A great day out of free tastings and sous-vide immersion into the world of culinary arts. There were olives, ice creams, huge parmesans, coffee, pastries, salami and of course plenty of wine and we tried it all. I correctly matched a Pinot Noir to Jimi Hendrix in the completely mad music-with-wine tasting by Mickey Narea - the sommelier at Launceston Place, and afterwards went to eat at beautiful Benares for their early supper at £25 for three courses. Not much Suffolk in this show though.
Looks like they have chosen someone else to represent 'outspoken food blogger' on the Market Kitchen tv programme I was asked if I was interested in doing. They are focusing on Suffolk with the Chilli Farm Palmers Bakeryand Stark Naked's pesto so I am not going to get to taste any of those with hunky Celebrity Chef Michael Caines. If I had had a chance to look at his picture first I might have been more enthusiastic about the dawn trip to London to start filming at 8am.
Sunday lunch round a big table with people you don't know - how exciting is that? If you want to go to too, you can see the menu and book here - http://walnuttreefarmlunchclub.blogspot.com/p/lunch-dates-and-menus.html
So easy, so delicious, so nutritious, so warming and so cheap. A sweet potato and lentil dhal with naan bread - didn't make the bread but I did use coriander seeds out of the garden.
After football what you really need is a big old plate of roast beef, half a bitter shandy and a chance to read about Arsenal/X Factor in the News of the World - and they serve Sunday lunch here in Tostock until 3pm.
Because he said the piece I wrote about him in last year's Christmas edition of Suffolk magazine was 'sensational'. And he says that if I go to his butchers he will give me a bit of free bacon.
It was only at the end of our lunch that I realised I was actually in Roger Deakin's farmhouse, looking at the moat he swam in. I have just been reading 'Notes from Walnut Tree Farm' - Jasmin tells me she gets lots of visitors 'just wanting to have a look' at where he lived and wrote about. Lunch was good - everything home-made with lots of quince chutney made even better with the really good wine we had brought with us. I had some interesting conversations with John but couldn't work out if we were the only ones who didn't know everyone else? That's the problem with Suffolk isn't it - lunch clubs and pop-up restaurants might be just too London for here - but Jasmin will find out and let us all know.
Ladies and gentlemen and other people , this is about to become a website and so I have been to a training course (www.phoenixinternetconsultancy.co.uk) in Haverhill to learn how to do it. The sandwiches and freshly made mini -quiches were so good I had to find out where they were from. Around the corner is a cafe where they do a dish of the week (madras beef curry when I went) and other lovely home-made food. Italian meatballs, mozarella and tomato sauce - all home-made, for £3.20 anyone?