Dukkah – recipe

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Dukkah (or dukka or duqqa) is a North African condiment most usually attributed to Egypt and which comes in many different guises – the simplest being a few herbs, salt and pepper sold in paper cones for use in the home, […]

Red’s True Barbecue – Manchester

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I’m jumping belatedly onto the meaty bandwagon with this post, just as we could say that Red’s True Barbecue has jumped on the current Americana obsessed culinary zeitgeist. I know everyone’s already blogged about. I know most people cream over it. Whatever. Red’s […]

Grand Pacific – Manchester

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A long time ago (in social media time scales) I wrote a rather desiccating review of Australasia, a place I found to be rather more style than substance; a place which left a rather large hole in the pocket of my […]

Kitchenette – Manchester

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I’m just going to put it out there; I’m a bit over burgers. And hot dogs. And all the dirty food spin offs that have popped up around Manchester like a post MacDonald’s binge rash on the sensitive skin of […]

The taking of a freebie

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Recently there has been an enormous amount of hand wringing, commenting, denigration and argument about whether accepting a free meal/product invalidates your opinion as a writer. The instigator of the most recent blather was the doyen of eating out whilst getting paid for […]

Soreen

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I grew up in the late 80s/early 90s, when there was still lead in paints, we didn’t have to wear seatbelts and parents could smack children. It’s a surprise we’ve all made it this far. Most things I grew up […]

Artisan – Manchester

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I am unashamedly middle class. I’m not going to make excuses for my up-bringing, values and identity. I’m not going to pretend anymore, or make a mockery of where I fall in society – yes I worry about minor infringements of […]

Albert Matthews Butchers – Bury

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Writing this blog, there are many people I come across, working in all walks of the food sector. There are charming front of house staff, knowledgeable bar specialists and creative chefs – but there’s nothing that impresses and excites me more, than someone with passion. […]