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Muddy Boots & Chips

Good Friday was spent getting very down & dirty in Goblin Combe! While this might sound like a euphemism for something I perhaps shouldn’t be discussing, in this case it meant simply this – getting very, very muddy. Chris and I met up with an old work colleague of mine, Claire, her husband Paul and their son Callan. We met for coffee at their house, and Whiskey immediately made a beeline for Tom’s food – typical Labrador. Tom is a bouncy cockapoo and Whiskey is more of a gentleman of leisure but the food was an ice-breaker. Claire & Paul had already warned us that the walk would be muddy, and they weren’t kidding. Although it had been dry as we were driving over, by the time we got to the st

Roasted Veg, Rocket, Halloumi & Balsamic Dressing

I’ve been vegetarian for over 30 years now, and I was recently asked what it was like in the early days. Well, the answer to that is it wasn’t easy, but if I’d known how to cook it would have been much easier. I don’t miss eating meat at all, and thinking about it I don’t think I’ve ever liked it very much, either the texture or the taste. Growing up, you ate what was put in front of you, unless it made you ill, and it didn't really occur to me or my family that there were any other options. I've never been keen on fish, fish fingers were always smothered in tomato ketchup, and a visit to the chippy for me was always steak & kidney pie. In fact, the only meat products I actually liked were p



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