BBC Good Food Show definitely lives up to its name …. hundreds of stalls , plenty of tasting and demonstrations . It was my first time but there were clearly lots of regulars envy-inducingly well equipped with shopping trolleys. My shoulders were pretty tired by the time I got back from Birmingham loaded down with cheese , chutney , smoked meats , a massive ceramic dish , and most bizarrely antique cutlery. Plenty of presents too though ….
On the subject of presents … the Good Food Show is also the gift that keeps in giving since it gives you the opportunity to see fantastics producers who can deliver to your door . I will shortly be placing a order for oysters from the lovely Rossmore Oysters , I sampled a couple of course they were delicious creamy and thanks to a one on one tutorial from the lovely Tristan Hugh Jones I can now open them without serious health and safety issues.
At the show I also placed my order for Welsh Farm Organics Lamb Box my rash purchase I entirely blame Paul Clerehugh who I watched butcher a hoggett ( a two year old lamb) ,Paul was pretty inspiring , he still cooks for the local school and went through all the cuts of meat during a half hour demonstration.
BBC Saturday Kitchen host James Martin employed a different technique in educating a audience on bovine anatomy. I will have to leave it to your imagination since the BBC don’t allow you to take pictures in the Supertheatre , but it required a well endowed female audience member to go onto stage and bend over !
During his demonstration James Martin gave a few choice insights into his BBC show
- he doesn’t like it when the chefs do that smeary thing with potato -” It looks like you have stepped in whippet cr*p”
- the fantastic Kin Knives they use on SK are “f**kin sharp and f**kin expensive ” ,
- his refusal to compromise despite endless BBC community board comments on the perceived over use of butter & cream
- presumably the hygiene nuts who also post about the lack of hand washing by chefs on SK, would not be happy to hear there is no sink under the counter , the chefs just pretend to wash their hands . Good on them .
During the demonstration , James managed to shoehorn in the names of every sponsor well everyone except the Miele who had supplied all the lovely Star Trekesque appliances and were my lovely hosts for the day.
I suspect this omission was because he wasn’t sure how to pronounce it . I am not authoritatively informed it should rhyme with “dealer” , this friendly German firm are the only remaining family owned whitegoods firm and have come a long way since their first milk churn turned washing machine. Age doesn’t seem to be slowing them down any as embrace digital social media with Forever Better which brings comments on Miele products from dicussion board and blogs around the internet.
You can read posts from the other Miele foodbloggers I am off to make space in my freezer for the lamb