BBC Good Food Show, Summer 2016


The time of year when the Birmingham NEC, sponsored by Lexus, once again hosts this year’s BBC Good Food Show Summer Show 2016 between Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th June from 9am to 6pm each day.


What’s on?

Promising, as always, to be an amazing show where you can see your favourite chefs in the Supertheatre, such as the incredible Tom Kerridge, the fabulous Two Greedy Italians (Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo), the amazing ‘mother and son’ team; Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the legendary Michel Roux Jr, the fantastic Hairy Bikers (Si King and Dave Myers) as well as the ladies favourite; James Martin.  This year on stage, Mary Berry will be joined by Alan Titchmarsh as they bring plot to plate and create some fantastic seasonal dishes.  Many of the chefs will also be available later to sign their latest books that you can purchase at the show.

On the Good Food Stage, this year sponsored by Lakeland you can watch interview sessions with some of the chefs and cooks from TV as well as watch some delicious recipe demonstrations to inspire you to cook your own creations at home.

I’m hungry; feed me!

If you’re hungry, you’ll find a myriad of food stalls and vendors at the Show, as well as having the opportunity to dine at the BBC Good Food Kitchen where you can enjoy a tasty 2 or 3 course meal (but you’ll have to book in advance for this as it gets incredibly busy); otherwise just follow your nose and your rumbling tummy and find you’ll be sure to find something for every appetite and taste preference.

Teach me something new!

New this year to the Show are the Discover and Learn Sessions where you can learn Cupcake Decorating, participate in a Sushi Masterclass or take part in a Five Senses Tasting Experience.

If you fancy learning how to pair chocolate with wine, then be sure to visit and take part in a Lindt Excellence Chocolate and Wine Masterclass Experience.

Once again the BBC Good Food Show shares the arena with the BBC Gardners’ World Live Show and your ticket will give you free access to enjoy and discover the delights of the garden too.

How I can help you get there:

As an official BBC Good Food Show Blogger, I’m giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets for admission to the Show.  To be in with a chance of winning yourself these tickets, just send me an email me to: tell me which stage, what day and what time Mary Berry is on stage with Alan Titchmarsh.  It’s as simple as that! Please see the Terms and Conditions of the ticket giveaway below.

I can also give you the opportunity to grab yourself a bargain of 20% off your ticket prices, if you’re not lucky enough to win the ticket giveaway. Just quote the code BL20 at the checkout to obtain your discount.  *20% off applies to Adult/Over 65s tickets only. Code is not valid on VIP or with any other offer and ends on 19/06/16. Standard Supertheatre seat is included with Super tickets, subject to availability, Gold seat upgrade £3. Offer valid on Value tickets where available. Details correct at time of print. £1.50 fulfilment fee per advance order. 

What can I buy? I want to go shopping!

You can find some amazing new foods from the Good Food Champions; all of whom are passionate, outstanding artisan producers and deserve to be celebrated. You can find some of the very best in the BBC Good Food Champions area, where you’ll discover a fabulous selection of producers that you can sample and buy from and find out more about their story too.

The Producers’ Village is a huge speciality food market at the heart of the Show, packed with small artisan producers who pride themselves on the quality and provenance of their produce. Here you can try before you buy with some of the freshest seasonal foods, many of which you won’t find on your local high street.

Discover healthy food products and new ideas to help you create delicious, nutritious dishes.  Brought together are a selection of healthy food producers in the Eat Well Pavilion.

The Ludlow Producer Market section of the Show brings together a fantastic collection of producers from Ludlow and the Marches. With an emphasis on local, independent food and drink producers this is a great area to pick up some interesting products that you won’t find in the supermarkets.

It’s not just confined to food either; you can buy amazing kitchen equipment, gadgets and gizmos; knives and chopping boards; bowls and spoons. Infact; if you need it in the kitchen, you can buy it at the show!

There’ll also be loads of competitions around the show to enter.  Go on; you never know if the day you visit is going to be your lucky day!

Who’s going to be there?

Well, if you want to see a list of the exhibitors, then that’s easy!  Just follow this link to see if your favourite will be there.  There are certainly lots of mine going to be there! Many of whom I’ve enjoyed meeting for several years now and who’s products I’ve grown to love, eat, drink and use daily in my family life!

I can’t wait to go, but sadly, as I’m having a knee operation on Friday 17th June, I’ll only be able to make it one day this year and so won’t be able to go back at the weekend, so I’m really going to make the most of my visit on Thursday 16th.  Will you join me?  I do hope so!



The small print:

Terms and conditions for tickets and giveaways for River Street Events.  All tickets are general admission excluding Saturday.  Tickets are non refundable and non-exchangeable. Ticket terms and conditions apply.  Tickets do not include a seat in the Supertheatre. 

Stoves Winter Recipe Creation


As a member of the BBC Good Food Show Blogger Community, and having worked on a previous Stoves UK recipe re-creation, I was again invited to take part and cook up a storm in my kitchen, with inspiration received from the live demonstrations that the chefs give at the shows.  I sat in the audience and watched the very talented Phil Vickery cook eels, but I’m not brave enough to try those slippery little suckers (I used to go fishing with my husband, so know their habitat and slippery/slimy persona). Instead I chose to do two recipes which can both be found on the Stoves Recipe website: (I have not re-published the recipes here; merely the method of preparation, as neither recipe is mine, but I have provided the links to them which you can find on the Stoves website).

Gusto’s pan-fried Chicken Breast with Creamed Leeks and Butter-fried Gnocchi


Following the recipe (link above) and having sealed my chicken breasts until golden, before placing them in the oven to cook, I then sliced my shallots and crushed my garlic, sweating them off until softened but not coloured.  I added my sliced leeks to the pan and continued to sweat the vegetables before adding the cream, reducing the mixture and stirring through the oregano and mascarpone.
imageTo my pan of boiling water, I dropped in my gnocchi, removing them when they floated to the top to signify they were cooked.  They were then added to a pan of olive oil and butter and cooked until golden.

The chicken breasts are served on a bed of the creamed leeks, surrounded by a tumbling of the gnocchi and gives you a dinner worth of a fully tummy and an empty plate.



Well, I say a full tummy, but you’re never too full for a delicous dessert, are you?  So, for my dessert I chose to make A Glug of Oil’s Limoncello Cheesecake using a bottle of Pallini Limoncello.


I lined my springform tin with baking parchment (it makes it easier to remove it from the tin to serve).  I crushed my Oaties biscuits (Tesco’s own Hob Nobs) and melted my butter, then mixed them both together, pressing this into the base of my tin, before placing it in the fridge to cool.

The mascarpone, lemon curd and lemon zest, along with the lemon juice and Limoncello (I added 5tbs, not the 2tbs that are recommended in the recipe), all went into a bowl and were beaten together until thoroughly combined and smooth.  This was then poured over the chilled cheesecake base and placed back into the fridge to set overnight.


The lemon slices are candied in syrup for the decoration.


Remove your cheesecake from the tin to a serving plate and serve chilled.


As part of the BBC Good Food Show Blogger Community, I was invited to take part in the Stoves UK cook along, for which I received a Tesco gift voucher to purchase ingredients.

BBC Good Food Show Winter 2015


I’m home after a long, but incredibly enjoyable day, at the BBC Good Food Show, Winter 2015, held at the Birmingham NEC.


As one of the official Good a Food Show Bloggers, I’m lucky enough to be able to visit the show twice a year; to walk around, meeting the Bursary Winners who are small artisan producers, through having incredible tasting products, get to exhibit at the show. I also get to chat to the Good Food Champions; a group of the finest, artisan, producers of food and drink.

This year’s Bursary Award winners are: Eponine (award winning chocolates and confectionery), Ogilvy Vodka (made from Maris Piper potatoes), Spice Kitchen (an alchemy of spices), Beri Da (aronia berries), Tipple Tails (fruit cakes) and Sedgewicks Charcuterie (artisan cured meats).

Along with the Bursary Winners, you can also find the Good Food Champions. This year you can adopt an olive tree & receive your own oils, on a quarterly basis, direct to your door from Pomora. From Urban Herbs, you can buy their blend of dried herbs & chillies. Hiver Brewery bring you a honey beer and Proper Nutty deliver a delicious slow roasted peanut butter.

There’s a myriad of things to see, drink and taste along the way from chutneys, cheeses, sauces and pastes to suit every palate and preference, to vodka, wines, soft drinks and coffee. Loads of great ‘street food’ vendors help to keep your energy levels up so you can ‘shop til you drop’ from the amazing exhibitors selling pans, knives, kitchen essentials and beautiful things to adorn your home.

When it’s time to ‘take a load off’ and rest your feet, you’ll find plenty of seats about on which to park yourself for a few minutes, until you’re raring to go again!

The show has several ‘theatre’ areas where you can see som of the biggest names in UK culinary skills demonstrate their recipes, whilst reciting candid stories and tales to keep you entertained.

If you have an interest in good food, drink and some of the best equipment and products you can buy for your kitchen, then a day (or two) at the BBC Good Food Show is an absolute must! There’s so much there that’ll make you glad you came and will make you wanting to come back for more!

The show opened today, Thursday 26th November, and runs for the next three days; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 27th-29th November. Have a fabulous time if you go! I’ll see you again in the summer next year!

I attend the BBC Good Food show on a complimentary ticket as part of their Good a Food Show Blogger community.

BBC Good Food Show Bloggers Day Out at Warner Edwards Gin


A few weeks back I was invited, as one of the BBC Good Food Show bloggers, to visit Warner Edwards gin distillery in Northamptonshire.  As a local Northamptonshire girl and a fan of their gin already, there was no way I was going to pass this one up! So, with the day booked off work and the services of my husband employed as my chauffeur for the day, I went the 15 miles from my home to the beautiful little village of Harrington, where their distillery is based.

Tom (Warner) and Sion (Edwards) met at agricultural college and have been the best of friends ever since. They are both from farming backgrounds and the distillery is actually based in a converted barn on Tom’s parents’ family farm, where the water they use to manufacture the gin and cut the alcohol is taken from one of the many natural springs which emerge from the land on the terraced fields upon which the farm looks.

After arriving and being met by Sion, we were taken indoors to meet their beautiful copper Arnold Holstein Still called ‘Curiosity’. Why is she called Curiosity? Well, the story goes (and there are paw prints to prove it), that when they laid the concrete floor ready for the still, they came back the next morning to find cat paw prints embossed into the now dry concrete; so as the saying goes “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back”.



One of the first thing that hits you as you enter the distillery, along with the warmth, is the distinctive smell of the juniper and the other ten botanicals that they use in their distilling process, which includes coriander and nutmeg. The beautiful patina on the copper is produced by the heat of the process within creates some gorgeous colours.


The gin distillation process takes approximately 7 hours, with the spring water, barley, grains and botanicals being added to the gleaming 500 litre pot.  The copper in the pot natrurally absorbs the acids, cyanides and carbonates that the botanicals add to the sprit.  From there, the spirit is distilled through the 4.3m high column of 8 bubble plates, a defleginator and a catalyser to produce the spirit which is then cut down to 44% ABV using the natural spring water from the farm.

Their first batch was brewed in November 2012 as a Harrington Dry Gin. From there, in 2013 they introduced their light and fragrant Elderflower Gin, made from locally picked elderflowers near both Tom & Sion’s family farms in Northamptonshire and Wales. Their limited edition of 2000 bottles sold out in next to no time and surprised them with it’s popularity! Next to be introduced into the Warner Edwards gin family came their Sloe Gin in December 2013, followed by their latest creation of Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin in September 2014. The rhubarb used to create this gin has firm roots and history traceable to the Buckingham Palace garden of Queen Victoria herself.


imageThe intital aim from Tom and Sion was to produce a spirit that you were able to drink both neat as well as with a mixer, and they have certainly achieved this with their current range of 4 delicious gins. They had to perform their initial research (carried out in the local pub) twice, because by the end of the first night and the end of the glasses of lots of different gins, they realised they hadn’t taken any notes.  So off home to sober up and start the process anew WITH note taking this time!

In 2013, within 6 months of their launch, Warner Edwards won a Silver in the prestigious San Francisco World Spirit Awards, followed by a very impressive Double Gold Award in 2014.

Currently you can buy Warner Edwards award winning gin directly from them, or from Fortnum & Masons, Marks & Spencer as well as Waitrose and independant retailers.


Thanks to the BBC Good Food Show organisers, River Street Events, for the invitation, and to Warner Edwards for their hospitality. Together, with the lovely Alex From Gingey Bites Blog, we raise our glasses to your continued sucess, and join you in becoming ‘United in Sprit’. Cheers!