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Delicious Desserts

July 29, 2013 Comments Off on Delicious Desserts

It’s been a bit, er, rainy of late but the weather men are promising more sunshine by the weekend. With that in mind, here’s how to make a classic dessert and a frozen cocktail.

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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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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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Don Giovannis

Don Giovannis, Manchester

May 4, 2013 Comments Off on Don Giovannis, Manchester

Maybe I’m a bit jaded or maybe I’ve had too many meals that were overpriced, overcooked and, praise the lord, over quickly, but I never expect very much from city centre dining. So it’s really, really nice to be able to write a positive restaurant review about a central Manchester eaterie.

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