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Summer Squash Green Curry and Rice (GF, VE)

Summer Squash Green Curry and Rice (GF, VE)

You can't go wrong with this lovely simple green curry, fragranced with ginger and coriander.  If you prefer not to make it yourself, you can order for collection or delivery from us here, but we encourage you to give this recipe a go.Summer squash green currySlice three medium courgettes and…

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A Little Serendipity

A Little Serendipity

Sometimes you set out on a course, aiming to do something specific, and having a rough plan in mind.And then, without necessarily planning it that way, other things happen.You build your soil, prepare your ground, and sow your seeds.And then circumstance happens, and things you expect turn into things you…

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Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

We're registered under the Government's Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, which provides you with a great offer on food or drink consumed in cafe during August.From 3 to 31 August, you can get a 50% discount when you eat or drink in Lemana on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.You…

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Cooking The Books - Carrot Salad, With Tahini & Crisped Chickpeas

Cooking The Books - Carrot Salad, With Tahini & Crisped Chickpeas

If you haven’t come across Deb Perelman before, aka Smitten Kitchen, I would hugely recommend her if you love food and cooking.   She can be found at smittenkitchen.com or @smittenkitchen.From her New York apartment she churns out one beautiful recipe after another, all with inspiring photographs, and making you…

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Enhance Series - Fruit Salad (Not as You Know It ...)

Enhance Series - Fruit Salad (Not as You Know It ...)

Someone once said that the sign of being middle-classed was having fruit in the house and not having a cold... Well, I have to admit to being (possibly very middle-classed, and) overly ambitious with my buying habits with fruit, and usually falling short on the eating end.  I then end up…

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Starting to see little shoots coming up...

Starting to see little shoots coming up...

In the few weeks since we re-opened for normal seating, we've been very fortunate to see people visiting us again, and to start to recover the normal cafe business.  Despite reducing the number of tables to help with distancing, the cafe has had a nice bustle, and it's meant that…

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Black Bean Chilli

Black Bean Chilli

We've recently discovered the delights of adding dark chocolate to Mexican-inspired dishes such as this delicious black bean chilli.  The chocolate adds a thickness and flavour background that is definitely worth it!Saute a chopped onion and a chopped bell pepper (any colour) in a little oil until softened.Add two finely…

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Cooking The Books - Chewy Oat Choc Chip Cookies

Cooking The Books - Chewy Oat Choc Chip Cookies

The wonderful thing with the latest Happy Pear cook book, "Vegan Cooking for Everyone" is that it doesn't just provide a book of prescriptive recipes to be followed by rote, but instead contains a series of useful templates and suggested starting points for some really great dishes.  At first it…

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Enhance Series - Rice

Enhance Series - Rice

With the addition of a little flavouring, rice can easily be enhanced and provide a more interesting accompaniment for a meal.  The benefit of the following technique is that not only can you massively enhance the rice, but it also provides a method to keep rice warm for up to…

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Does it make you sad or a little hopeful?

Does it make you sad or a little hopeful?

When I first ventured out after weeks shut away, it made me sad.Everywhere was quiet, and people looked away as you passed.Everything was serious, and we carried anxiety, frustration and uncertainty as we moved about quietly.But then the cases started to reduce, and small shoots of timid optimism started poking…

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