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Food with Jude is simply me sharing my love of all things food, so, here you will find such things as recipes, restaurant reviews, local suppliers to try, farm shops, artisan markets and general foodie information which you will hopefully find useful.  So, sit back, relax, and read on.

 

Traditional Pancakes

It's Pancake Day! Who doesn't love making, flipping and tucking into pancakes. It's fun to do and there are so many different toppings and fillings to create. Your imagination can run wild! The Recipe Ingredients 100g Plain flour 2 large eggs 300ml milk Toppings of your choice (maybe start with lemon and sugar) Method Pop the eggs, flour and milk in a jug and whisk till smooth. Let the batter rest for 10 mins (if you can resist) Put a splash of oil on some kitchen paper and w

Chilli Con Carne

A staple in most people's repertoire and certainly one of my most cooked dishes over the years. I tend to batch cook this nowadays, so I end up with a few extra portions for the freezer to use when I need something pre-prepared. The spice element is up to you. I like quite a kick but not that it burns my mouth. You can adjust to suit your tastes. Give it a go, it isn't as complicated as you might think. Recipe Ingredients 500g lean minced beef 1 white onion finely chopped 1

Thai Red Chicken Curry

If you've followed my story so far with this blog, you'll know I'm a big curry fan. Sometimes I fancy something fragrant and flavoursome rather than spicy and when that's the case, I turn to Thai curry. My version of Red Thai Curry is simple to prepare and only takes about 30 mins, so could easily be done as a midweek meal. Yes, you can make your own curry paste (I have in the past) but on this occasion it's done for me by Sainsburys (other retailers are available!) If you ha

Banana Muffins

I love weekends when you have no plans and can just potter about doing whatever you fancy doing. This weekend was one of those such weekends for me. Sunday afternoon came and I thought I'd bake ... it probably takes longer to weigh and prepare ingredients than it does to actually get the mixture done and in the oven! What inspired me was 2 slightly specked bananas looking all forlorn and unloved on the worktop. Banana muffins certainly gave them a new lease of life! This mixt

Chinese Pork Belly with Egg Fried Rice

I often like to try new ways with food. I've cooked pork belly as is before and plated up like you would a normal roast dinner but I fancied a change this time. I decided to go with a Chinese theme. The piece of belly pork in the photo is a slice, so what you see in the finished dish shot is the size it started as. I don't wish to confuse anyone that might think it was a large piece that was cut into. This combination was a nice alternative to a traditional Sunday roast and t

Beetroot and Feta Pasta

I was given a packet of red lentil and beetroot spiral pasta last week. I didn't even know it existed! A friend had spotted it in a local Aldi store and thought it might be worth an experiment. I decided to try it out and make a Saturday night main meal ..... I must admit I was very happy with the overall result, although the pasta did lose at lot of its dark red beetroot colour during the cooking process, which was a tad disappointing. A quick meal though, that only took abo

Homemade Sultana Loaf

This is a very simple variation on a standard sponge cake recipe. You can of course add any dried fruit such as raisins, cherries, orange peel, candied peel, currants etc but I prefer to use sultanas. It's easy to whip up and in less than an hour you have a delicious cake that can be served on its own, topped with butter (as I like it) or even served with custard! The Recipe Ingredients 4oz Golden Caster Sugar 4oz unsalted softened butter 2 eggs 8oz Self raising flour cap of

Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

I've recently adopted a rescue dog called Taffy, and part of my settling in plan was to make some biscuits for him so that he got used to sounds and smells in the kitchen. Being a rescue dog means he won't have even been in a house before let alone a kitchen, with things pinging and whirling and making all kinds of funny noises. The smell of the biscuits cooking would help him realise that it was a safe environment for him. It certainly helped as he sniffed the whole time. H

Review: Retreats For You, Sheepwash, Devon

I recently made my third visit to Retreats For You, Sheepwash, North Devon. There's obviously a reason why I keep going back. As you can see from the photo above, the building is a stunning 16th Century thatched house with all the character you would expect from something this old. There is a large fireplace with a wood burner, the occasional creaky floorboard or two, an original tiled floor in the kitchen and a courtyard at the back with flowers galore. It really is a great

Where to Buy: Mole Valley Farmers, Holsworthy, Devon

During a recent trip to North Devon, I was taken to Mole Valley farmers. This is a business geared up to provide a comprehensive service to the local farming community and those who enjoy and outdoor lifestyle and first opened its doors in 1973. They stock farming equipment, feed supplies, pet supplies, clothing and gardening equipment as well as locally sourced and produced food and drinks. I was interested in the locally produced food and drink in particular (although I di

Review: Half Moon Inn, Sheepwash, Devon

I recently visited a friend in Sheepwash, North Devon and decided to try the local pub, The Half Moon Inn, for dinner one night. I have been to Sheepwash a few times now, so thought it was about time I set foot inside the pub! I didn't have to reserve a table as I went in fairly early (6pm ish) The pub is situated across the village square from the place I was staying, so to say it was handy was a real understatement. I received a really warm welcome from the lady behind the

Review: Panda Mami, Chester

All you can eat buffets seem to have gone in and out of fashion over the last ten years. It's been several years since I ate in one myself. I was part of a group of 9 ladies who ate at this Chester restaurant after a day at Chester Races recently. We had a table booked for 6.30pm and the table was ready when we arrived. Everywhere looked clean and well presented and there were lots of staff on hand. The general idea is that you help yourself to whatever you want as often as

Pork & Apple Pinwheels

I was introduced to the concept of the pinwheel by my local butcher. Having bought quite a few, I thought I'd have a go at making one myself. Very simple with only 4 ingredients! Depending on how thick you cut them you can make about a dozen. You could vary the ingredients by adding black pudding or red onion .... it can be flexible to your tastes. Why not give it a go. The Recipe Ingredients 500g minced pork 1 dessert apple (I used Golden Delicious) finely diced 3 fresh sag

Review: Siam Thai and Teppan-Yaki Restaurant, Chester

This was my first visit to this restaurant on City Road in Chester. I phoned to make a reservation, having been recommended by a good friend, whereby the call was dealt with in a friendly and professional manner and the booking successfully made. We arrived at the restaurant a few mins early and was greeted with a friendly smile and told our table was ready, at which point we were led upstairs to the Thai part of the restaurant to our reserved table. There were plenty of peop

Choc Chip Cookies

It doesn't get much better than a homemade choc cookie, they taste so much better when you have made them yourself and, of course, are far better for your bank balance! Easy to whip up and will last a good few days in an air tight container .... haven't tried freezing them (they never last long enough) You choose the favour of chocolate chips or mix as I did. The Recipe Ingredients 150g butter, softened 80g demerara sugar 80g golden caster sugar 2tsp vanilla extract 1 large e

Goats Cheese & Pesto Parcels

These parcels are so easy to make, I don't know why it's been so long since I last made them. Great midweek meal because you're eating them after 30 mins (inc prep). I have only tried green pesto but I'm wondering if red pesto would also work, don't see why not. Ideal if you are vegetarian too, or if like me, you like a few meat free meals during the week. Why not give them a try. You could even make tiny ones as canapes if you are having friends round. 5 ingredients, you can

Homemade Scones

Scones are a staple in most peoples eyes and with the recent popularity of an Afternoon Tea they seem more popular than ever. So many recipes and so many variations, therefore I am giving my basic recipe with my tip for pulling the dish together as a finished article and you vary as you would like. Some people like fruit, some don't ... so just tweak as you wish. The Recipe Ingredients Makes 6-8 225g self rai

Review - The Old Hall, Frodsham

The Old Hall always used to be that place you went for a special occasion. It had a great reputation for high quality silver service - I had my 30th birthday there and it was a real treat. It has changed hands a few times in the last 20 years and most recently was renovated a few months ago. The aim was to move away from the pre-booked special occasion type of dining to a more informal walk in off the street style instead, so myself and 2 girlfriends thought we'd give it a t

Chicken Chilli

It's always nice to have options for an alternative to a classic dish. Chilli Con Carne is traditionally made with minced beef and kidney beans, whereas my version uses diced chicken and cannellini beans. It's an easy recipe and takes about 30 mins from start to finish, so it's perfect for a midweek meal. How spicy you make it is down to you, alter the chilli content accordingly. The Recipe Ingredients

Afternoon Tea at Mottram Hall

Afternoon Tea has really made a comeback and it seems to be served in most places now, although it is still seen as a treat due to the price tag usually associated with it. The trip to Mottram Hall, Nr Prestbury, Cheshire was no exception, as it was my friend's birthday and therefore the chance to have a catch up and a birthday treat was combined and because my friend lives nearby it seemed an ideal location. This was my first visit to Mottram Hall. It's about a 50 minute dri

 
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