I had hoped to be writing a blog about the Essex Young Farmers Show this evening, but a night on my friend Kate’s rum punch and mojitos put paid to that idea.
By early this afternoon, we were ready to venture out though, and in need of some groceries, we headed to Blackwell’s Farm Shop just outside Coggeshall. There is a great range of fresh meat, vegetables and other local produce, almost all of which is sourced within 20 miles of the farm.
We came away with some wonderful treats, including a pair of sausage rolls, one with and one without chutney inside. I had the chutney one, and it was delicious – packed with meat and with warm flaky pastry. I don’t want to go on about it, but it was special!
I didn’t think we’d top that magical sausage roll – but we gave it a run for it’s money with our other purchases later in the evening.
We bought a beautiful piece of Longhorn rump steak, which was such a beast we managed only half (the other a treat awaiting us in the freezer). Cooked simply with some diced rosemary and garlic potatoes and some fried cabbage with Blackwell’s smoked streaky bacon, it was absolutely delicious.
Pushing it close was our haul of local rhubarb which we baked with frozen mixed berries and topped off with some Hadley’s Australian stem ginger ice cream, from just down the road in Colne Engaine.
So after a slow start, it ended up being a day of great food – we’d definitely recommend a visit to Blackwell’s!
We’ll just have to make it to the Young Farmer’s Show next year!