Still recovering from what was a busy RHS Autumn Show at Malvern, lovely to work with the boys from River Cottage (Mark, Steve, John & Gil) who are just as super off the camera as they are on. I’m afraid a certain Italian Chef by the name of Gino has lost that ability and it’s sad as only 2 years ago I worked with him at Herefordshire and he was great, perhaps he caught something during his time in the jungle!
It was our Wedding Anniversary at the weekend too, and tonight we’re going out for a ‘posh’ meal to celebrate. I’m really proud of Glyn as this week he starts lecturing at Staffordshire University on their Media Course. He’ll be fab at that, he’s got a lovely way with him and has done training for the Beeb for many years, infact that’s how we met as he was asked to, and I quote, ‘train me on the desk!’
Looking forward to this sunshine they’re promising this week as I’m a bit behind in the garden and could do with the last bit of grass growth for the cows as the hay prices for this year are even higher than last.
I’ve got a new gig this week compering for The Caravan Show so looking forward to that and then won’t be long before Herefordshire Food Festival with the smouldering Jean Christophe Novelli – he’s not been in the jungle so we’ll be okay.
Huge thank you to Heart of England Fine Foods for inviting me to be a judge for Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s tastiest sausage competition. There were 7 of us in all, including a couple of ladies from Farm Stay, Andy Link from Riverside Inn at Aymestrey and Neil Chambers from the Handmade Scotch Egg Company. We had 49 bangers to judge so with all the pieces we ate put together means we probably had 9 full size ones each! Having done a smaller competition last year, I knew not to wear freshly washed jeans and to keep a napkin handy to one side for those that weren’t quite as tasty as the others. Next week sees the final in Birmingham which I’m hosting and not chomping, although if I’m honest, last time it took me a good 4 months before I ate another sausage. I’ve just booked tickets to see funny man Milton Jones in May and it’s Telford we’ll head due to closer venues being booked. It’s a nice venue Oakengates, as long as everyone wears slippers as it can get a bit noisy when folks either go to the bar or to use the facilities. At home, the animals are coping with the change in weather with a trip to get more hay in the morning. I knew the price would go up, but at an average of £100 per tonne it’s very expensive. At least having the sheep with the cows means there is no waste as they don’t half tidy up, it’s like having 3 woolly ‘Henry’s’ without the plug!