8th Ledbury Big Breakfast – 31st January, 1st and 2nd February

Trumpet Corner breakfast 2019

We are pleased again to celebrate Ledbury’s Big Breakfast which sees local cafes, pubs, hotels and shops in Ledbury and district offering all kinds of food to celebrate that most important of meals – breakfast featuring good locally produced food and drink.

This special and very popular weekend sees those taking part creating special breakfast dishes featuring local produce as well as their normal offerings. Each year a splendid range of breakfasts is on offer from the lightest to the heartiest.

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To Meat or not to Meat?

Every day there seems to be something in the Media about eating meat. We are being encouraged to eat less meat (IPCC Report 2019) to reduce carbon and methane emissions. But reducing Co2 is so much more complicated. Emissions from rearing animals, particularly cattle for meat and dairy consumption may account for some 14% of the total created by us. This is an international figure though, and may not be true for the UK.

If you saw the BBC documentary on Monday 25th November, “Meat, a Threat to our Planet”, you may have been put off eating meat ever again. It was horrific to see vast herds of cattle and huge numbers of intensive pig farms which feed the American appetite for meat, and the ecological consequences of this. It is shocking to see farmers burning Amazon rainforest so that they can rear beef cattle, and the precious Sierra in Brazil being turned over to grain to feed these animals. Industrial scale “factory” farming like this produces cheaper meat and it is this that we need to stop eating. So let’s not eat meat from America or Brazil, but let’s continue to support our local meat producers. Our carbon footprint and farming practice is nothing like that of the Americas. Small scale pasture-reared meat is high in nutritional value and low in carbon footprint.

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Ledbury Evening Market celebrates Christmas

Ledbury’s new Evening Farmer’s Market ends 2019 with a special Christmas market on Thursday 5th December from 6 to 8pm at the Barn, St Katherine’s, on same night as Ledbury’s Shops Late Night Opening.

As well as the regular stalls, special treats on sale will include chocolates, marshmallows, empanadas, Juneberry Liqueur and a “community” stall with “Big Apple Cider Vinegar” and “Ledbury Heritage Centre” Quince and Medlar Jelly, plus mulled wine and cider too! We will be singing carols at 6.30 and 7pm. Continue reading “Ledbury Evening Market celebrates Christmas”

November Recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagne

Although the recipe says to use fresh lasagne, this is quite hard to come by unless you make it yourself. However, you can use the dried lasagne but make sure you soak the sheets before hand – a few at a time – in boiling water to soften them. Another tip is that you do not need to use butter in your white sauce. You can easily buy something called sauce flour which you just add to your milk and keep whisking. No fat is involved in the process and it works well, I use it all the time. Lasagne freezes really well. I serve mine with garlic bread and a side salad but that is obviously up to you.

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Fair Game?

DT Waller and Sons’ Venison Burger

We live in a part of the country where game of all kinds – deer, wild boar, pheasant, partridge etc. – is readily available through butchers and game dealers, especially at this time of year.

A topic that is growing in weight in the media is the use of toxic lead shot to bag game. In July, Waitrose announced that from the 2020-21 season it will ban the sale in its stores of birds shot with lead ammunition. This follows from recommendations by the government’s expert group in 2015 which concluded that there were no ways to reduce the risk to human health and wildlife from lead shot other than using non-toxic ammunition instead.

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October Recipe: Pear and Cobnut/Hazelnut Cake

This really is an easy cake. To roast the nuts use a dry frying pan but watch them very carefully as they take no time at all to burn! I always line all my cake tins with baking parchment, even if they are non stick, it just makes life that much easier. I think I have said before but cakes are much more successful when all the ingredients are room temperature, so do not use butter etc. straight out of the fridge.

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