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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!

From 2020 I am also offering support to artists, small businesses and community to help them with their online presence - from setting up a Blog or website to help with social media.  If you have a project that you would like help with then please get in touch!

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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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Lockdown Norwich vaccine trip

Just over a week ago I headed into Norwich to get my vaccine. It was quite a trip out as we haven’t ventured into the City since August last year! We decided to arrive a bit earlier than my appointment and take a little walk around the streets and I thought it would be a…

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Dance away the lockdown

A year ago today my sister and I were swanning around Kensington, visiting museums and galleries, having afternoon tea in Harrods and watching one of our teen heroes Brian Ferry perform at the Royal Albert Hall. It all seems like a million years ago now after almost a year of lockdown and virtually no social…

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No brainer bread!

My daughter Reya sent us a photo on Sunday morning of the bread that she had rustled up for her uni flat mates for brunch. Not only did it look delicious the recipe sounded insanely simple – just a few ingredients and no kneading! Now I have always been of the “beefy forearms, lots of…

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Welcome to lockdown life!

So here we are – just over a week into the third lockdown of this hideous pandemic. We are pretty much holed up in our Norfolk home – keeping away from people as much as possible. We are in the over 60’s category (no idea how that happened!) and Geoff has had several serious health…

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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.…

Food and recipes

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Rainy Summer Sunday – so let’s make lime and coconut cake!

It’s a summer Sunday washout! It’s cold and it’s pouring with rain which has scuppered my plans for some weekend gardening.  Instead I’ve been pottering the kitchen, listening to Cerys at Womad and making this ridiculously simple, but delicious cake.  The addition of some extra virgin coconut oil makes it super coconutty and and provides a healthy…

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Herby cheese scones

You can’t beat a good scone!! I’m particularly partial to a cheese one – there’s something so lovely about their soft warm cheesiness dripping with butter! This is a very straightforward recipe but with the addition of a lovely herby mixture that just adds a top note to the flavour. My favourite is a pizza…

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Pearl barley and feta bake

OK – I’m back with a vengeance with lots of recipes, photos and photoshopping ideas!  Today I thought I’d hop on the meat-free Monday train with this  lovely vegetarian twist on the frittata packed full of green goodness and tangy cheese. Pearl barley has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance of late and is now…