East Sussex prices rise

Latest figures from Land Registry show that prices have risen by 8.6% on average in the 12 months to the end of January 2016, although this is slightly behind the south-east as a whole.

 

Phillip Mann, owner of Phillip Mann estate agents, said "the figures show a healthy level of demand relative to supply, but without returning to the crazy days before 2008. We have not seen a massive surge in demand or prices prior to the hike in stamp duty for second and buy-to-let homes, due to come into force in April. This is a good thing as it suggests there will not be an attendant drop afterwards.

That said, it remains to be seen whether the EU Referendum will have a dampening effect on demand in the months leading up to it". 

Five steps to prepare your lawn for spring

 

The end of winter signals a time to start thinking about outdoor activities and the returning need for garden and lawn care. Soil can take a considerable beating during northern winters, with compaction, erosion and salt deposits from nearby roadways. Here are some steps to ensure that your soil is ready to provide the right growing environment for grass and other plants.

1. Remove winter debris 

Winter storms and winds may have deposited many types of debris on your lawn and garden areas. Use a rake to remove bits of plastic, paper, rocks, twigs and leaves from the surface. Damp piles of debris can harbour plant molds that can affect the growth of your lawn or garden. This measure will also allow a close assessment of bare areas of the lawn that may require reseeding or re-earthing. Preventing soil contamination will help new plants to grow stronger in the first critical days and weeks.

2. Work the Soil 

Garden experts recommend that you do not work the soil while it is still saturated from winter, which can foster plant diseases. Allow the soil to dry in the open air for a week or two to prevent this problem. Then you can begin working the soil in areas you wish to plant.

3. Early season fertilizing 

Then you should apply a high-quality fertilizer to help facilitate lawn growth and prepare garden areas for early planting. Both organic and synthetic fertilizers are available. Organic fertilizers dissipate slowly and are less subject to runoff into nearby waterways. However, these fertilizers are considerably more expensive than synthetic fertilizers, which deliver nutrients to plants quickly and are more likely to find their way into the environment.

4. Core aerate lawn areas 

The soil in lawn areas can become severely compacted during the winter months with heavy rain. Core aeration is the process of poking deep holes, spaced uniformly across the surface of a lawn, to loosen soil and allow better moisture and nutrient absorption for plants. Your local hardware store or equipment rental outlet may provide core aerator machines for rent. However, if you do not wish to do the work yourself, contact a lawn care company to do it for you.

5. Reseed bare areas 

You may wish to add additional topsoil or soil conditioner, such as peat moss or dried leaves, to provide more nutrients and keep soil loose. Adding soil conditioner can be particularly important for heavy clay soils that can impede root formation. After working the additives into the dirt, you can then distribute seed on the surface of the soil, mixing it in loosely with a rake. If you prefer, you can lay sod over the area for quick filling of bare spots. Keep the area watered several times of day for two weeks to ensure good rooting.

With these actions, you will soon see a green, healthy lawn that is ready for all your warm weather, outdoor activities.

One in six tenants sublets their home

New research by landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business reveals that 17% of tenants in the UK admit to having rented out part or all of their property to someone who isn’t on the lease agreement. 

A quarter of tenants who sub-let their property didn’t check the terms of their lease to see if it was permitted, while 34% had not informed their landlord of the decision.

Of the sub-letters who did not inform their landlord, a fifth (23%) got found out in the end anyway. In 11% of cases the tenants named on the lease were evicted with 6% losing their deposit in the process. Other repercussions include landlords increasing rental charges (22%), issuing a fine (14%) or issuing a formal warning (8%).

In spite of this, Direct Line for Business’s research reveals that 2016 could see an increase in the number of people sub-letting their properties. One in six renters (15%) claim they are thinking about sub-letting part or all of their rented property by advertising on property letting websites such as Airbnb.

Nick Breton, Head of Direct Line for Business said: “The average monthly rent across  the UK currently stands at £739. This means on average, approximately a third of people’s income goes towards accommodation. With the market having seen a 5% increase in average rents in the last year, it seems that a larger number of renters are tempted to offset this expense by sub-letting their properties.”

Over the last two years, Landlord Action have seen an 18% increase in the number of instructions from landlords with sub-letting cases.

Organised sub-letting scams are also becoming more prevalent, where tenants, or sometimes even fake tenants, advertise properties and rooms on holiday/accommodation websites in order to cream a profit without the landlords’ consent.”

When looking at who the properties are sub-let to, friends or recommendations (both 28%) are the two most common types of sub-lets. Family members account for just over a fifth (21%), while 19% of renters have sub-let to strangers responding to an advert.

Debbie Williams, head of letting at Phillip Mann comments “research like this is valuable because it helps reinforce the importance of having a good, reliable and experienced letting agent on your side. People who turn to the internet to do their own letting run the risk of poor tenants, not properly checked or referenced.”

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What's on locally

Thanks to Seafordtown.co.uk, Newhaventown.co.uk and Peacehaventown.co.uk for these listings, which we have edited slightly. 

Seaford Bonfire Society - open meeting
Date: Wednesday 02 March 2016 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: White Lion Hotel, Claremont Road 
Town: Seaford 

A chance to meet the committee and join the Society. 
Website: www.seafordbonfire.co.uk 

Seaford Community Cinema - NT Live 'Hangmen'
Date: Thursday 03 March 2016 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane Car Park, 
Town: Seaford 

cert. 15. The Royal Court Theatre's acclaimed production of Hangmen live from the West End. 

Adult non-member £13.50 
Adult member £12.50 
Designated accompanying carers to the disabled £0.00 

Website: www.seafordcinema.org/film/nt-live-hangmen/ 

Seaford Hard of Hearing Club
Date: Friday 04 March 2016 
Time: 2:15pm 
Where: St James' Clubhouse, 11 Blatchington Road, 
Town: Seaford 
Email: white-c7@sky.com 
Phone: 01323 895 216 

'The Lost Village of Tidemills', Talk by Joanna Wilkins from the Sussex Archaeological Society. 

Tea and Biscuits. Raffle. 

Transport Available - Call Pauline on number above. 


World Day of Prayer - Service
Date: Friday 04 March 2016 
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Chyngton Methodist Church, Millberg Road 
Town: Seaford 
Email: eamj33@hotmail.com 
Phone: 01323 890 644 

Praying for the world as seen through the eyes of the women of Cuba. 


Seaford Music Society
Date: Friday 04 March 2016 
Time: 7:45pm 
Where: Crosssway Church, Steyne Road 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 895 812 

Maeve Jenkinson and Rachel Fryer, Violin and Piano works by Leclair, Debussy, Franc and Messenet 

Tickets £14, £5 students, Children free with and adult 

Website: www.seafordmusicsociety.com 

Seaford Folk Club - Skinner and T'witch
Date: Friday 04 March 2016 
Time: 8:00pm 
Where: Royal British Legion Club, Claremont Road 
Town: Seaford 
Email: seafordfolkclub@hotmail.co.uk 
Phone: 01323 899 405 

Skinner & T'witch are an original, contemporary folk duo. 

They say: “Strong vocals, driving rhythms, brilliant guitar, and a flash of flamenco. Music to melt the heart. We are not a formal club; there is no membership fee. On guest nights an admission charge of £5.00 per person is collected at half time, which is used solely to pay the guest performer that week.”

The running costs of the club are obtained from a weekly raffle with various prizes. On Singers and Musicians Night a £2.00 entry fee per person (which includes the raffle) is collected. 

Website: www.seafordfolkclub.com 

Open Mike/Jam Session
Date: Friday 04 March 2016 
Time: 8:30pm 
Where: Seven Sisters, Alfriston Road 
Town: Seaford 

Perform or jam with some great local musicians. Full PA and keys supplied 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/seahavenopenmic/ 

Wrestling
Date: Saturday 05 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Main Hall, Community House, Meridian Centre 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 585 493 

Tickets available at £10 Adults, £9 concessions, bar & refreshments available. 

Website: www.peacehavencouncil.co.uk/community/event-calendar/dates-for-your-diary/ 

Coffee Morning & Sale of Mother's Day Posies
Date: Saturday 05 March 2016 
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 Noon
Where: Clinton Halls, Clinton Place, 
Town: Seaford 
Email: h.norsworthy@btinternet.com 
Phone: 01323 896 567 

Seaford Evening Flower Club invite you to their Coffee Morning and Sale of Mother's Day fresh flower Posies, ideal gifts to celebrate Mother's Day. 


Seaford RFC v Crawley
Date: Saturday 05 March 2016 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Salts Recreation Ground, Richmond Road, BN25 1DR 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 07535 154 463 

London & SE Division Sussex Spitfire 1 

Website: www.seafordrfc.co.uk/contact/ 

Elton John Tribute Evening
Date: Saturday 05 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 897 426 

A fun evening of over 3 decades of Elton John's hits brought to you by Sam Hughes. 

Tickets are available from Ticketsource (link below) or Seaford Tourist Information Centre, Church Lane, Seaford. 

Tickets £8, Concessions £6 

Website: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FFDKGM 

Race Night
Date: Saturday 05 March 2016 
Time: 8:45pm 
Where: The Royal British Legion Club, Claremont Road 
Town: Seaford 
Email: postmaster@seafordbritishlegion.co.uk 
Phone: 01323 890 154 

Come along, have a small bet on the gee-gees and lots of fun. 

Website: seafordbritishlegion.co.uk 

Splash Point Jazz at The View
Date: Sunday 06 March 2016 
Time: 4:00pm 
Where: The View (Seaford Head Golf Club) 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 890 139 

Regular monthly jazz club presented by the Neal Richardson Trio with special guest, Andy Panayl, who plays Sax and Flute. 

Entry is free; it's a family friendly event and great bar food is available. 

Website: www.splashpointjazz.club 

Hillcrest Storytellers present Trickster
Date: Tuesday 08 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Hillcrest Centre, Bay View Road, BN9 9LH 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@hillcrestcentre.co.uk 
Phone: 01273 512 376 

15th June 1910: A red haired boy leaves school with bigger plans than life down the pit. Schoolmates, teachers and the local doctor have already fallen fowl of his trickery. Ahead is fun, fortune and a hundred more serious ruses to try. Little does he know that he'll soon be hunted as the most wanted man in the country. 

Age 12+ 

Performance storytelling by Dominic Kelly 

£6 in advance or £8 on the door if available. 

Tickets can be booked through our website:guesthousestorytellers.com/coming/book/ 

Probus Club of Seaford
Date: Tuesday 08 March 2016 
Time: 12:00 Noon 
Where: SEAFORD golf club, Firle Road 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 013323 890 418 or 01323 897 546 

Monthly meeting with three course lunch and speaker.


Seaford Lecture and Literary Club
Date: Tuesday 08 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: St Leonard's Church Hall, Church Lane 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 899 9932 

Tonight the Club are hosting Michael Hoad who is giving an illustrated lecture entitled 'Through the Rockies to Alaska' 


Matinee Melodies 4
Date: Wednesday 09 March 2016 
Time: 2:30pm 
Where: Community House, Main Hall, Meridian Centre 
Town: Peacehaven 

All new musical favourites; fun, singalong and songs from the shows with Gary Richard (Mr. Variety) and Peter Stanford (Mr. Musicals). 

Ticket price £8 and can be obtained from the Information Office at the Meridian Centre. 

C.T.L.A. Transport 01273 517 332


Seaford Women's Institute
Date: Wednesday 09 March 2016 
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Claremont Hall, Brooklyn Road 
Town: Seaford 

Speaker: Irene Eltringham Wilson, 'All Garfdens Great and Small' 

Stall, Cakes 

Guests welcome 

Website: www.esfwi.org.uk/seaford.html 

Seaford and District Stamp Club
Date: Wednesday 09 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Crossway Church, Steyne Road 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 0323 492 433 

AGM and competitions night. 

All stamp collectors welcome 

Website: www.seafordstampclub.co.uk 

The Love Heart Community Cafe - CATS IN NEED
Date: Thursday 10 March 2016 
Time: 10:30am - 11:30pm
Where: Clinton Centre, Clinton Place, 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 897 320 (SAM) 

Support Sam to raise money for Denton Cat Rescue 

Tombola, Home-made cards, bric-a-brac, name the teddy, cakes and more.


Seaford RAFA Lunch
Date: Thursday 10 March 2016 
Time: 12:30pm 
Where: either the White Lion or the Royal British Legion, Claremont Road 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 898 907 

Please book in advance 


Seaford Folk Club
Date: Friday 11 March 2016 
Time: 1:00pm 
Where: Royal British Legion Club, Claremont Road 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 899 405 

'Far From Carolina', Mell Hayes and Terry Lees, Acoustic Americana and traditional Folk and Blues 

Website: www.seafordfolkclub.com 

Seaford Community Cinema 'Suffragette.' Cert PG
Date: Friday 11 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane Car Park, 
Town: Seaford 

Tickets £6, £5 or £3.50 

Advance bookings from Seaford Tourist Information or via the web 

Website: www.seafordcinema.org 

Quiz Night
Date: Friday 11 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm - 10:00
Where: Meeching Hall, Fort Road, 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: stevesaunders@hotmail.com 
Phone: 07976 371 116 

Maximum 6 per team. raffle and refreshments available. 

All proceeds raised go towards 3rd Newhaven Scouts and Newhaven Mayor's charities, Newhaven Lifeboats and Seahaven Responders. 

Website: www.newhaventowncouncil.gov.uk 

Peacehaven & Telscombe vs Tooting & Mitcham United
Date: Saturday 12 March 2016 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: The Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue, BN10 8RH 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 582 471 

Ryman Isthmian League Match - Division South 

Admission Prices for the Ryman Premier league and Cup season in 2015/16 will be: £10 and concessions at £6 for all league and cup games. 

Website: www.peacehavenfc.co.uk/ 

Newhaven FC v Broadbridge Heath
Date: Saturday 12 March 2016 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Fort Road, BN9 9DA 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@newhavenfc.co.uk 
Phone: 07949 957 877 

Southern Combination Football League >> Premier Division 

Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £2.50, Children Free. 

Website: www.newhavenfc.co.uk/ 

Seaford Fairtrade Market
Date: Saturday 12 March 2016 
Time: 10:00am - 1:00
Where: The Clinton Centre, Clinton Place 
Town: Seaford 

They say: “Come along and have a relaxing cup of coffee, tea or soft drink and sample a tasty bite. Seaford is a Fairtrade Town and the local group are keen to show how we can all help fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. You might even see a banana walking about!“

There will be a children's corner, raffle and many stalls of Fair Trade goods. 

Entry is 50p, children free with accompanying adult. 

Website: www.seaford-sussex.co.uk/Fairtrade/prog.htm 

Lunchtime concert - Julia Kemp, Soprano & Rosemary Kemp, Piano
Date: Saturday 12 March 2016 
Time: 1:00pm 
Where: St Leonard's Church, Church Street, 
Town: Seaford 

Julia was a music student and Choral Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge where she graduated with a First in music. Previously she sang in the National Youth Choir of Wales and in a number of regional ensembles. 

Rosemary, a former scholarship pupil and prize winner at the Royal College of Music London, has performed and taught piano, harpsichord and electronic keyboard professionally. 

Tickets:Free Admission with a retiring Collection. 

Concert lasts approximately an hour. 


Seaford RFC v Midhurst
Date: Saturday 12 March 2016 
Time: 2:00pm 
Where: Salts Recreation Ground, Richmond Road, BN25 1DR 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 07535 154 463 

Cup Match. 

Website: www.seafordrfc.co.uk/contact/ 

Energy Cafe
Date: Sunday 13 March 2016 
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Fonetastic, Place Lane 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 01323 898 070 

Bring your energy bill for advice 


Seaford and Bishopstone Neighbourhood Watch
Date: Wednesday 16 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: St Leonards Church Hall, Church lane 
Town: Seaford 

A G M of the Seaford and Bishopstone Branch of Neighbourhood Watch. 

Come and see how you can help cut crime in your own area 


Newhaven FC v Pagham
Date: Saturday 19 March 2016 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: Fort Road, BN9 9DA 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@newhavenfc.co.uk 
Phone: 07949 957 877 

Southern Combination Football League >> Premier Division 

Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £2.50, Children Free. 

Website: www.newhavenfc.co.uk/ 

Hillcrest Cinema showing "Pride"
Date: Saturday 19 March 2016 
Time: 7:30pm 
Where: Hillcrest Centre, Bay View Road, BN9 9LH 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@hillcrestcentre.co.uk 
Phone: 01273 512 376 

Who remembers the miner's strike? Well, Pride is a great little feel-good film based on a true story of a group of gay men from a London bookshop not only raising money, but going down to a tiny village in Wales in support of the miner's efforts to beat Thatcher's government. 

Tickets £5.00 available from Hillcrest Reception during the week, Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm. 

Centre opens 6.00pm. Cafe serves meals & light refreshments. Meal & drink from £6.50.


Andrew Dandridge One Man Exhibition
Date: (Starts) Saturday 19 March 2016 - Thursday 24 March 2016 
Time: 10:30am - 5:00pm
Where: Arts at the Crypt, 23 Church Street, BN25 1HE 
Town: Seaford, 
Email: andrew@andrewdandridge.co.uk 
Phone: 01323 891 434 - 0779 193 3531 

A One Man Exhibition of recent paintings by Seaford based Sussex Artist. 
Free entry. 

Website: www.andrewdandridge.co.uk 

Dawn's Vintage Do Presents "Starlets Burlesque Show"
Date: Saturday 19 March 2016 
Time: 7:45pm - 10:00pm
Where: The Barn Theatre, Saxon Lane Car Park, 
Town: Seaford 

Comedy Burlesque - Music - Drag : Violet Blaze - Cherry Liquor - Alfie Ordinary - Lolita Yves 

Tickets £10 and can be booked via the website. 

Website: www.ticketsource.co.uk/thebarntheatre 

Seaford Choral Society - Mozart Requiem rehearsals
Date: Monday 21 March 2016 
Time: 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Where: Cradle Hall Community Primary School, Lexden Road 
Town: Seaford 
Email: info@seaford-choral-society.com 
Phone: 01323 891 307 

Our Mozart Requiem is due to be held on Good Friday 25th March 2016 and there will be a rehearsal for all singers who wish to join us prior to that date. Do not worry if you do not have a score, the Choir can provide these. 

Website: www.seaford-choral-society.com 

Peacehaven Cinema - "Brooklyn"
Date: Wednesday 23 March 2016 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: Main Hall, Community House, Meridian Centre 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 585 493 

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. 

Details & tickets available from the information office at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven. 

Website: www.peacehavencouncil.co.uk 

Seaford valuation day being held by Eastbourne Auctions
Date: Wednesday 23 March 2016 
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Kube Hair Dressers, 32 High Street 
Town: Seaford 
Email: jeannette@eastbourneauction.com 
Phone: 01323 431 444 

Jeannette and the ladies will be at Kube Hair in Seaford on Wednesday 23rd of March, and would like to see all items including; oriental items even damaged, militaria, jewellery, fountain pens, coins, watches, scent bottles, and many other quirky items. 

If you have something you are not sure about please come, ask and have a chat. 

Coffee and Biscuits served. Free valuation day. 

Bring your items of interest for our valuer to assess. 

Website: https://www.eastbourneauction.com/ 

An Abstract View
Date: Friday 25 March 2016 - Thursday 31 March 2016 
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Arts @theCrypt Gallery, 23 Church Street BN25 1HE 
Town: Seaford 
Phone: 07961 929 085 - 01825 760 840 

Following last year’s successful exhibition we return to show our latest works.

Free entry, and affordable prices, to see the latest contemporary artworks from; Rosemary Newton, Isobel Moore and John Forster. 


Seaford Choral Society - Mozart Requiem
Date: Friday 25 March 2016 
Time: 7:00pm 
Where: St. Leonard's Church, Church Street 
Town: Seaford 
Email: info@seaford-choral-society.com 
Phone: 01323 891 307 

Mozart's Requiem is one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire. 

All singers are invited to join us! At 5pm there will be a run-through followed by refreshments, before the performance commences. 

Event cost £3 at the door payable by all singers and members of the audience. Proceeds from the concert this year will go to a local Seaford charity. 

Website: www.seaford-choral-society.com 

Peacehaven & Telscombe vs Corinthian-Casuals
Date: Saturday 26 March 2016 
Time: 3:00pm 
Where: The Sports Park, Piddinghoe Avenue, BN10 8RH 
Town: Peacehaven 
Phone: 01273 582 471 

Ryman Isthmian League Match - Division South 

Admission Prices for the Ryman Premier league and Cup season in 2015/16 will be: £10 and concessions at £6 for all league and cup games. 

Website: www.peacehavenfc.co.uk/ 

Newhaven FC v Shoreham
Date: Monday 28 March 2016 
Time: 11:00am 
Where: Fort Road, BN9 9DA 
Town: Newhaven 
Email: info@newhavenfc.co.uk 
Phone: 07949 957 877 

Southern Combination Football League >> Premier Division 

Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £2.50, Children Free. 

Website: www.newhavenfc.co.uk/ 

 

Aborted sales end happily afterall

 

Sometimes it just pays to go with the market leader. This lovely property in Firle Road, Seaford had 2 abortive sales with another local agent, then instructed us. We found a buyer after two viewings and the sale completed within six  weeks.

One very happy vendor and buyers moved in last week.

Recipe: sweet potato, thyme and Parmesan rose tart

For a delicious savoury treat, try this delicate rose-shaped tart made with sweet potato, thyme and flavoursome Parmesan. An elegant and vibrant dish, it's perfect for serving at a casual lunch with friends.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 x 375g pack ready-rolled, all-butter shortcrust pastry
750g sweet potato (about 3 long and large), peeled
3 tbsp olive oil
5 thyme sprigs
50g vegetarian hard cheese (or Parmesan), finely grated
2 eggs
3 tbsp crème fraîche
salad leaves, to serve.

WHAT TO DO - PASTRY

1. Use the pastry to line a 23cm diameter tart tin with a removable base, patching as needed and leaving the excess pastry untrimmed. Chill for 20 minutes. 
2. Preheat the oven to gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C.
3. Once out of the fridge, prick the pastry base several times with a fork and line with baking paper. Fill the centre with baking beans or uncooked rice to weigh the paper down. Set on a baking tray and cook for 15 minutes until the pastry no longer looks raw. 
4. Remove the paper and beans and return the pastry case to the oven for a further 5 minutes or until it turns a pale golden colour. Trim off the excess pastry flush with the top of the tin and set aside. 
5. Reduce the oven to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C.

WHAT TO DO – SWEET POTATOES

1. Create long ribbons of the sweet potato, either by slicing them from top to bottom with a mandolin, using a hand guard, or with a sturdy swivel peeler. The slices must be long, very thin and bendy. 
2. Put the potato slices in a mixing bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to coat and a little salt and pepper.
3. Strip the thyme leaves from two of the stalks and combine with the grated Parmesan, eggs and crème fraîche in a small bowl. Season lightly. 
4. Spread this mixture over the base of the tart and top with the sweet potato, arranged vertically in a concentric circle from the outside to the inside. The potato slices should begin to form a ‘rose’ effect.
5. Scatter with the remaining thyme sprigs and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Bake for 40 minutes or so, until the sweet potato is tender. Serve warm or at room temperature, with salad leaves.

FREEZING AND DEFROSTING GUIDELINES

Once the dish has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. Loosely cover with foil and bake until dish is thoroughly heated through. Reheat until piping hot.

Thanks to https://realfood.tesco.com for this recipe

 

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