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When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!

 

September 17, 2009

British Food Fortnight – 19th September to 4th October 2009

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If you need an excuse to buy local produce, now is the time.  The 8th British Food Fortnight runs from the 19th September to the 4th October, celebrating the diversity, premium quality and abundance of local, fresh seasonal produce throughout the country.

Numerous businesses, supermarkets, shops, farms, restaurants, pubs and schools are participating in this celebratory event to promote local British food at its finest.

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

From an Essex viewpoint, The Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill are partaking in this national event by providing the best of local seasonal produce on their imaginative menus. 

It’s also a time to visit your local farm shops and farmers markets to indulge in the wonderful autumnal bounty that is on offer, from locally reared free range meats to delicious fresh & crisp vegetables.  For dessert, try a sumptuous tart or crumble with apples, pears or plums that are at their best right now; Lathcoats Farm Shop, Galleywood, provide over 40 varieties of their own orchard apples, as well as the best of local produce.

Marks Hall, Coggeshall hold their monthly Food Market on Saturday 26th featuring a wide array of local producers selling fresh and prepared meats, seasonal vegetables and fruit, bread and cakes, wines, beers and juices.  Try before you buy, or stock up on the ingredients to create your own local feast.

For the fervent foodie, this year’s Aldeburgh food & drink festival gets underway on the 26th of Sept for 10 days of celebrations.  The Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast.  A showcase of over 70 local exhibitors, cookery demonstrations, walks, talks and fine local fare will greet you in what has become renowned as one of the most significant food and drink festivals in Britain.

For information on these events and more, visit: http://lovebritishfood.co.uk

Eat well, Eat Local!


September 9, 2009

Daas Premium Belgian Organic Beer – a refreshing change.

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On a hot and sunny day is there anything more refreshing than a chilled beer?  Despite being mainly a wine or real ale kind of girl, I often try specialist beers, predominantly from Belgium, Germany, Italy & Japan – Belgian fruit beers, blonde or wheat beers being my favourite amongst the offerings.

So a welcome addition to my table came in the form of Daas Organic Beer – the first and only Belgian beer to be certified by the soil association and brewed traditionally and exclusively in Belgium.

Now I am not going to jump on the organic debate bandwagon that is currently doing the rounds.  My view is that any food or drink produced without artificial chemicals or pesticides can only be a good thing.  Having also spent a great deal of my hard earned on a gruelling 10 day Detox in Koh Samui a couple of years back – I have experienced firsthand the holistic health benefits of ridding yourself of toxins that build up over time.

Anyway, back to beer.  Daas produce both Blond (blonde) and Witte (wheat) beers available in specialist shops and Waitrose supermarkets throughout the UK.  I tried both of the beers with my neighbour Ray and here is what we thought:

Daas Premium Belgian Organic Beer

Daas Premium Belgian Organic Beer

As you can see both beers look very tempting, although I am yet to find a beer that doesn’t.  The Daas Witte was cloudy and pale gold in colour with a small head.  Ray and I both agreed that this was a very refreshing beer with subtle orange citrus tones, a full flavoured hoppy kick and clean aftertaste.

The Blond produced a good sizeable head and was light gold in colour.  Again there were citrusy notes and a full hop flavour, although this beer ended on a pleasant sweet note.

We were both impressed with the beers, they had character, full flavour and made a refreshing change from our usual Ale fests, although at the end of the day, we both prefer the more gutsy and pronounced flavours of the British Real Ale.  Credit to Daas though, the Belgians’ know how to brew a good beer.

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