Monthly Archives: September 2011

Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival 2011

A few weeks ago, I went to the Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival for the first time and absolutely loved it! It seemed to have so much more atmosphere than other more traditional food events as the majority of the stalls were located in the castle and its grounds. It was much more interesting to walk around than the NEC!

We started our wandering around the castle and spotted one of many Ludlow Food Centre stalls. They were selling everything from bread, cheese, jams and pickles. We brought some garlic and rosemary that looked and did taste delicious.  We next moved onto Appleyard’s Deli, from Shrewsbury stall and tried a very unusual damson cheese. It was strange but very yummy. They also had my favourite Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire cheese so we brought a large chunk of this too. We then went to Churchfield’s Ice Cream and tried their Worcestershire Plum flavour ice cream. It tasted quite nice but was a bit tart for my liking.

We next saw a new arrival to the UK, a Big Green Egg. A Big Green Egg is a BBQ, smoker, oven and grill all in one. I instantly wanted one. The staff were cooking lots of food to demonstrate them and we tasted some amazing steak, chicken, mackerel and pork. We saw Will Holland and Alan Murchison  being shown how to use them so if its good enough for them, its good enough for me!

Next, we met up with fellow Midland’s Food Bloggers, Louise of Comida Y Vida and Kath of The Ordinary Cook. We had a great foodie chat and went and met long term MFB friend, Sarah of Brockhall Farm Goats Cheese whose cheese we tasted and fell in love with at our first meet up. Sarah has recently re-branded her products and made some wonderful new varieties of her already fabulous goats cheese. Unfortunately, as I am pregnant unpasteurised fresh cheese is off the menu so I was not able to try any of her new cheeses. However,  I am ensured by Louise and Kath that they are very yummy.Kath went off to judge the sausages on the Sausage Trail and Louise and I went carried on walking around the castle seeing the sights.

We saw apples being pressed to make cider and saw pizzas being cooked in a wood fired pizza oven. I enjoyed finding Mr Moyden’s Handmade Cheese as I have heard about how wonderful his cheese is for ages  and not been able to try it. I loved his Wrekin White and Newport cheeses. We rounded off the day visiting Nurses Cottage where I purchased a lovely mulled plum cordial that will be perfect for Christmas.

Overall, it was an amazing day and I am already planning my visit there next year! :-)

Winner of the Francis Francis X7.1 Coffee Machine!

On my last post, I announced a competition to win a Francis Francis X7.1 Coffee Machine from EspressoCrazy. Well, the response was absolutely amazing and it has been my most popular competition to date. To enter the competition, you had to get the following question correct:

Who designed the appearance of the Francis Francis X7.1 coffee machine?

The answer was: Luca Trazzi

Thank you to everyone who entered. The full list of everyone who did is here: Francis Francis X7.1 Comp Entrants I have selected the winner from all the correct answers using and I am pleased to announce that the winner is Rosa Blacker. Congratulations! Rosa, if you can please email with your address and contact details, I will ensure that the coffee machine gets sent out to you as soon as possible.  Thanks again to everyone who took part. Please stay tuned for another competition soon.

I will be back at the weekend with a post about my trip to the Ludlow Food Festival.

Happy Cooking! :-)

Win a Francis Francis X7.1 coffee machine from Espresso Crazy!

I love coffee. I cannot start the day without it so I was very pleased to be invited to a coffee masterclass in London from the good people running Galleria illy, a month long pop up that will arrive in London (after Berlin, New York, Milan and Istanbul) from 13th September till 16th October. On offer is an unmissable programme of gastronomy, art, literature and design events.  What’s more it’s all free! To book your coffee masterclass at Galleria illy, just visit EspressoCrazy Unfortunately, due to medical issues I am now unable to attend.

However, I am very pleased to announce that I have been given a beautiful Francis Francis X7.1 coffee machine, worth £199 to giveaway. Effortlessly sleek and compact, the X7.1 uses illy coffee iperEspresso capsules to create a smooth, full bodied espresso with just one touch of a button. It is a coffee lovers dream!

To enter the competition, all you need to do is answer the following question:

Who designed the appearance of the Francis Francis X7.1 coffee machine

Please email your answer to by Monday 19th September at 6pm. All the correct answers will then be put together and the winner will be selected by The competition is open to everyone from the UK only. The prize will be delivered by EspressoCrazy.  Any questions about the competition, please email

This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner will be announced in the next few days :-)

Good luck to everyone!

Many thanks to Molly at Galleria Illy for giving me this fabulous prize to giveaway :-)

Tesco Real Food BBQ Challenge: The Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the Tesco Real Food BBQ Challenge. While I was in Cornwall on holiday over Bank Holiday, I cooked a recipe using local fish and produce and have submitted into the BBQ Challenge. I decided to cook ‘Fish In A Bag!’ as you can use whatever fish/vegetables you would like, its very easy and simple and can also be cooked in the oven should the weather change and you cannot cook outside. While in Cornwall, I used Whiting that I brought from Armenack Fisheries in Falmouth but you could use any firm white fish or salmon to make this recipe.

We were camping near St Ives and while I got the dish ready to go onto the BBQ kindly supplied by Tesco, I let Stuart heat up the charcoal and get the BBQ ready to use.

Fish In A Bag!

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 2 fish fillets of your choice, boned and skinless if preferred
  • 8-10 new potatoes, cooked until tender, chopped into halves or quarters depending on size
  • Half a red onion, chopped into medium sized chunks
  • Small bunch of parsley, chopped finely
  • 50g butter
  • Large drizzle of olive oil
  • 50ml white wine
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  • Half a small sized lemon, juiced


  1. In a roasting bag or make the bag yourself using tin foil, add in all the ingredients leaving the liquids until last. Seal the bag/tin foil.
  2. Put the bag on a preheated BBQ and leave it to cook for 10-15 minutes, depending on size of fish with the lid down. If at home and using the oven, cook at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes.
  3. Cut open the foil bag and serve with good bread, salad and large glass of white wine.

As you can see this recipe is very easy and if I can make it on a windy camp site in Cornwall, you can most certainly make it in your back garden at home.

Many thanks to Helen for inviting me to take part in this challenge :-)

Happy Cooking or BBQing! :-)

PS: A few weeks ago, I went to handmade burger Co in Birmingham to sample their food ahead of them coming to the Bullring as part of the Spiceal Street development. You can see what I thought on the Browse Bullring site here.

Keeping The Bun In The Oven!

Hello everyone. Sorry for the long delay in between posts. We spent a few days sorting out the house for Bump’s arrival, a few days in Cornwall and then I had a hospital stay. I go into more detail about my hospital stay on Jo’s Nursery for those who want more information. However, all you really need to know is that I have suffered a pregnancy related complication and have been told to take it easy for the rest of my pregnancy in case Bump decides to make an early appearance into the world.

This taking it easy not only affects my work (I am currently on sick leave and have been advised to start my maternity leave early too) but my blogging too. I love blogging and have got used to all the pressures that come with it including answering many emails and meeting PR deadlines. However, as I have now been told to take it easy, there is only one deadline that I am working too and that is my own. I would like to apologise to any PR’s who have sent me things to review who are waiting for the posts to go up. I have been sent lots of things recently and they will appear on the blog, just possibly not as quick as you may like.  I am also not travelling to any events unless they are very local to where I live as I need to get back to my local hospital asap if anything goes wrong again. I am going to the Ludlow Food Festival on Saturday for a Midlands Food Bloggers Meet Up but this is the furthest I am going for the rest of my pregnancy. I am handing full control of Midlands Food Bloggers to Louise of Comida Y Vida until after I have had the baby and Saturday will be the last event I attend too.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support. I really appreciate it. I will be back with another post tomorrow as I have a recipe I really want to share with you.

Happy Cooking!:-)

Thank you all again

Jo and Bump x

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