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The Budget Midlands Staycation

If you’ve read this blog for a while you’ll know we love travelling to all four corners of the United Kingdom. With moving house and me doing something very stupid to my car (don’t ask), our tiny holiday budget was essentially halved overnight. When looking for somewhere to stay we want something a little different, […]

Cold Smoking with Seasoned

Seasoned is a Midlands based cookery school run by Clare Tetley. Not only does she run a business providing  fabulous day courses throughout Derbyshire & Shropshire she has a brownie recipe to die for. I met Clare back in September 2010 when I started my business and we have worked on various projects over the last year. As Hubs has dabbled with smoking food in the past, he helped Clare road test a food smoking course that is now available through Seasoned. Both Hubs & I believe smoking has the amazing ability to transform a food. I certainly believe a bacon sarnie tastes even better if the bacon is smoked.

Essentially there are two ways of smoking food. Smoking food at home doesn’t require lots of expensive equipment. Read more about Cold Smoking with Seasoned

Midlands festive food & gift events

November and December is a great time in the Midlands for food and craft fairs. Perfect for discovering new producers and picking up some gifts along the way. As a few people have asked me about what happening locally in the next few months I thought I would dedicate a blog post to it. If […]

Asparagus – how do you eat yours?

I believe that British asparagus heralds a fresh new year of delicious fruit & vegetables. Gone is the season of roots & onions, in come the luscious greens, purples…and various other colours if our veg  plot is anything to go by. Once asparagus is here I know I won’t have to wait long until the […]

Derbyshire Fidgety Pie

This pie has been in the planning for a while. To celebrate British Food Fortnight I knew I wanted to bake a traditional Derbyshire dish, ideally savory and with pasty. Inspiration came from the most random of places – the latest East Midlands National Trust newsletter. In the newsletter it mentioned the traditional Derbyshire Fidgety […]

Celebrating British Food – Bakewell Tart

Summer made a brief appearance here in the UK over the weekend; basking the ground in glorious autumnal sunshine. Hey it was short lived, but at least it brought us some cheer. We spent Sunday at Kedleston Hall on the outskirts of Derby, walking around the grounds and eating picnic on the lawn. It was […]

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