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Stuffed Armenian Lavash

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 18th August 2014

Originally I was going to bring you a recipe for pitta bread this month. I wanted something that could be filled with whatever is in the fridge and was easy to make fresh on the griddle. Then I thought about the amount of times I’ve made pitta bread since the first time … I’ve never made it again. Why? It’s nicer home made, that’s for sure, but it’s so cheap and so readily available that it’s just too easy to buy it instead. So I turned to my Armenian friend Briony to find out what their equivalent flat bread was. It’s called lavash (or lavosh) and is usually cooked in a tandoor oven where it is stuck to the side and falls off when it’s cooked.  I’m not sure how authentic my version is – it’s a combination of a variety of recipes I researched, but it’s easy, tasty, and versatile, and you can’t buy it in our local supermarket!

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Warm Salads on the Rangemaster

Posted by James McIntosh Tuesday, 12th August 2014

What a summer we have had. Touch wood it stays like this. Constant sunshine and very few showers. The World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. For me, well, I’ve been working, a few days off in Greece and as fabulous as it sounds 35C was a bit too much for my milk-bottle white Northern Irish complexion. Holidays in the sun for me resemble my favourite cooked shellfish. Lobster. My other half was very pleased to have me in Greece, mosquito’s love me, I don’t love them. Upon my return to the UK I was described as a personal Mosquito catcher. Charming. Other half was not bitten.  

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Bringing the outside in...

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 4th August 2014

No doubt we’re all crossing our fingers that this summer will be a scorcher. Or even just hot. Or mildly warm at the very least… so long as it doesn’t rain. But if the clouds start gathering on the day you’ve planned a party complete with barbecue and sizzling sausages as far as the eye can see, you can still create that authentic chargrilled taste indoors if you have the right appliances for the job.

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Summer Night City

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 21st July 2014

It’s here; grab your bucket and spade…If only I was still young enough to enjoy the innocence of playing on the beach. But living in London that’s one of the issues, even when the river Thames is at low tide it’s not somewhere to use as a beach.  

 

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Gloucester Quays Food Festival

Posted by Chefs on Stage Monday, 21st July 2014

Paul Hollywood, who must be one of the country’s most famous bakers, made his first appearance at the Food Festival on Saturday. The heavens opened, thunder struck, but this did not dampen the packed excited audiences who came to see Paul demonstrate bread and scone making amongst other things on the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre stage.

It was James Martin’s turn on Sunday, the sun shone and once again this natural performer who loves to share his passion for good food attracted sell-out crowds and delighted them with his packed recipes demonstration slots.

On Friday, one of the hottest days of year, saw Frances Quinn take to the stage which of course had a baking theme as did the whole day.

Despite the torrential rain on the Saturday the 3 day event once again proved to be a very successful event.

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Say Hello to a Steam-Free Summer

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 14th July 2014

The last thing you want when cooking in the kitchen is to be enveloped in an atmosphere of steam; that’s why efficient extraction is a must. A decent cooker hood is your hob’s best friend all year round, as it will not only rid your room of cooking odours and steam but it will also help to frame the cooker or hob beneath, giving your kitchen that finishing touch.

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Dorset Seafood Festival

Posted by Chefs on Stage Tuesday, 15th July 2014

This year the Festival attracted over 60,000 people over the weekend the harbour being the most perfect setting to experience the fantastic foods on offer to both taste and buy and also watch cooked on The AGA Rangemaster Mobile Cookery Theatre, the emphasis being on seafood not to mention champagne!!

The waterfront was packed, the sun blazed down and crowds were able to sample and eat at the many Dorset restaurants represented such as the Crab House Café, The Cockleman, Knoll Beach Café including many food stands selling amazing food from Jurassic fish burgers to Indian street food to Moby Dicks scallops!

There was also a Seafish Marquee covering all aspects of today’s fishing industry with some entertaining displays on shucking oysters and picking crab.

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Foodies Festival Bristol

Posted by Chefs on Stage Friday, 18th July 2014

The AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre, as always is one of the main features of the Foodies Festivals across the UK, and Bristol Harbourside makes a great location for this super event.

There was an array of chefs on stage dishing up culinary delights to packed theatre sessions featuring past and present MasterChef Winners and Great British Bake-off semi finalists.

The MasterChef Street Food Bus was a feature along with a brand new Chilli Food Market where chilli eating contests were the order of the day together with a Feasting Tent giving the crowds the opportunity to tuck into some of the great food from producers and restaurants near and far.

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Pasteis de Nata - Cheating my way back to Portugal

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 7th July 2014

Mr B and I went on our summer holiday last week. Three days in Lisbon and a couple inland near the Spanish border. I can thoroughly recommend it for sunshine, great scenery, lovely people, good food and a slower pace.  If are planning on going to Portugal, do get in touch through www.talesofpiglingbland.com and I’ll write you a list...

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Keeping Cool this Summer

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Sunday, 22nd June 2014

With any luck, we’re in for a good summer this year and after the dreadful winter it can’t come soon enough. There’s nothing quite like firing up the barbecue and eating alfresco in the garden but as well as feeling the heat, it’s also important to cool down as well. Whether it’s just you and the family or you’re planning some serious entertaining this season, make sure you have the right appliances to keep your food fresh and drinks chilled to perfection.

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