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Foodie Events in Cornwall ~ July 2010

3rd July ~ South Kerrier Festival of Food, Helston Community College, Helston. Supported by Helston Farmers Market.
Agricultural Shows at; 10th July Liskeard (Merrymeet)  12th July Stithians (The Showground)  15th July Launceston (Kennards House) 17th July Cambourne (Gwealavellan Farm)
31st July ~ Mylor Food and Craft Fair, Tremayne Hall nr Falmouth. Free entry. Refreshments served all day.
Fat Hen Events: 2nd July ~ Coastal Wild Food Walk from Prussia Cove to forage for herbs, flowers, salads and seaweeds found in Coastal Grassland, seashore, cliffs and hedgerow habitats. 2pm-4pm Meet in the free car park at Prussia Cove just off the A394 between Penzance and Helston. Map Grid Ref: SW555283 9th July ~ Coastal Wild Food Walk A circular walk from Perranuthnoe to forage for herbs, flowers, salads and seaweeds found in Coastal Grassland, seashore, cliffs and hedgerow habitats. 10am -12.00pm. Meet in the carpark at Perranuthnoe, just off the A394 between Penzance and Helston, nr Marazion. Map Gri…

Chorizo and Pea Risotto

There is something about risotto that is so comforting, even on a hot summers day. We enjoyed this sat out on the deck in the early evening sun, with a large glass of wine (of course!) listening to the cricket on the radio - bliss!
CHORIZO AND PEA RISOTTO| Serves: 4  | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 30 Minutes |
Ingredients: 1 TBSP Butter and Splash of Oil1 Onion, chopped150g Chorizo, sliced250g Risotto Rice800ml Vegetable Stock (you may not need all of the stock)1 Glass White WineHandful of Frozen Peas2 TBSP Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese (I used Bocaddon Farm Cheese I picked up from The Royal Cornwall Show)Handful of Parmesan, gratedSalt and PepperInstructions: Step 1: Fry the onion and chorizo in the butter and garlic until the onion is soft.Step 2: Add the risotto rice and stir to coat, before pouring in the wine. Let it bubble for a few seconds before starting to add the stock, a ladleful at a time.Step 3: A couple of ladlefuls before the end add the frozen…

Sticky Toffee Loaf

This is a really versatile sweet loaf. It's dense enough to serve as a pudding with a big dollop of clotted cream (must be Roddas!) or simply as a cake with tea and coffee. It's just a quick and easy 2 step process, first softening the dates with some black tea and then creaming the rest of the ingredients together before bunging it all in the oven. Couldn't be simpler!
STICKY TOFFEE LOAF| Serves: 8 slices  | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 50 Minutes | Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes |
200g Dates, stoned and chopped250ml Black Tea1/2 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda85g Butter, softened175g Caster Sugar2 Eggs, beaten175g Plain Flour1 and 1/2 tsp Baking Powder1 TSP Mixed SpicePinch salt
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c/160fan and line a 2lb Loaf Tin with baking parchment.Step 2: In a saucepan bring the tea and dates to a boil and cook for 4 minutes. Take off the heat and add the bicarbonate of soda.Step 3: Cream together the butter and sugar (I used my Kitchen Aid …

Win a Tate and Lyle Jam Making Kit

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED The strawberry season has arrived, so to celebrate Tate and Lyle have kindly donated one of their jam making kits for a jam inspired competition. The kit includes;
1 x 1kg Tate and Lyle Fairtrade Granulated Sugar
3 packets of Tate and Lyle Pectin
All you need to add is fruit!
To be in with a chance of winning, here is what you have to do; 1. Read about one of my favourite strawberry jam recipes below (it has an unusual ingredient!).

2. Then, tell me what your favourite flavour of jam is (leave your answer in the comments section). Easy as that.
If you tweet about this competition on Twitter, or share on Facebook, you get an extra entry into the competition - just let me know you have done so in the comments section (you can use the share/save button at the bottom of this post).

Printable Recipe Ingredients: 1.8kg Strawberries, small and keep whole 1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom Juice 3 Lemons 1.8kg Jam Sugar Knob of butter
Method: Step 1: Wash, drain and hull the fruit and put in a lar…

Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomato and Ricotta Farfalle

The creamy ricotta made a wonderfully fresh sauce for the asparagus and pasta, and the addition of the sun dried tomatoes gave it an extra, almost meaty dimension (you could use sun blush tomatoes instead if you prefer). Try it whilst you still have time, asparagus season doesn't last very long.
ASPARAGUS, SUN DRIED TOMATO AND RICOTTA FARFALLE| Serves:  2 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes  | Total Time: 20 Minutes |
Ingredients: 250g Ricotta (well drained)Juice 1 Lemon50 Parmesan, grated4 sun dried tomatoes choppedBunch of asparagus, trimmed and blanched, then refreshed in cold water and chopped300g FarfalleSalt and Pepper
Instructions: Step 1: Cook pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water for required time.Step 2: Meanwhile mix together the ricotta, Parmesan, tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.Step 3: Once the pasta is cooked, drain then mix in the ricotta sauce and asparagus. Return to a low heat for a minute just to warm through the sauce.
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Strawberry Torte

A melt in the mouth dessert using the wonderfully sweet strawberries I received from Natoora. The cake mixture is quite clumpy and dry before it is baked, but don't worry, it spreads and fluffs up on cooking. The torte can be eaten hot or cold but is infinitely better with a big dollop of creme fraiche or cream. Why not try experimenting with other fruits - raspberries, blackberries, cherries.....
STRAWBERRY TORTE| Serves: 10 Slices  | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour  | Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes |
Ingredients: 150g Ground Almonds175g Butter, softened (I used Roddas)175g Golden Caster Sugar175g Self Raising FlourZest 1 lemon1 egg and 1 yolk300g Strawberries, hulled and slicedInstructions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c/160fan and line a 23cm spring form tin with baking paper and butter the sides.Step 2: Put all of the ingredients, apart from the strawberries in a food processor and blitz until well combined.Step 3: In your prepared tin spoon in half the mixture and spread i…