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.