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You wont find me with the Cowboys at the “Coffee Saloon” anymore!

My kitchen at Canford Cliffs has officially closed. The saloon took a previously unexpected turn.  It is going for expansion so at this point they have decided to out- source the food. The food will be coming from Naz at My Food. Naz already has a fully equipped kitchen at the Nuffeild estates. There was an option that I could perhaps work evenings   preparing food for the Saloon but I am not much of an evening person. As a breakfast- brunch cook I like to get up early and start the coffee. I also really like to have a chance to talk to the customers. So I am back home in Parkstone, with my pots and pan's cookbooks and shakers. I just wanted to say I had fun working with the Coffee Saloon Team. I have loved meeting new customers in my four months at The Saloon, and I have also been so flattered with the loyalty of old customers who have followed me from from place to place,some from as far back as Las- Margaritas days. Here are  a few pictures of some of  the food that we served at the saloon. Bahn Mi with Pork August  is a great month to be out of the kitchen and I really do intend to take full advantage of it. The last time I had the summer off Raven was six. At the end of august I will be cooking with Sarah Peters from Travels with My Aunt at the Purbeck Folk Festival. For the next little while Instead of being full of vegetable and dairy orders my diary is going to be filled with new things.  When the summer is over I will decide what i will do next. In the mean- time if anyone wants to meet for brunch or lunch I am free for the rest of the summer.  

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Gluten Free Pancake Day

  Why do we eat Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?  Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The recipes for pancakes in this posting both give up something. Serve them for breakfast or for a snack for later in the day. They will definitely satisfy a sweet tooth without having to raid the biscuit tin. Banana Bread Pancakes with Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce (Giving up The Dairy, and the wheat) 175 gr doves farm wheat free flour/ 3 tbs ground almond /1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp mixed spice/1/2 tsp nutmeg/3 mashed bananas/ 100ml water or milk substitute Mix the first five dry ingredients in a bowl. In a second bowl mash the bananas. Mix into the dry ingredients add the water and the vinegar and let sit for five minutes. Coat  a non stick pan with a little oil or coconut oil. Add 3 pancakes and slice a few bananas into each one. Turn when lightly browned on bottom Serve topped with chopped nuts and Salted Caramel Sauce     Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce recipe here Skinny Pancakes with Orange or Lemon and Coconut sugar.  (Giving up the Dairy, the wheat, white refined sugar and the calories.) Paleo There are recipes for these amazing "Paleo Pancakes" all over the internet. The most shocking thing about them is how simple they are to make and how good they taste. Mash 1 banana with two free range eggs and mix it up. Imagine you are making scrambled eggs with banana. I like to add a small cap of vanilla into the mix. The mixture will be quite thin. Melt a little coconut oil in to a pan add a small ladle of the mix and cook gently for a couple of minutes on each side. Serve with a squeeze of orange or lemon and coconut sugar.                

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Our Living Room

  Our Living Room opened as a coffee lounge on March 11th  2012. Prior to that it had been run soley as a bed and breakfast. What a terrible waste it would have been if it had stayed that way! Our Living Room is the family home of Andy and Anna Chamberlain and their two young children. Located  at 2 Drury Road, Our Living Room has become a neighbourhood haven for coffee addicts, foodies, and families. Andy and Anna, with their freind and partner Sarah Mitchell, have natured and lovingly worked over every detail of their coffee lounge. For a year before the opening and well before any money was raised for the transformation, the trio held weekend Brunch Clubs, inviting freinds and family. They tested recipes and mulled over ideas. They sipped, brunched and lunched. Closer to opening time they asked  for training and expertese on coffee from Joe at Boscanova and Steve from Tina We Salute you .  They sought advice, graft  and favours from many other freinds and neighbours. Andy, Anna and Sarah set out to create an environment that felt like home, surrounded by friends.They wanted a space that welcomed children, encouraged adults to connect, and for all to feel nurtured and well cared for. I think that the Living Room has become that place. Friends and neighbors drop in regularly for coffee, food , and a chat. Bed and Breakfast guests mingle at breakfast with the locals. I met Andy, Anna and Sarah In February. I am honoured that they chose me to work with them. I am  so happy to be cooking here.We have so many exciting plans. Our Living Room serves Brunch  from 8-2 Tuesday to Sunday - and stays open from  2-4pm for sandwiches and cakes. Closed Mondays and Bank Holidays for Family time  (between us we have six kids!) Brunch   Pop Up Jubilee Market at Our Living Room Our Living Room  2 Drury Road Alum Chine Bournemouth BH4 8HA

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