Tropical makeover: Sticky rum and pineapple pork

Pork chops are an easy family favourite, but the addition of dark rum makes this version strictly adults only. Flavours from the West Indies – pineapple, molasses, sweet potatoes – make this Sticky rum and pineapple pork a new favourite that only requires 25 minutes of hands on time. Continue reading

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A small food festival with a big local contingent

What are your plans for the bank holiday weekend? If you haven’t made any yet, our tip is the Flavours of Herefordshire Festival, running this Saturday, Sunday and Monday on Hereford’s Castle Green.  From baking demos by Mary Berry to a game-cooking (pictured) workshop with local restaurant Green Cow Kitchens, it may not be the biggest food festival in the country but it’s one of the most tightly provenanced; 70% of stallholders are local.


Where to eat dim sum in London this summer

If you’ve never tried dim sum at Ping Pong before, then this summer is the perfect time to try. Their new seasonal menu including dishes like chinkiang seafood skewers (£5.45 with soya beans, black fungus and drizzles with a chilli bean sauce), beef and black pepper shu mai (£4.65) and a light, fresh citrus squid, carrot salad (£4.95) are fantastic additions to the menu. Regular classics are still popular with char sui buns, roast pork puffs, beef dumplings and mixed vegetable or duck spring rolls.

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15 minute dinner: Soy-braised steak with ginger greens

Thin-cut steaks take seconds to cook for a super-quick stir-fry so you can have a filling dinner ready in just 15 minutes – perfect for when you are in a rush midweek. You could also make a veggie version by switching out the sirloin steak for oyster mushrooms.

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Three reasons to… visit Staffordshire

Next time you’re in the Midlands, stop off in this often overlooked county and you’ll find plenty of ways to refuel. Here are three of our favourites:

1) Pencil October’s Stone Food and Drink Festival in your diary now. The event’s 10th annual outing, supported by Taste of Staffordshire, will include a farmers’ market and a Talks and Tastings tent where local chefs will be cooking up everything from Staffordshire oatcakes to pulled pork rolls.

2) With Welsh rarebit with beer mustard, Staffordshire Sizzler sausages and apple and plum crumble on the menu at Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café there are some tough lunch choices to be made.

3) What better place to stop for a cuppa than Middleport Pottery’s new café (pictured), with its willow pattern pottery-inspired wall paintings & teapot lights? Its cakes, scones, sandwiches and soups are all served on site-made Burleigh pottery and, as well as a fine choice of savoury-topped oatcakes, there’s always a special oatcake of the week.