It’s all gone off on the allotment this past month. Yesterday we took in our first redcurrent harvest to joint the cacophony of strawberries. But there is also a list of greens to join in as well. Artichokes, mange tout, broadbeans, and our first onions. Now just holding our breath for some tomatoes and squash!
First flowers of the year on the allotment!
In a day of high winds (which have become increasingly common) we decided it was time for a walk. With winds of up 55mph out of the south west we decided to turn right at the end of the driveway and keep them at our back. Such was it that we were literally pushed along the blustery coast path over the marsh to where the Cley Christmas Fair was in progress. The whole village seems to be in the festive spirit.
Needless to say we bought cake and some home made produce. After fortifying ourselves we pressed on east towards Salthouse.
You can just about make out Marek in his shorts with Bonzo.
The Dun Cow was a welcome sight and we enjoyed a cheeky pub lunch.
Although we had originally planned to take the Coast Hopper home, we felt that we ought to attempt some more walking after our large meal.
Cley had lit up by the time we strolled in. Back over the hill to Blakeney we decided it was time for a fire. Another lovely weekend without getting in the car.
Pear and chocolate jam from Country Market stall at Fakenham Market
Pear and chocolate make excellent bedfellows, but it takes a rare talent to manifest this combination in a jar of jam. We found this one at the Country Market stall at Fakenham’s regular Thursday market.
When I first bought a jar a few months ago, one of the ladies on the stall confided there was a friendly competition among their group of producers to develop the most unusual flavours. This is reflected in their diverse selection of jams, chutneys, sauces and cakes. They have all the classics you’d expect, but often surprise with something new and delicious, like this pear and chocolate.
It is exceedingly good spread thickly on homemade scones, baked to my mum’s recipe.
After polishing off the first jar in short order, we didn’t see it on the stand for a while, so Michelle put in a special request, which they were kind enough to fulfill.
The label lists the producer as ‘K Cuttle’. Your best bet is to stop by their stall on Thursday morning during the market.
Orange & Almond Tart by Rhubard & Custard Puddings
The Blakeney Farmers’ Market & Craft Fair returned today and it was another good showing. Hosted on the 2nd Saturday of each month, it has about 20 stalls, which impress with quality, locally produced food and craft at reasonable prices.
One particular find was Rhubarb & Custard, run by Bridget Bennet (the web-site doesn’t seem to be up and running yet, but they’re on Twitter @rhubardpuds and hopefully she’ll be back at the market next month). They had a delicious Apple & Maple Icing Pudding, but we chose the Orange & Almond Tart. Beautifully presented in a wooden tray, the tart has a great texture, with granular chunks of almond, complimented by a moist layer of zesty orange jam and a pastry base. It is rare to find a genuinely different kind of cake which surprises with its form and taste. This was one of those and a splendid discovery.