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Yesterday, I spent two hours making the chocolate tart in the photograph below. I share this earth-shattering news, not to brag (mind, it was 10 out of 10 delicious) but because it led me to wonder, if I only had six months to live, would I spend two hours of it baking? I suspect I wouldn't, for - and this is quite a thing for the editor of a food magazine to admit - I have decided that life is too short for beating, creaming, whisking and whipping (in the kitchen at least, ahem!). I'll whip up a Victoria sponge or apple crumble because they take only a few minutes, and I always make a Christmas cake because it's an excuse to swig the cooking brandy, but elaborate confections drive me to distraction. I mean, the tart was nice, but was it two hours and five separate culinary processes on a sunny day nice? No, frankly, particularly when I could have nipped up the road to the patisserie at Vallum, bought something fabulous and passed it off as my own.....

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  • ISSUE 36 www.appetitemag.co.uk May/June 2016

    TICKLE YOUR TASTEBUDS...

    GRASP THE NETTLE // CRESS OF A WAVE // TOP ASPARAGUS TIPS

    inside Spring chicken // The food of love // In search of afternoon tea // A queen of puddings

    greens party32 recipes!

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    4 CLUB Great places, great offers

    6 FEED...BACK Foodie news and views

    8 IT'S A DATE Foodie events across the region

    10 SPRING CHICKEN With chorizo on the barbie

    12 IN THE KITCHEN GARDEN The weather is snow joke!

    14 FISH Simon Walsh tackles tuna

    17 REVIEW Dinner at the Duke of Wellington

    18 FUDGE-TASTIC Debbie O'Brien's sweet treats

    20 THE GRAZER Anna Hedworth is on her nettle

    22TOP TIPS Snap to it - asparagus is in season!

    24 EASTERN PROMISE Recipes from Sabrina Ghayour

    26 FOOD OF LOVE The supper club stealing hearts

    30 AFTERNOON TEA Out and about in search of the best

    38 CRESS OF A WAVE Watercress - it's the new black...

    40 KITCHEN KIT The latest kitchen must-haves

    42 THE DIARY Beautiful people, beautiful foodie places

    46 CHOCOLATE HEAVEN A dessert fit for Her Majesty

    PLACE YOUR ORDER

    Yesterday, I spent two hours making the chocolate tart in the photograph below. I share this earth-shattering news, not to brag (mind, it was 10 out of 10 delicious) but because it led me to wonder, if I only had six months to live, would I spend two hours of it baking? I suspect I wouldn't, for - and this is quite a thing for the editor of a food magazine to admit - I have decided that life is too short for beating, creaming, whisking and whipping (in the kitchen at least, ahem!).

    I'll whip up a Victoria sponge or apple crumble because they take only a few minutes, and I always make a Christmas cake because it's an excuse to swig the cooking brandy, but elaborate confections drive me to distraction. I mean, the tart was nice, but was it two hours and five separate culinary processes on a sunny day nice? No, frankly, particularly when I could have nipped up the road to the patisserie at Vallum, bought something fabulous and passed it off as my own.

    Editor ponders baking and brainless birds. Read on for the tenuous link...

    appetite.TICKLE YOUR TASTE BUDS...

    Editorial 01661 844 115Jane Pikett - jane@offstonepublishing.co.uk

    Advertising 01661 844 115Joanne Oneil - joanne@appetitemag.co.uk

    Website www.appetitemag.co.uk

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    Unit One, Bearl Farm, Stocksfield Northumberland, NE43 7AL

    PhotographyPeter Skelton www.photo-psp.co.uk Nicky Rogerson www.nrphotography.co.uk

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    If you like something, we want to know about it, so tell us. Better still, take a

    picture and send it to us.

    And if you cook something youre proud of (or something youre not!) email us a photo and a description and we might even put it on our Facebook page or in the magazine.

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    Jane Pikett, Editor

    Which brings me, in a roundabout way, to the many pheasants with no road sense who have ended up on the appetite table recently, the latest making the ultimate sacrifice for the benefit of my dinner when

    I was on the Military Road, heading to Vallum for lemon meringue pie

    (and there, dear reader, is your tenuous link). What is

    wrong with these witless creatures? There are bits of them all over the roads round our way, 99% of them male, which proves either that lady pheasants

    are much brighter than their senseless spouses, or the

    male pheasant population is in the grip of a suicide epidemic.

    Hence, we are now mostly dining on roadkill and shop-bought profiteroles, a) because life's too short for labouring over choux pastry and posh puddings and, b) because baking is for the birds. If you agree, tweet us!

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    CLUB

    ART DECO CINEMA CAFE

    Coffees, Teas, Wines & BeersQuality Comfort Food Served All Day

    2nd Floor Tyneside Cinema,10-12 Pilgrim Street Newcastle

    Tel: 0191 2275520Open: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm Sun 11am-7pm

    *On production of this magazine or a print-out of the offer from www.appetitemag.co.uk

    Ury Indian restaurant in Newcastle is offering appetite readers any two main courses for the price of one until June 27, 2016. Ury, Queen Street Newcastle, NE1 3UG tel 0191 232 7799 www.uryrestaurants.com

    TWO-FOR-ONE ON ANY MAIN COURSE AT URY

    27 Princes Road, Brunton Park, Gosforth NE3 5TT

    0191 236 2992Ask about our FREE local delivery service

    A VILLAGE BUTCHERS SHOP WITHIN A CITY

    Smoked Brisket Burger - UK finalist in the Butchers Q Guild BBQ Competition. Gold Award-winning Rib Eye Steak. Traditional Beef Burger and Flamethrower Sausage with a hint of chilli.

    See our recipe in this issue of Appetite

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    BRING ON OUR SUMMER BARBECUE SIZZLERS

    BRING ON OUR SUMMER BARBECUE SIZZLERS

    Our superb BBQ range includes.....Our superb BBQ range includes.....

    Brocksbushes, Corbridge is offering appetite readers afternoon tea for two for 14 until May 31, 2016. Brocksbushes Farm Shop Styford Roundabout Stocksfield, NE43 7UB tel 01434 633 100 www.brocksbushes.co.uk

    AFTERNOON TEA FOR TWO FOR 14 AT BROCKSBUSHES

    Hinnies, Whitley Bay is offering appetite readers three courses and a glass of fizz for 18 until August 30, 2016. Available Tues-Fri. Hinnies, East Parade, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AP, tel 0191 447 0500, www.hinnies.co.uk

    THREE COURSES AND FIZZ FOR 18 AT HINNIES

    Beldons @ The Exchange, North Shields is offering appetite readers a free tea or coffee with any slice of cake until June 27, 2016. Beldons @ The Exchange Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE tel 0191 258 7866 www.facebook.com/Beldons

    FREE HOT DRINK AT BELDONS AT THE EXCHANGE

    Sutra Tea Company, Jesmond is offering appetite readers afternoon tea for two for 20 until June 27, 2016. Sutra Tea Company, Clayton Road, Jesmond, NE2 4RP www.teasutra.co.uk

    AFTERNOON TEA FOR TWO FOR 20 AT SUTRA TEA

    BUY-ONE-GET- ONE-FREE ON AFTERNOON TEA AT THE LITTLE COFFEE HOUSE The Little Coffee House, Team Valley is offering appetite readers buy-one-get-one-free on afternoon tea (normal price 12.95) until June 27, 2016. The Little Coffee House within Country Baskets Unit 4 Princesway North TVTE, Gateshead, NE11 0NF tel 0191 447 3404 www.thelittlecoffeehouse.co.uk

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    CLUB

    Please ring 01434 634554 to book, St Helen's St NE45 5BE @il_piccolo_deli Il Piccolo At Corbridge

    www.ilpiccolo.co.uk

    STUZZICO WINE BARTapas, Fine Wines, Italian Beers,

    Aperitivi and Liqueurs.Music Events.

    DELICATESSENMovenpick Ice Cream Parlour,craft beers, superb selection of

    antipasti, wines. Food to take home.

    RESTAURANTa fresh, seasonal A La Carte menu;

    Early Bird - Wed-Thurs 5.30-7;2 course lunch menu 10.95

    Friendly, family run Italian Restaurant

    A at white for the coffee connoisseur, a cold beer after work*, or just a perfect dairy ice-cream milkshake for the kids.

    At Mister Woods weve got the lot.....

    TYNEMOUTHFront StreetTel: 0191 2575556

    WALLSENDThe ForumTel: 0191 2954268

    NORTH SHIELDSRailway StreetTel: 0191 2592559

    TYNEMOUTHBroadwayTel: 0191 2964412

    FOLLOW US @woods_coffee

    *only Broadway shop selling alcohol

    FOUR AFTERNOON TEAS FOR THE PRICE OF THREE AT NUMBER 4 Number 4, Langley Park is offering appetite readers four afternoon teas (normally 9.90 each) for the price of three until June 27, 2016. Number 4, Old Co-op Buildings, Langley Park, Durham DH7 9XE, tel 0191 373 1404 www.facebook.com/number4coffeegiftsandmore

    AFTERNOON TEA FOR TWO FOR 25 AT DANIEL FARM Daniel Farm, Wylam is offering appetite readers afternoon tea for two including a miniature bottle of prosecco each for 25 until June 27, 2016. Daniel Farm, Sled Lane, Wylam, NE41 8JH, tel 01661 853 849 www.facebook.com/danielfarmwylam

    AFTERNOON TEA FOR TWO FOR 15 AT THE COUNTY HOTEL The County Hotel, Hexham is offering appetite readers afternoon tea for two for 15 until June 27, 2016. The County Hotel, Priestpopple, Hexham, NE46 1PS tel 01434 608 444, www.countyhotelhexham.co.uk

    FREE GLASS OF BUBBLY AT SWEETHART CAFE The Sweethart Cafe, Consett is offering appetite readers a free glass of bubbly with afternoon tea until June 27, 2016. Sweethart Coffee & Cakes, Derwent St, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 8LU, 01207 501 100 www.sweethartcoffeeandcake.co.uk

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    FEEDBACK

    FEED...BACK!Simply email your recipes, feedback and foodie news for the opportunity to appear here. Fame at last! Email editor@appetitemag.co.uk Tweet @appetitemaguk Facebook /appetitemaguk

    A shout-out for the excellent Ko Sai pan-Asian noodle bar in Fenwick, Newcastle, where we enjoyed a happy pre-theatre supper, including an historic Thai seafood broth from the Asian tapas menu, tempura fried prawns, salt and chilli squid, and a green curry with chicken. Great value, fresh and tasty. Ko Sai, Fenwick Northumberland Street, Newcastle NE1 7AS, tel 0191 232 6612

    In honour of National Vegetarian Week May 16-22... Serves 2Ingredients1tsp cumin seedsjuice of lime1tbsp olive oil200g halloumi in bite-sized chunks4 cumin and pomegranate-infused beetroot, cut into quarters4 spring onions, cut into 3cm batons1 small courgette, sliced into discs4 kebab sticks MethodIf yo