Mushrooms on toast

Garlic and Tarragon Mushrooms on Sourdough Toast

One of my all time favourite snacks… Mushrooms are marvellous  for many reasons, the first of which being that they are absolutely delicious. They are also packed full of protein, making them a popular choice for vegetarian diets, and provide lots of important vitamins and minerals, including copper, vitamins B2 and B5, niacin, selenium and potassium. I absolutely…

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Iron-boosting Spinach Soup

Give yourself a boost of iron this winter with this comforting bowl of spinach soup by guest blogger Martha Skinner… Iron is important in the body for numerous functions including healthy cell functioning, and the transport of oxygen around the blood. Iron intake can be especially problematic for women as they lose iron through the menstrual…

Ben Edmonds the maker of Blok Knives. Photographed in his workshop by Tom Bunning, June 2014.

Knife Fever

An interview with Derbyshire-based knifemaker and craftsman Ben Edmonds, producer of high-quality bespoke kitchen knives… Described in The Daily Telegraph as “The Aston Martin of the cutting world”, Derbyshire-based craftsman Benjamin Edmonds has received high praise since founding Blok Knives back in 2011. Passionate about all aspects of his craft, from designing and cutting right through to adding the final touches, Ben…

Ham Hock Recipe

Hock Yourself Out!

The Grumpy Chef’s Ultimate Christmas Ham… When it comes to Christmas feasting, everyone loves a good old joint of ham, but why stick to traditional cuts when less expensive alternatives can be just as delicious? Found between the knee and the trotter, the hock offers a rich and succulent meat, dark pink in colour and…

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Ready Steady Sloe!

A boozy Christmas gift in the making… In September, The Grumpy Chef and I spent a lovely day in Churchill, Somerset, rambling through the lush green foothills of the Mendips, fighting off spiders (and there were many!) and foraging for sloe berries, with which we planned to brew our very own batch of sloe gin. At this point, I’d never…

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For Well-balanced Flavour…

The Grumpy Chef recommends tasting as you go Just as important as properly seasoning your food is making sure you sample it throughout the cooking process. Tasting is fundamental to good cooking because it allows you to accurately adjust flavours and seasoning in order to achieve the best possible result. Without tasting, there is no way of being certain, until it’s too late, of course, that your final…

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One Man’s Trash…

Guest blogger George Devereaux visits The Bristol Skipchen to find out how unwanted food can be lovingly transformed into marvelous meals… The Bristol Skipchen is a genius new café venture, pioneering a new kind of business model in which food that would ordinarily be thrown away is recovered and used to create dishes that customers can purchase…