I’m a good little eater (larger than average). I’ve always had an interest in food, I’ve photographed and written about food for all sorts of interesting people and brands, and my blog (idontlikepeas.co.uk) won me the title of UK Food Blogger of the Year back in 2015.
One of the best things about food, I find, is that you can share it (if there’s enough to go round, of course), so, here I am to share my recent foodie finds with you, (although I still think foodie should be spelt ‘foody’, but that’s by-the-by, what counts here is the food, drink and related goodness).
From the small artisan product to the new restaurant launch, cook books, kitchen gadgets and everything in between, we hope you find something to whet your appetite.
All the Goodness, Aird Point, Ardelve
Roasted Strawberry Sticky Bun. Need I say more? We were road-tripping round the Scottish Highlands and after a disappointing/non-existent breakfast in Gairloch we let out cheers of joy when Adam spotted this coffee and bake shop at the side of the road.
Local and Scottish produce, artisan coffee to go, cakes and bakes made in house with quality ingredients – and delicious too. You can drink your coffee overlooking the point where three lochs join and Eilean Donan castle stands proud.
The roasted strawberry sticky bun was an absolute delight to eat. I wish they did mail order!
If you find yourself in the Scottish Highlands then make sure you find this place and get a bun. You won’t be disappointed (unless they are closed!)
Check them out on Instagram @atg_highland
The other week I had the pleasure of welcoming cook Anita Kerai into my kitchen. She arrived with boxes full of food and spices, and a big grin on her face. Within minutes she’d begun, cooking up a Gujarati feast in my Fenland kitchen, completely relaxed in this stranger’s home.
After a day of cooking and learning it was time to eat. We sat down, friends over a feast of delicious food, and Anita shared with me her story… which you can read over here! And, if you want to have a go at making this delicious Gujarati Kadhi (Yoghurt Curry) & Handvo (Vegetable Cake) the recipes are here.
Sabores de Anabel
My friend Estefania from Que Rico Tapas, introduced me to Sabores de Anabel’s beautifully delicious marmalades handmade in Spain with 100% natural products.
The Valencian Orange Marmalade was unlike any marmalade I’ve ever seen before. Bright orange and pulpy, it smelt just like freshly squeezed juice. On the spoon it was sweet and interesting, but on buttered toast it transformed into the taste of fresh oranges, the scent of orange groves, the warmth of the sun – am I getting carried away? Yes. But it is mighty fine marmalade!
The Homemade Apple and Cinnamon Extra Marmlade was also a total delight to eat. Containing nothing but apples, sugar and cinnamon, it was kind of applesauce-like, turning my toast into a tasty treat of sweet apple and warm cinnamon.
Sri Spice Butternut and Pea Red Curry Kit
If you know me, you’ll know that I don’t like peas, you’ll also know I am okay with improvising! It’s pumpkin time, and with an abundance of these cute little pattypan squash (yes, I did wear one as a hat!) it seemed only right to make the most of them and curry them up with this Butternut and ‘no peas please’ red curry kit. This medium spiced curry is cooked in coconut milk and is quite sweet and creamy, you can spice it up to your hearts content with the extra chilli flakes included.
Crown and Punchbowl, Horningsea
Wondering where to go for a nice lunch the other day my friend Olivia suggested we pop over to the Crown and Punchbowl at Horningsea, near Cambridge. Part of the Cambscuisine group of 8 restaurants, the Crown and Punchbowl has a regularly changing, seasonally influenced menu.
Mine was the large plate of belly pork served with sweet potato, chorizo, vegetables, pine nuts and a sherry sauce. I picked out the peas (and a bit of string that was left on the pork) but the rest was a delicious and hearty meal, full of varied flavours, and enhanced perfectly by the rich, fruity and sweet, sherry sauce. A real winner for me!
The East India Company Twelve Spices Sweet Biscuits
Crunchy, syrupy, buttery, spicey. There’s something deliciously autumnal about the flavours. The 12 mixed spices including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, are comforting and moreish. Perfect with a hot cup of tea, great dunking capacity (although I’d rather savour the crunch) and most enjoyable.
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