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Food in the Cotswolds

Making the most of the rich and diverse availability of food in The Cotswolds. 

Text of a speech for Cotswold Taste and an article in The Cotswold Times

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Production

The Cotswolds is already known for it’s rich food and drink production much of which is marketed nationally. This production includes rapeseed oil, maize, cheese such as Godsells, beers from larger breweries such as Arkells and craft breweries such as Stroud, Wickwar and Severn Brewing Co, wine from Poulton Hill …

Just a quickie – life is busy!

I know it’s been a long time but it’s good to be busy.

Volunteering

Firstly I have found the time to do some volunteering. Springfield Mind is a charity whose mission is to promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in Warwickshire and  Worcestershire. I visit a drop-in in Evesham, set up as a place to socialise and carry out various activities. It really is so good and, of course, they are always looking for support.

The Bakehouse

As I’ve …

Lunch at The Painswick Hotel

 

As a member of Cotswold Taste, I was invited to lunch at The Painswick Hotel.

I have been familiar with The Painswick since its inception by the renowned hotelier, Somerset Moore. Interestingly, Somerset served his hospitality apprenticeship at The Lygon Arms, Broadway, where I was General Manager until 2003.

I had never visited the hotel until a couple of weeks ago. The Painswick is now part of The Calcot Collection. It’s in the most beautiful of settings …

It’s been a long time coming…

Well, I have missed you guys and I’m sorry I haven’t kept up to date. There has been a lot (too much!) happening and I wanted to bring you up to date.

Late in 2016 I posted a blog called Food and the Brain. It was a feature on mental health and my ongoing depression.

The point about depression and many other mental health disorders is that symptoms are often recurrent and are brought on by a variety of issues. …

Foraging by Bazza

Food by Bazza has been foraging!

And here is the result:

Very delicious Wild Garlic Pesto, locally foraged and produced!

Please get in touch for orders and enquiries.

Bazza

 

Koj and The Find


I have to start with a bit of a rant!

Just recently I’ve noticed a level of abuse against bloggers by some food writers. You see, the thing is we often get freebies and so it is said that any reviews myself and my lovely friends make on restaurants and other establishments have a total bias. This has made me feel a little stormy (not Daniels!) and it’s not true. We all have the same philosophy, if we can’t be …

I’m Hooked!

I’ve been a big fan of the Fish Hotel since it opened a couple of years ago. Very importantly, it’s the most beautiful half hour walk from Broadway for a Sunday lunchtime pint!

Well, it has undergone a massive makeover and I was delighted to be invited to the opening night party.

The magic began before we even got into the venue. The surrounding trees were lit in the most dazzling way and you got the feeling you were in …

New Year, new beginnings

 

Life is finally returning to a measure of normality after a frenetic Christmas and New Year. As always, it’s such a pleasure to be surrounded by my lovely family and good friends.

My first canape party of the year

The reality is I am about to start on an exciting new project in Cheltenham. All I can tell you at this stage is, it’s about gin! Needless to say, I am very excited!

In the meantime I have been …

It’s time to brine your turkey!

Like most of you, I’m sure, our Christmas Day food prep is under way.

Just in case you need it, here are a couple of tips for the best roast turkey:

Brine it – You can do this 24/48hrs in advance and it’s well worth it for a succulent end result.

  • Find a container such as a bucket (very clean) or another similar container which will hold your turkey.
  • Mix about 3 ltrs of water with 250g sea salt, 200g