Review: The Oat Hill, Market Harborough

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In my experience, office Friday lunches have revolved around mainly bland chain pubs where you can pre-order to avoid going over your strict 60min break but the food is less than inspirational. Turns out this doesn't have to be the case.

The Oat Hill in Market Harborough is a lovely pub/ restaurant and a break from what I've always found is the norm. Three of us recently headed there in the search for somewhere nice to lunch and we were pleasantly surprised. 

The Oat Hill, Market Harborough
The Oat Hill Menu
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Review: Prashad - Indian Vegetarian Cooking

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Prashad is a small family run Indian restaurant in Drighlington which is near Bradford in West Yorkshire. You may have heard of them as they won Gordon Ramsay's Best Restaurant in 2010. The power of twitter and a couple of tweets later and they very kindly sent me a copy of their new cookbook.

Prashad Vegetarian Indian Cooking - new cook book
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Canarian Potatoes with Green Mojo Sauce.

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Earlier today, as my mind wandered to memories of days spent in warmer climes, I hit upon an idea - why not cook my way back to some of the lovely places I've been to around the world? I always collect up recipes when we travel so why not?

Lets start today with a really simple and well known Canarian dish - Potatoes with Green Mojo Sauce, or if you're local 'Papas con Mojo Cilantro'. I first tried this dish on holiday in Lanzarote in April 2012 and the flavour takes me right back to sunny afternoons supping cold beer in bars facing the beach. The holiday was a last minute groupon purchase and whilst the accomodation wasn't totally grim, it certainly wasn't the 5* apartment block the pushy timeshare salesman pitched it to be at the 'mandatory welcome meeting'. Still, all that aside, we managed to dig out some nice places to eat in among the English bars and curry houses and ended up having a really lovely holiday.

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Review: Ascoughs Bistro, Market Harborough

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I've been working in Market Harborough for over a year now and so far leaving do meals and Friday lunchtimes have been restricted to rather uninspiring pubs and restaurants. With hopes of changing all that, last week I went to family run Ascoughs Bistro (set in a lovely grade 2 listed building) with my best work buddy for a post work supper and gossip.



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Review: Just So Italian Deli, Market Harborough

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Have I found heaven? Am I going to bankrupt myself at this deli? The answer to both of these questions is quite possibly yes.. yes I am.


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Review: L'Ortolan, Reading

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Its taken a while to get this post up, what with Christmas and New Year, but with a few quiet days at home before I head back to work, here it is. A review of Reading's only Michelin Starred restaurant - french inspired L'Ortolan. 

Headed up by Alan Murchison, an amazing chef with real solid Michelin experience behind him, its one which has been on my hit list for a while. Seeing as we were visiting good friends who live near by, we decided a lunch trip was in order.

L'ortolan restaurant

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Duck Legs with an Orange & Chilli Glaze

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I've never cooked duck legs at home before but picked up some reduced from Gressingham yesterday so thought I'd give them a go! After perusing my cookbooks I decided to keep it simple and roast the legs, then serve them with a traditional orange sauce. We like a bit of heat in our house though so I adapted a really simple chilli citrus sauce which I found on the Gressingham website. You can find the original recipe here.
 Orange & Chilli glazed duck leg
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A Hearty & Healthy Chicken, Leek and Barley Soup

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Happy New Year! A big thank you to all who read my blog in 2013, I'm pleased to know that people are interested to see what I'm cooking and where we're eating. Sharing my kitchen and my plates with you is great fun and I'm excited to continue this year.

I wanted to start with something healthy and inexpensive as I'm sure our new years resolutions are similar to lots of yours - eat healthily and save money. This recipe is healthy, cheap to make and best of all, uses left overs! This rustic chicken soup is so reminiscent of my childhood as its one which I've adapted from my mums recipe. Its a great way to make use of the chicken carcass following a Sunday lunch. Its surprising how much meat comes off it and the flavour is fantastic. The faff with this is worth the effort.

Rustic chicken, leek and barley soup
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