Understandably this is such an unprecedented and uncertain time for us all, so it feels a little strange to say that this issue is one for celebration. However FOODLOVER is 8 years old this month and so we’re marking the occasion with a simply gorgeous birthday cake masterclass, including some top tips for creating a professional-looking cake in your own kitchen!
It’s Spring! And one small silver lining to these strange times is that it’s giving many of us a chance to reconnect with our families and the opportunity to enjoy mealtimes together – even if it’s digitally. Whether you’re all cooking together or simply cooking for one, as usual there are plenty of seasonal spring favourites and inspiration for something new, including pasta bakes, pesto’s and some Easter bakes for Little Cooks. There’s also expert advice on the importance of gut health along with some healthy, nutritional meals you can make in minutes. Plus, much more!
I am so excited to share my first issue of FOODLOVER with you all! I’ve lived in Dorset for all of my adult life so I’ve had the chance to sample plenty of drinks and great local grub from across the West Country. In this issue we find out how to create an authentic Lebanese feast filled with sumptuous aromatic flavours and gorgeous fresh ingredients. We’ll take a look at seasonal veggies, leeks and purple sprouting broccoli, and how they add colour and texture to a variety of dishes. We get to grips with using cooking alternatives in our dairy-free feature and we’ll explore the versatility of nuts with some luxurious nut butter recipes. Turning our thoughts to Easter already we’ve included some totally tempting chocolate recipes and ideas to make with mum in our Mother’s Day Little Cooks special. We also speak to a local baker and mother about the importance of passing on cooking skills to the next generation, topped off with a recipe for her fabulous Zesty Lemon Cake. Enjoy!
It’s Christmas! The only time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to scoff mince pies all day, warm up our wine and eat back-to-back roast dinners… We’re getting festivities off to a bang this issue, with a round-up of West Country Christmas events and our favourite foodie decorations to adorn the tree. In our lead feature, we’re examining the pièce de résistance of the Christmas table, with several tempting alternatives to the traditional turkey centrepiece. Sprouts, chestnuts and cavolo nero get a delicious makeover in this issue’s Field to Plate segment and we’re getting crafty in the kitchen making our own edible gifts!
This issue, we’re getting stuck into Autumn with a lead feature filled with delicious comfort food. There’s everything from chunky homemade soups to warm salads and more ideas for using mushrooms than you can shake a wooden spoon at! Our Field to Plate segment is brimming with ideas inspired by our lakes and orchards, with dishes made from apples, mallard duck and juicy plums. We chat to Malcolm Church from The Bear & Blacksmith pub to learn more about his commitment to serving only the freshest local produce from his own fields; and we also learn how to make our own healthy sauerkraut and savoury jams.
We hope you feel inspired by our lead feature on Shoreline Feasting this month. We’ll show you how to create dishes in homage to our munificent coastlines, with everything from fragrant curry to home-smoked fish. No doubt this month’s cover recipe will have caught your eye too. The traditional Cornish Stargazy Pie is both a feast for your eyes and for your belly.
In our field to plate segment, we’ll be getting to grips with three of our favourite ingredients: juicy pears, versatile figs and earthy beetroot. We also learn some fascinating facts about the brown hare from the West Country’s very own Tim Maddens.’
This issue, we’re channeling Latin American vibes with a lead feature dedicated to Mexican and South American cuisine (think spicy roast chicken and plenty of tasty tacos). In our field to plate segment we’re getting acquainted with heritage tomatoes, rustling up some delicious mackerel dishes and discovering a myriad of uses for raspberries (p.23). We’re exploring the rise of beer culture over on p.36, as we chat to two talented West Country brewers and check out some novel uses for beer in everyday cooking. I’m hoping you’ll feel inspired to adopt your own hens after reading my interview with The British Hen Welfare Trust (p.48) and we’re feeling nostalgic on p.48 with some retro summer recipes…