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  • Halloumi and roasted vegetable tart

    Halloumi and roasted vegetable tart recipe

    April 29, 2021trevor44

    A very delicious and easy halloumi and roasted vegetable tart that uses a vibrant Belazu tapenade and ready-made puff pastry for the base making this an ideal quick dinner for midweek. I roasted my vegetables for extra flavour, adding the asparagus and halloumi towards the end so that they were cooked to perfection. As ever, there are no rules – go for the flavours you like and use the veggies that are lurking in your fridge that need eating. A tomato sauce base would work just as well with this – as would a cheesy sauce! INGREDIENTS (Serves 4 easily)1…

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  • Wild garlic and pecorino pesto

    Two ways with wild garlic – a pesto and a butter

    April 11, 2021trevor44

    Wild garlic is the early herald of summer days ahead, that fragrant green leaf that can be freely foraged in woodlands. For me, wild garlic is always the precursor to asparagus, which is proving to be late this year due to the continuing cold weather! Below are two lovely recipes for wild garlic, a pesto and a butter, both of which can be frozen. The pesto is made extra special with the use of walnut-leaf wrapped aged pecorino from The Tuscan Farmshop; they deliver nationwide, so why not treat yourself to this vegetarian-friendly Italian delight! WILD GARLIC & WALNUT-LEAF PECORINO…

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  • Norfolk Gin iced Norfolk coffee bank holiday cocktail

    Norfolk Gin iced Norfolk coffee cocktail

    March 29, 2021trevor44

    With the long Easter weekend approaching, and the rule of six back in place, I asked my friends at Norfolk Gin if they could recommend a cocktail for this weekend. Their suggestion was this delicious iced Norfolk coffee designed by Sue Telford from For the Love of Gin. With temperatures set to be unseasonably warm the next few days, I suggest enjoying the iced Norfolk coffee ahead of the weekend, as well as during! If you like the flavour of Turkish coffee you will love this iced Norfolk version of the coffee classic. Turkish coffee is traditionally served without milk…

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  • A review of Goodies Food Hall Posh Nosh. Two desserts, lemon posset and tiramisu slice with chocolate

    Goodies Food Hall takeaway review – time for Posh Nosh!

    March 2, 2021trevor44

    I keep seeing posh nosh menus from Goodies on social media and they are tempting. With the Six Nations matches on over the weekend, I decided that it was time to review this takeaway/dine at home treat, leaving me time to enjoy the rugby. And what a treat it was! I have been visiting Goodies, found off the A140 just through Long Stratton and towards the Pulhams, since it was a strawberry stall. I actually hate to think just how long ago that was. Certainly decades rather than years. Goodies was founded by Stuart Gooderham, the son of a farmer.…

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    British Pie Week: Butternut squash, mushroom and chestnut filo pie recipe

    February 25, 2021trevor44

    This is my easy vegetarian filo pie recipe for those in a hurry. I love the luxury of a pie, but I don’t always want the heaviness that shortcrust or butter pastry can bring. This pie is perfect for an alternative – layers of crisp filo pastry with a delicious filling of the earthy flavours that I love so much, roasted butternut squash, sage, mushrooms, and chestnuts. If you don’t have the exact ingredients, don’t worry – use whatever you have in the fridge, and make the flavours your own. INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)1 packet of filo pastry1 butternut squash, peeled…

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  • Chocolate cake and beer

    Chocolate Bouchart Cake

    January 17, 2021trevor44

    Who doesn’t love a chocolate cake? For me, it is the ultimate celebration cake, a real treat for high days and holidays. And to be fair, it is the ultimate comfort food as well, so let’s face it, chocolate cake is an all-rounder! Inspired by a recipe in Green & Black’s Chocolate Recipes, I made this luxurious chocolate cake flavoured with Moon Gazer Ale’s Bouchart Norfolk Mild beer. The result was a wonderfully moist, rich, chocolate cake that tastes wonderful on its own but would be just as enjoyable with some whipped cream. As with many cakes, my chocolate Bouchart…

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  • Reflections on community in 2020

    December 31, 2020trevor44

    It goes without saying that this has been a year like no other. As the last hours of 2020 are ticking by, I am taking a moment to be grateful for all the positives that have happened this year – my interviews with some amazing folk as part of The Norfolk Foodie series, my recipes with Old Hall Farm, and the reviews that I have managed to do for some truly great eateries across Norfolk. I have not just been local, however. I have begun The Delicate Diner meets… series, and with the way of the world as it is…

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  • Saffron rice pudding

    Old Hall Farm Norfolk Saffron creamy rice pudding

    November 28, 2020trevor44

    Old Hall Farm in Woodton isn’t just about their rare breed pork and beef – their raw Jersey cream and milk can be used in many ways and I have made the perfect dish for the change in the weather right now – a rice pudding. I think we all have those memories of school rice pudding with a spoonful of jam in the middle and, having fallen out of love with it, I now rate a chilled rice pudding as one of my ultimate desserts. Part of the beauty of the milk from Old Hall Farm is that several…

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  • Pork, potatoes, sauce, and wine

    Perfect Old Hall Farm roast pork with crispy crackling and beef dripping potatoes

    November 18, 2020trevor44

    This is a delicious recipe in which I share my tips on how to make perfect slow roast pork using Old Hall Farm rare breed pork shoulder, with crispy mustard crackling, beef dripping potatoes, and an apple and mustard sauce. Before I begin, I have to be honest. This was hands down the best pork joint I have ever had. The flavour from Old Hall Farm’s rare breed pork was incredible, and the slow cook resulted in a beautifully tender piece of meat. I shared a photo with a British friend who lives in America; she is still crying as…

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  • Old Hall Farm pork and apricot tagine

    November 11, 2020trevor44

    I love a tagine. I think if I could, I would have it every couple of weeks, it is so good. This is a dish that covers all the bases – sweet, sour, savoury, spiced – in style. You can use any meat but for this, I used some amazing pork shoulder from Old Hall Farm. Cooked low and slow, it really allowed for the flavours of the tagine to mingle with the meat and make a delicious dinner. Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients, this dish really is worth it! INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4 + LEFTOVERS)1kg Old…

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