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Rice and Spice

Tilda launches rice Rice & Spice Pairing Guide

Rainham-based rice specialists, Tilda, is releasing the first ever Rice & Spice Pairing Guide in partnership with spice expert and MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker. Launching this October to celebrate Diwali, the guide has been designed to help people understand the complex characteristics of rice and discover the perfect mealtime pairings.

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Canine Partners

Puppy Parents wanted by Canine Partners

Read on to find out how you can become a Puppy Parent

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Down But Not Out by Jack Lacy

Review: Down But Not Out by Jack Lacy

Jack Lacy was born in Buckhurst Hill. Down But Not Out is his debut book

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Ham Hock Hash

Ham hock hash served with a poached quail egg and salad

Lauren Gregg has worked with Café 1885 for almost two years. There is a constant stream of visitors as Snape Maltings is a natural draw for tourists, concert goers and shoppers. “It’s always busy. All of our dishes need to be served within a 15-minute window as we cater for coach parties and people attending the concerts, so timing is everything.’ Here Lauren shares one of her most popular dishes.

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EXG OCT 14 Brentwood

The world’s a stage in... Brentwood

Brentwood, formerly known as Burnt Wood, began as a small Saxon settlement cleared by fire in dense forest. Since then, it has seen a peasants’ revolt and a martyr burnt at the stake and more recently the arrival of camera crews. Petra Hornsby takes a look at the Brentwood of today

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Thorpe Bay,Essex

Barry Kirk’s Essex Insight

Barry Kirk shines a light on Southend both past and present

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Wake up to organic food!

Wake up to organic food!

Sybilla Hart is a freelance writer and mother of three, soon to be four. She recently moved to North Essex from Fulham and writes a monthly column for Essex Life. This month she talks organic food

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Are you paying more for a lower investment return?

Promotional feature: Are you paying more for a lower investment return?

With a recent report suggesting a basic asset allocation model has out-performed most discretionary managers, finance expert Neil Hewitt from Scrutton Bland offers his advice

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Pan-roasted fillet of wild halibut

Pan-roasted fillet of wild halibut with butternut squash puree, kale and merlot jus

Chef/patron Andrew Jones used Ray and Jeff Steadman from Chamberlain and Thelwell at Billingsgate as his fishmongers. The pair were looking for a head chef for their own restaurant, Chamberlain’s, which they’d opened just a stone’s throw from the fish market three years ago this month. It’s mainly a fish and seafood orientated restaurant, but does offer other meat dishes. Andrew was born in Burnham on Crouch and moved to London to work for Claridge’s staying there for 12 and a half years. Here Andrew shares his recipe for a flavoursome, autumnal fish dish.

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Hadleigh Castle

Hadleigh Castle in focus

Hadleigh Castle has a long history and has looked over centuries of our county’s past. Dick Turpin and his highwaymen are rumoured to have used Hadleigh Castle as a hide out after one of their audacious robberies and in recent times ghosts have been seen to be stalking its ramparts in broad daylight.

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Active Communities comes to Takeley

RCCE’s latest Active Communities Coffee Morning will be staged at Takeley on Thursday, October 30 from 10am to 12 noon. The event, which will be based at the Silver Jubilee Hall, will provide advice, information and ideas on how local communities can be proactive and take the initiative in providing improved services and facilities in their locality.

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Lee Mead

Five minutes with... Lee Mead

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and musical theatre actor Lee Mead about being back on the road with his latest tour and performing in his home town at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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Travel: Mesmerizing Munich

Rebecca Underwood reveals some of the magic of Munich and explores some of the best places to stay and eat to make the most of this city break

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Stroll around Althorne

Take in the sights and sounds of this charming part of the county with a quiet and peaceful walk down by the river around the village of Althorne

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Barn owls are doing better

For the first time since the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Essex Barn Owl Conservation Project was launched last year, positive nest records have been received from several locations. The first group of barn owl chicks was ringed by British Trust for Ornithology, in the far north of the county on a site between Halstead and Bures.

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The Strand, Chelmsford

Beauty Review

Holly Eells visits The Strand in Chelmsford to discover a new, healthy look

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Bride on deck

5 fabulous honeymoon destinations

What better way to start married life than in one of these stunning honeymoon locations

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Artistic commemoration

Dedham artist, Sir Alfred Munnings, braved flying bullets to produce masterpieces of war art during World War I. Janice Walker takes a look at the man, his works and the Museum where his art is on display

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Slow braised ox cheek with smoked pancetta, mushrooms and baby onions

Slow braised ox cheek with smoked pancetta, mushrooms and baby onions

Tom Kirby is the head chef for The County Hotel in Chelmsford. Prior to settling in Chelmsford, Tom worked at the Savoy Hotel in London. Originally from Surrey, he’s worked in Scotland too and has certainly felt the heat in some of the country’s top kitchens. Tom Comments: ‘I’ve worked preparing lunch for the Blair family on Mother’s Day, I’ve cooked for Sir Paul McCartney and been involved in the catering for the closing ceremony of Wimbledon.’ Here Tom shares his recipe for a delicious and warming supper.

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At first glance Talliston House looks like any other house but all is not what it seems

Hidden Secrets

John Trevillian bought this three-bedroom council house in Great Dunmow with a very special project in mind and as you enter the front door, expect the unexpected

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Essex Food and Drink awards