Monthly Archives: September 2012

River Cottage Rocks! #6: Bread

I am pleased to announce that the next theme for River Cottage Rocks! is bread. You can make any bread or bread related item you like as long as it is a Hugh FW or River Cottage recipe. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the challenge and please join us in our Facebook group or follow the action on Twitter or Google + using the hashtag #rivercottagerocks! The closing date is Monday 22nd October.   Happy Baking everyone! :-)


  1. You cook any recipe you like related to the theme from any River Cottage book, TV programme or from Hugh’s weekly column in the Guardian.
  2. You must not copy the recipes word for word onto your blog posts. Quite a few of the recipes are already online so please link to them if they exist or put the book and the page number on your blog post so other people can find the recipe.
  3. If you make a couple or more adaptations to the recipe then please put the new version of the recipe on your blog if you want to, but always link to the original recipe in the same way as described in 2.
  4. You can submit the recipe to other blogging challenges as long as the other challenge allows it. 
  5. Please link to the post announcing this month’s theme in your blog post or to the ‘River Cottage Rocks’ page on this blog if someone else is hosting the challenge.
  6. If you are on Twitter, please tweet about your post using the hashtag #rivercottagerocks and include @Jos_Kitchen in the tweet. I will retweet any that I see.
  7. Please email a picture and a link to your post to by the closing date to have your post included in the monthly round up. 
  8. Please add your posts to the River Cottage Rocks group on Facebook too and we can get a bit of community spirit going.

River Cottage Rocks! #5: Summer Time – The Round Up

Many thanks to everyone for taking part this month and sorry for the delay in putting this post up. I have just gone back to work after maternity leave and things are a little crazy. We seem to have a lost a few people taking part this month so don’t forget to tell your friends about the challenge. You can follow all the action in our Facebook group or on Twitter or Google + using the hashtag #rivercottagerocks. Here are this month’s entries:

Onions and Paper

The Taste Space

Charlotte’s Kitchen Diary


Thank you again for taking part. The next theme will be announced shortly :-)

River Cottage Rocks! #5: Summer Time – My Entry

Here is my entry to this month’s River Cottage Rocks! And the theme this month is Summer Time! There is still time to get your entries in as the closing date is Monday 10th September.

For my entry, I have made pesto pasta however as I do not like nuts, I followed Hugh FW’s recipe for pesto made with breadcrumbs. You can find the recipe here. I used parsley and coriander but you could use whatever you left in the fridge. It made the perfect easy summer dish and one I am sure I will make again


A Meal at Turner’s Restaurant, Butlins, Bognor Regis

We are still on our honeymoon at Butlins Bognor Regis and for lunch today, we went to Turner’s Restaurant which is located on the resort. It has a relaxed and very family friendly atmosphere. The prices and the portion sizes were very reasonable too and the quality of the food was excellent.

For Thomas they had a good children’s menu, lots of high chairs and a large easily accessible baby changing facilities. I am not going to list all the food that we had here as I am on a phone and it would take me ages to write, so in summary we had: baked local hen eggs and smoked salmon as starters, pork belly and plaice as our mains, followed by golden syrup crumble and ice cream as our puddings. Thomas had homemade fish fingers and mash. The full menu is on the website.

We both loved our starters. The leeks cooked with the chilli in my dish was something I had never tried before and it was yummy. The plaice and the pork belly were both cooked to perfection. Thomas’ fish fingers were lightly covered in breadcrumbs and were some of the best fish fingers I have ever tried. (Thomas let me try a tiny little bit!) The ice cream was full of flavour and Stuart was just about willing to let Thomas share with him as it was very yummy. My pudding did not looked how I expected it too. It was a crumble tart not a normal crumble. The custard accompaniment was full of vanilla seeds and so good I could of drank it with a straw!

While we were visiting today, Brian Turner of Ready, Steady, Cook! and other tv shows came to see his restaurant. It was lovely to see him again and I can confirm that the food in his restaurant is as lovely and generous as he is. Thank you to Brian and his wonderful team for a fantastic visit today. We will be back! :-)










Quick Review: The Lobster Pot, Felpham, Bognor Regis

We are currently on our first family holiday/honeymoon at Butlins in Bognor Regis and today, we found such a lovely place to eat that I have decided to tell you about it straight away.

It is simply called The Lobster Pot and it is located a short walk along the promenade from the Butlins resort. We arrived during a busy sunny lunchtime service but still managed to find a table straight away. We ordered at the bar and watched in awe as gorgeous looking food kept coming out of the kitchen. After a 15 minute wait (fairly quick considering how busy they were), our two fish in a bun and a kids cheese sandwich for Thomas came out. Stuart had mackerel in his bun and I had cod. Both came battered and were served with coleslaw, pickle and a lemon wedge. We were both impressed with the size of the portion, the freshness of the fish and how well cooked it was. Thomas enjoyed his sandwich too.

The Lobster Pot had a relaxing vibe and very friendly helpful staff. I urge you to visit if you are in the area like we are. It is a great place and a must if you like fish!

PS: One minor negative is the lack of baby changing facilities. It is located in an old building so I can see how this could be problem. They have lots of high chairs though and are obviously geared up for families so this is a slight disappointment



Kitchen Cheat Sheet From Everest

Here is a very useful kitchen cheat sheet from Everest

If you’d like to find a printable version of this cheat sheet, visit the Everest site.

Disclosure: This is not sponsored content. I was asked if I wanted to put it on my blog and as it seemed useful to cooks everywhere, I did! :-)

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