March 20, 2019

The Kentish Larder #1


Welcome to the Kentish Larder - a new series that focuses on the small artisans of the Kent county and the incredible foods they produce as well as comforting, home cooked dishes inspired by the season and thrown together in my kitchen, in Chartham. I hope to eventually host small, intimate gatherings here in the eaves of my wonky old flat but, in the meantime, let's review the things I've discovered in my first weeks of being here. 


Whitstable Honey Cake 

This honey, from bees that forage across the coast of Whitstable, Tankerton, and the University of Kent, was wonderful in a heavy, sticky sponge cake with a distinctive caramel, almost salty, flavour. Lovely with a cup of tea when fresh and also good with a soft, stinky cheese instead of a cheese board. This honey can be picked up at Whitstable Improvement Trust’s shop in Harbour Street, Whitstable, tel: 01227 770060.


Chartham Baked Eggs , £1 for 6 eggs

Running alongside the railway track, just opposite the station, there's a small farm that offers chicken eggs, goose and duck eggs for an absolute steal of a price. Say hello to the birds yourself as they pluck around your feet and part ways with small change for these rich, creamy eggs with beautifully sunny yolks. I used up the leftovers of a wild mushroom, spinach and tomato stew, straining it so it was quite thick, before topping it with a Chartham egg and baking it in the oven at 180-degrees for ten minutes. If you're passing through, why not jump off the train, pick up some eggs and grab a swift half at the Artichoke Inn before the next train?


Brogdale Butcher's Smoked Sea Salt & Thyme Pork Scratchings

Who knew scratchings were so easy to make? Simply slip the fat off slices of pork belly and cut them into thin strips. Pop in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees with seasoning of your choice for 30 minutes. When cool, store in clean, dry jam jars and pop in your handbag for sustenance on those long country walks. 

Seasonal Inspiration from The Goods Shed, Canterbury 


Pan Fried Pigeon Breast; Celeriac Remoulade; Pear, Red Onion and Spinach 


Brown sugar pavlova with stewed rhubarb and rose water, with lemon zest and cream
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November 18, 2018

Rosy Apple Curd and Bergamot Honey Almond Tart | Celia's Saucer

Rosy Apple Curd and Bergamot Honey Almond Tart | Celia's Saucer
Inspired by an autumn weekend kicking up the leaves and a desire for bright red, rosy apples from the Brogdale Collections, Kent.  ...
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July 08, 2018

Pink Gooseberry & Bergamot Meringue Pie | Celia's Saucer

Pink Gooseberry & Bergamot Meringue Pie | Celia's Saucer
It's gooseberry season, so I had a think about what I could make with them while they are at their peak. Popping into the greengroc...
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June 16, 2018

Asparagus & Porcini Mushroom Soup | Celia's Saucer

Asparagus & Porcini Mushroom Soup | Celia's Saucer
I'm obsessed with asparagus when it's in season. And soup all year round. So seeing as the asparagus crop is all but running out...
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April 07, 2018

Wild Garlic & Truffle Pesto Scones | Celia's Saucer

Wild Garlic & Truffle Pesto Scones | Celia's Saucer
I haven't been home most of the weekend so, when I got back today, comfort food was needed. As wild garlic is in season and I have ...
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April 05, 2018

Rhubarb & Brockman's Gin Crumble | Celia's Saucer

Rhubarb & Brockman's Gin Crumble | Celia's Saucer
I just can't get enough of rhubarb - poached with porridge, swirled into greek yoghurt, baked with buttery pastry... in a crumble w...
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April 02, 2018

Chestnut Mushroom, Browned Shallots & Marjoram Soup | Celia's Saucer

Chestnut Mushroom, Browned Shallots & Marjoram Soup | Celia's Saucer
It's going to be another spring where the winter doesn't quite beat a hasty retreat but, rather, the cold will clutch at where ...
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February 25, 2018

Wuyi Oolong Poached Pears & Brown Sugar Meringue | Celia's Saucer

Wuyi Oolong Poached Pears & Brown Sugar Meringue | Celia's Saucer
Oolong is considered the connoisseur's choice of tea owing to an incredible breadth of character and complexity across this tea typ...
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January 29, 2018

Rhubarb & Blood Orange Upside Down Cake | Celia's Saucer

Rhubarb & Blood Orange Upside Down Cake | Celia's Saucer
Want to brighten up your winter? Make this cake.          ...............................................................     ...
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January 21, 2018

Rhubarb Cardamom Crisp | Celia's Saucer

Rhubarb Cardamom Crisp | Celia's Saucer
While it's still really quite cold out there, we're slowly but surely inching into the spring, as evident by the arrival of seas...
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January 08, 2018

Vegan Lentil Fideuà | Celia's Saucer

Vegan Lentil Fideuà | Celia's Saucer
Aka 'Shorbat Adas' Ok, so I'm really going to town with the name of this given that it was inspired by a Middle Eastern re...
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December 15, 2017

Cullen Skink | Celia's Saucer

Cullen Skink | Celia's Saucer
My mother, sister and I travelled slowly to the Isle of Skye from Glasgow as the autumn of 2016 drew to a close. It was the first time I...
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December 03, 2017

Paneer Masala with Blackened Spring Onion | Celia's Saucer

Paneer Masala with Blackened Spring Onion | Celia's Saucer
Paneer Masala, you steal my heart with your buttery, tomato sauce soured with the taste of fenugreek but sweetened with honey and a swir...
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October 15, 2017

Spiced Pumpkin & Caramel Cake | Celia's Saucer

Spiced Pumpkin & Caramel Cake | Celia's Saucer
Physalis are one of the prettiest fruits: a crisp, papery husk shrouding the tomato-like berry inside. When it turns to autumn my mind t...
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October 01, 2017

Cherry & Star Anise Dark Chocolate Brownies | Celia's Saucer

Cherry & Star Anise Dark Chocolate Brownies | Celia's Saucer
That's the thing about Nigella's brownie recipe - apart from handily requiring only one pan - you can add anything to it. Over ...
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September 28, 2017

Carrot, Orange and Tarragon Soup | Celia's Saucer

Carrot, Orange and Tarragon Soup | Celia's Saucer
When I was younger, I didn't spend much time with my mother and stepfather, so busy was I with books and my bike, until I acknowled...
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