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Ros Ayres

Food is a topic which is on my mind most of the time from what I’ve eaten to what I’ll be eating. I enjoy home-cooking and getting creative in the kitchen, cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. Some of the best dishes can come from using a few well matched ingredients.

I love being the Food Editor for Now Then magazine as I’m passionate about sharing food stories, championing local producers, makers and the great places to enjoy in Sheffield for food and drink.

Food is ingrained into all of our lives to a lesser or greater extent, as we all have to eat. It’s important that we enjoy our food (and drink) whether that’s eating well, using our local greengrocers, trying a new Sheffield ale or cooking with family and friends.

You can find more of my writing on my blog and I write poetry, some of which I share on my website.

Our Sheffield Vegan Picks

Whether you’re a full-time vegan or actively choosing to eat less meat, Sheffield’s got plenty of great places to try.

Regather in the Community

Lucy from Sheffield co-op Regather tells us about their local food projects, upcoming community events and how a local approach to growing can make a positive difference.

“A wall of shelves”: Craft beers at The Bear

In celebration of the many new independent traders opening up across Sheffield, we asked ale aficionado Matt to tell us more about The Bear beer shop and his recommended beers.

Wake up and smell the coffee

Jordan from Whaletown Coffee and Matt from the soon-to-open Corner Store tell us about their passion for coffee, including tips for home preparation, where to get the best beans – and the greatest local independents.

Life on the Regather Farm

With the roaring success of its veg box, in particular since the pandemic began, we spoke to Doug Kemp from Regather to learn more about how they approach growing and why buying local produce is so important.

6 great places to eat and drink alfresco

If you're looking for some inspiration for where to eat and drink as lockdown restrictions ease, look no further. Here’s a selection of Sheffield independents to visit this spring.

Time for Tea

Sheffield's Birdhouse Tea and Batch Tea Co share their love of tea – and why a daily cuppa can soothe us and boost our wellbeing.

Sharing the joy of fermentation

Social Pickle share their passion for bringing people together to enjoy the positives of foraging, fermenting and cooking.

Food travels: Asia

If you’re looking to get out of a cooking rut and freshen up your Asian repertoire, read on for ideas, inspiration and some good takeaway options in Sheffield, if all else fails.

Celebrating the seasons

Make the best of what’s around you this winter harvest – our tips on how to prepare and cook in-season fruit and veg.

Independent Food Festivities

Yes, ‘Christmas is going to be different this year,’ but Sheffield’s independent traders and producers are up to the challenge. Here are some choice picks for festive food and drink.

Connecting people through baking

Sheaf Community Bakery are passionate about growing local, promoting food equality and baking great heritage breads. Jonny from SCB told us more about the non-profit venture started in Heeley.

Growing a Community

Food charity Green City Action share how community growing connects people, improves wellbeing and helps us to develop our communities.

Recipe Chicken Momos

Taking us on a culinary journey to Nepal, Dev of Hungry Buddha shares his top comfort food recipe - chicken momos. Momos are a type of…

Comfort Food

As late summer moves into autumn, there’s a change in what we want to eat. Molly’s Cafe & Deli and Edo Sushi share their favourite dishes to keep out the cold.