Archive for the ‘Foodie Review’ Category

Pitmans Farm Butchery Course

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I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful butcher on my doorstep, who I count as a friend, Steve and Joyce Greenslade at Pitmans Farm, produce some stunning rare breed meats, including the recently awarded Taste of The West Gold for their Devon Rose Veal.

They hold Butchery and Pig Keeping courses, and I have been able to spend time with Steve learning butchery skills, he’s a true star who is able to share the inner secrets of butchery, and how to get the best out of each cut, he is a true mine of information, but has a great way to make you feel relaxed.

A course would make an ideal present for someone wanting to learn traditional artisan butchery skills.

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The Crab Shack – Teignmouth

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I’m a huge fan of crab, for me it is a real luxury that is difficult to beat, when I have a choice of something special to eat for a birthday or Fathers Day treat, I will always go for crab sandwich and chips by the seaside.

One place that I’ve wanted to visit for quite a while is The Crab Shack on the beach at Teignmouth in sunny Devon. We arranged to meet some special friends for a lovely meal there, and to say I was excited would be an understatement.

There was a wonderful selection of platters that I was tempted by, but in the end I went for a platter of River Teign oysters which were stunningly good, a real hit of sea, and followed with a bucket of garlic butter smothered roasted crab claws and chips which were perfect.

A real welcoming place, the staff were excellent, the food wonderful, and we left very content, well worth a visit, but book ahead.

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Giving something back

foodreaderawardsyeothisweekHello my lovely readers, I’m grateful for all the support and feedback I get from you all when I share my recipes and pictures, but occasionally I ask for you to give something back, and the time has come around once more for the Food Magazine Reader Awards 2014.

I would be incredibly grateful if you have enjoyed what I do, if you could take a moment to nominate my blog CountryWoodSmoke.com in the Food Blogger category. There are some other great categories in the awards with some great businesses, chefs that deserve our support.

The initial stage is to be nominated, and then the finalists will be named and can be voted for. Please follow the link below to vote

Vote Here

I’m up against some stiff competition this year, and so would really value your support.

Thanks

Marcus

P.S. if it helps you to decide to vote here’s a subtle reminder of what I do😉

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Meatopia 2013 Photos

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Just had the most amazing day in London at Meatopia where I received my prize for King of Meatopia for my Dirty Tomahawk picture.

I got to spend the day with some great people, enjoyed some stunning BBQ, and drank craft beers and bourbon, all in all a great day.

I just wanted to share some of my photos from the day, thanks to @_Simon_L for taking the pics of me, appreciate it.

I got to hear Dario Cecchini a family butcher from Tuscany entertain and educate, and felt deeply moved by his approach to artisan butchery, a true food hero.

King of Meatopia

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I’m really chuffed to announce that I’ve just won the King of Meatopia competition at the Meatopia event in London this Saturday.

My recipe for Dirty Tomahawk Steak with the picture above clinched the win.

It was a stunning piece of steak from my friendly butcher Andrew Gordon in Aberdeen. Cooked simply on the coals, a truly beautiful 60 day dry aged piece of steak.

I’d just like to say thank you for all the support I have received from all you lovely people for encouraging me to keep doing what I do.

No doubt I will have a bourbon or two to wash all the BBQ down on saturday, so If you are there make sure you come and say hello.

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Seafood Platter in the Sun

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Sat on the harbourfront in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, at the Ship Inn for lunch today, glorious sunshine, with a seafood platter of crab claws and a bowl of mussels in a creamy sauce washed down with a pint of Scapa Special citrussy ale.

The thing that made it though was the view….

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Ben’s Cornish Kitchen

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One of the rising stars of Cornwalls food movement is Ben Prior down in Marazion in the shadow of St Michaels Mount. Ben’s Cornish Kitchen is a revelation of good simple taste. Winner of Food Magazines Best Restaurant in the SW this was one place I was really looking forward to visiting on a recent family holiday to Cornwall.

A beautiful classy interior sets you off feeling relaxed, families are more than welcome, which is wonderful as our kids love great food and sometimes miss out.

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I went for Ben’s Mini BBQ consisting of a great little slider (mini burger) one of my favourite sticky short ribs which had a wonderful blend of spices and was cooked perfectly, Spicey pig croquettes, celeriac slaw, fries and salad, and glass of Inkspot red wine. A really stunning fine dining BBQ experience.  The lunch menu was great, with a pan roasted fillet of hake that my wife enjoyed, and a simple spider crab pasta for £6.

As a treat I enjoyed a Vanilla Panna Cotta with honeycomb, and a berry and rhubarb compote. Simply stunning.

A wonderful restaurant that is a must visit when headed down to sunny Cornwall.

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Jack Knight Cooks

From My Kitchen to Yours

Whisked Away Bakery

Blue sky baking

BUTTER WOULDN'T MELT

Stories from the hearth

The BBQ World of mrdodd

Making simple food great, and great food right.

Bathrooms, Kitchens and Bedrooms

Devon based bathroom installations

UK BBQ Review

UK BBQ Review site

The Munch and Tattle

A Blog About Food (Mostly BBQ and Grill): Trying everything once and telling you all about it. Good or bad! Blogging from areas around Newport and Cardiff, South Wales.

bake affairs

Bridget`s Bakery Blog

Cornelius Veakins

Outdoor BBQ Chef

CountryWoodSmoke

British BBQ- Cooking outdoors whatever the weather

Country Skills for Modern Life

Some of the cool and useful food, craft and sustainability skills that your grandparents knew, but probably didn't teach you!

GourmetGloucestershireGirl

An exploration of all things foodie in Gloucestershire!

Hunting chef William Alldis shows you how to live off the land and create mouthwatering recipes for peanuts! Grow it, forage it, kill it, cook it and enjoy it.

Running Buffet

One man's quest to exercise enough so that he can eat all of the good things that exist in the world

The Knight of the Round Table

Musings and recipes from my kitchen to yours