Venison & Chestnut Mushroom Pie Recipe

Vicky makes all her own pies from scratch for our deli counter, using local, seasonal ingredients.  This recipe uses Stansted wild venison, chestnut mushrooms, wine and herbs, giving a rich gravy that’s very satisfying. Venison Pie – Serves 4 Ingredients: 750g Diced Venison 2 red onions, finely chopped 2 garlic … Read More

Love your Leeks

We have fresh leeks from Foots Farm in Chidham currently in season, and it’s one of those veggies that is so tasty, it can be the main ingredient. The Romans considered the leek a superior vegetable and Emperor Nero got through so many he gained the nickname Porophagus (leek eater) … Read More

Baked Tunworth Cheese

Tunworth is one the UK’s finest cheeses, having won Supreme Champion twice at the British Cheese Awards alongside numerous other awards. This camembert-style Hampshire cheese should be on every cheese board, but it can also be gently baked, until it melts into a soft, oozing pot, which you can sink … Read More

Happy Stew Year

January: Cold, dark, and wet, but at least we have stew – a dish celebrated worldwide for months such as these.  With the slow cooker out, we have the perfect options for a remarkable stew, with meat or vegetarian and a variety of flavours and textures. If you are cooking … Read More

Autumn Partridge Recipes

One of our customers gave me a partridge recipe he has been using regularly since 1996, so it has been tried and tested!  I decided to try it at home but forgot to bring the recipe back, so made something similar with apples Partridge and apples is a superb combination, … Read More

Rollright Cheese & Sage Risotto

Rollright is a fabulous cheese made by David Jowett at Manor Farm, Chedworth, Gloucestershire, it is a soft, buttery, rind-washed cheese based on the French cheese Reblochon and is similarly held together with a spruce bark strip that gives it a pine tree flavour note. You can enjoy it with … Read More

Anchovies – your kitchen essential

I’m becoming addicted to anchovies, not in a ‘wake-up and snarf a couple from the bedside’ way, but more that anchovies are creeping into more and more dishes, lifting them to new and wonderful heights. Anchovies are incredibly versatile, capable of giving an umami hit to most dishes, enhancing existing … Read More

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