The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Food

Cocktail hour: Muddy goes all Mad Men

21 Mar 2017

Ahhhhhhhh, how I perceive myself having a cocktail may not necessarily translate to how I actually look having one; but nevertheless, I like cocktails, and so I shall endeavour to carry on drinking them, whether I can emulate Betty Draper or not.

There are some great cocktail bars in Northants (here’s a blog post we did last year with some Muddy faves), but they’re often a destination venue on a night out, rather than just a quick drink after work, or somewhere you can enjoy a cocktail while the kids have their tea.

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Mini staycation – The Narrowboat, Weedon

20 Mar 2017

Staycation. Staycation Staycation. It’s an opportunity to take some time out and explore your own county, even if you only have a spare evening. And it still surprises me that after a twenty minute car journey from Northampton (a mere skip across the M1 to the west of the county), you can have yourself a proper local adventure. Door to door and back in 24 hours, we’ve met some inspiringly talented people and bone fide entrepreneurs.

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King of Curry – Ali – he is the greatest!

2 Mar 2017

I used to think everyone loved indian food. But as my number of friendship groups has grown, there’s always one person who ‘doesn’t fancy a curry.’ That person is not me. Ask Mr Muddy. Given the choice of the offerings in our house for a takeaway, namely – Indian, Chinese, Chippy, Turkish or Caribbean – (I’d like to have Thai thrown in the mix, but for some reason, there isn’t one in close enough for just a last minute supper choice), I’ll inevitably plump for Indian.

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Holy crepe – it’s Pancake Day!

27 Feb 2017

 

Not sure you want reminding but Pancake Day has crept up on us – it’s tomorrow, Tue 28 Feb – the one day of the year when it’s totally acceptable to throw food round the kitchen. For 24 hours us amateur chefs will be stocking up on eggs, flour, Nutella, bananas and lemons to entertain our friends and family. I’m no masterchef – don’t take my advice for gawd’s sake unless you’re after a gloopy mess – but Muddy Cambs enlisted the help of crepe chef connoisseur John Fenton from Cambridge Crepes to share his flippin’ good recipe plus a few tips on how and when…

Ingredients

  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 mls semi-skimmed milk
  • 230 mls water
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbsp of melted butter

Method

Whisk together the eggs and plain flour.

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Muddy Eats: Sophia’s – a sprinkle of The Med in the heart of Northampton

21 Feb 2017

 

Muddy is lucky. Veeeeeery lucky. In our trips out to visit the finest hostelries and eat from the tastiest menus (all in the name of sharing the best stories with you good Mudsters), it would have been easy to overlook those establishments that had seemingly just been around for years.

Such is the vibrancy, and talent in Northamptonshire, and so strong is the creative appetite that you could be forgiven for thinking that that Sophia’s Restaurant – a Mediterranean gem, over twenty years in the making, is so familiar to have always been there.

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Rachel Johnston – My favourite places & things to do in Northants

13 Feb 2017

 

I had a slight addiction to those house-hunting TV programmes in the ’90s, so can you imagine doing it as a real job?! Well Rachel does, lucky lady, because she’s a home-finder at Stacks Property Search. She goes out and about for clients in Northants and Bucks, so she’s been around our fair Shire quiiiiiite a lot! Here are her favourite places and things to do in and around Northamptonshire…

Remarkably Northamptonshire it is still a little known county for those outside its environs: with the beauty of Warwickshire, the character of Oxfordshire, the convenience of Buckinghamshire – and the price of Northamptonshire – I think it’s a county more people should get to know!

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The alternative guide to Valentines

28 Jan 2017

February 14th, eh? If St Valentines is more of a botheration and you’d rather spend time with someone you love – yourself, then let Muddy inspire you to do something different during a soggy February day.  However if you’re planning gifts, adventures, experiences – all in the name of love then we’ve got it covered.

A cheesy love story – Seductive savoury selections

Who doesn’t love a cheesy happy ending?  

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Arts, culture & marmalade! 8 things to do this weekend…

24 Jan 2017

It seems that January may have upped and gone already Mudsters.  That leaves us with the prospect of a jam (marmalade) packed February with lots and lots to keep us up and at ’em, starting with a good slug of caffeine…

Coffee Cupping/Tasting with Square Mile Coffee roasters, Ground Craft Coffee house,  2-4pm, 27 January

Want to learn more about coffee? Join our friends at Ground Craft Coffee for a tasting session.

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Win a Heston dinner for two, and a snazzy overnight stay

8 Jan 2017

I think it’s only right and proper to begin 2017 with a Michelin nosh up and a night away, don’t you?

Hero over in Buck/Oxon reviewed The Crown in Bray last summer and absolutely loved it. A Heston eaterie (part of his Fat Duck group), The Crown is a gorgeously atmospheric 16th century building with all the requisite nooks, crannies, fireplaces and higgledy-piggledy spaces, with food that’s awesome, as you’d expect.

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