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Wild Garlic Bread is a winner!
By Cecilia on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:23 AM
Sure, we set off to pick wild garlic to make some soup – but the real revelation of the day turned out to be the wild garlic bread! Stay tuned....
Here's Lukie and me foraging for the lovely leaves along the river walk in Grasmere (whose land is this? no clue, but it seems a pity to waste all that lovely green stuff!)

These are the ingredients for the soup...300 g of wild garlic leaves to 1 litre of chicken stock. In hindsight I'd leave out the parsley; you really want to focus on the pure subtlety of the wild garlic....

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Preserving master classes at Lucy Cooks
By Cecilia on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 8:03 AM
Michelle McKenna, a k a Clippy, will be returning to Lucy Cooks in May to lead a preserving workshop. The masterclass menu is likely to include Luscious Limoncello Lemon Curd, Marinated Goats' Cheeses in saffron & garlic oil and Rosy Rose Petal Jam.
The workshop will be held on May 6, from 9.30-4.00. The cost is £155.  To book, contact Lucy Cooks.

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Cumbrians creating a real orto in Le Marche, Italy
By Cecilia on Sunday, March 20, 2011 6:54 PM
Last year, Charles Mitchell and Cynthia Fletcher retired from Cumbria to the region of Marche in Italy. Leaving behind busy schedules, their new life revolves around their old farm house and the creation of their garden, their orto. Charles takes up the story....


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Ivan Day on BBC 2
By Cecilia on Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:11 PM
There's a new series on BBC2 (on weekdays at 6.30 pm), called Royal Upstairs Downstairs. Essentially, antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, visiting the houses, castles and stately homes she visited throughout her life. Wouldn't normally be something I'd switch on to...but there's a hidden treasure in these programmes. Cooking what the queen would have eaten at each house/castle is our friend Ivan Day. There are seven episodes left (counting tonight, Mar 10). Watch it on iPlayer and fast-forward to Ivan's sections – that's my suggestion.

Here he is making a game pie in his historic kitchen, where some of the series was also shot.

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Buy lamb and beef directly at Yew Tree Farm
By Cecilia on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:22 PM

We’re happy to announce that, as of 2011, Caroline and Jon Watson at Yew Tree Farm will be selling their wonderful lamb and beef straight from the farm. So, if you’re in the Coniston area, swing by, honk your horn, and pick up some of the best Herdwick lamb and Belted Galloway beef you’ll ever taste. To read more about the farming and food ethos at Yew Tree Farm, read our article here.

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Marmalade Winners 2011
By Cecilia on Monday, February 14, 2011 3:19 PM
"Today we are embracing the negative!" said Jane Hasell-McCosh when we arrived, in the rain, at Dalemain House for the Marmalade Award ceremony yesterday. And indeed, they did – nothing could have put a dampener on this amazing competition and the people involved in it.

The biggest star is Jane herself, who, over five years, has managed to create a food event with global impact!

I say global, because a considerable number of the 1100 entered jars had actually made their way to Dalemain across oceans and continents. New for this year was the Marmalashes, an Aussie challenge, which was reported thus by Sky News down under:

"England might have beaten us in the Ashes but a team of Aussies is sa ...
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There's No Taste Like Home...
By Cecilia on Monday, February 14, 2011 9:12 AM

There's no taste like home is the working title of a new ITV cooking programme, and I have been whether I'd be interested in taking part. It's a celebration of home cooking, and participants (3 from each region) will cook their signature dish, preferably something with ties to the family/history...so naturally, being Swedish (and if I get on the programme), I will cook a Russian Leg of Lamb. We have no idea why it is called Russian, but it's delicious and I ate it all through my childhood. And of course, living in Cumbria I have the perfect produce on my doorstep – in this instance a fantastic leg of Herdwick lamb from Yew Tree Farm near Coniston. To find out more about Yew Tree Farm and its ethos, read some of Car ...
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Food Tourism Summit for Cumbria's food industry at Rheged
By Cecilia on Monday, January 24, 2011 3:53 PM
As part of the three-year package of support from RDPE to help develop the food and drink sector in Cumbria following the 2009 floods, a Food Tourism Summit will be held at Rheged on February 28 from 10.00 to 16.30. It's aimed at helping the county's food and tourism industries.

The summit is organised by the team behind Taste Cumbria (in Cockermouth last Sep), and this is how they describe the event:

"The Food Tourism Summit provides an opportunity to gain insight and share experiences, ultimately providing delegates with the right tools and tangible information for improved profitability.
 Inspiring industry heavyweights including Guardian critic Matthew Fort and broadcaster Jay Rayner will be debating and presenting subjects including:
- How ‘keeping it local’ benefits Cumbrian businesses
- Menu planning vs. the bottom line
- Food and Tourism – how they help to sustain a regional economy
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Cartmel starts monthly food market
By Cecilia on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:09 PM
We gather the first of Cartmel's new Food Markets happened back in September. This is an example of a village with a strong identity and passionate food producers who have taken it upon themselves to make a great monthly food market happen – these are often the best markets. We're excited to go along to the first one this year, on Friday March 18, 10-4pm; save the date!

One of the organisers is Martin Gott, who makes the beautiful ewe's milk cheese at Holker Farm Dairy, and who opened a fantastic cheese shop at the new Unsworth Yard in Cartmel in June last year. When you go to the market, don't miss a visit to Cartmel Cheeses, the baker and the wine merchant in the Yard, perhaps a spot of lunch at
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Hawkshead Brewery expands beer hall
By Cecilia on Monday, January 17, 2011 4:42 PM
Alex Brody is taking the beer experience in Staveley's Mill Yard to a new level – in March Hawkshead Brewery opens its new Beer Hall (they've expanded into what was Organico's wine shop and restaurant). On their website they say: "It will bring the Brewery into the Beer Hall and The Beer Hall into the Brewery." Sounds good! Plus there's already a Beer Tapas menu served, which we're of course particularly interested in – described as Food with beer at its heart.
There is lots more information on the Hawkshead Brewery website.

This is what the exterior looks like:
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