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    British Pie Week: Butternut squash, mushroom and chestnut filo pie recipe

    25th February 2021The Delicate Diner

    This is my easy vegetarian filo pie recipe for those in a hurry. I love the luxury of a pie, but I don’t always want the heaviness that shortcrust or butter pastry can bring. This pie is perfect for an alternative – layers of crisp filo pastry with a delicious filling of the earthy flavours that I love so much, roasted butternut squash, sage, mushrooms, and chestnuts. If you don’t have the exact ingredients, don’t worry – use whatever you have in the fridge, and make the flavours your own. INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)1 packet of filo pastry1 butternut squash, peeled…

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    Chocolate Bouchart Cake

    17th January 2021The Delicate Diner

    Who doesn’t love a chocolate cake? For me, it is the ultimate celebration cake, a real treat for high days and holidays. And to be fair, it is the ultimate comfort food as well, so let’s face it, chocolate cake is an all-rounder! Inspired by a recipe in Green & Black’s Chocolate Recipes, I made this luxurious chocolate cake flavoured with Moon Gazer Ale’s Bouchart Norfolk Mild beer. The result was a wonderfully moist, rich, chocolate cake that tastes wonderful on its own but would be just as enjoyable with some whipped cream. As with many cakes, my chocolate Bouchart…

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    Apple & blackberry crumble

    31st August 2020The Delicate Diner

    What better dish to enjoy at this time of year than apple and blackberry crumble, making the most of the fruit-laden trees and hedgerows at the moment. The addition of nuts and oats makes the topping extra special. This winning recipe will keep the chill from your bones as the nights begin to draw in. INGREDIENTS1kg blackberries, washed2 larges / 3 medium Bramley apples, peeled & chopped210g plain flour150g butter80g demerara sugar40g light brown sugar70g rolled oatsA handful of broken walnutsGolden caster sugar to tasteA pinch of saltCream to serve METHODPre-heat the oven to 180 ̊ C / 355 ̊ F…

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  • The Norfolk Foodie – Eastgate Larder

    29th May 2020The Delicate Diner

    The first interview in my The Norfolk Foodie series is with Jane Steward of Eastgate Larder, producer of the fantastic Eastgate Larder medlar jelly, cheese and spicy chutney that so many of us know and love. Jane is passionate about all things Norfolk, so much so that her ‘gift’ to the county is having her medlar orchards awarded National Collection status by Plant Heritage. This will ensure that not only will Norfolk continue to be recognised for this iconic status, but that the medlar fruit will take its place in the forefront of peoples’ minds once more. “I owe my…

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  • The Butcher’s House Slow Cooked Ox Cheeks

    23rd April 2020The Delicate Diner

    Ox cheeks – and beef cheeks – are amazing cuts of meat. When slow cooked, the become incredibly tender and melt in the mouth. Although the weather is warming up outside, the evenings are still cool enough to enjoy this delicious meal. This recipe easily feeds a family of four, with leftovers for another day. INGREDIENTS4 ox cheeks – ask your butcher to remove as much fat as possibleYare Valley rapeseed oil3 shallots, quartered3 or 4 bay leaves2 celery stalks, chopped2 large carrots, slicedA generous helping of white peppercornsDried parsley & fresh thyme500ml good red wineA beef stock potBoiling water…

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  • The art of risotto

    16th April 2020The Delicate Diner

    Risotto. That simple, comforting bowl of creamy goodness that we all need right now. We all know that we are living in difficult and challenging times – I am not going to use this space as a place to talk about that. Instead, I am offering some light relief from the news – along with a store cupboard recipe that everyone can enjoy. Many people say that risotto is difficult to make. I have never found it to be, and I actually find it quite soothing, gently stirring the grains of rice until they are perfectly al dente. Risotto is…

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  • More than ever – support local…

    19th March 2020The Delicate Diner

    It is so hard to put thoughts into words right now. I think we are all a little bit afraid – afraid of the unknown, afraid of the future, and afraid of what may come. We are living in unique times for this generation. And it is showing an ugly side of society that, normally, we manage to avoid. But the ‘me, me, me’ culture is everywhere – people out for themselves and not caring about their neighbours. It is toxic – there is no other word for it. And it is horrible. Consumerism and materialism has sunk to a…

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  • Fabulous Food & Perfect Pinots in Oceania

    6th May 2019The Delicate Diner

    The Delicate Diner spent a month in Oceania at the start of the year. Here, she shares some of her food and drink highlights, including her search for her perfect Pinot Noir.

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  • Happy New Year!

    31st December 2018The Delicate Diner

    What a foodie year I have had! There has been so much to enjoy, to celebrate, and to have fun with. From visiting favourite local restaurants to going on cooking demos and brilliant foodie courses, there has been much to enjoy.  The Delicate Diner has grown a lot over this past year and I have to thank you all for your likes, your love, your messages, and your support.  Food has long been a passion of mine and I have enjoyed spending more time following this dream this year, and working out how I want to work with food in…

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  • The Pascall tin…

    14th November 2018The Delicate Diner

    Wednesday. November. Before all the chaos begins. Next week sees me head off to Paris with The Arabian Magazine for the Paris World Championships, the pinnacle of the halter showing year. The latest magazine come back this Friday. So now is the time to breathe and pause, and spend treasured time with family before incredibly busy times return. So with this in mind, I needed to follow a desire that has been nagging me for a few weeks now. Lunch at Benedicts Restaurant. And it didn’t disappoint. The moment you walk past the curtain, it is as though you are…

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