Northern Soul

Chef Tony

CHEF TONY – PROPER FOOD FOR PROPER APPETITES
Discover recipes to nourish the soul, all compiled and concocted by Chef Tony, a gastronome with 17 years’ of experience cooking across the North West. Chef Tony has worked in some of the region’s best kitchens, including the award-winning Nutters in Rochdale and The Lowry at Salford Quays. There’s also Chef Tony’s Wine Club, bringing you his pick of wines from supermarkets, independent retailers and wine clubs.

Macdonald Townhouse

Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

July 16, 2013 Comments Off on Ups and Downs at the Macdonald Townhouse Brasserie

To the Macdonald Townhouse with the editor of Northern Soul to visit the hotel’s 101 Brasserie. It’s one of those lovely Manchester buildings with a hidden history and a modern reinvention.

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Byron

Burger Brilliance at Byron

June 23, 2013 Comments Off on Burger Brilliance at Byron

We like our colloquialisms and slanguage here at Northern Soul and, to be frank, the more vernacular the better.

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BBQ

Can you barbecue anywhere? Chef Tony finds out

June 18, 2013 Comments Off on Can you barbecue anywhere? Chef Tony finds out

The definition of a barbecue is cooking over an open flame, either over coals or gas (I prefer charcoal, gives the food a better flavour). So, when the editor of Northern Soul asked me to review the new Calor Grill-2-Go portable BBQ, I quibbled over the use of the word ‘barbecue’.

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Goat's cheese Spread

Lancashire cheese – more than meets the eye

June 12, 2013 Comments Off on Lancashire cheese – more than meets the eye

When you think of Lancashire cheese, what comes to mind? Creamy, tasty, crumbly and nowt else? Wrong, there’s tons of other stuff.

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The Honey Bee

The Honey Bee, Wilmslow

May 31, 2013 Comments Off on The Honey Bee, Wilmslow

You know those bank holiday weekends where you plan to do one thing and end up doing something else entirely? Well, that was my bank holiday Monday.

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Garlicky goodness – Week Two

May 29, 2013 Comments Off on Garlicky goodness – Week Two

Wild Garlic Soup and Pan-Roasted Lamb Rump

CHEF TONY SAYS: Welcome back to my Ramsons/wild garlic special. Remember this is a short season and is normally over by June.

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Ramsons

Ramsons, bear’s garlic, wild garlic…

May 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ramsons, bear’s garlic, wild garlic…

Ramsons Pesto and Chicken Kiev

CHEF TONY SAYS: A short distance from my home town of Bury is the beautiful town of Ramsbottom where a plant called ‘ramsons’ grows in abundance.

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Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express, Bury

May 12, 2013 Comments Off on Pizza Express, Bury

Pizza Express may serve Italian food but its ubiquity makes it feel as British as fish and chips. With 400 restaurants across the UK, each claiming to be unique, you don’t have to go far to find a restaurant. But how good is this pizza stalwart at accommodating families? Chef Tony finds out.

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A Bury black pudding recipe for a summer’s day

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on A Bury black pudding recipe for a summer’s day

Grilled Bury black pudding with crispy bacon salad and wholegrain mustard dressing

CHEF TONY SAYS: a classic pub favourite using not only a Lancashire favourite but a product from my home town. You will see this dish on menus in most pubs in this part of the world.

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