Aldeburgh 2015

Image of Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Copyright Bokeh Photographic

As I write, there are just 24 hours to go to this year’s Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. For us festival-goers it’s a day out but the producers who man the stalls will have been slaving for weeks to make sure they’ve got enough product to sell and hoping it flies off the stands. Continue reading

Dolphin and Duffin

… not a recipe, although it sounds like something 18th century sailors might have eaten on a deep sea voyage when they ran out of pemmican and hard tack. No, this is a reference to my recent appearance on BBC Radio Suffolk, on the afternoon show hosted by Lesley Dolphin. She has generously invited me to do a regular seasonal foodie spot and I made my debut on Friday. Continue reading

Mrs Portly’s Bloomers

I love turkey and all the assorted trimmings as much as anyone. I even love sprouts. But  it is possible to overdose not just on the food but all the Christmas-related recipe features you get at this time of the year.

So I thought I’d share some of my culinary disasters instead, with their remedies where possible. Continue reading

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Image of Snape Maltings

Image of Snape Maltings by Ashley Dace via geograph.co.uk

The highlight of the Suffolk foodie calendar for me is the annual Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings. It’s a non-profit making event designed to showcase the many excellent food and drink producers we have in this part of the world and it’s how I’ve met many of the people who’ve featured on these pages and whose food I have cooked and eaten. Continue reading

Go To Work On An Egg

 

Image of eggs in a pottery chicken

What a perfect thing an egg is.

It comes in its own elegant casket, pleasingly shaped to fit in the hand.

You can boil it, poach it, coddle it, fry it, scramble it, stuff it, beat it up into an omelette or a quiche or a tortilla, make an unctuous mayonnaise, whip up a syllabub, a meringue, a custard or an eggnog, use it to enrich soups and sauces and in pastries and cakes … Continue reading

Anniversary Dinner

Image of red radishes and sea salt

We’ve been married for 13 years – lucky for us. Rather than go for a blow-out restaurant meal, we celebrated with a dinner of produce fresh from our garden – lucky again. Continue reading