The finished result

It’s probably much too late to say Happy New Year (oh and I have also missed Valentines Day)… anyway I am back now and I thought I would kick of 2011 blogging with some pancake fun… It’s Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday 8th March.

First a short history lesson… The word shrove is linked to the English verb to shrive, which means to obtain absolution for ones sins by way of confession and doing penance. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday and noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD. In the UK and many other countries, the day is often known as Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.

Posted by Dawn on 07 March 2011

There is a reason for the strange blog title… on Friday 19th November I did a sponsored silence in aid of Children In Need and raised an amazing £900 for the charity… speaks volumes about how much my silence is worth.

BBC Children in Need’s mission is to make a positive change to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Their vision is a society where each and every child and young person is supported to realise their potential. The money raised makes a real difference to the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. With these funds, BBC Children in Need are able to make grants to voluntary projects, community groups and registered charities that will offer practical and lasting support to children and young people:

  • Experiencing poverty, deprivation or homelessness
  • Suffering from illness, abuse, distress or neglect
  • With learning, sensory or physical disabilities
  • With behavioral and psychological disorders.
Posted by Dawn on 29 November 2010

We won again last week at the esteemed Quality Food Awards held at the Park Plaza in Westminster… the Quality Awards are the most prestigious awards for food and drink products on sale in supermarkets…some may say the ‘Oscars Of Food’

Collecting the Q Award
My favourite, and also the judges it would appear, the Extra Special Lemon Curd Yoghurt won the Quality Food Award (or Q Award) in the Dairy & Milk Products category.

This indulgent treat is produced in the West Country using West Country milk and contains traditional lemon curd, lemon peel and concentrated lemon juice, whipping cream, free range eggs and contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

The judging panel was impressed by the ‘great value for money’ for a premium product, by the clean ingredients lists, and also by the ‘zingy’ taste.

Posted by Dawn on 16 November 2010

Sorry its been a while since I have been blogging – what with holidays, birthdays, spa breaks oh and work been a busy few weeks

Oh nearly forgot and winning awards..again

This years Frome Agriculture and Cheese Show saw us sweep the board in terms of the number of wins of the retail class. Frome Cheese Show was founded in 1861 by local farmers to display a “Great Exhibition” of cheese and butter. The success of the first cheese show can be gauged from the fact that it has continued ever since and now attracts 17,000 people and this year had over 700 entries in the cheese / dairy classes.

We got GOLD for 9 products – ASDA Brand West Country Farmhouse Mature Cheddar, Extra Special Farmhouse Somerset Vintage Cheddar – which is my favourite cheese!! ASDA Brand English Extra Mature Cheddar, Extra Special Creamy Blue Stilton, Extra Special Brie de Meaux, Smartprice Salted Butter, ASDA Brand Creamery Unsalted Butter, ASDA Brand Natural Low Fat Probiotic Yogurt and finally Extra Special Champagne Rhubarb West Country Yogurt.

Posted by Dawn on 20 September 2010

Last week saw the 113th Nantwich Cheese Awards, held in Dorfold Park in Nantwich, Cheshire. It’s the largest cheese show in the world with over 3,200 cheeses entered for judging in this year’s competition – and as such is now known as the Interntional Cheese Awards.

Each year Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are given to the best-tasting cheeses in the industry and there are also 23 coveted retailer classes with record entries this year…and guess what Asda were busy winning awards again.

Posted by Dawn on 02 August 2010