I had quite a day at the Royal Three Counties show yesterday and barely know where to begin. Despite a rainy start, the grounds were packed with people buying, selling, showing, and shearing!
First off, the grounds covered lots of yardage with areas reserved for the horses, cattle, sheep, with pens to showcase each. The main arena at the very north of the grounds featured the dressage, horse and carriage showings. The area adjacent to the south entrance featured a lot of the sheep and cattle showings, along with the sheep shearing competitions which was a highlight for this city girl! Seriously, shearing that wool is tough work, but these guys made it seem almost effortless as they worked on 8 sheep during the early stages of the competition. Can you imagine shearing a hundred or more in a day?
Anyhow, onto the food and drink, which were the things I was looking forward to the most. However, I was so in the zone, that I forgot to capture and record some of the food I had eaten. Halfway through my first scotch egg ever, I realized I should probably take some photos and write some things down. So, today’s post will go over a few of the things I ate hot and ready. A lot of the suppliers have an online presence, so if you see something you like, check them out and tell ‘em you found them here, on Bristol is Home.
OK, so that scotch egg. I love eggs and sausage and all things fried. However, since my first visit to England in the summer of 2002, which included exploring Scotland, can you believe I’ve never tried a scotch egg? Yeah, me neither. So when I saw The Handmade Scotch Egg Co Ltd display, I had to try one. The toughest part was choosing as they had tons of variations of the classics, some with spicy tones, and even one with whisky. However, I decided to try the “Monty” which featured dry cured ham wrapped around the egg, which was then surround with free range pork. Sorry if the pic isn’t too photo worthy; I was almost too busy devouring it before I realized I was supposed to be reporting on it too! The Handmade Scotch Egg Co. can be found at two places: Egg’cetra (the first ever Scotch egg shop), 14 Friar St, Worcester, and The Nest (their headquarters), Hereford Rd, Ledbury. You can also shop online at: handmadescotcheggs.co.uk, and check out their facebook page here.
What I ate next isn’t English, per se. However, when you consider the diverse multicultural fabric that comprises the UK, and that I went to school in Indiana where pierogis were served in the dining hall, I knew I had to try one of the Old Granary’s huge pierogis. If you like pasties, then you’ll like this traditional Polish treat too. These handheld parcels feature savory fillings encased in a yeast dough. I chose the chilli beef, although to be honest, I could have easily eaten each one they had on offer. They are located in Herefordshire (Marden, 10B Walkers Green, HR1 3DN) and also have a facebook page here.
Next was my favorite of all the savories I tried: a good ol’ sausage roll straight from Cooper’s Gourmet Sausage Rolls (link) in Shropshire. These sausage rolls were stuffed with generous heapings of tasty meat and were such a great price (2 pounds each at the show) that I had to try two. The Peri Peri was spicy with the perfect level of kick, and the Hickory Smoked BBQ was so flavorful, that if you closed your eyes, you’d swear you just grabbed it off a table in Texas! They really were that good, and I’m kicking myself for not buying more to take home. They currently deliver to tons of shops and delis, so check them out online to see if you can find some near where you are: www.coopers-sausage-rolls.co.uk and don’t forget to check out their facebook page here.
To end today’s post, will be some chocolate I bought with the loose change I had left in my pocket. I wanted to focus on local flavors, so the Herefordshire Gooseberry Elderflower and the Herefordshire Gwatkin Cider flavors from La Fleur de Chocolat caught my eye. The cider truffle had a smooth filling inside that featured a hint of sharpness you might find in a good cider surrounded by good quality chocolate.
My favorite however, was the white chocolate truffle, as the gooseberry elderflower goodness inside was just heavenly. It was tart, yet creamy and silky. Infact, I would have bought a jar of just the filling if it was offered. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like these two flavors are available online (although other gorgeous flavors are), so if you see them at a show, buy some and you won’t regret it. Located in Herefordshire (HR2 9BS), they also feature chocolate making and desert classes throughout the year. Check out their website at: www.lafleurdechocolat.co.uk
Again, this is just a small sample of what I ate. This show was such a great day out, that I’m already planning a return for their Autumn festival later on in the year.
I also brought these goodies home which I will be cooking with for my next few posts. Stay tuned…
Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!