Custom, Folkestone

Custom in a nutshell

Art meets food meets community at Folkestone’s new restaurant in Harbour Arm.


Who’s cooking?

Chef and artist Cherry Truluck and her team are all about bringing people together for great food and shared interests. Through Cherry’s imaginative menus, food-focussed artistic projects and a unique bartering system, Custom aims to make fantastic local food, and the pleasure of sharing it with others, available to everyone. 

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Five Spice Gammon, Sesame, Honey and Chilli Potatoes and Grilled Pak Choi

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So apparently, the difference between gammon and ham is that gammon is cured as part of a side of bacon (and then smoked or not) and ham is removed from the carcass and smoked or dried. I have never heard the term ‘gammon’ in the US, but I guess it must exist. Here in the UK we quite often buy small gammon joints and roast them in the oven, covered at first and then uncovered to brown the fat. It’s pretty standard fare, but it’s always tasty. This ham was different. I wanted to cook it differently, flavor it differently, do something so that it would be a bit more special. A bit of a treat. Enter the barbecue.

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Slow-cooked Pork with Spicy Coleslaw and Sweet Potatoes

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Father’s Day afforded me the perfect opportunity to flick through some of my old Olive magazines on the hunt for an easy but tasty recipe to serve up to the in-laws. An impulse buy pork shoulder was still in the freezer from before I left for California, no doubt because my husband thought it was too much for one person. Had it been me, I would not have had any hang ups about cooking and eating the whole thing – obviously not in one sitting, probably. I found a recipe for slow-cooked pork shoulder with coleslaw and sweet potato fries. It sounded good and southern to me, which is not a cuisine my British in-laws have enjoyed very often, so I decided to go with it.

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Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash Ravioli with Morels and Tomatoes

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This Meatless Monday post was actually made by my aunt, but it was super tasty so I got permission to put it on the blog. My aunt and uncle are mushroom hunters extraordinaire and – lucky for us! – that means we get to delight in the fungus-y spoils of their mushroom hunting trips. This pasta dish starred the morel mushroom which is a blackish brown mushroom shaped like a pine cone. It is an especially meaty mushroom with a really earthy flavor.

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