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Angel Coffee House

The Angel Coffee House is one of the prettiest cafes I’ve visited as part of Food for Thought. The cafe used to be the vestry hall for the nearby St Swithins Church and is a very peaceful space for the centre of Lincoln.

Angel Coffee House

CJ is the new owner of the Angel and it’s a place very close to her heart. In my interview with CJ she explains that she used to work at the Angel as a waitress with the previous owner so knows what the customers like and expect. At the same time she has ideas to put her own personality into the place too.

Also on this week’s show I chat to Ben and Alex from Snap it. Taste it. Blog it. They blog about and review food, but there’s a difference with their blog. They’re a couple in a long-distance relationship, Ben lives in Boston, Lincolnshire and Alex lives in New York.

Reading Snap it. Taste it. Blog it. is a fascinating look at the difference in food and food culture between the UK and US but also a glimpse into Ben and Alex’s relationship. To find out more I invited Ben to the Siren FM studios and we called Alex in New York so I could chat to both of them about the blog.

Listen to this week’s podcast here:

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You can listen to the show live on Siren FM every Wednesday at 2pm and repeated on Saturday at 3pm.

I’ve also been working on a Pinterest board for Food for Thought to group together all my photos of Lincoln’s cafes and great food.

Baked by Eileen

On Food for Thought I like to feature a variety of food businesses, this means chatting to not just the people who run cafes and restaurants but also people who run their cookery businesses straight from their kitchen. That’s certainly the case for Baked by Eileen who makes homemade cakes using local and seasonal produce.

Baked by Eileen

Eileen makes her cakes for the local farmers market in Lincoln and supplies some of the independent cafes around the city. It’s only become a recent venture for Eileen and she’s surprised that her business is so popular after it just started off “as a germ of an idea”.

Also on this week’s show I chat to Eddy Gadd from the Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association about looking after bees.

I’ve not been enjoying the bees inviting themselves into my house via open windows during the recent sunny weather, however, it might have got you thinking about looking after bees properly. In that case Eddy has plenty of advice for people starting to look after bees as well as explains the benefits of looking after bees.

Listen to the latest episode online here:

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Next time on Food for Thought I talk to the new owners of the Angel Coffee House in Lincoln and chat to Ben and Alex behind the food review website Snap it. Taste it. Blog it. You can listen to the show on Siren FM on Wednesdays at 2pm.

The Little Espresso Company

The first time I stumbled across The Little Espresso Company it was completely by accident. It really is little, it looks just like a doorway in a crowded street. A bit of research later I found out that they were once trying to be officially recognised as the smallest coffee shop by the Guinness World Records. Yet it took me about a year to organise getting The Little Espresso Company onto Food for Thought.

Luckily it was well timed as Adam Lowiss, the owner of The Little Espresso Company, is about to start a delivery service alongside the shop. Adam says the soon to be launched service is “like bringing an entire coffee shop to your desk at work”.

The Little Espresso Shop on Silver Street in Lincoln. | Photo: Charlotte Reid

Although the first impression you get of The Little Espresso Company is just about how tiny the space is. Originally being a small coffee shop was a bit of a ‘gimmick’ says Adam but the size makes sense very quickly. It’s cheap to run, and mostly serves takeaway drinks to people on a quick break from work. These people have no need to hang around, sit and read a paper.

Adam also knows a lot about coffee. Not being a huge coffee lover myself, he already knew what to recommend to someone like me and this impromptu test worked a treat. He also uses local products, suppliers and high quality items like Suki Tea and Chocolate Abyss.

Listen to this week’s Food for Thought here, which includes the interview with Adam and a chat with the Children’s Food Trust about encouraging children to have a healthy diet.

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Chatting with Michel Roux Sr and Brian Turner

Mondays are stereotypically rubbish. Not this week though as Sam Pidoux and I chatted to the three Michelin star chef Michel Roux Sr and one of Britain’s most successful chefs Brian Turner.

Roux Scholarship 2013 | Photo: UKTV

The interview was a chance for the pair to chat about The Roux Scholarship, which after 30 years of providing support for British chefs, is being televised on Watch. We also chatted about the importance of being able to cook properly at home and educating and inspiring people about food.

The full interview with Michel Roux Sr and Brian Turner will be on this week’s Food for Thought on Siren FM, and online shortly afterwards. In the meantime here’s a little tease. It’s not every day that Michel Roux Sr says my name.

Creme egg brownies

Creme egg brownies | Photo: Charlotte ReidThe latest episode of Food for Thought ended up a bit of a mixed bag. I was hoping to interview a local tea room but I was leaving it a bit late.

I record the show on a Tuesday evening and had arranged the interview on a Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as when I arrived my interviewee was ill and at home. Hopefully we’ll be able to rearrange the interview soon. As a result the show ended up being a bit rushed. Luckily I have lots of interviews which I like to reuse every now and again.

I also realised that it’s almost Easter so I should try making something. There are recipes for creme egg brownies on Facebook and thought I should give it a go. So the brownies get reviewed on the show too.

You can listen here:

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Recipe

Easter hasn’t arrived until you have had a creme egg. There may be bigger eggs or better chocolate but nothing compares to the childlike wonder of a creme egg. There’s something very Heston Blumenthal about them.

I, perhaps foolishly, decided that they could be made better with cake. I admit this recipe is not mine, I found one on the internet here and then tweaked it according to what I like.

If you would like to try them out I made a video recipe guide. And if you do try them out then let me know how they went.

Bacon and birthday

There’s been a bit of a delay in Food for Thought recently. To sound dramatic I had a really bad cold. When I have colds I am particularly pathetic and this time as well as sneezing every five seconds I lost my voice. This doesn’t help when presenting a radio show. This week I bravely struggled on. I still sound a bit odd but hopefully it isn’t too distracting.

On this week’s show it is a celebration of the Electric Bar and Restaurant. They have been open a year so held a lavish party at their Brayford based restaurant. Also on this week’s programme I find out more about brunch. The Stokes cafe at The Collection have started to serve the mid-morning meal on Sundays and I wanted to find out how it is different.

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Electric Bar’s birthday

Electric Bar celebrations | Photo: Charlotte Reid It seems hard to believe that the Electric Bar, with its awe inspiring elevator and beautiful views of the Brayford, is only a year old. The restaurant is on top of the Doubletree Hotel and has had quite an impact on the local area.

To find out how the food, the bar and the hotel have developed over the last year I chatted to the general manager, Philip Walker, and head chef, Phil Henson.

You can listen to the interviews below.

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Their party saw flash cars on the waterfront and was a chance to showcase the Electric Bar’s food and cocktails. Here are some pictures from the evening.

Brunch

The Stokes cafe at The Collection | Photo: Charlotte ReidMost of us know what brunch is, but how many of you have had it done well? Stokes cafe at The Collection is now serving pancakes, waffles and crepes as a great Sunday roast alternative. Jean Sebastian Braen, the general manager of the High Bridge and The Collection cafes, knows more about brunch than others. He is originally from Canada and has helped to create this menu. He hopes to introduce the idea of brunch to Lincoln.

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Brunch at The Collection | Photo: Charlotte Reid


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