Christmas starts early…..

I usually complain about how early the shops start promoting and selling Christmas stuff but, this year, I count myself guilty of the same offence.  In my kitchen, Christmas preparations began in August but, in my defence, it's been a bumper year for my Christmas...

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I’ve struck gold….and silver…..

Having just blogged about plucking up the courage to enter awards this year,  I'm absolutely delighted to have been awarded 3 Gold awards and 1 Silver award at the recent Food & Drink Devon 2017 Awards ceremony hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Nigel Barden on Monday 9 October....

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Too Much Salt?!?

When I set up Ruth's Real Food in 2008, I deliberated for quite some time about salt. I’ve never used a great deal of salt in my cooking. It's not a health thing per se, more one of personal taste. I like salt on chips and some hits of salty flavours like soy sauce,...

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Happy Holidays..

How time flies!  We've been so busy this summer that I've not found a moment to write a blog for weeks now.  I'm taking a summer beak for the next couple of weeks so I shall hopefully come back refreshed and ready to write again. Look out for my next posts when I'll...

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Oh those summer fruits……

We're busy, busy bees in the kitchen at the moment and it's hot work I can tell you. Our newest customers, the holiday makers at Hope Barton Barns in the beautiful South Hams, are devouring my meals at an astonishing rate, so keeping their freezer fully stocked is a...

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Waste Not Want Not

According to published data, the average family throws away £60 worth of food each month! Just imagine, that's the equivalent of THROWING AWAY SEVERAL WHOLE ROAST CHICKENS! You just wouldn't, would you? But, of course, it doesn't usually happen like that. It's a bit...

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Three Little Piggies

We're very lucky here in the heart of rural Devon to have access to local farms and farm shops to buy the meat for Ruth's Real Food and for our own table. Knowing the "provenance" of your food is, for me, critical when it comes to meat. I figured years ago that if I...

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Lovely Customers!

One winter's Saturday last year, whilst manning my market stall, trying to keep warm and bemoaning the difficulties of running your own small business with a fellow stall holder, he suggested we think about what we enjoy about our businesses rather than those things...

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Time to get growing…..

A good place to start for a food blog I reckon is the growing of food and it’s just that time of year when my green fingers are itching to get going in the vegetable garden. That said, my lovely polytunnel (just as good as a man shed) is invaluable in the colder...

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Ruth's Real Food added 3 new photos.5 days ago
Just home from decorating the Crediton Food Festival 🎄 tree at the town's Christmas Tree Festival. Great team effort and it looks fab, as do all the trees in the church.
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Ruth's Real Food6 days ago
Christmas 🎄 puddings ready to be sent to London, Hampshire and Canada too! Fingers crossed they arrive safely.
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Ruth's Real Food is feeling festive.1 week ago
COMPETITION TIME - Win one of my award winning Christmas Puddings. Simply LIKE this post and then SHARE it with your friends to enter. The winner will be drawn on 16th December and a delicious pudding for 6 people will be posted to the winner (UK mainland only) in time for Christmas.

And there's another incentive to enter. For each SHARE, we will make a donation to CookforSyria to help those suffering in Syria and the refugee camps. Thank you!
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Ruth's Real Food is feeling festive.2 weeks ago
I love this display of my puddings with their cider at Sheppy's House of Cider.
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Ruth's Real Food added 3 new photos.2 weeks ago
Xmas lights now on
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Ruth's Real Food added 2 new photos.3 weeks ago
🎄 If you would like one of my award winning Christmas Puddings, you can find them at the following shops:

Bon Goût - Magdalene Rd, Exeter
The Real Food Store, Queen St, Exeter
A J Cox, High St, Crediton
The Green House, Market Square, Crediton
Sandford Community Shop and Post Office
Hope Barton Barns Shop, Hope Cove, South Hams
Pretty Local (Salcombe area)
Sheppy's House of Cider, Bradford-on-Tone, Somerset

And, if none of those is convenient for you, they can be ordered by phone or email directly from me and delivered to your door!