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Foodie Events in Cornwall - April 2011

A round-up of this months foodie happening in the Duchy.

Porthleven Food and Music FestivalSunday April 10th 10am - 9:30pm. The festival will have 70 local food stalls and 6 tip-top Chefs who've been asked to cook with economical cuts and local food. There are two real beer tents, a Fish Barbecue, a Hog Roast, a fancy dress parade, bands and buskers of all sorts throughout the day, a Big Top, an Art Trail, a historic Porthleven Exhibition, demonstrations of fish preparation, Hip-Hop Dancers, a Skate Jam, a Drama Workshop, a Music Workshop, a Circus Skills Workshop, traditional Cornish Singing and a great evening band "Not The Beatles!" – The Festival is put together by a hard-working team of village volunteers of all ages, for everybody. Entry is free.
Bodmin Plant and Herb Nursery - Herb Festival Weekend.April 16th and 17th. Annual Celebration of all things herbal including local food producers and crafts. Entry is free

Trereife Easter FairApril 22- April 25th. One of the …

Harbour Restaurant, Port Isaac: A Review

Cornwall's Spring Feast Fortnight is now in full swing and yesterday, on a gloriously balmy Spring evening, we drove down to The Harbour Restaurant in Port Isaac to sample some of the dishes on their Spring Feast Menu.

The quaint 15th Century building that the Harbour Restaurant calls home is located right by the waters edge in the small fishing village of Port Isaac (aka Port Wenn of Doc Martin fame). It is run by professional chef Emily, who  trained at the well respected cookery school Tante Marie. She also spent time on the continent, which is reflected in the style of dishes she serves, before returning to the UK  to set up home in North Cornwall.

The restaurant prides itself on using the freshest local produce available - the fish, for example are landed just yards from the front door in the small fishing port. Emily also sources meat and poultry from nearby farms, cured meat from Deli Farm in Delabole - just 5 miles away, as well as local cornish cheeses from small artisan pr…

Meet my Cybermummy Sponsor & A Giveaway

COMPETITION CLOSED Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I am off to Cybermummy this year....and I can't wait! Cybermummy is the UK's premier blogging conference aimed at parent bloggers and this year it has really pulled out all the stops. There are some fab speakers lined up (Sarah Brown is the keynote speaker) as well as lots exciting workshops (I'm particularly looking forward to the Writing workshop) - if you are interested you can see the jam packed schedule here.
Today I'd like to announce Bottlegreen as my sponsor to the conference and also hold a little giveaway to celebrate them launching a brand new presse - Green Tea and Elderflower - which tastes amazing, especially mixed with vodka! Its delicate,  fragrant and extremely refreshing! Another plus is that its made with only natural ingredients with no added preservatives or sweeteners. Roll on the summer I say!
For your chance to win 6 bottles of Green Tea and Elderflower Presse all you need to d…

Tides Restaurant, The Mariners: Spring Feast Fortnight

The first ever Cornwall Spring Feast Fortnight launched on Friday (and runs from 18th March - 1st April), with the aim of showcasing the county's fresh new flavours of Spring. Participating chefs and restaurants will be offering Spring Feast menu's at very affordable prices  - £14 for two courses and £18 for three courses (on selected services). Details of participating restaurants can be found on the Cornwall Food and Drink website.
I was lucky enough to visit Tides Restaurant, at The Mariners, Rock on Saturday, run by head chef Tom Scade to sample their Spring Feast menu. Tom and his team use fresh, seasonal produce in wonderfully styled and flavoursome dishes. The front of house staff were friendly and attentive and the dining room had a clean, fresh feel about it utilising decor synonymous with the local area. This, coupled with magnificent views over the estuary provided a relaxed and pleasurable dining experience.
The special Spring Feast menu at Tides is as follows;

Lentil, Bean and Bacon Stew

I'm hoping Spring is on the way, but just before we see the last of the cold nights here is a great recipe that's cheap and easy to prepare and most importantly delicious and hearty! Feel free to serve it with rice or potatoes, but I find a nice hunk of bread is more than enough. Instead of Thyme you could add Rosemary and if you don't have fresh herbs, by all means substitute with some dried  - a couple of heaped teaspoon should be about right.
LENTIL, BEAN AND BACON STEW| Serves: 4  | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 45 Minutes  | Total Time: 55 Minutes |
Ingredients:  Glug of oil150g Bacon lardons1 onion, sliced2 Garlic cloves, chopped200g Dried Green LentilsSplash Vermouth Large Sprig of Thyme, leaves picked350ml Chicken Stock400g Tin of Tomatoes400g Tin Chickpeas, drained400g Tin of Canellini BeansInstructions: Step 1: Heat oil in a large casserole and fry the bacon, garlic and onion for 5 minutes.Step 2: Add the green lentils, stir, then pour in the Vermouth and let it…

Tomato, Bacon and Feta Bake

My perfect Friday night supper served with a nice crusty baguette. You could try substituting the feta with another cheese - perhaps mozzarella, but I  personally love the salty richness that feta brings to a dish. 
For a vegetarian alternative just omit the bacon!

| Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 25 Minutes |
1 Red Onion, chopped2 Garlic Cloves2 Rashers of Bacon, chopped1/2 TSP Chili Flakes2 x 400g Tins of Plum Tomatoes2 TBSP Fresh Oregano Leaves, chopped400g Feta, cut into chunksServe with crusty breadInstructions:Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200c/180 fan/ Gas 6. Cook with onion, garlic and bacon in a pan for 5 minutes.Step 2: Add the chili flakes and tomatoes and simmer for 20 minutes.Step 3: Stir in the oregano and season to taste.Step 4: In an oven proof dish scatter the feta over the bottom before spooning over the sauce.Step 5: Bake for 20 minutes and serve with crusty bread.| Author: Beth Sachs | Date:…

Chocolate Fudge Muffins

I've been busy spring cleaning the kitchen cupboards - a job I find very satisfying as I end up with lots of half opened jars and packets that I then have to incorporate into meals and baking - it gets my brain working anyway. These muffins were inspired by half opened packets of chocolate and sugars I found lurking at the back of the baking cupboard. They make great lunchbox treats and are super quick to make. If you haven't got any sour cream to hand just sub with some greek yogurt or creme fraiche.
CHOCOLATE FUDGE MUFFINS By Beth Sachs, 7th March 2011
Ingredients: 80g Dark Chocolate85g Butter2 TBSP Full Fat Milk200g Self Raising Flour1/2 TSP Bicarb85g Soft Light Brown Sugar50g Caster Sugar1 egg150ml Sour Cream1 TSP Vanilla Extract Instructions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 190c/170fan and line a 12 hole muffin tin with silicone cases. Melt the butter, milk and chocolate in the microwave, being careful not to burn it.Step 2: Sieve together the flour, bicarb then mix through the sugars.…