Cornish Charcuterie with Harding and Mason

It’s been quite a while since my last producer profile, so when Kate from Cornish Charcuterie got in touch, and I was going to be visiting the area on holiday over the summer in seemed like the stars had aligned to get me posting again! Kate, who helps manage the business side of the operation set up for me to spend the morning with owner Richard Harding so I headed over there a few weeks back  to check out what they were up to. Cornish Charcuterie is the brainchild of husband and wife team Richard and Fionagh Harding. They moved to Norton Barton Farm, just outside Bude in Cornwall, seven years ago. “We were living in Kent and were both working as Investment Managers in the City. We’d recently become parents and weren’t happy with our quality...

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Fish Cookery with Cookability

I love to eat fish, so when the opportunity arose to join a local fish cookery class last week, I jumped at the opportunity. “Cookability” run by business partners, Venetia and Tricia specialise in providing cookery tuition to 16-24 year olds. Over the course of five days they are equipped with the basic skills to ensure that they, or their guests don’t starve (or indeed die of food poisoning I guess!) as they “fly the nest” heading to University, on their travels or for a skiing season working the chalets of a resort. It’s a great idea, and judging by conversations with our 18 year old babysitter, one that’s sorely needed in the halls of residence of the UK!   More recently however, they have added classes for adults, focussed on...

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Somersaete is Launched!

Have you ever wanted to meet the people behind some of your favourite local Somerset food and drink?  I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new joint venture with Katy Bull of Minno Kitchen which will give you the opportunity to do just that! The project, called “Somersaete” –  the old English name for our county, will showcase some of  Somerset’s finest Artisan food and drink producers in a series of “pop-up” one night only dining experiences in the four corners of the county. Not only will you be treated to a sumptuous four course menu, each course highlighting a particular local producer, representatives from those producers (generally the owner themselves!) will be on-hand all evening, dining right along...

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Free Giveaway with Sarah Smith Eco-cloths!

One of the downsides of being a foodie is all the mess we inevitably make when in the kitchen! We’ve teamed up with local Somerset business, Sarah Smith, to give you lucky folk the chance to try their brilliant range of cleaning cloths – and better yet it’s absolutely free! The Sarah Smith range of beautiful cleaning and household products is designed to cheer up your chores and dress up a dingy draining board.  The dishcloths, which have a cult following, are produced in Bridgwater, Somerset and are washable, anti-bacterial and long-lasting. Designed and made in Britain, printed to the OEKO Tex environmental standard, washable at 40% and bacteria- resistant so stay fresher for longer.   The eco range uses recycled polyester and viscose from...

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Guest Post: Raw Food – the perspective of a lazy cook

In this guest post, my partner Jacqueline Breslin, attends Deb Durrant’s latest class, devoted entirely to raw desserts… Back in the 80s I was studying for a business degree, doing every aerobics class I could get to and worked part-time in a wonderful whole food store in West London. Those were the days. It was at this time I first stumbled upon “Raw Energy” a book by Leslie Kenton and that was it ……. I was a convert. As I remember, I ate raw for between a year and 18 months …….. it did feel great, but perhaps that was also the benefit of being incredibly fit and in my early 20s. Roll forward a couple of decades ………. I’ve always been a lazy cook, in fact in this house I generally do the shopping and chopping and pass over the...

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The Artisan Southwest Skills School is now live!

Departing from my regular posts I wanted to tell you all about my latest project which launched earlier this month – the Artisan Southwest Skills School. It’s a project I’ve been working on in the background for some months now, but I’m pleased to say we’ve finally got it “over the line” and out to you! From previous posts you’ll know that while I do like to cook, my bag is really learning and practising  Artisan skills like curing, smoking, preserving and the like. As I met with more and more local Artisans and tutors in the region it became apparent to me that it’s very hard to get “critical mass” and communicate what you have to offer as a standalone small business. Also, it will come as no...

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