There I was , sat watching Jamie’s Great Britain thoroughly enjoying the trip through my beloved Midlands and the amazingly wonderful array of produce that we as a people of proud multi cultural heritage produce , when I found myself becoming really rather upset .. nay .. incensed …. ! Jamie had reached Derbyshire (Yay … beautiful , splendiferous Derbyshire ) .. whereas I had expected this to be a great opportunity for Derbyshire and our great producers to shine and get the promotion and coverage they jolly well deserve , Jamie disappointed me sorely as he set about making a BAKEWELL PUDDING/TART … (That argument can be addressed another time …) !! A Bakewell tart …. A blummin Bakewell tart …. and even that he bastardised with hazelnuts instead of almonds , cranberry jam instead of strawberry .. and a st clements icing ….. ICING !!!! Pffft … pleeeeeease ! Now I have alot of respect for Bakewell and the puddings/tarts for which the town has found fame …. I love going to Bakewell and soaking up the ye olde worlde feel it has … However … TAKE NOTE JAMIE OLIVER … DERBYSHIRE IS MORE THAN A BAKEWELL PUDDING …. Do you hear me …. ????
Now this little “incident” shall we say .. that saw me getting madder and madder with an inanimate object … and my well publicised bad back preventing me from turning the channel …..(as I couldn’t reach the control ..) actually got me to thinking about how Derbyshire needs to start shouting louder – showing the rest of the Midlands .. The UK .. why stop there .. THE WORLD ….exactly what this amazing county has to offer ! Recently I’ve been doing a bit of research into historical Derbyshire food and have found some amazing recipes , ideas , traditions and concepts …. You can read about some of my exploits over at www.tastetheseasons.co.uk an amazing food and drink blog/website and soon to be mag in which myself and other Derbyshire enthusiasts are shouting all about how fantastic DERBYSHIRE is …..!! I wrote about Thor cake recently .. a long forgotten November treat that in it’s reawakening has been a major hit with all us cool kids of modern times ( Yes I include you in that Mum ! ) and why the heck not ?? Simple beautiful flavours that tell tales of our ancestory !!!
So Derbyshire – What have YOU got to offer ?? Shout up !! I’m asking all you amazing suppliers/independant bakers/cakers/makers …. farm shops , market stalls … butchers … greengrocers …. ANYONE !! Send me your links in my comments .. Let’s get Derbyshire heard loud and proud ….. Do you have recipes handed down through generations of Derbyshire folk ?? Do you have a foodie tale to tell ?? TELL ME WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT DERBYSHIRE !!!!!!!!
Let’s get this campaign started – Loud & Proud
DERBYSHIRE IS MORE THAN A BAKEWELL PUDDING !!!!!!!!!
Let’s make Derbyshire the best it can be …. The word is out …….