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Fleet Food Festival: Roasting a Goat

Fleet Food FestivalThe third Fleet Food Festival was another success with over 7000 visitors. The sun shone, the live music was great and the food fabulous.

Last year, you may remember, I came away from the Festival with a joint of wild boar to roast. This year we purchased a saddle of goat.

Whole Roasted Garlic

Whole Roasted GarlicApparently 19th April is National Garlic Day, so let’s celebrate by roasting a whole garlic.

Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. It’s native to central Asia and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for over 7000 years.

These are just a few of the claims made about the supposed health benefits of consuming garlic:
 

Steak and Kidney Hot Pot with Crusted Dumplings

Steak and Kidney Hot PotBack in September last year, I rashly proposed to attempt more Fanny Cradock recipes following my success with Fanny’s Shrimp Cocktail.

I was planning to recreate Menu One from Ten Classic Dishes (with a menu for each) by Fanny Cradock. Menu One consists of Shrimp Cocktail, followed by Beefsteak and Kidney Pudding and Pie, with Mum’s Trifle to finish.

Imperfect Parsnips

ParsnipMy parsnips definitely wouldn’t pass muster in a supermarket beauty parade. In Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s series, War on Waste, he highlights the huge amount of produce our supermarkets reject, particularly when it comes to imperfect veg.

This article in The Guardian: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall rejects Morrisons' 'pathetic' wonky veg trial reveals the plight of ugly vegetables.

Passed or past?

Passed or pastThe word past, unlike passed, has many different functions. It can be an adjective, noun, adverb and preposition:

Noun
That approach hasn’t worked in the past
Preposition
The man rushed past her
Adverb
He saw a car going past
Adjective
She is a past president

The word passed is the past tense of the verb to pass:
I pass (present tense)
I passed (past tense)

Christmas crackers

Left Right Joke

Cactus joke

Your Teacher joke

Cheesy Christmas Trees

Cheesy Christmas TreesThanks to my friend, Mandy, for this festive recipe. These are very moreish and make a nice change from all the sweet snacks around at Christmas.

Ingredients for cheese pastry

113g (4oz) plain flour
85g (3oz) butter
85g (3oz) cheddar or parmesan cheese
Pinch of dry mustard
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons cold water

Method

How to Cut a Lemon Basket

Lemon Basket with Smoked Salmon"Place a very small lemon basket (see diagram below) at the side of the glass on the plate, on which you will send it to table. Then the lemon basket can be picked up easily and additional lemon juice squeezed over as desired without getting your fingers in a filthy mess."
Fanny Cradock

Ok, my delight at lemon baskets has faded. Life's too short to spend time carving lemons into shapes.

Fanny Cradock’s Shrimp Cocktail

Fanny's Shrimp Cocktail"One of the most sordid little offerings is the ubiquitous Prawn Cocktail with a good old ground padding of lettuce cut with a knife and darkening at the edges, a tired prawn drooping disconsolately over the edge of the glass like a debutante at the end of her first ball and its opposite number – a piece of lemon tasting of the knife – clutching the opposite side of the rim like a seasick passenger against a taffrail during a rough Channel crossing.

The perils of clickbait

Clickbaitnoun: clickbait
Online content of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page. An eye-catching link on a website that encourages people to read on. Often paid for by the advertiser. Paid clickbait generates income based on the number of clicks.


Producing shareable content is one thing. But is creating a scandalised headline to drive traffic to your website a viable way of attracting prospects to your business?

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