Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged! I’ve been a super busy worker bee and so, I have a backlog of blog posts that I just need to get out.
One is this – a look at Dotty’s Fashion Lounge in Cleethorpes. …
Happy Lincolnshire Day everybody!
Today is the day we celebrate everything that is great about our county – the people, the places, the history, the offerings and, of course, the food.
Traditionally, Lincolnshire is a farming county; all kinds of produce has been grown here for centuries, and today it can boast being one of the country’s foremost food counties, with Select Lincolnshire stating that one-eighth of the nation’s food is grown and raised in Greater Lincolnshire including 25% of vegetables, 21% of turkeys and 19% of sugar beet, not to mention 70% of UK seafood is processed here too.
For us, this Lincolnshire Day shall be spent thinking about the wonderful local food available to us, such as these three delicious delights.
JUST LIKE YOUR GRANNIES CURRIED CHUTNEY
Just Like Your Grannies Chutney is a handmade, curried chutney created in the Lincoln kitchen of David Esberger. This Scotch Bonnet Apple and Tomato variety won a Great Taste award in 2012, and for those of you who have delicate taste buds, the chilli kick should not put you off trying this product. David said: “Our Scotch Bonnet Curried Chilli chutney won’t blow your socks off. It has been delicately blended with ginger to have more subtlety than you might expect and it’s more about the flavour than the heat.”
Our favourite way to eat this chutney is with an abundance of cheese, thoroughly melted and coated in flaky puff pastry.
Camembert is great for this dish, however we have to recommend a local cheese, such as Cote Hill Blue which is delicious. The creaminess of the cheese really brings out the zing of the chutney with just a hint of spice. This is a chunky chutney too so you will find pieces of tomato, bramley apple, carrot and sultana. Break into the pastry case and dip in with a nice crusty piece of bread, or serve with a side of grapes and apples.
BATEMANS BREWERY ORANGE BARLEY BEER
Batemans Brewery has been a staple in the Lincolnshire food and drink community for four generations, each crafting beers and ales to suit all tastes. This Orange Barley beer, which is part of the Case of Bohemian Brews range, contains zesty oranges and natural cane sugar, making it a very sweet beer.
It may just be October but it won’t be long until our thoughts turn to Christmas and Grantham Gingerbread will make a perfect festive alternative to traditional Gingerbread – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed all year round!
These biscuits, which are crunchy, and light and airy, in texture have a delicate flavouring of ginger, and we love eating ours alongside a creamy hot chocolate. There’s a fascinating history to Grantham Gingerbread too, which dates back to the early 1700s; you can read all about it right here, (or on the side of the Gingerbread’s packaging!). As for the hot chocolate, try a Swizzle Spoon from Sciolti Chocolates if you haven’t already; Fiona Sciolti is a Brigg based chocolatier who creates natural, seasonal, botanical chocolates.
There are so many more local foods and drinks to try, and Lincolnshire Day is the perfect excuse to indulge. Many Lincolnshire foods, including Grantham Gingerbread, Just Like Grannies Chutney and Batemans Orange Barley Beer, are available from Lincolnshire Co-op stores around the county.
There’s nothing we like more when the sun is shining is to pack up our lunch and dine alfresco. Whether it’s in the garden, at the beach or our nearby park, we think it’s the perfect way to spend a summer lunchtime – complete with the finest home-produced food and drink of course!
The British Hamper Company, based in North Carlton, near Lincoln, have created a collection of specially-selected hampers that are not only perfect for gifts, but they make for a pretty special picnic too. Mike Tod, who launched britishhamper.com in June with his family said: “My eldest son and I had both been working overseas for a couple of years and we separately thought it would be great to be able send some wonderful British food to friends, colleagues, customers and family overseas. Britain has loads of really excellent small, passionate artisan and independent food producers and we had a great time sourcing some of the best food we could find.”
The renowned artisan producers include the likes of Prestat, The London Tea Company, Pimms, and Lincolnshire’s own Scrubbys Vegetable Crisps, and each hamper is packed in a good, strong box, complete with a British motif and a hand-tied ribbon. When it comes to packing for a picnic, Mike thinks variety and quality is key: “Good sandwiches and quiche as a starting point and then we like Cider (Cornish Orchards and Lyme Bay are our current favourites), Fentimans soft drinks, those fantastic and healthy veg crisps from Scrubbys, and we would take something like a lovely Apricot and Ginger cake from a small producer in Shropshire (The Simply Delicious Cake Company) or Tiffin if we’re after chocolate (we buy from More Foods bakery in West Sussex). I could go on, there really is so much out there to enjoy.” This is of course, alongside good weather and good company.
While BritishHamper.com caters to all tastes (chocolate, alcohol, luxury, traditional) and occasions (Christmas, birthdays, weddings), there are a number of hampers which would be perfect for a summertime picnic party.
The Afternoon Tea hamper: Butter Flapjack Slices and Belgium Dark Chocolate Tiffin Slices from More Food, Dark, Rich Fruit Cake from Simply Delicious, Organic and Fairtrade Earl Grey Tea and English Breakfast Tea from The London Tea Company, All Butter Shortbread from Teonis Cookies, Strawberry Jam from Thursday Cottage, and Raspberry and Vanilla Jam from Hawkshead Relish – £44.00
Summertime Celebration hamper: Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, Pimms No 1, Union Jack Gourmet Truffles from Prestat, All British Stilton Biscuits from Grate Britain, Chicken Liver Pate with Chase Smoked Vodka, Brandy Snap from Wright & Co., Roasted Pepper Stuffed Olives from Olives Et Al, Scrubbys Vegetable Crisps, Drinking Chocolate and Real Strawberries covered in creamy White Chocolate from Chocca Mocca, Milk Chocolate Caramel and Sea Salt Wafers from Plush Chocolates, Apricot and Ginger Cake from The Simply Delicious Cake Company, and Sweet Apple Crisps from Perry Court Farm – £135.00