Something for the weekend – Food Connections, Bristol

Something for the weekend – Food Connections, Bristol

I’ve said before how much I love a good community event and I’ll say it again for the purposes of this post. If you happen to be in or around Bristol between 29 April and 06 May you should check out the Food Connections Festival. Based around College Green, Anchor and Millennium Square; and with events going on all across the city there is something for foodies or all ages.

There are free cooking demonstrations, just register on the Bristol Food Connections website. You’ll have opportunity to learn how to make Saurkraut, make your household more economical by cooking up a storm with your leftovers or even master knife skills.

For littler children (and Big Kids) there Jo Ingleby (Winner of the Food and Farming Awards Cook of the year 2015) will be demonstrating how to cook with kids. The Travelling Kitchen will be taking children ages between 8 and 12 on a culinary journey through the ages; beginning with the Tudors. (I would still love this now if I’m entirely honest). Riverford Organic Farm is also going to evoke a love of the natural environment and how it plays a keen part in production of food by encouraging children to find and identify worms and learn about their importance in soil health. They’ll also be teaching children of all ages about Bees and how best to look after them.

For those who want to take a more relaxed approach there are plenty of stalls selling street foods as well as live musical performances so you can take everything in at your own pace and enjoy the city and all the entertainment this festival has to offer.

In short I am totally jealous of anyone in the South West right now.

If you plan to attend this festival or you have been and want to tell me more please let me know what you think.

 

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Lemon curd and poppy seed drizzle cake

Lemon curd and poppy seed drizzle cake

This loaf is actually amazing. Its the lightest fluffiest lemony cake ever and is perfect with a cup of tea. I added poppy seeds to the original recipe for this and they cut through the sweetness and add to the texture (plus I had a massive bag that needed using, food waste is not cool!)

I have a feeling this recipe will contribute a lot to our cake eating quotas for this year (although it is perfect for sharing). This is also an absolute dream to make and you don’t actually need a food processor or electric whisk for this; although they do make it a bit easier.

For a small loaf you will need:

75g softened butter

125g caster sugar

150g self raising flour

50g poppy seeds

1 tablespoon of lemon curd

2 1/2 tablespoons milk

For the drizzle icing

The juice of 1 large lemon or 2 smaller lemons

Icing sugar

Granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a loaf tin (about 1kg but a bit larger is fine) with baking paper I used these. Cream together the caster sugar and butter until very light and fluffy, using a wooden spoon or electric whisk. Sift in the flour and add the lemon curd, milk, poppy seeds and mix until everything is combined.

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Pour this into the lined loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out of the loaf clean.

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While the loaf is cooling juice your lemons and add icing sugar until it forms an icing with a consistency which is slightly on the watery side. Poke some holes into the cake and pour over this mix making sure there is an even spread over the top of the cake. Sprinkle over some granulated sugar to give the cake a crisp topping.

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Slice to serve. This cake is especially welcome when you’ve had a busy day.

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BBC Spring Good Food Show 2016

BBC Spring Good Food Show 2016

Look at these beautiful photos my friend Mrs E took when we went to the BBC Good Food Show last week. I kindly got given free tickets this year and we really made the most of our visit; starting early and taking in a number of interviews and demonstrations in the Supertheatre. I certainly recommend getting at the show earlier; we managed to get round most of the stalls while it was still relatively quiet with the Harrogate International Centre getting busier as it got closer to lunchtime.

I think the Good Food show in Harrogate is always a fun day out for foodies as it gives visitors an opportunity to try new dishes, see demonstrations for gadgets and explore new trends in cooking and drinking. This is the third time I have attended the show since living in Harrogate and I still walk out having learned a new skill and eager to try a new recipe. I think Mrs E and I both most enjoyed watching the Hairy Bikers who were hilarious and produced dishes that made me excited for my lunch despite having only just finished my breakfast.

The only real bad part of going to the Good Food Show is that I always get into trouble or bringing home kitchen gadgets (this year was no exception). Lets just say there will be a heart shaped cake appearing on this very blog at some point in the not too distant future. Now its just the question of convincing D that we really must have a set of Kitchen Aid Appliances, a vegetable box delivery and several cases of Prosecco.