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The Sportsman, Seasalter – Photo Post


Baked Cod with Wild Garlic

Last week, for my birthday, we visited The Sportsman in Seasalter, near Whitstable, Kent. I’d been about 5 years ago, just after they gained their Michelin Star, so I was very keen to visit again to see if it was just as good as I remembered.

I ate smoked mackerel pate with soda bread and mackerel veloute, baked cod with wild garlic and a dark chocolate salted caramel tart with the crispest pastry I’ve ever had. We were also really impressed with the vegetarian options, Mr’s starter was a delicious cauliflower soup (with cheese macarons) and main was a baked red cabbage with freshly made soft cheese and mustard sauce.

It was all excellent, the fish was so fresh, the service friendly and unobtrusive and the atmosphere was lovely. We can’t wait to visit again! (more…)

Fennel Crackers & The Cheese Market [Recipe + Review]

fennel crackers for cheese-001I love cheese, and I’ve very much enjoyed the resurgence that British cheeses have had recently. We have some excellent home grown cheesemakers that are making it easier and easier to find fantastic cheese on our doorstep.

The Cheese Market, an online artisan cheese shop, contacted me recently to ask me to review their cheese, which I was delighted to do, especially having seen the selection their website! (more…)

Lunch at Jamie’s Italian – Cambridge [Review]

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I’ve long been a fan of Jamie Oliver, I’ve got a number of his cookbooks and many of his recipes are staples in our house – his pizza sauce, sausage pasta, carbonara and many more. We’ve not visited Jamie’s Italian much however, preferring to cook his dishes ourselves, so when the restaurant invited us to review it, we decided to give it another look. (more…)

Chestnut & Squash Loaf – Vegetarian Christmas Main Course

Chestnut & Squash Loaf - Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

Have you got a vegetarian round for Christmas? Are you a vegetarian around for Christmas? This Squash & Chestnut loaf is a veggie main course that will make you very popular with the vegetarians in your life, and if you’re a veggie it’s something different to try – a bit like a nut roast but better I think! (more…)

Food Mela Christmas Gift Guide

As I was browsing Pinterest adding things to my Christmas wish list I thought it would be a good time to make a little gift guide, some things that would be perfect for the food lover in your life. You can also buy me all of these things, if you’d be so kind:

Diana Henry – Change of Appetite

A Change of AppetiteOne of my favourite cookbooks of the year, Change of Appetite is beautifully written and photographed, but above all the recipes are fantastic. I was lucky enough to go the signing earlier this year, and meet the lady herself. Diana is a wonderful, insightful cook and I really admire her approach to this book. (more…)

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