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...

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...

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...

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...

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...