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It’s been a while since I have written a blog post in fact, I’ll be honest, my summer writing holiday has slipped into a rather embarrassing 6 month sabbatical! It’s not that I’ve lost enthusiasm, it’s just that life seems to have got in the way – but it’s time to make amends.
Earlier in the year, a friend and I went on a hedgerow foraging course run by the the Globe and Rainbow pub in Kilndown. It was a fantastic day despite the freezing temperatures, the informative 2hr walk was followed by an utterly amazing forager’s banquet. When I heard that the pub was running a Autumn mushroom course I was keen to make a return visit with some friends and, once again, we weren’t disappointed.
THE ANCHOR INN, BARCOMBE (East Sussex)
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had some time to spare on a Sunday, but today we decided to take advantage of the dry weather and stretch our legs for a few hours. We headed for Barcombe (just north of Lewes) to walk along a dismantled railway line and banks of the river Ouse. The walk, listed in the East Sussex Pathfinder Walks guide, was a gentle 4.5 mile round trip with the perfectly-placed Anchor Inn three-quarters of the way round.
The Anchor Inn sits right on the river bank and as well as doing all the usual pubby things, has boats and canoes for hire. We own a pair of kayaks, so we were keen to see what the area was like for ‘paddling’ – plus have a spot of lunch at the pub. Well it would be rude not to, as we were walking straight past their door!
Just under a year ago, in a secluded summerhouse in the centre of town, the Clandestine Cake Club held it’s first Tunbridge Wells meeting… 20+ people who didn’t know each other, getting together for the love of cake. It was a great event with a fantastic variety home-baked creations. Except for one thing… there is only so much sweet stuff people can consume in the space of a couple of hours. Believe me, 10 slices (albeit thin slices) of cake is enough to challenge even the sweetest of palates! And so, Tweet and Savoury was born – the same great concept, same location, but with the addition of savoury food.
Q: What’s the connection between a member of Wet Wet Wet, a 1966 World Cup-winning footballer and the legend that is Diddy David Hamilton?
A: La Fiamma – the restaurant that’s fast becoming the most talked about place in Tunbridge Wells… and with good reason.
It shouldn’t be any secret that here in Tunbridge Wells we are blessed with an amazing artisan bread shop, but did you know Flour Power City Bakery (Monson Road) has had a total refit? This re-jig has made a big impact, the counter having been moved to the back of the shop, leaving the front dedicated to the real star of the show – the bread. They’ve also added some tables and chairs, so you can now sit with a coffee and chat with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, filling your nostrils with the heady aroma of freshly cooked loaves!
I’m not a traditionalist by any means when it comes to food, but mention a Sunday roast, regardless of the time year, and you’ll have me accepting the invitation before you’ve even finished the sentence. For me, and millions of Brits nationwide (and worldwide), the roast is the crowning glory to a weekend, particularly when it can be enjoyed in the relaxed company of family and friends. We’re not called les rosbifs by the French for nothing!
After a leisurely 2.5hr stroll with Michael, it was back to the Globe and Rainbow pub for our forager’s feast – and what a banquet it was! Neil had done a fantastic job, and I can safely say out of the 10 (yes 10!) dishes he prepared, there was not one that I didn’t like. Service by Neil’s partner Rachel was also excellent. I’m not going to do a lot of waffling on this post, I’ll let the menu and pictures (hopefully) do the talking. As mentioned in my previous post, Neil was kind enough to share some of his recipes with me/us. I’d like to share some of the simpler ones with you but I’d like to double-check I’ve remembered them correctly first!
Although I’m a cook that likes to follow a recipe, I like to think that I have a fairly good understanding of food and ways to prepare it. There is one area though, which I’m almost embarrassed to admit, has completely passed me by and that is free food / nature’s bounty / foraged grub – call it what you like. Of course, come autumn-time, I’ll spend hours harvesting the hedgerows for blackberries ready to bake (along with hundreds of others!), but there’s so much more out there – it’s just a question of having the knowledge, skill and confidence to find and identify it! So, when my friend Rebecca asked if I fancied doing a Spring Hedgerow Foraging Walk & Banquet, I leapt at the chance. And what a fantastic day it has been! Our walk was fun and informative (even the weather was kind to us!), and as for the food… well it was so good that it get’s it’s own separate blog post!
The idea of this post doesn’t need much explanation, it’s very simple. 6 inspiring plates that celebrate the countries that make up the 6 Nations rugby tournament. The dishes that made the final grade are my sort of food, some a twist on traditional recipes and others that use ingredients strongly associated with that country. Either way, all are absolutely delicious. The idea for the post was my husband’s – more than likely to ensure some match time nourishment – but I’ll concede it’s a great idea and certainly a pretty good way to get me through the next 6 weeks!
Love them or loathe them, it’s very hard to avoid conversations about New Year’s resolutions in January. This year, one of my friends vowed not to waste anything in her house. From food to household goods, she was going to maximise using everything in her home, and become the recycling queen of the Tunbridge Wells area! This got me thinking… as a household of just two, it is often very difficult to avoid waste, when almost everything is packaged with families in mind. We do our best but I am not going to pretend we are saintly. So, I decided to challenge myself to find 3 inspiring and tasty recipes using the food that most commonly gets thrown away in our house.