Month: May 2014

Cooking with local food

I love living in Malvern there are some great places to shop for food, and I love having the opportunity to take part in food festivals.
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The Great Malvern Food Festival was on Bank Holiday Monday. It was held in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory. Boffy Markets featured some of the in best local food and drink.

I ran a hands on cookery workshop, ‘Spice up Your Veg Box,’ which gave people a taster of my vegetarian cookery classes. Participants learnt how to make the most of seasonal vegetables from Skylark Organic boxes. http://www.skylarkorganics.co.uk We made my quick and easy Spicy Chick Pea and a simple bulgur wheat salad.

I also gave a cookery demonstration the Wot’s Cooking Stage.

I demonstrated how to cook polenta. When cubed, it works really well in salads instead of bread. I buy my polenta at The Bran Tub in Malvern, which specialises in allergy foods. I flavoured the polenta with sundried tomatoes from The Great Malvern Deli. They always have a really good selection of locally produced products.

I made a smoky bean and mushroom topping for the polenta. This was cooked in my favourite golden extra virgin rapeseed oil from Croome Classics http://www.croomeclassics.co.uk For flavour I used double smoked paprika from Wright’s Culinary delights http://www.wrightsdirect.com
who are based in Colwall. They do a really good selection of salts and spices. Other favourites are the wild garlic salt and the Mexican Fiesta Dip.

I served this with a selection of salad leaves from my garden. I have a selection of plants from Cottage Herbery http://www.thecottageherbery.co.uk It’s good to be able to go out into the garden and snip a few leaves of chicory and sorrel, rocket and wild garlic. I finished this with lightly steamed asparagus and a raspberry vinegar dressing.
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Malvern in May

The beginning of May is a beautiful time in Malvern. The annual Well Dressing takes place over May Day holiday weekend. This year the theme was Peace it was great to see how different groups of people had decorated the wells.
My B and B guests really enjoyed seeing the wells decorated for longer this year as some of the shops decorated their windows to celebrate the Malvern Spring Festival at the Three Counties Showground.
Here are some of my favourites.

The Malvina Fountain

The Malvina Fountain


Rose Gully

Rose Gully

Lord Sandy's Spout decorated by children from St Matthias School

Lord Sandy’s Spout decorated by children from St Matthias School

HolyWell

HolyWell