ready to eat. …

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Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast

I feel like a bit of a charlatan calling this a recipe, but if Delia can write a recipe for boiling an egg…  I am putting a recipe for beans on toast up here simply because it is a delicious way to use up leftovers.   Stale bread will make the crunchiest toast and the rest …

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Reducing Food Waste: 5 tips for reducing waste at home

Reducing Food Waste: 5 tips for reducing waste at home

Food waste is an ever growing concern.  Huge quantities of perfectly edible food get binned for various reasons: expectation that food should look ‘perfect’, poor storage and misunderstanding of best before dates to name a few. A 2015 study by The Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) estimated that in the UK, 7.1 million tonnes …

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Drinks Friday – Cider!

Drinks Friday – Cider!

  In a poorly judged and frankly completely failed attempt to lose some weight, I decided to stop drinking beer (as much) this month.  As you might imagine, my entirely lukewarm approach to dieting was in part responsible for the failure.  The other contributing factor was that I replaced beer with cider.  There was some …

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Catch and Cook Fishing Trip

Catch and Cook Fishing Trip

At the time of writing this, ‘England’s Seafood FEAST’ is well under way. It is a two week event, running from the 22nd September until the 7th October, celebrating the wonderful array of restaurants, produce, and experiences that Torbay has to offer.  When I looked at the schedule I quickly decided that the one event …

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Drinks Friday: Negroni

Drinks Friday: Negroni

So for tonight’s ‘Drinks Friday’ I am keeping things simple:  the negroni.  This is a cocktail that is fairly ubiquitous right now, appearing on every hipster cocktail menu up and down the country (for the record, I was drinking it long before it was popular).  But here is the secret – it is really easy …

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To salt or not to salt?

To salt or not to salt?

The Great Food and Drink Show At the weekend I spent a few hours at The Great Food and Drink Show, held at Westpoint , Exeter.  Usually when attending these kinds of events I drag my wife and son with me, meaning that keeping a two year old entertained becomes the priority, and meaning that …

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