If you have never eaten one of these then you’ve never lived

The last time I went to Beyond the Border I discovered these. That was back in 2014. I’ve waited two years to have the pleasure again, and it was worth the wait.

I’d hoped that these would be available again at Beyond the Border, and they were, possibly one of the best foods I’ve ever had. The amazing Onion Bhajee Scotch Egg. Believe me when I say that there is truly nothing better at all.

I ate quite a few of these last weekend and I love them so much that I ended up bringing home a box load of them. They’re awesome.

Now when can I get them again?

Rail Ale 2015

Front of the Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015
Front of the Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015

It’s been a couple of years since I was on the Rail Ale train. It’s a lovely evening on the bluebell railway in Sussex and well worth trying out if you’ve never been. The format is simple. Steam train + Real Ale + Sausage and Mash supper + Jazz band. Easy.

The Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015
The Rail Ale train, 31st July 2015

The atmosphere is lovely, especially if you have a really nice sunny evening to enjoy as well. The crowd is all there to have a good time and enjoy the beers, of which there were many, and all good in terms of those I managed to sample.

It isn’t the cheapest evening out, but as an occasional outing it’s well worth the money, and of course, as the Bluebell railway is a charity I don’t begrudge them the cash.

A beer voucher from Rail Ale, 31st July 2015
A beer voucher from Rail Ale, 31st July 2015

My favourite ale of the evening was called “Piston Broke”, which seemed apt in some ways for a pleasant evening of beer and music.

A great night out all in all.

Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper Crisps!


I admit to having high hopes for these. Most chilli flavour crisps are a sad let down so I envisaged something really good with the packet’s description of “fiery hot”. Sadly, I was to be disappointed. The crisps were a real let down. Slightly hot is the best description I could give them.

Currywurst, Really?

I had no idea what this was until I tried it. Thanks to Sebastian from Audanika for treating me in Berlin station. Wouldn’t want to have left without trying it out!

Taste the World

I’d never been to the Taste The World tent at WOMAD properly before, so this was a bit of a new experience for me, and it was really good. To the point where I’d like to get hold of some of the recipes actually. Not that I can find them on the WOMAD site as yet, so I hope they haven’t been taken down already.

I thought it was a great idea to get some of the artists showing their favourite recipes and how to make them, and next time I’m at WOMAD I’ll certainly give it a go again.