Thai ingredients in Chichester

I found the Station Store in Chichester which carries a limited stock of essentially Thai cooking ingredients.

Thai food products West Sussex

Their Jasmine rice comes in 10kg and is price between ten and twenty pounds with a choice of half a dozen to choose from. They have the Fat Lady Oyster sauce, fish sauce and flat rice noodles for Pad Thai. I didn’t see any Healthy Boy mushroom soy sauce nor the chilli pastes but I was in a rush and will check next time.



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Pub lunch in the UK

Twenty eight day aged rump steak loaded into a giant Yorkshire pudding with sage and onion stuffing. Served with gourmet chips, peas, horseradish sauce and gravy.

Pub food in the UK

The first time I tried to order this was in a pub in Haywards Heath. But the girl behind the bar shook her head and I think I know why.

It’s not nice. Too dry. Too heavy.

Not what I imagined. A slightly crispy Yorkshire Pud? Not so, it is served as a wrap and should be avoided.




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Baking soft white bread

Baking soft white bread

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Thai Noodles

There are more noodle stalls in Thailand than than there are 7 elevens. Something that gives one every reason to try. But sorting, classifying and identifying all the different variations is an impossible task. But if you are looking for an incomplete guide to noodles in Thailand this I begin. All the mistakes are my own and I would appreciate any feedback and help you have to offer.

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Finebush Farm

Farmstalls Tsitsikamma the Garden Route

The Fine Bush Country Kitchen offers slow cooked homemade food and bakes. Fresh bread is baked daily and their salads are from the garden. Picked, washed and served fresh and crisp.

Home cooked food, slow cooking restaurants Tsitsikamma the Garden Route

Specialities include the Lemon curd or chocolate Cheesecakes, decadent Chocolate cake, Milktart and Brownies with your tea or filter coffee.

Home baked breads, tarts and cakes Tsitsikamma
The lunch menu with open sandwiches, good old fashioned toasties, a variety of cheese platters, and specials each.

Homemade farm style pies Tsitsikamma

Breakfast includes Rob’s Special Oats Porridge to Bacon and Eggs and their signature Welsh Rarebits.

It is a slow food venue. So sit back, relax and enjoy the experience!
Slow food, home cooking in Tsitsikamma

Submitted by Shaun van Eck Knysna Toursism Coach

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From the frying pan

seafood Knysna
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The Oyster Catcher

The Oyster Catcher has been taken over by Seafood Safari. And I suspect there will be  a big changes down at the waters edge. Changes which are long overdue. And hopefully an informal seafood snack bar where one can enjoy oysters in Knysna and watch the sun setting over the lagoon.

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Fravio Muffin Batter

Fravio muffin batter distributors supply frozen muffin batter in Knysna which allows you to snip, pipe and bake. And in twenty minutes you have a tray of delicious fresh out of the oven muffins. They supply eight variants ranging from Blueberry to Orange Burst. They also do frozen waffles and a dry pancake mix in 1kg packs.

For more info Contact Mark 0768165611


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Early Bird Breakfasts

I had to do an early morning delivery and found myself trawling for that first cup of coffee. Chaplins in Woodmill Lane and the Wimpy looked like my best options. They open around 7am.  But I was still a little too early. They are followed by Savannah who are also in Woodmill, Mon Petit Pain in Gray and Mario’s at the Waterfront who all open at 7.30.

Which leaves me wondering whether there isn’t an opportunity for a smaller coffee shop to cater for the early risers. Why not an outrageous special to carve a niche and build brand loyalty? One could only try.

Sunday was 07h30 with Chaplins and Caffe Mario’s open with Savannah still  setting up. Wimpy opened I assume at eight.



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Pancake and Coffee House cinnamon pancakes

When was the last time you had cinnamon pancakes? Other than a few hours ago, my last taste of this delectable treat was at childhood. In a word ‘divine’…warm and sugary.

In Knysna you can have this treat, cooked to perfection, at the drop of your hat; a drop of your hat onto a cafe table that is. Where? At the new Café d’ Arté  in Oaks on Main to be exact.

Did you know cinnamon is good for your health, it contains calcium,  iron,  fiber, and quite a bit of vitamins C, K, and manganese.  So who says sweet treats are a no no.

Enjoy the warmth of the venue and the good health of the treat  at Café d’ Arté.

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