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Chester Food and Drink Festival

Posted by on 30 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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What are you doing for Easter?  We are off to Chester Racecourse to take part in the Chester Food and Drink Festival opening on Saturday, 5 April and running through to Easter Monday.

CamperFest runs alongside the festival and they are organising a cooking competition on Sunday at Midday.  I don't have the rules for the competition, but we do have plenty of recipes that will work inside the very small kitchens provided in the campervans.

 Just look for these symbols next to the recipes.  In sequence the top symbol indicates that the recipe is suitable for cooking on the BBQ, the middle one usually needs two rings, but could include a grill, and the last one is a one pot meal.

Can't be easier - there are some really good ideas for Sunday lunch too.  Try BBQ lamb joint to really impress, or one of the many stir fry meals.  Whatever your taste, meat, fish or vegetarian you should find something to please the judges - don't forget the dessert and drinks.

Good luck to everyone taking part.  If you would like to add your favourite recipe, please do so.

Look out for our caravan at the Festival.  You can't miss it.  Seen here at a Leicestershire Centre Rally.

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Food and Drink Expo - NEC Birmingham

Posted by on 28 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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What a fantastic show!!  For the last three days we have been explaining the purpose of mealsinfields.co.uk to the food and drink trade.  The response has been over-whelming.  Our picture already features on www.nfuonline.com, as their editor on site thought it so important that their members know about our work to give the small business a loud voice. So if you are passionate about good food, sourced locally and prepared specially for you, sign up for our monthly newsletter, and make sure your local farmshop and high street retailers know all about our website.  We cannot do this alone - we need everyone to shout about the difference in taste and quality...

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Beer seems to be the new wine

Posted by on 22 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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This article will really cheer Dave http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/food/2012/03/how-to-pair-food-and-beer---pa-2.shtml he drinks beer with any meal, and this confirms that he should do so. So to keep up the beer theme for the rest of the day, I think it will be beef in ale for tonight's meal.  If I get the slow cooker going in the next few minutes, we can eat anytime after six.  Click here for my recipe.

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Ready for the first exhibition of the season

Posted by Food show on 21 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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The Food and Drink Expo at the NEC draws ever closer - scarily closer if I am honest.  Just today and tomorrow in the office before it is time to pack the bits and pieces and drive down the M42 to the NEC. It will be the official launch of our Where to Stop, Shop and Dine section, so we hope to meet plenty of business owners who agree with our campaign to keep the high street alive.  See http://prlog.org/11828993 If you run a food shop, restaurant, farm shop or catering business, anyone who has a food outlet on a campsite, why not come along on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. ...

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Are we agreed?

Posted by on 15 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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Following the discussions - should that be disputes - on Radio 2 this week, I think we can safely say A cake is baked and served cold. A pie is made with pastry and can have a sweet or savoury filling, served hot or cold. Anything else is pudding!! So the question now is should we or should we not include pies and cakes on the recipe sections of this website?  Is it sensible to think that folk away for a break will want to spend a longer time in the kitchen baking pies and pastries - or do we prefer to be out and about. Let me know what you...

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Cakes in Caravans

Posted by on 14 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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I have been reminded by some very clever ladies that the Caravan Club have a baking competition at the National Rally each year, and somewhere in one of the classes is a cake.  All sorts of cakes have been involved in the contest, including a Victoria Sandwich! The problem is always going to be getting the right temperature in the oven, consistently. I own a 2010 Bailey Olympus 504 which has a reasonable oven with a regulo type setting.  However, it does seem that the temperature at, for example mark 6, is not always the same and is affected by the wind conditions outside the 'van.  As a result cooking times...

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Pies or Cakes

Posted by on 13 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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Thanks to Chris Evans on this morning's breakfast show, its time to think about making pies and cakes in tents and caravans, ready for his CarFest - even if we don't get to go along. So what is a pie?  Does a cake have to be baked?  What can you do in a tent to create an oven?  So let's take one topic at a time - or more properly, one per day. *What is a Pie?* Most people will think of a pie as having at least a pastry base, or, more properly, a pastry base and a pastry lid.  If you are in a fairly new caravan, you...

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How do you help a friend?

Posted by on 5 March 2012 | 0 Comments

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A friend of mine has recently started his own mobile caravan repair company.  It is very cleverly named NAVARAC.  It fooled me - I was trying to make something from his name, Nick Rosen but take a closer look, its CARAVAN backwards.  Nice one, Nick. He has had to spend a small fortune on training courses and tools for the job - not to mention the vehicle to work from.  He is meticulous in everything he does, and always makes sure that he has full details of the caravan before agreeing when and where to do the job.  The reason for this?  Despite all the training, he is not allowed...

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