Rhino close up

Bitesized: Rhino Ale

Bays Brewery in Paignton has launched a new beer this summer. They have teamed up with Paignton Zoo to brew Rhino Ale, donating 10p from every bottle or pint sold to help raise funds for critically endangered black rhinos in Zimbabwe. The beer is a pleasant middle-of-the-road light golden ale and you certainly can’t miss it in…

Glass eye

Football: a contact sport

I was in the process of spinning around when I saw it. It was big and round and it kept getting bigger. Whoomf! The football slammed into my face, only a metre or so away from the foot that had volleyed it. Ouch. There was a collective “oooooh” from the other players and they sauntered over…

Chocolate orchard bar

Bitesized: Chocolate orchard

Would you believe it? Chocolate really does grow on trees.* And so it is only natural, I guess, that there is a company called The Chocolate Orchard. The Chocolate Orchard make chocolate down in South Devon and it is stocked in my local sweet shop: Moor Chocolate in Ashburton. There are only so many times…

The bacon roll

It was the bacon roll’s fault

The sweat stings my eyes, my breathing is getting a bit laboured, but I am sticking with the man in front. He stretches his legs as we descend a hill and I open my gait to try and match him. We take a fairly sharp left and I have to slow to keep my balance; luckily…

Quails eggs

Bitesized: Quail (scotch) eggs

We’ve all been there: you’re faced with a box of quail eggs and you’re thinking what shall I do with them? It’s a common kitchen dilemma. No? Well it happened to me. I was in the Real Food Store in Exeter, they had quails eggs on offer and, having never had quail eggs before, it seemed…

Blueberry jam

Going back

There must come a time in every blogger’s life where they feel as though they are just going back over old ground. “Been here before” they think, “nothing new to say”. This is where I find myself today, but I am here on purpose. Second chances are a good thing and, on the odd occasion…

Big Bellys

Bitesized: Big Bellys

Yes, we could be talking about me at this stage of the Devon A-Z year, but we are actually talking about a company from Bideford in North Devon who make tarts. Big Bellys seem to be a feature of the Devon food festival scene (I have spotted them at both Exeter Food Festival and the…