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Review: Chi Kitchen 

20 Mar 16

If I said to you, “think of an eatery at Debenhams department store” – you’d probably think of a traditional style cake coffee café.

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Birch Water 

14 Mar 16

Silver Birch Trees Photo: Word In Veg Ways Silver birch trees have been depicted in Ukrainian/Polish/Slavic artwork for centuries.

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Review: The Star & Garter Leamington Spa 

5 Mar 16

Photo: c/o The Star Garter Lunch with my Mother is always a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and that is exactly what we did recently at The Star Garter in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

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Culinary Captures – February 

27 Feb 16

A frosty February has seen us swoon over Valentine’s Day, toss those pancakes high on Shrove Tuesday and for some, they are still coming to terms with the news that James Martin is leaving the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen show.

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Borderfields #isBetter Challenge & Pesto Recipe 

20 Feb 16

I love those April/May days when driving through rural lanes and you see a vista of bright yellow rapeseed crops in the fields all around you, I find it quite mesmerizing to be honest.

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Review: The Fuzzy Duck – Nuneaton 

15 Feb 16

Other than taking my mother for a day out to Arbury Hall many moons ago, I’ve never visited Nuneaton otherwise, so when offered the opportunity of sampling some of the fayre at one of the town’s newly(ish) re-launched gastro pubs – The Fuzzy …

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Review: Yutaka Soybeans With Pods 

6 Feb 16

I’ve made reference to Edamame soy beans in previous blogposts and as a little legume that I enjoy eating from time to time, it was great to have the opportunity to try Yutaka’s latest offering of Edamame Soy BeansWith Pods .

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Culinary Captures – January 

30 Jan 16

It is really the end of January already? I can’t believe how fast time has flown, Christmas only seems like 5 minutes ago! Nevertheless, the foodie world is busying itself for the year ahead with lots of new promotions and restaurants opening, it…

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Review of Ferment Your Vegetables Book 

24 Jan 16

I felt a lot of synergy between myself and author Amanda Feifer when reading through her recipe notes in her latest book Ferment Your Vegetables published by Fair Winds Press .

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Gratitute for Modern Day Vegetarianism Article in Express & Star 

18 Jan 16

At times, I’m sure most vegetarians like me think “things could be better/easier/more convenient” when shopping or dining out.

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Ukrainian Community in Birmingham 

9 Jan 16

This post I know isn’t food connected but with it having strong links with many of the food posts I write relating to my Ukrainian heritage, I thought it may be of interest toyou.

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Getting Al-Desko with Perk!er 

1 Jan 16

Doesn’t seem to happen at the weekends, but when at work, I get an awful attack of the munchies about 10:30am and again at 3:00pm.

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Merry Christmas! 

23 Dec 15

Goodness me, it isthat time of year again! Where has 2015 gone? But nevertheless, as the year draws to a close I’ve enjoyed reflecting on my blogging adventures this year: everything from my first food festival demo at Asparafest to singing with …

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Homity Pie at My Cranks Supperclub 

13 Dec 15

‘Tis the season to eat comfort food.

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Food Roots Interview – Ainsley Harriott 

5 Dec 15

Photo: c/o Jeremy Hicks Associates You only have to say the name ‘Ainsley’ and instantly, everyone knows you’re referring to Ainsley Harriott , such is his kudos.

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Culinary Captures – November 2015 

29 Nov 15

There are some lovely foodie offerings around right now, both for purchasing or as places to visit.

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5 Minute Cocktail With Professor Green 

29 Nov 15

So, I walked into a room, got handed a microphone and was beckoned to join in whilst the rest of the people present were singing Bohemian Rhapsody being led by none other than rapper/musician Professor Green.

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Review of Lebanese Home Cooking 

22 Nov 15

Blustery storms, damp weather, dark nights getting earlier and earlier – this time of year always has me rushing towards warm comfort food.

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Review of Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant 

17 Nov 15

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant .

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Review of New Autumn Menu at Bistro 1847 

10 Nov 15

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Birmingham has become fond of veggie trail blazing restaurant Bistro 1847 and its popularity amongst vegetarians and equally meat eaters alike has grown massively since it opened in the city a couple of years ago.

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Review of Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle Maker 

1 Nov 15

Thinking back to my recent travels in America where waffles graced every hotel breakfast buffet, I thought it a fateful coincidence to be offered the opportunity to try out a new waffle maker from Sage by Heston Blumenthal .

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Culinary Captures – Postcards From America Special – October 2015 

31 Oct 15

I hope that you have enjoyed my Postcards From America series this month following my visit to the States in September.

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Postcards From America: Spiral Diner Dallas 

26 Oct 15

In my fourth ‘Postcard from America’ , my travels took me to Texas where My Carnivorous Husband (MCH) and I stayed with friends for a few days.

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Postcards From America: Roxy’s Diner Las Vegas 

18 Oct 15

Photo: c/o www.

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Postcards From America – Nobu at Caesars Palace Las Vegas 

11 Oct 15

Postcards From America My second little postcard piece in my Postcards from America series this month focuses on my visit to Nobu in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas .

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Postcards from America – Food in Las Vegas 

6 Oct 15

Postcards from America So here I am, getting my head out of the clouds, fiercely trying to get myself out of holiday mode and back into normality.

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Pop Up Dining at Nomad 

27 Sep 15

Foodies around Birmingham will know of Alex Claridge .

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Shopping is a Deli-ight (Express & Star Article) 

6 Sep 15

Photo: Word In Veg Ways If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it dozens of times – I really love delicatessens! So much so, I’m almost evangelical about it.

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Culinary Captures – August 2015 

30 Aug 15

Here is August’s round up of all things foodie and kitchen based on what I’ve encountered this month.

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Veggie BBQ at The Highfield 

23 Aug 15

Having enjoyed their main menu earlier in the spring, I was invited to sample The Highfield’s BBQ menu this month in their relaxing patio garden area coupled with the opportunity of trying out their marquee facility.

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My Top 15 Veggie Foods at Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2015 

17 Aug 15

I can’t believe it’s been almost 12 months since the last Birmingham Independent Food Fair ! Where has the time gone?! And whilst those that attended have been enjoying the memories of last year’s event, organiser Ahmed Ahmed has been busy …

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Dinner at The Rose & Crown Warwick 

4 Aug 15

Photo: Courtesy of The Rose Crown Photo: Courtesy of The Rose Crown The night we visited The Rose Crown in Warwick, it was the start of the Warwick Folk Festival , so the town and especially this gastropub, were in full swing.

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Culinary Captures – July 2015 

26 Jul 15

With Culinary Captures now in full swing, here is my round-up of foodie finds that I have encountered on my travels this month: ~~~ Wimbledon may have ended, but the love for strawberries is still shining through well into July.

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Lunch at Cherry Red’s 

20 Jul 15

There is a lot of love on the Birmingham food scene for Cherry Reds , for both their original Kings Heath site and their café on John Bright Street in the city centre.

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Review of Veg Out Cafe 

12 Jul 15

Much love has been expressed for Kings Heath’s Veg Out Café which offers 100% vegetarian food with choices for those observing vegan and/or gluten free diets as well.

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PHOM Tea – One Cup At A Time……….. 

5 Jul 15

I came across Phom Tea not quite by accident but in a ‘need-for-refreshment’ way rather than ‘I’m-looking-for-a-new-tea-product’ way.

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Culinary Captures – June 2015 

28 Jun 15

Welcome to Culinary Captures! This will be my monthly (or thereabouts) round-up of food and/or food related goodies that have come my way or that I have seen on my travels and want to share with you! I hope you will enjoy reading about them and …

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Demoing on the Wot’s Cooking Trailer – Asparafest 

28 Jun 15

Regular readers of my blog will know that I love all things asparagus and I have, over the years, written about my days out at the Asparafest event.

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The One Pot Gourmet Gardener 

11 Jun 15

There are plenty of cookery books on the market right now that feature recipes only and so I was intrigued with the twist within this book when I was given the opportunity to review The One Pot Gourmet Gardener (written by Cinead McTernan Jason …

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Review of Marco’s New York Italian – Kenilworth 

6 Jun 15

Having enjoyed the hospitality at other Marco Pierre White venues, I welcomed the opportunity to sample the ambience and menu at Marco’s New York Italian restaurant in Kenilworth.

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Food Roots Interview – Selina Periampillai 

30 May 15

For my latest Food Roots Interview , I’ve had the opportunity to find out a little more about Mauritian food and culture through London based Chef Selina Periampillai .

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Review of Birmingham’s First Foodies Festival 

25 May 15

The sunshine held out for us at the Foodies Festival in Birmingham last weekend and I for one enjoyed checking out the latest festival to be held in the city.

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Epicurean Mementos – Sarah Wasserman 

17 May 15

Epicurean Mementos With Sarah Wasserman Chef from Mildred’s in Soho, London Welcome to my new Epicurean Mementos feature! Epicurean Mementos will be where culinary personalities highlight a few of their favourite foodie treasured items with notes…

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Review of Mildred’s The Cookbook 

17 May 15

Much love is evident for Mildred’s restaurant in Soho, London.

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Dip Your Own Asparagus – The Highfield 

9 May 15

The Highfield in Edgbaston, Birmingham has enjoyed a good reputation as a quality restaurant/gastro pub since its opening.

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Veggie Dining Guide for Birmingham 

6 May 15

Birmingham .

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Lunch at The Edwardian Tea Rooms 

25 Apr 15

Meeting up with friends the other weekend in Birmingham city centre, we all put our thinking caps on with regards to where we could eat that would accommodate a vegetarian, a pescetarian, somewhere that would suit us and my friend’s teenage …

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Food & Genealogy for Warwickshire Life 

17 Apr 15

On the back of my Food Roots Interview feature , I have taken some time to continue exploringthe concept of food and its links to genealogy.

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Marmalade Birmingham 

7 Apr 15

The Rep Bar is how I knew it back in the 1990’s.

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Bircher Muesli 

5 Apr 15

The third in my Flahavan’s trilogy of #PerfectPorridge offerings, comes by way of a Bircher’s Muesli.

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Cocktails & Dining at Chung Ying Central 

29 Mar 15

I have spent many a lovely night over the years down in Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter at Chung Ying and Chung Ying Garden Restaurants.

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Oat & Banana Smoothie 

25 Mar 15

Following on from my Oat Crunch Ice Cream recipe using Flahavan’s Porridge Oats , for my next recipe, I decided to use them in a smoothie drink.

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Oat Crunch Ice Cream 

20 Mar 15

I’ll be honest, I’m not really a porridge person.

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Veggie Sunday Roasts at The Plough Harborne (Birmingham) 

15 Mar 15

I have to say, I was very thrilled to receive an invitation to visit The Plough Harborne .

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Foodies Festival – Cannon Hill Park Birmingham 

8 Mar 15

Have you heard? Birmingham will be hosting a new food festival this May and I for one am looking forward to welcoming this new arrival to the foodie scene here in Brum! So what is Foodies Festival ? It was launched in 2005 at an Edinburgh hotel after…

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Review of Greens 24/7 Book 

1 Mar 15

Carrot cake has been the long standing example of successfully using vegetables in cakes/sweet goods and its popularity continues to shine with consumers and bakers alike.

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Ukrainian Pancake Topping for Butter Week 

21 Feb 15

I know that Shrove Tuesday has been and gone and those that are sacrificing something for Lent are well on their road to abstinence by now.

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Cauldron’s Ultimate Street Food Guide & Vegetarian Yuk Sung 

13 Feb 15

Over the past couple of years, I’ve documented how the street food phenomenon has taken Britain by storm with special events happening countrywide and vendors upping their gameand becoming more adventurous in their offerings.

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Frying Pan Review Ahead of Shrove Tuesday 

7 Feb 15

With Shrove Tuesday on the horizon, thoughts turn to pancake making.

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2015 Food Trend Predictions by The Plough Harborne 

1 Feb 15

The Plough , in Harborne Birmingham is no stranger to accolades.