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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Summer BBC Good Food Show - part 2

Here is a small selection of photos, in no particular order (although I am a sucker for cookbooks and kitchenware) from the stands at the Summer BBC Good Food Show. The food part of the show was a bit smaller than last time, but there was an added bonus of a huge gardening and horticultural section, in conjunction with Gardeners World.

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All the cookbooks you could want

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A selection of cookware from Cooking Marvellous

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All natural Cream Cutie

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Crunchy potato crisps from Tyrrell's

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Organic products from Nudo

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Avocado oil from Olivado

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Organic yogurt from Rachel's Organic

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Onion Marmalade from The Truckle Cheese Company

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Organic bread mixes from Glebe Farm

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Handmade cheeses from the Lymn Bank Farm Cheese Company

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Interesting breads from The Continental Bakery

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Blended herbs and spices from Spicentice

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French sausages

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I recognise this muesli from Kellogg's

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Free range eggs from the Cowran Estate

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Selection of pies

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More cheeses

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Kitchen appliances from Miele

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A stand from the gardening section

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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

BBC Good Food Show with Miele!

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I must be one of the luckiest food bloggers around! Due to other commitments, I had missed out on Miele's St. Patricks Day experience back in March, but this was an invitation to go the Summer BBC Good Food Show on a Saturday and I was free! After my fabulous experience last November with Miele, I was really looking forward to going, and it didn't disappoint.

On arriving, we were met and looked after by 3 Miele/Forever Better representatives, who I would like to say a big thank you to, and especially Steph, for all her hard work that went into organising the day.
It was brilliant getting to meet these other food bloggers:
Jules - Domestic Goddess in Training
Celine - Black Salt
Jan - What Do I Want To Cook Today
Naomi - Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried
Sylvie - A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit
Sunita - Sunita's World

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A food demonstration by Simon Rimmer

First stop was the Summer Kitchen demonstration by Simon Rimmer. It's interesting to hear the patter and see what the chefs are cooking. I would be extremely nervous, cooking in front of a massive, hungry, foodie audience - but Simon was cool, calm and very funny as he demonstrated his 3 dishes, steak tartare, a fish dish and banana tarte tatin.

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Simon cooked steak tartare

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And fish

Next up was a coffee stop behind the scenes, and a photo opportunity with the top chefs as they relaxed before their turns on the various stages.

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Seeing the gorgeous Gino D'Acampo, Simon Rimmer and the Hairy Bikers, backstage

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Hairy Bikers on stage

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Gino D'Acampo's turn

After lunch, we had time to wander around the stands before we met up at the Miele stand to see the latest in fabulous kitchen appliances.

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Look at those faces - that is serious kitchen appliance envy, from Anne, Naomi, Jan and Sylvie

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Gorgeous kitchen hob, complete with retracting salamander. In the right side of the photo is a fabulous wok cooking zone - the photo below shows the way the hob is indented to hold the wok.

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Steam ovens

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Range of ovens

Now for the most nerve-wracking and exciting part of the day! All the food bloggers got to cook at the brand new Miele Cookery Experience. Our presenter was Sophie Michell and we made steamed Thai scallops and Thai lemon sole - which was stuffed with crab, then steamed and served on top of a spicy mango salad. The food was from the sponsor Sainsbury's, and it was all cooked on beautiful Miele appliances, including the new steam ovens. We even got to sit down and eat the food at the end!

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The kitchens all laid out, ready and waiting...

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Side view of the kitchens

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The lovely Sophie Michell showing us what to do

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Jules and myself, slicing the mango (thanks for taking the photo Steph!)

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Phew, Jan is smiling - she's so laid back!

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My Thai lemon sole, stuffed with crab, then steamed and served on top of a spicy mango salad

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Sunita's gotta do what a food blogga does best!

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Myself, Anne, Jules, Sylvie, Jan and Sunita - at the end of a super day!

Time for goodbyes and a last look around the show. The traffic was kind and I was home at a reasonable hour, and of course I took my new Miele cookbook to bed, food porn at its best!

Thank you again Steph and the Miele team for a wonderful day out!

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As there are lots of photos, I'm going to do a round-up of some of the food stands and their products in the next post.

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Monday, 8 June 2009

Farmers' Market - Horsmonden, Kent

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This is the first article in an occasional series about the farmers' markets in my area, also highlighting the Local Food Advisor.
Local Food Advisor is a wonderful website with a wealth of information on finding local food in your area of the UK. Just type in your postcode to find your nearest farmer's market, or look for award winning producers, local food restaurants and even vegetable box schemes.

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Horsmonden Farmers' Market, Kent is a bi-weekly market that is held on the village green in the spring and summer. During the winter months, the market can be found in the newly renovated village hall.
It was started by three local mums and is now in it's 3rd year. There are around 25 stalls selling local produce, with occasional and seasonal stallholders popping in at various times of the year. There is a great range of produce, including breads, meats, fish and vegetables - there is even a refreshment stand operated by a different local charity every fortnight.
All the produce on the stalls is set on ice to keep it fresh and cool.

For more information on Horsmonden Farmers' Market, visit their website or the Local Food Advisor website.

Here are some of the stalls that I visited and their produce. I've put the stallholders websites where I can, but some stalls haven't got theirs up and running yet.

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First stop was the Birchden Farm asparagus stall. Just a week or two left in the British asparagus season so I made the most of it and bought a large bunch of the thin stemmed asparagus.

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Free range organic eggs.

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Of course the tea isn't locally grown, but the Revolution Tea company is just in the next county of E. Sussex. The tea bags are re-useable, made from 100% biodegradable infuser bag, filled with full-leaf teas. You can get 3-4 cups of organic tea from them. I bought a box of the green tea.

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Fresh fruit and vegetables from Market Gardener

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A selection of Mediterranean olives, consisting of garlic with herbs and chilli, semi-dried tomatoes, artichokes, antipasto, smoked chilli jelly, rose harissa and pesto, from Milbank Olives.

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Traditional top quality beef, lamb and pork from Farmer Palmer's Products.

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If I had to choose a favourite stall it would be Stratta. I could spend a good hour trying all their special fruit vinegars and oils. They are a lovely luxury, and once you have tasted them, you won't be going back to the supermarket stuff. I particularly like the raspberry vinegar, but they are waiting for this season's raspberries to make the vinegar, so I chose the morello cherry one. It is fabulous! You can actually taste the fruit in these vinegars and you also get a leaflet full of recipe ideas.
As well as sweet fruit vinegars, Stratta also produce fruit balsamics, savoury vinegars, herb infused oils, preserves, and ready-made dressings.

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Next stop was David Westphal's 'Scrumpy Sussex' Traditional Cheese Dairy.

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Traditional smoked meats, game and fish - from VJ Game.

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Fresh fish from Lee's Fish Tank, mainly selling locally landed fish from Rye Bay.

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Posh Puds, a great selection of home made puddings, cakes, savoury tarts, pizzas and pies.

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Fresh organic produce from Chun Farm, which is a Soil Association farm in Horsmonden. They specialise in a wide variety of organic salad vegetables, soft fruit, herbs and Kentish cobnuts, when in season.

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