Delicious to dip bread in - as you would olive oil - only we don't do that so much in this country. Bright yellow just like the fields, tastes nutty and is my favourite salad dressing by itself or with a squeeze of lime.
What a lovely pair of villages! Had to take my son to football so wander about looking for a home-made food shop for a late breakfast snack. Found the Co Op, but then the blinds go up on the local deli so I buy two very large sausage rolls at £1.20 each. Nice pastry and local sausage meat although my son thinks the ones he makes are better. There are home-made quiches in the freezer and a couple of nice looking cakes, but not sure why a shelf full of toilet rolls haven't been hidden round the corner...?!
Have already been recommended for their sausage rolls. This place has everything, fresh and frozen. And their plants are good too. Mick the Baker makes the bread at the back and he said if I come back earlier next time he'll make me a cup of tea.
A second visit here to buy cakes that I ended up giving to other people. It was closing time so got two chocolate banana muffins, a piece of carrot cake (not for me - I don't like it much) and a piece of coffee and walnut. These cakes are the BEST for miles around but remember it's only every other week.
... have arrived in Suffolk. The Whoopie Pies are on the cover of the Sainsbury's magazine and for sale in M&S. The only ones I've eaten so far were my sister's who had made them weeks ago - being a keen food trend spotter. But my real new favourites are Macaroons - those French ones in all colours - on sale at Wyken Farmers Market - which means they are expensive, but probably worth it? Have a look at www.delicedeparis.co.uk
As usual the WI Country Market showing us how to make the best sausage rolls, almond slices and oat biscuits, but piece de resistance this year is Tim Mathews (remember last years Masterchef?) on his own stall - The Artisan Smokehouse www.artisansmokehouse.co.uk. Selling smoked olive oil, smoked sirloin steak, garlic and so many other other yummy delicacies that we wanted to taste the lot.
My links with the Caribbean dictate that I have to have goat meat every now and then and now we have a supplier - the most delicious barbecued chops I have ever had jerked in England! Forgot to take a picture though.
Went to this fantastic dance event at Debach Airfield, home to the USAF in the war. We could have been back in the 1940's if we had dressed up like the hundreds of others who did - sailors, land girls, officers - all jiving to the live band. After jiving for hours Jane was forced to try the Dinky Donuts so I had a reason to put this on my blog and next year I am definitely going to get my hair rolled.
GCSE's over for this week, so time to show Danielle how to make elderflower cordial. The flowers are fantastic at the moment and have picked them while the sun is out - as recommended by others. No citric acid though so will add lemon juice and hope for the best, whatever happens this is going to be a lot cheaper then buying it in the shops.
Had lunch here to write the article for last months Suffolk magazine - delicious creamy haddock chowder with bread, followed by chilled rice pudding brulee with rhubarb, and that was more than enough for me. Nice menu with lots of choice and all kinds of things on it (especially jams and chutneys) made by food conscious local people. The great thing about this pub is how hard they are trying to do local food, and the big square family size pine table in a room by itself near the garden, which could seat ten easily for Sunday lunch. And then there are those lovely country walks with maps included to walk it all off. www.whitehorsewhepstead.co.uk
Back to BSE for lunch with my son at our favourite local restaurant (has anyone nominated it yet? It's had enough fantastic reviews online) before we go to Wales for a two night stay with Uncle David. My first ever lunch here; it's a little bit formal if you are looking for a quick three choice menu and no frills, but as usual every mouthful from the Raspberry Prosecco aperitif to the last drop of gravy on our plate is tasty, interesting and well thought out. We have the delicious and complimentary signature pea and ham croquette canape, then a soft salami paste on fresh foccacia, cod cheek tempura (for me) and snails with bone marrow (my son) and then he has a steak with fat chips and I have pigs cheeks casserole with vegetables. I have forgotten the exact menu as they wrote it but we were too full for pudding, it was £39.75 and so much better than your average restaurant I could jump for joy.