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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Kent and Sussex Local Food - Taste Festival 2012

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Last weekend I popped along to Bedgebury Pinetum Walled Garden in Goudhurst, to check out the  local Taste Fest 2012 food and drink festival.
The 2 day extravaganza, organised by The Courier Media Group, was for businesses in the south east of England to showcase their food products and services to the public, and to make people aware of where their food comes from. The entertainment included top chefs Jean Christophe Novelli and Nigel Brown, demonstrating dishes cooked with local produce, live music, competitions, childrens' entertainment and a cooking club to encourage budding young chefs.

Here's a few photos of some of the stands:

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Ice cold lemonade from Gran Stead's, they also make an award winning alcohol-free ginger wine.

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Spice mixes from Bit Spicy, enabling you to make authentic restaurant style curry dishes.

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Bookhams with their fabulous range of cheeses, the Sussex Charmer having a creamy cheddar taste with a bit of a 'zing'! They also offer the only Vegetarian Society Approved Parmesan style cheese.

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A range of fresh sauces for everyday use, from The Versatile Sauce Co, made with locally sourced ingredients.

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Owlet Fruit Juices, award winning juices from the Weald of Kent, made from high quality fruit that's been grown in their own orchards.

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Benenden Sauce, from Harrington Foods, is a sweet garlic sauce that is perfect as a salad dressing or marinade.

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Sponsor of the show, Warlingham Wines, offering great wines from around the world at the right price.

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One of the food stalls, Love Crepes - Creperie, with their huge tasty sweet or savoury crepes.

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Monday, 20 August 2012

London Olympics 2012

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We spent the last few weeks sitting in the best seats, watching the London Olympics, clutching the TV remote, flicking the channels with Usain Bolt speed, clapping and cheering on every Team GB competitor.

Except for the one day when we dragged ourselves away from the box and headed into London, to the Olympic Park for our glorious Olympic experience.

Like many others, we applied for cycling, rowing, athletics etc.... We got.... handball. I'd never even heard of it... but WE WERE GOING!

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Here are some of the highlights of our day:

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Enthusiasm and excitement was everywhere

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First sight of the park

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Beautiful wild flowers everywhere

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Olympic rings next to the velodrome

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture

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Water polo arena

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Olympic velodrome

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The Gloriana royal barge was moored there during the games

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There was lots of music & entertainment around the park

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Everything under control

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The shops had loads of cool souvenirs - anyone with a spare baby?

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The outside of the Copper Box, where the handball was held

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There were massive letter sculptures spelling RUN

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Decked out to support his team 

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Inside the Copper Box 

We saw two games, Sweden playing Argentina and Denmark playing Croatia. We had great seats, but were slightly outnumbered especially in the first game when a whole load of Argentina supporters took over the area we were in. They plonked themselves down and persuaded anyone else with those tickets to go elsewhere!

It was NOISY, we had been told that handball was rollocking and audience participation was loud. I can confirm this, and having sat in the middle of the Argentinian quarter, can tell you what it's like to be draped in their flag!

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Flag moved to the gangway 

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The game hasn't started yet...

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Game on - Sweden won 29 to 13

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I'm under there somewhere...

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We popped along to Tower Bridge on the way home

London did us proud. After all the hype, criticism and negativity, during those few weeks, we showed the world what we can do, and I'm sure it will Inspire a Generation.

If you didn't get to go, try to get tickets for the Paralympics, you won't be sorry.

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

French Café Frappé....

....that's Iced Coffee to you and me!
And it's brilliant, especially on a warm, balmy British afternoon.

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My son bought a coffee machine a while back and it makes my day when I get offered a frothy cappuccino, and it's better than any you can buy in the cafes. He also found this recipe for French iced coffee via The Guardian and it's good. BUT.... we made it even better. We fiddled around with the recipe until we got the balance perfect (for us). Less sweet, more ice and a tad thinner. The Guardian recipe makes quite a big coffee, we cut the recipe down and made about 2/3 of the recipe which was enough for 2 small iced coffees.

To see the recipe from The Guardian click here - which was originally from Coffee Love, 50 Ways to Drink Your Java by Daniel Young.

French Café Frappé
Makes 1 large frappé or two small ones.

1½ shots of espresso coffee, chilled
6 ice cubes, crushed
35 ml semi-skimmed milk
25 ml condensed milk
25 ml double cream
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
A few drops of vanilla extract, or a slug of any coffee complimenting liqueur- I like Frangelico

Make the espresso and leave to cool, chill until cold.
Crush the ice.
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

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This recipe is my submission to Bookmarked Recipes, a monthly challenge, which is being hosted this month by Jac from Tinned Tomatoes (started originally by Ruth's Kitchen Experiments).

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