Home baked biscuits

Irish biscuits are central to a well established tradition in both Ireland as well as the UK. Afternoon tea or what is known as low tea. Not just a snack. It is an occasion, not to be confused with a high tea which comes a bit later in the day.

Afternoon tea, or low tea, is a light meal in the mid-afternoon when one  can share a  cup of tea with family or friends. Served with small cocktail sandwiches, cake, scones, and an assortment of biscuits. Traditional home baked and preferably Irish biscuits.

The Irish are well known for having a sweet tooth. Particularly their fondness for bread pudding, scones, whisky cake, oat cakes and even toffee. But it is the biscuits which are best known and appreaciated all over.

Irish Shortbread: although generally associated with Scotland, the Irish will argue that it is the butter in their shortbread which makes the difference.

Irish Soda Bread biscuits:  shortbread-like but made with baking soda and buttermilk that is flavoured with raisins

Irish Lace biscuits: made with a flour-free, oatmeal dough, these spread in the oven and look like lace.

Irish Potato biscuits: round, no-bake biscuits flavored with nuts and cinnamon that look like (what else?) potatoes

 

Country Drive

It was a toss-up between the Sunday Roast and the Chicken and Ham Pie which wafted pass on it’s way to the table behind me. But it was the Roast Lamb and mint sauce I finally ordered.

Sunday lunch in the South Downs

 

Nearly missed it.

Down the hill from the car park at Harting Downs, just after the turnoff to North Marden. A small sign which is not easy to see, points to a very narrow country road that drops off the edge, down into the valley and the Royal Oak in Hookways.

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A small country pub, set right next to the South Downs Way. Perfect for sitting out in the garden on a beautiful summers day for a spot of lunch, or for huddling next to the log fire for a roast dinner on a crisp winters evening.

Pub lunch in the South Downs

Homemade cakes

Rowlands Castle Afternoon Tea
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36 on the quay van, carrot and orange cake

cake jars which is great if you don’t want a whole cake to demolish in 3 days
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Wild Tea Bar
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Frog Hollow Catering is at Tuppenny Barn every Thursday
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Amy Louise Downie
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Michelle Fettroll
Salt shack café have delicious homemade cakes

Charlotte Chalmers makes lush treat boxs different things all the time
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Jessica Randall is amazing, perfect cakes every time!!!
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EMs Sweet Treats
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Flippin’ Tasty

There is something irresistable about street food and food vans

Food vans in Chichester the south of England

Whatever the day, whatever the weather they are still flippin’ tasty. The food van I never knew about. Found in Terminus Rd in Chichester.

Street food vendors in Chichester West Sussex

Burgers that come in all shapes and sizes, toasties, wraps and baps for lunch as well as a fully loaded breakfast.

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French Toast

 

[Edit] The Green House Cafe has changed hands, changed their name and I don’t believe there is French Toast on the menu any longer. Going to miss the Welsh Rarebit as well. 2021-12-05

Not sure why but French Toast and Bacon is a rare find.

Breakfast in Emsworth, Hampshire, the south coast

Just one of the slightly different breakfast options you get at the Greenhouse Cafe in Emsworth.

French toast and bacon Chichester West Sussex

As slightly different as not being presented with a soggy croissant that has been nuked in a microwave to warm it. Something that has happened to me one more than one occasion in places which should know that it is never done.

Warm breakfast croissant Emsworth Chichester Harbour

A small independent family run cafe where slightly different makes a big difference. Where you can get a homemade meals, good coffee and the hospitality to match.

 

 

Jerk Chicken

It just tastes better grilled on the coals. The best Caribbean jerk chicken in Portsmouth and the English South Coast.

Caribbean jerk chicken in Portsmouth Hampshire

 

Small Island Catering are tucked away on Fawcett Rd Portsmouth specialising in traditionally authentic Caribbean comfort food.

Caribbean food in Portsmouth Hampshire

 

The food is outstanding. In particular the saltfish fritters and the jerk chicken. Goat curry, pepper beef stew and  sweet potato mash capturing the taste and vibrancy of the Caribbean.

Caribbean restaurants in Portsmouth Hampshire