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Hi and welcome to my site! I’m Debbie - the Pixel Chef – a freelance photographer, media creative and lover of food, walking, yoga and cycling.

On the Pixel Chef Blog you’ll find lots of my photos along with recipes for cooking up digital manipulations. You'll also find real recipes - with more photos - to help you cook up a storm in the kitchen!

In 2024 I'm planning to breathe a bit of life back into this neglected old Blog as well as developing my Substack (under the same name). It's early days yet but I have a lovely long list of ideas so as they say watch this space!

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That was September!

September brought us a lovely Indian summer filled with colour popping goodness!

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Mum’s best ever scones

It’s no exaggeration to say that my Mum Greta’s cheese scones were simply the best! I have given the recipe to many people over the years and we even included it in the order of service at her funeral earlier in the year. Yesterday I made them for a Macmillan coffee morning that I organised…

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Jumbleberry jam

As I type the last gasp of the summer heatwave has well and truly left and Autumn is blowing in on chill wet winds. While a lot of our summer garden produce has finished (the tomatoes fell foul of blight and the magnificent runner and French bean wigwam blew over) our Autumn raspberries are producing…

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It’s been a while…

…is an understatement! It’s nearly two years since I’ve posted in this poor neglected space and during that time my creativity has mostly been confined to taking photos on my iPhone (I took the plunge last year and jumped from android) and scribbling random thoughts and haikus in my morning journal. The last two years…

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Pickled lemons

I thought that I would revamp and republish some of my old favourite recipes using the new fab recipe plugin that I discovered recently – WP Recipe maker from Bootstrapped ventures. First up is this recipe for pickled lemons – picked because I have a new batch steeping away in the kitchen at the moment.…

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The Merz vintage fashion shoot

As I sit typing looking at the gloom of a very dismal, grey and chilly bank holiday weekend I’m reminded of how different the last one was at the end of May. It was the end of spring, the sun was warm and delicious with the promise of summer to come. Sadly that summer has…

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Move and shake to London Town!

A couple of weeks back we headed off to London Town with our daughter Reya “soft moving” to her new London life! She is starting her MA at RADA at the end of September and in the meantime has managed to secure two temporary jobs to help finance her through this next part of her…

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Slow roast spicy pork revisited!

I first posted this slow roast pork recipe back in 2013 and am making it again today to warm us up on a cold May Bank Holiday weekend. I have made a couple of changes – like adding coriander seeds to the fennel – but otherwise the recipe is the same as it was 8…

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A year of lockdowns – photo stories

This post has sat as a draft for nearly two weeks while I have procrastinated about what to write about the last year. It has been a roller coaster for us all in many ways and something we just couldn’t have imagined back in the good old days before 2020. All of these photos are…

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Dryathlon day 25: Target reached!

I seem to have filled the gap left by alcohol with cake as January has worn on. This morning I had an impromptu coffee morning with a few friends which added over £20 to my sponsorship money. After putting a picture of my cakes up on Facebook more donations rolled in and I’m thrilled to…

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The first asparagus of Spring

A couple of days ago husband Geoff returned from his lunchtime bike ride (zero food miles!) with a small rucksack full of the first asparagus of the Spring bought from Portwood Asparagus in Great Ellingham, Norfolk.  With the exception of my son Tom, we all love asparagus in our household and look forward to the…

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Mum’s best ever scones

It’s no exaggeration to say that my Mum Greta’s cheese scones were simply the best! I have given the recipe to many people over the years and we even included it in the order of service at her funeral earlier in the year. Yesterday I made them for a Macmillan coffee morning that I organised…