Panzanella

I've been very remiss in not blogging for ages so I thought,as British tomatoes are in season (just) and now available, I'd share one of my favourite summer salad recipes.  It also ties in with my passion for not wasting food as it uses stale bread!  Bread is listed...

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Inheritance Recipes

I came across the term "anthropology of food" recently and, being a bit bemused by what that meant, I tried to find out and understand its relevance. The Wikipedia definition is "a sub-discipline of anthropology that connects an ethnographic and historical perspective...

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“Do It Yourself” Food

We all probably know what processed food is, but what about "ultra-processed" food?  Broadly, the term means food produced in factories with typically 5 or more ingredients (usually many more) including additives which would not normally be used in a domestic kitchen....

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Oh dear, resolutions time again

I don't usually start my new year's resolutions until well into January, there's always too much pressure earlier and most of the things I want to change are better done on a slow burn as it were.  Of course, I have the usual resolutions like most people - do more...

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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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