Did anyone spot Question Time visited Portsmouth recently? Hosted by the Portsmouth High School, we were delighted to get involved in providing catering for this event.

Including teas, coffee and homemade cookies for the audience of 150, canapés in the green room and high tea for the crew, the day was long but incredibly interesting to see how the behind the scenes activity comes together to create this popular show.

If you have an upcoming event you need help catering with, do get in touch.

We couldn’t resist a cheeky photo on the panel!

img_7012Have you heard of Reverse advent calendars? The idea is that every day throughout Advent you give something away.

The Emsworth Cookery School has been putting one together for the Emsworth Community Christmas event – a lunch which brings together people in our community who might otherwise spend the day alone.

Have a watch of what we’re up to and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see what goes in the box! [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qUsy_7Q-TU[/embedyt]

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One of the main events in the final weekend of Emsworth British Food Fortnight was the fantastic Thought for Food Market. Despite the horrendous rain (and thunder!) as we set up, the crowds turned out to see the best that Emsworth and the local area has to offer.

In the food demo area we were tempting people with new recipes to get creative with peppers, using locally sourced bell and sweet pointy peppers from Tangmere Airfield Nurseries. We made savoury muffins, sweet pepper houmous and pepper focaccia. The recipes will be available shortly, stay tuned for details!

Obviously we couldn’t just stick to savoury recipes and we were delighted to get our hands on some yummy Montezuma’s chocolate to get creative with. Recipes included Chocolate, orange and geranium brownie, Lemon and chocolate mousse and a Chocolate, salt & lime sauce. If you fancy the sound of those and didn’t make it to the demo, it’s not too late as we’ll be making them on our upcoming Chocoholic’s Choice class, book here!



Keeping it local

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Earlier this month I was involved in A Thought for Food Market as part of The Emsworth British Food Fortnight. We cooked a huge amount of sweetcorn which had come from Barfoots just up the road in Pagham.

I hadn’t appreciated it was quite so easy to cook sweetcorn on the BBQ, for years I’ve removed the husks and wrapped in foil – what a waste of time! Just chuck it on the BBQ in the husks and let it cook through. Serve with a little chilli or herb butter for a fabulous & simple side dish.



I recently visited Hambledon Vineyard in Hampshire where they produce remarkable British sparkling wines. I’m a massive fan of English wines and really believe we produce some of the best wines in the world. They are often made with love in small vineyards and have so much more character than many I have tasted from elsewhere. I’m more used to the wines from Kent, particularly enjoying Chapel Down in Tenterden, but it’s brilliant to have found something even more local. In fact, it only took me 15 minutes to reach the vineyard from Emsworth!

Whilst it is often true that English wines may cost more than your average bottle in the supermarket, I am much happier drinking superior wines on a less frequent basis!

Hambledon Vineyard offer tours for small groups for £10 pp – which can be redeemed against any wine purchased. The bottle of Mill Down I bought is reserved for a special occasion – I just need to think of a reason to celebrate asap!