Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2017

Manchester beer and cider festival 2017 or #MBCF17 as the "cool" people would say is in full swing this week and on Wednesday I managed to get to the trade session courtesy of The Factory Tap. With over 750 beers and ciders there was a plethora of liquid refreshment...

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Garlicky Hummus

Hummus is a very quick dish that everyone should know how to make and this recipe will guarantee you'll never buy a pot from the supermarket again. It's best to use a food processor to make but a bowl and hand blender will work. Just a warning that it is very...

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Top 5 Dishes of 2016

I've managed to have some superb meals this year and the two that stood out were Lake Road Kitchen and the newly crowned Michelin stared Forestside. To be honest those two could have filled up the top 5 dishes between them but as always and to be fair only one dish in...

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Top 5 Drinks of 2016

Well another year has passed and it's been filled with some great food and drink. This year there is a distinct Cumbrian feel in both of my top 5's (I think there is only one entry that is in Lancashire). I make no apologies for this, I haven't been able to travel as...

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Meat and Veg Burrito

After a bit of a hiatus from my blog (reasons for which will become clear after Christmas) I'm back with a recipe I did a couple of weeks ago. This burrito recipe is an attempt to try and make myself eat more vegetables, by "hiding" them in a tasty chilli, wrapping it...

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Black Pudding, Bacon Bon Bons with Apple and Cider Sauce

It seems that most gastro pubs have had a black pudding bon bon on their menu at one point or another over the last year, they seem to be all the rage these days. Usually they’re an compliment with a piece of duck or pork and sometimes they’re the highlight of the...

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Leek and Stilton Frittata

Last weekend I had a bag full of potatoes, not wanting them to go off as often happens with veg in my house I decided to make a frittata. I was thinking about making leek and potato soup which is one of my favs but settled on a frittata as I haven't made one in a...

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