The Good Food Show – Summer – 2015

It’s another year and another visit to the Good Food Show – Summer!

Since we first attended about 3 years ago we have become regulars at both the Summer and Winter shows and have enjoyed sampling the fantastic food and drink samples on offer.

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Due to work and child commitments we decided to visit the show on the Sunday this time. It was a first for us and  I was worried it was a bit of a gamble and feared that all the food and freebies would have been taken during the busy Friday and Saturday shows. However that was not the case and we came away with tons and tons of freebies including lots of Bisto tins and casserole packets and tons and tons of Lotus Biscuits!

Below is some of my highlights of the 2015 show :-

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The Garlic Farm

I love Garlic!!   its a fact that most of my culinary dishes will contain garlic in some measure and that if the vampire apocalypse were to happen over night then no vamp will be able to come near my garlic aroma!   The Garlic Farm is a company based in the Isle of Wight and they had a stall at the show.   They do various chutneys, sauces and mayos which set my taste buds alight with fantastic flavors!   I came away with some Garlic and Mint Mayo (ideal for Kebab meat and chips!), some Garlic BBQ sauce and the wife bought some Coronation sauce.   My one regret is that I didn’t buy another bottle of the BBQ sauce as its slowly disappearing 🙁

Perfick Pork

I have one thing to say… Black pudding and Strawberry jam sausages!   Never before have two things that shouldn’t work together worked like these sausages!     Each time we attend the BBC Good food show we always have to stop off at the Perfick Pork stand and pick up these works of beauty.  In fact I have a kitchen drawer full of Perfick Pork cooler bags which I hide from public view so they don’t see my secret sausage shame!   Perfick Pork are not just about the Strawberry and Black Pudding sausage, they do a wide range of fantastic tasting pork products including the new Bubble and Squeak sausages which we will try out very soon! I’d also like to give a massive A+ to the guy who sold us a story with our sausages. Much better than the faceless corporations that just churn out food with no passion,

Heartsease Farm

It’s a fact that most kids like fizzy pop and as a parent you feel mean because you limit their intake and stop them drinking too much full fat coke so they don’t lose teeth and gain weight!    I came across a stall from the good people at Heartsease Farm who make sparkling fruit drinks in delicious flavors including blackcurrant,  Raspberry and Elderflower.  We came away with six bottles for the kids however if I am honest…. they are really for me ;-).

Mr Meks Fakeaway – Daddy Baked Chicken!

Like most people I love a good takeaway, however the problem with a take away is the cost both to your pocket and your waistline.     What if, however I could make my own take away food?  Not only could I make it healthy and tasty but I could also do it on a budget.

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This Saturday I decided to do my own fried chicken meal.   Firstly I researched various chicken recipes across the internet and decided to take the best bits of each recipe and make my own delicious Daddy fried (baked!) chicken!   I spent £3 on the Chicken and 75p for the buttermilk at Sainsburys (see recipe at the bottom of this page).

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In order to bulk it out I needed some delicious sides to go with my fantastic chicken so I cut some potatoes into chips and popped them into the Actifry with a couple of sprays of Frylight to make them a healthy alternative to fast food fries.  I also made up a packet of Curry flavoured savoury rice and added a tin of BBQ beans.   Finally I found a recipe for some American style gravy which was delicious (see this recipe)


The kids loved this the taste and flavour of the chicken and the gravy and both mum and dad enjoyed the savings made on our bank account and our belt straps!



Daddy Baked Chicken



12 Chicken Drumsticks


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, Crushed
  • 1 tablespoon of Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 3 cups crushed corn flakes
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of Veg stock
  • Salt.





Mix together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken and sauce into a zip locked bag and then move the chicken around in the bag until it’s coated with the sauce (Removing chicken skin will reduce calories however I love the skin!).   Place the sealed bag in the fridge overnight or for about 4 hours.


Preheat the oven to 200 celsius. Fit a sheet tray with a wire rack and spray with nonstick cooking spray.


Add corn flakes, veg stock, salt and thyme together in a blender and blend until the mix becomes crumbs.


Remove chicken from the marinade, letting the excess drip off, and dredge through the corn flake mixture, until it’s coating in crumbly goodness. .

Place on the wire rack-fitted sheet tray and bake for 40 minutes until golden and crisp.

Meals your mum use to make – Scouse.

There are certain dishes that you grow up with that give you memories of childhood, parents and grandparents.  Some are traditional classics like fish in parsley sauce which always reminds me of time spent at my Nan’s while others are regional like Scouse!

For people who are not from Liverpool and unfamiliar with Scouse then it’s basically a lamb or beef stew which has been served in Liverpool for many a years from generation to generation and hence why Liverpudlians are known as Scousers.

Scouse like most things in Liverpool was imported from abroad or most specifically Norway and is actually a dish called Lapskaus.    It was brought to our shores by Norwegian sailors who docked in Liverpool and because the dish was cheap to make it took off with the poor.

As I no longer live in Liverpool and have settled down and had a family in the midlands I still like to make this dish every so often for my Children so that they will never forget their scouse heritage.

How to make Scouse :-


Serves 4-6 people

Half a Pound of Stewing Steak
Half a Pound of Lambs Breast
A Large Onion
1lb of Carrots
5lb of Potatoes
2 teaspoons of Stock or 2 Oxo Cubes
2 Teaspoons of Vegatable Oil
Worcester Sauce
Salt and Pepper

Cut the meat into large cubes and fry in the vegetable oil until lightly browned all over. You may wish to add some Worcester Sauce at this point for added flavour.

Transfer the meat to a large stock pan and add the onion that should have been chopped into large chunks. Follow this by chopping the carrot into medallions and place this on the meat. Peel and then finely dice 1lb of the potatoes and place on top of the carrots.

Fill the pan with cold water until it is half full. Break up the Oxo cubes or add the stock and sprinkle into the water. Add salt and pepper for seasoning. Let the pan simmer gently, stirring occasionally. The large pieces of onion will start to break up and the potato will become soft and will make the final sauce thick.

Simmer for a total of two hours, and then add the remaining potatoes that should have been peeled and roughly chopped, along with a few splashes of Worcester Sauce. Then simmer for another two hours until the early potatoes are mush and the later potatoes are soft boiled.

Serve with a crusty cob & beetroot!  Nom nom nom.

The BBC Good Food Show Summer

We attended the Good Food Show Summer a few months ago so I have decided to write about my experience and my top four of the fantastic foods we tasted!

Hiver Beer


Let’s face it the best thing about these types of shows are the free samples and boy there is a lot on offer!  One of the samples we tried was Hiver beers.    It’s a specialist beer brewed with honey.  The beer tastes fantastic, very crisp and goes down a treat while leaving an after taste of honey.   I purchased three bottles which I drank during the World Cup however I now wish I had more L

Essential Cuisine


If you like to cook from scratch as I do then sometimes you need good stock cubes or powder to give your meals a bit of flavour.   The stocks tubs provided by Essential Cuisine are excellent and this is the second time that we have attended the Good Food show and have gone home with a few pots of stock.    You only need a tea spoon so they last surprisingly long and give my homemade Scouse a lovely taste.

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company


These Scotch Eggs were lush!   The have different varieties of eggs , too many too choose from but in the end we decided on: Tickled Pink, the eggless imposter which is smoked salmon and cream cheese wrapped in mashed potato.  The Old Fart which is egg wrapped in sausage, bacon and beans, The Chieftain which is an egg wrapped in haggis and finally a Ploughman’s which as you guess is egg wrapped in pork, cheese and chutney.  The eggs were delicious so we hope they are back again for the winter show.

Perfick Pork


What’s not to love about sausages!  Perfick Pork sell sausages so they were always going to be good in my eyes however they sold an unusual sausage which I fell in love with.   Their black pudding and strawberry jam sausages are just to die for and made a fantastic father’s day breakfast this year!  All hail the sausage!!

This is just snapshot of a few of the fantastic foods that were on offer at the BBC Good Food Show when we attended but there was a lot more including tons and tons of Toffee Vodka which I found particularly nice!   Also on the plus side the wife met Mary Berry…. Which was nice!


Roll on BBC Good Food Show Winter we shall return….