After hearing about Bill’s renovation, Naomi and I were absolutely desperate to see how they could possibly improve their chic, colourful look and the delights of their buttermilk chicken burger and American-style pancakes! Upon arrival, our attention was immediately drawn to the beautiful flower feature wall just outside the doors – the perfect location for an aesthetic Instagram photoshoot of which we made full use. Continue reading Review: Exeter’s Bill’s
Fozz: I can’t believe we got invited back to Comptoir Libanais. I really enjoyed the food the last time we went but omg that review we did – I got so many comments about how cringey it was!
Katrina: I would say that we’ll try to make this review less cringey but, to be honest, I really don’t think we can make any promises on that. It was great to be invited back to Comptoir though, and given how much I enjoyed it last time, I definitely had high expectations for this meal. What were you expecting? Continue reading Review: Exeter’s Comptoir Libanais
“I can’t bear fishing. I think people look like fools sitting watching a line hour after hour–or else throwing and throwing, and catching nothing.” – George Eliot, Middlemarch The humble fish finger sandwich is a much-loved part of English culture. This recipe tells you how to make your own fish fingers and tartar sauce, and when put together with some watercress in a brioche bun and … Continue reading The English Pear: Homemade Fish Finger Buns
In 2016, the vegan society estimated that there were over 540,000 vegans in Britain and going vegan was one of the biggest food trends in 2018. Having tried (and failed) at being a vegan myself, I understand the desire to reduce your impact on the planet and make a contribution to improving the treatment of factory farmed animals in this country. However, there are questions around its accessibility. Often dubbed as a food trend popularised by bloggers and influencers and associated with a moralistic middle class who can afford alternative milks and meat substitutes, it is important to ask how accessible veganism is and whether the movement alienates certain people. Continue reading The Accessibility of Veganism
This Pancake Day we have decided to stray from the norm and leave the maple syrup to one side (at least until after the savoury pancake round). The French galette, made with buckwheat flour, is one of our favourites and reminds us of holidays in France. We’ve got two fillings for you: one classic with ham and cheese, and the other Spanakopita-inspired with spinach and … Continue reading The English Pear: Savoury Galettes
Sweet Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways: Homemade baked beans and Tuna Avocado Salad “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow” – A. A. Milne We think it’s fair to say that the jacket potato has become something of a student staple, and rightly so. With this recipe we’ve reworked this go-to in … Continue reading The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways
‘“Very good,” said Steerforth. “You’ll be glad to spend another shilling or so, in almond cakes, I dare say?”
I said, “Yes, I should like that, too.”
Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
In celebration of Charles Dickens’ birthday on 7th February, we have put together an almond cake recipe good enough to tempt both you and David. Our orange and almond cake takes inspiration from Dickens’ food allusion but modernises it into something simple and yummy. Be sure to make this cake and host a Dickens-cake and book club this Thursday!
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