A gift for all seasons…..for many reasons


No matter if you’re Suffolk coast born and bred, an occasional visitor, a part-time resident, or like me a Patrick-come-lately to this lovely part of the world, I have a book before me that everyone should have. Buy one as a gift and I promise you will either keep that one for yourself or buy […]

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A MATTER OF TASTE How to Enjoy your Wine More


“Drink moderately….just one glass, for instance” See below F.A.Q.s ABOUT WINE I am often astonished when dining out to note that so many people show very little interest in food (unless there’s not enough of it), and show similar disinterest for the wine on offer. This despite the great number of newspaper and magazine articles, […]

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A Meal at the Maltings


A meal at the upper floor restaurant attached to the concert hall at Snape Maltings, or the self-service eatery on a floor below, is an event to remember for several reasons. Firstly, unless you are invited to or are organising a special reception or event, you can only dine there on evenings when there is […]

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BOOK REVIEW – The Undelivered Mardle, by John Rogers. “A Memoir of Belief, Doubt and Delight”. 158 pages, hard back, published by Darton, Longman & Todd at £12.99, with a foreword by Ronald Blythe..


         A “Mardle” is a talk of local interest. The people of Letheringham had asked Rendham resident John Rogers to deliver such a talk to them at their ancient priory church. Early on the day he was to drive to Letheringham to give his Mardle, Monday March 26th 2007, John was struck by […]

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Chicken Waterzoi


Recipe from Belgium Belgium is a country I don’t think a lot about but in which my wife and I have had some wonderful gastronomic experiences. You can gorge yourself to death in the Ardennes, if you like, whilst on the Channel coast you can find a perfect Dover sole and lots more besides. Whilst […]

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Chocolate and Banana Dessert


The pastry kitchen at the Coral Beach Resort, Paphos prepares a range of good, sweet things for the hotel’s restaurants. This is just one, a lovely combination of chocolate, banana and other flavours on a praline base, which is served with a raspberry and rosemary sorbet. Ingredients for the Chocolate Mousse 100 g egg yolk […]

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