Recipe – Orzo with sausage, roasted tomatoes & mozzarella

Orzo is a form of short-cut pasta that looks deceptively like rice, but has a really light, bouncy texture and works perfectly in this recipe.

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Recipe – Vegan beluga lentil chilli

I haven’t intentionally posted two vegan recipes in a row, but seeing as it’s National Vegetarian Week, I’m going to go with it! If you’re a meat fan, I urge you to give this version a try – it has just as much flavour but is a little healthier

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Recipe – Lime & chilli salmon with corn salsa

Have you ever just completely lost your mojo? I feel like that’s me at the moment – struggling with routine, and no focus for anything. But when that also starts to apply to my favourite thing in the world – food – I know it’s time for a kick up the bum!

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The Boot, Repton

I’m not sure about anyone else in the Derby area but we seem to be struggling of late to find new places to go for dinner – it was only whilst scrolling through the instagram of Head Chef Rob Taylor that I saw a picture that reminded me that we’d still not tried The Boot! It’s somewhere we’ve popped into a couple of times on the off chance of grabbing a table (much harder than it sounds – it’s always been that busy that we’d so far failed!)

Luckily on this occasion we’d booked a table well in advance!

Things got off to a good start when the menus came and I wanted everything! Narrowing it down was taking a while so it was a pleasant surprise when an amuse bouche of oxtail bonbons arrived whilst we made our choices. I suppose I hadn’t really given much thought to what the food would be like before we came and may have unfairly assumed that it would just be ‘nice pub food’ – I could immediately tell it was more than that…

A golden, crispy outer coating concealed deliciously soft, rich shredded oxtail and was quickly devoured in a couple of bites

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