East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

Cook for HRH & the Hairy Bikers…

British Food Fortnight was established in 2002 as a flagship event to bring food promotions, fairs and other events to the public notice. This year the dates are 18 September – 3 October, and there is lots of information about it at http://lovebritishfood.co.uk/blogcategory/british-food-fortnight-2010/. You can also add your own events to the website.

Each year the event includes challenges for schools. This year it has teamed up with Ted the Tractor for the Pre and Primary Schools Challenge, to liven up school milk by designing ‘the ultimate school smoothie’! The Secondary School Challenge is to design and cook a meal based on recipes that would have been used in the past in the locality of the school – one that includes all the food elements the body needs to be healthy, and also uses the minimum in air miles. The winning school will be invited to London to cook their meal for HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and the Hairy Bikers, whose BBC2 series in 2009 took them to 30 counties across Britain – including Lincolnshire, Derbyshire & Leicestershire – to visit local food producers and cook a ‘signature’ dish from each area. See http://www.hairybikers.com/index.php?hairybikers_food_tour_of_britain.

So for a local starter from the East Midlands here’s a nice simple recipe for ‘filling and wholesome’ Butter Bean Soup from Rosemary Ruddles Rutland Recipe’s* 

Butter Bean Soup 

1 lb dried butter beans

2 leeks or onions

1 small carrot

Bunch of mixed herbs

1 pint milk

2 quarts water

Seasoning

Bunch of parsley

Soak the beans all night in cold water. Put them on to boil for an hour in 2 quarts of fresh water with a little salt. Chop the vegetables finely. Add them and the herbs to the beans and simmer for another hour. Add the milk. Rub through a sieve.

*Leicestershire Libraries & Information Service (1976)

 

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    Jane Seddon September 7th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    You can buy fantastic homegrown vegetables and fruit at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire.

    The food is grown in the historic gardens by volunteers and sold. The money raised supports the gardens.

 

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A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.

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