The Wheaten Mill in Elmsett made this and they sell through the Co-Op (and probably other places too). It was nearly as good as our own home-made coffee cake and looks just the same. A bit less icing and more coffee flavour and it would have been perfect, but much much nicer than most shop bought cakes if you can't be bothered or run out of time to make one to have with your cup of tea.
I just got in from a day at The Suffolk Show and have to tell you about E8, a new Suffolk street food trader. I had the shoulder of lamb in a rosemary brioche bun with homemade relishes, salad and pickled shallots. The only thing that came in on the back of a lorry was the Colmans mustard, and even us Ipswich Town supporters can just about allow that. You'll find them in Eat Street at the show tomorrow.
More food is wasted at Christmas than at any other time of the year. An estimated 74 million mince pies and two million turkeys will be carted off by the dustmen. If you would like some ideas for using up leftovers, meal planning and shopping accordingly take a look at the lovefoodhatewastewebsite. This is my turkey and ham pie made from this weeks' leftovers.
I have run out of my Seville orange marmalade so have made myself a small batch of easy four fruit marmalade until the new seasons Sevilles arrive.
I used clementines, limes, grapefruit and lemons for my Christmas special! Just subsitute what ever citrus fruit you fancy and use this recipe
Phil, our Great British Bake Off Dish of the Day came to suffolk foodie towers to make us afternoon tea. Here are his amazing jam "philled" doughnuts. Made with Paul Hollywoods original recipe.
Wow. I have just made sweet chilli prawns with a recipe sent by the Suffolk Chilli Company, using their Extra Hot sweet chilli sauce. The sauce really is extra hot, it reminds me of the fiery Durban curry called Mother in Laws Tongue. Needs a little respect! Look out for the recipe on our new Dish of the Day.
Life is hectic and yesterday when I was exhausted from gardening I had a sudden urge to go inside and make drop scones. I just love that moment when the batter creates bubbles as it cooks. I think if they could talk they would be saying "turn me over now". Here is the recipe:
200g plain flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 large egg
about 250ml milk
Sieve the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and half the milk. Beat or whisk until smooth, adding the rest of the milk to make a thick batter. Heat a frying pan and drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the greased surface. Wait a minute or two for the bubbles and turn over. Cook for a further two minutes. Keep them warm and serve with butter and jam, golden syrup or honey.
There will be home-made food a plenty as usual at next weekend's Petta Fiesta. If you haven't got tickets yet you can buy them online, because you won't get many on the gate this time. Head for the Make Do and Mend tent where you can taste everything carrot (just like we had in the war, says Granny) There will be carrot and lentil burgers, carrot cake baked on the spot and the usual Happy Hour but with Harvey Carrotbanger cocktails.
Stopped at Beccles market last week for suffolkfoodie 'research' and saw the blackboard with pea and mint soup so had to search it out. Found a great little stall selling the soup complete with homemade croutons, great homemade preserves ( mostly foraged fruit and veg) and cakes. Came home with a cup of soup, six chocolate and cherry biscuits and a bottle of plum sauce ( secret recipe!) All for a fiver!