Best of British Cooking & Blog Challenge visits
for Apples, Cheese and Rabbit Pie
Welcome to the FIFTH Best of British Cooking Blog Challenge, where we visit the lovely English county of DORSET. Famous for its beautiful coastline and rich agricultural landscape, this county has a rich food heritage, and I am lucky enough to have sampled its delights many times, as my sister lives in Blandford Forum and is an expert on Dorset cuisine – she has just started a blog and is available to answer any Dorset culinary questions if you visit her at Most Simply Traditional.
Food & Drink in Dorset:
Dorset is home to some of the finest, most delicious, first-class food you’ll ever taste. With its reputation for freshly caught fish, organic blue cheeses, specialist breads, local ales, award-winning handmade chocolates and the sheer luxury of local, premium ice cream – you are never far away from exceptionally good food in Dorset.
Stock up on fresh, local and organic produce at one of our farmers’ markets or head to a country pub for a ploughman’s lunch served with crumbly Blue Vinny cheese. If you’re feeling peckish in the afternoon, find a village tea room and indulge in some famous Dorset Apple Cake with a dollop of clotted cream. Come evening, you’ll find plenty of award-winning restaurants, some even run by the culinary stars of our TV screens, perfect for those special occasions.
Some Dorset specialities are:
Blandford Pudding – made with Gooseberries; Dorset Knobs – these are light, crisp roll-shaped biscuits produced by Moores of Morecombelake; Rabbits made tasty casseroles and pies; Rook pie – was a favourite cheap dish for low-paid labourers; Lettuce soup is traditional in Dorset; The Dorset Horn, a type of sheep, is famous for its tender meat as well as its woolly coat; Dorset Lamb Crumble is a good way to use up left-over roast meat; Long Puddle Lamb is a casserole containing Worcestershire sauce ; Piddle Bacon Cake – the Victorians renamed it Puddle Bacon Cake though (The River Piddle runs through the county but the Victorians thought the name rather vulgar and so they changed it to “Puddle”); Dorset Jugged Steak ; Dorset Sausage ( a meatloaf); Dorset Apple Cake; Sweetheart Cake traditionally eaten on Midsummer’s Eve; Blackmoor Vale (Hardy’s “Vale of the Little Dairies”) has its cake which is half-way between a rich fruit cake and a gingerbread; Golden Cap Pudding with oranges; Dorset Blue Vinny cheese and Dorset Cream Teas…..
So, what will you bake or cook for this month’s Best of British challenge? There is such a diverse range of ingredients and recipes to use, and I am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! New World Appliances are sponsoring this challenge in conjunction with Fiona from London Unattached, and there’s a £50 amazon token for one winner chosen at random from this month’s entries…plus a GRAND prize of £300 of amazon vouchers for the overall Best of British Blogger which will be judged! Last month we visited LONDON and you can see the round-up of tasty recipes here: London Best of British London Round-Up
- Post your recipe on your blog with a link back to The Face of New World Appliances and to me here: Lavender and Lovage.
- Add the ‘Best of British’ badge to your blog post – the badge is shown above and below.
- Add ‘Best of British’ in your blog post as a label or tag
- The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere. You are welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge.
- Please make sure you don’t infringe any copyright laws – if in doubt please ping me, Karen, or Fiona on twitter (@KarenBurnsBooth or @fionamaclean) or leave a note below or at mostsimplytraditional to ask for advice!
- Please be as creative as you like with the theme for the month.
- This month’s challenge starts today, 8th October, and closes at midnight on 7th November 2012
- Please add your recipe link to the linky below so I can visit you to leave comments and also add you to the end of month round-up!
- If you post on twitter, please mention @KarenBurnsBooth (or @fionamaclean and @newworldapps) and use #BestofBritish and we will try to retweet!