After four decades of living with a grumbling tummy, anti-social bowel movements and acid indigestion, I have finally stumbled into the office of a doctor who was more willing to do something, other than pay my constant ailments lip-service whilst handing over another anti-acid prescription. My latest, in a long line of numerous visits to the surgery, resulted in seeing a new doctor and not one of my regulars, and had me leaving the building more upbeat than ever and without a prescription in my bag.
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Over the past few years at foodie events we have encountered a whole range of samples on offer. Tasty treats, chocolates, cookies and even pasta. Yet nothing gets some of us more worked up than when we see a bowl of oils or vinegar ready to be dipped. And if a great tasting salad dressing or sauce is also on offer then we are in savoury heaven. Our top ten features the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dip-able liquids but we hope that even if you don't share our choices, you share our enthusiasm for finding something new.
When we were given access to a small patch of overgrown land, to clear and grow our own fruit and vegetable, we seized the opportunity and began work at the beginning of March to transform our patch into an allotment space. Share our highs and lows as we begin to grow our own and follow our journey through to the harvest when we hope to have a selection of produce we can use to create homegrown recipes.
Chocolate is getting into everything lately, especially with Easter and the Chocolate Festivals around the UK. So we were not surprised to see chocolate getting jiggy with the Baileys at the London Chocolate Festival - yet we were surprised to discover that is actually tasted so good. But curried chocolate from the 'Fifth Dimension'? Does that really work?
With so many great chocolate producers available today it is often easy to overlook the more commercial chocolate companies and the likes of Cadbury does not often grace our desks. But when this week a selection of Egg 'n' Spoon boxes turned up on my desk, we have to say we were tempted, especially since we received instructions on making our very own chick nest from the discarded packaging.