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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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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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World Cup food

Posted by James McIntosh Thursday, 12th June 2014

I'm sure I don't stand alone when I say how much I love the summer. Quite simply there is just so much more one can do!  The days of sitting inside self-diagnosing S.A.D. have gone and it's a good time to have friends over.

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Great Nanna’s Favourite Barbecue Sauce

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 2nd June 2014

I am about to entrust you with something very special. I think every family has its own recipes that are handed down and have a special place in our hearts. My childhood memories of Barbecues revolve largely around excessive amounts of chicken wings in sticky chinese sauce, Spanish tortilla, rice and sweetcorn salad and this Barbecue sauce. I even have a dim recollection of mixing this sauce with the aforementioned rice and sweetcorn as a way of having more. That may be well a figment of halcyon-hazed memory, but it gives you some idea of the place that this sauce has in my heart. So, I pass this on to you in the hope that it will grace many-an indoor or outdoor Barbecue this summer and cause many-a tomatoey smile. It would make a great gift to take with you to someone else’s Barbecue.

Mum says she’ll collect the royalties at a later date. 

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Foodies Festival Clapham Common

Posted by Chefs on Stage Thursday, 12th June 2014

Foodies Festival welcomed an extensive array of top chefs including Masterchef Winners and Finalists of this very successful BBC programme.

Natalie Coleman took to the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre Stage who cooked up some of her favourite summer recipes when audiences had the chance to take the recipes away to cook at home.

New editions to the festival were a Feasting Tent, Vintage Tea Tent alongside a Vintage Kitchen Market which were very popular with over 20,000 people attending this fantastic 3 day festival in such a great location.

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Surrey County Show

Posted by Chefs on Stage Wednesday, 28th May 2014

The AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre returned once again to The Surrey Food Festival incorporated as always within this prestigious agricultural show, which was also a Diamond Jubilee Show to this year commemorating World War 1.

This year’s chefs taking to the AGA Rangemaster stage were local and regional restaurant chefs including Billingsgate who were there to discuss sustainable and rare fish in addition there was also a cheese making demonstration.

Visitors to the food hall and farmers market were tempted and inspired by the locally grown ingredients and what better way than seeing the array of produce being demonstrated in cooking-up delicious dishes by the experts!

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