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Morrocan lamb

Morrocan Lamb

Husband and wife team, Malcolm and Kim Knox, own French’s Farm Shop. The completely organic 165-acre farm was formed in 1984, using no herbicides or pesticides and the herd is fed organic feed with no growth promoters or hormones added. Malcolm explains: ‘I started in 1984 originally to feed my family quality meat. Once it got busier I gave up my business as a jeweller and it has been life-changing for us all.’ Here Malcolm shares his recipe for a rustic and wholesome lamb dish

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Jonathan Antoine / Sony Music Photo by Paul Marc Mitchell

Five minutes with Jonathan Antoine

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and singing star Jonathan Antoine about his solo album and his special guest performance in the Last Night of the Autumn Proms at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

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Trundling around Thaxted

This four-mile walk takes us through lovely open landscape with wonderful countryside views around the ancient town of Thaxted

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Essex History: Samuel Courtauld, 1793-1881

Victorian industrialist Samuel Courtauld left a lasting legacy within the county. Here Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office traces some of his history

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Beat the winter blues

With so many beautiful places to visit across Essex and on its doorstep, why not take the chance to escape to a dream destination this winter

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Back to the Future

It’s lean, mean and very green — BMW’s i8 is the supercar of the future, says motoring editor Andy Russell

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City living

Chelmsford’s profile has been raised since becoming England’s newest city in 2012, but with privilege, comes responsibility. Petra Hornsby learns how the city has risen rather well to the challenge

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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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Essex Food and Drink awards