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Author: Cecilia Created: Sunday, June 07, 2009 9:25 PM
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Swedish celebrations
By Cecilia on Monday, June 22, 2009 5:27 AM
If you want to celebrate Swedish style, you might not go for a sweet sponge cake (and nobody uses fruitcakes for decorating!), but rather you'd serve your guests what would have to be translated as a "sandwich cake".

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Luke helped me make one to celebrate a birthday recently – perfect: lunch and cake in one! If you live in Sweden for any length of time, you will be served such a delicacy at some point; usually at a birthday reception, christening, funeral, or any other gathering where expedient food is required. It's a cake - but instead of being sweet it is made up of savoury goodies.

I had not actually ever made one before, but had eaten many, many, so tried to de-construct from memory. Which worked pretty well. The creamy looking substanc ...
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Two essential guides to Cumbrian food
By Cecilia on Monday, June 08, 2009 8:25 PM
Two new publications about the county’s food offerings are now available.

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The Lake District Cumbria Food & Drink guide by Christian Dymond, part of his own Dymond Guide series, is an excellent and comprehensive guide to the best of food in the region. It includes restaurants, pubs, cafés, food and drink producers, food and farm shops as well as cookery courses offered. It’s well organised; eateries are listed by town or village, which is of course the best way if you are travelling around the county looking for a top meal. The producers are organised by f ...
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The North West's Finest
By Cecilia on Monday, June 08, 2009 5:49 PM
About 50 foodies travelled to Ewood Park in Blackburn on June 3 to have our say on which food products from the North West stand out this year.

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There were chefs, food writers, food producers and foodie members of the public. At our table the representative of the latter category was Lucinda Bryant, food and nutrition consultant, who was more knowledgeable than most of the rest of us I think! She's on the left in the pic above, followed by Sue Souter, director of the eponymous PR firm who, among other things, produce the Food North West newsletter Blend, Ellen Rogers, who is responsible for the Northern Hospitality Awards and Leigh Myers, group executive chef for the Nelson (Northwest) Hotels, based in Cheshire.

Each table judged about six or seven of ...
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