By Sophie Mulford
Recently, Kevin invited me to join him on a visit to the winter ‘BBC Good Food Show 2015’. For those of you who don’t know the ‘Good Food Show’ is an event held bi-annually at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham UK.
The Good Food Show is considered the top foodie event held in the UK and these days also hosts the World Cheese Awards, which in itself is a fascinating competition to judge the best cheese in the world.
At its core the Good Food Show consists of suppliers showcasing their produce (often giving out samples, so you can ‘try before you buy’), cooking demonstrations (a chance for the public to see their favourite TV chef perform) and equipment manufacturers showcasing their latest gadgets before Christmas.
Kevin has been to the show multiple times before performing cooking demonstrations, however, this time, it was in the capacity of a freelance food writer. Kevin’s press pass included the option to invite someone to join him and I was that someone!
For the general public, it’s a chance to pick up some bargains and find something that bit different. For us it was a chance to meet people with interesting stories to tell, as well as to give you a soupçon of what ‘The Good Food Show’ has to offer:
Foraging Fox – Beetroot Ketchup!
What started as a way of educating her children about where food comes from, Frankie Fox looked to find ways of preserving produce without all the sugar and chemicals that go into your standard supermarket brands; from these humble beginnings Beetroot Ketchup was created and Foraging Fox was born. Kevin and I love beetroot and every year we pickle what we grow, then struggle to make it last till next season. For those of you who are not as beetroot obsessed as we are, don’t rule this out as even if you don’t fancy this with your chips, we decided this would be an excellent alternative to tomato in a Marie Rose sauce. For the health conscious among you: due to beetroot being naturally high in sugar it needs no additional sweeteners, Foraging Foxes ketchup is also allergen and gluten free. For lots, more serving suggestions visit their website: http://www.foragingfox.com/
Originally all cows produced milk containing only the A2 type of beta casein protein.Following domestication of cows the A1 protein type emerged through hundreds of years of genetic mutation so that approximately 70% of the cows today produce milk containing the A1 protein type.
A2 Milk is produced from herds selected to naturally produce only A2 protein and no A1 – and that makes all the difference. It’s the A1 protein that researchers have found can cause stomach discomfort and is often misdiagnosed as lactose intolerance. Kevin used the A2 milk to make his delicious ‘Salted Caramel and Maple Ice Cream’ which you can find the recipe for here: https://wannabetvchefblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/salted-pecan-and-maple-ice-cream/. A2 milk is available in selected Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Market stores.
Latteria Agricola VeneraVecchia
Parmigiano-Reggiano is produced exclusively in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and parts of the provinces of Mantua and Bologna, on the plains, hills and mountains enclosed between the rivers Po and Reno. Latteria Agricola VeneraVecchia is an award winning dairy in the Gonzaga part of the Parmigiano-Reggiano region. We sampled their award winning Parmesan which they were serving with ripe and juicy Emilian pears. The combination of fruit and cheese is a well known one, but the combination of pears and the nutty and subtle taste of parmesan is delicious. Parmesan is such a versatile cheese and can be used in appetizers, main courses, dessert and savoury courses. And yet, strangely enough, most Brits wouldn’t dream of having a wedge of top quality parmesan on the Christmas cheese board which is a shame because they are missing out.
Kevin has been using this in his risotto’s: https://wannabetvchefblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/roasted-butternut-squash-risotto-with-sage/. It also works well grated onto pasta dishes to give them that authentic Italian kick.
It was fascinating talking to people and hearing their success stories of how small beginnings have grown into flourishing business ventures. It was also a really fun day out! and if schedules had permitted we could easily spend 2 days foraging and watching demonstrations. These days there are hundreds of food festivals throughout the UK each year but the BBC Good Food Show is still the one that all others are measured by. If you would like to attend a ‘Good Food Show’ details of the events can be found here: http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/
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Easy & Cheap Student Recipes-A great resource if you are a student or just learning how to cook.
Old Blog Posts– A growing archive of posts from my original food blog, which had 20,922,573 page views from its beginning in February 2006 until December 2015.
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