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  • Deborah Steward,  Lil'Miggins

    Smoking my catch

    For as long as I can remember my dad had fished. Around six years ago he taught my husband Kevin and me to fly fish. At first, it was so frustrating. For example, when the line occasionally got caught in the trees I remember once being told rather drily: “there’s not many up there!” Even worse though, was when I hooked myself which is not to be recommended! But eventually, we got the hang of it. After teaching us both…

  • Deborah Steward,  Recipe

    Fattoush

    INGREDIENTS 2 large Turkish flatbread or naan 150g radishes, halved, leaving a few of the green leaves on if possible 4 spring onions, thinly sliced 20g mint leaves, torn in half 25g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped 1 tbsp dried mint 2 garlic cloves, crushed 5 tbsp lemon juice 80ml olive oil, plus extra to drizzle 2 tbsp Lil Miggins sweet chilli jam 1 1/2 tsp salt 1tbsp sumac, plus to garnish METHOD 1. In an oven heated to 180°C,…

  • Deborah Steward,  Lil'Miggins

    Garden gatherings

    Ideas on what to serve family and friends now restrictions have lifted As the UK follows the road out of lockdown, I am overjoyed that I can finally welcome family and friends into my garden once again. What better way to show someone you’ve missed them than by offering up a delicious spread of sweet and savoury food whilst catching up on all that we may have missed over the past 4 months? We’ve already talked about spring flavours, but…

  • Deborah Steward

    Feast

    Columnist: Local producer and chef Deborah Steward of Lil’ Miggins Norfolk chef Deborah Steward tells us about her new business, Lil’ Miggins. Over the last 12 months or so when it comes to running any kind of business things have been, how should I put it, challenging to say the least! During the various lockdowns, I have had the good fortune to be able to leave our house and go to my other kitchen, in a converted barn that is located…

  • Deborah Steward,  Lil'Miggins

    A breath of spring air

    To me, spring has always felt like a real breath of fresh air after the cold winter. And since this winter has been particularly difficult with the lockdown, I really want to make the most of and celebrate the arrival of spring this year! And I wanted to do this in the best way i know how… with food!  Spring flavours, a lot like spring itself, always offer a moment of refreshing excitement for me which really boosts creativity when…

  • Deborah Steward,  Lil'Miggins

    Once it’s scone, it’s scone…

    Mother’s Day is fast approaching and is the perfect opportunity to show your mum how thankful you are for everything she has done for you! But if you’re stuck on the best way to do this, keep reading. We’ve got you covered! One thing we’ve really missed during this pandemic is going out for afternoon tea, so over the last year we have perfected the craft of creating the best at-home afternoon tea and we are going to share our…

  • Lil'Miggins

    It’s marmalade time

    After the hustle and bustle of the run up to Christmas and the New Year, January means one thing to me – Marmalade time! For me it is a true seasonal treat to set time aside to gather everything needed to make the first batch of the year. Marmalade can not only be enjoyed slathered on hot buttered toast for breakfast but is a surprisingly versatile ingredient that can be used in both savory and sweet recipes. Since most of us…

  • Deborah Steward,  Lil'Miggins

    The joy of Christmas food

    For my family and I, the food is the centrepiece of Christmas (and many other days!). From the time we spend planning all of the delicious dishes to the food shopping, cooking has always been the main event. I love how food brings people together and this is what inspired me to start my catering company and Lil’ Miggins.  Christmas has always been a joyful time of year, and even though 2020 has been packed with unprecedented and difficult moments,…

  • Deborah Steward,  Lil'Miggins

    Introducing Lil’Miggins

    For as long as I remember, my family has always been unusually into food. They absolutely loved it, and as a consequence, I spent a lot of my childhood spending time baking, creating and eating delicious recipes. Not a bad way to spend your childhood!    This unusual love of food is something I’ve carried with me throughout my entire life. And the love and joy that I experience making such beautiful produce has been the key inspiration when creating my…