CarFest South provides a lot of food for thought, including news from Scrubbys crisps & Ocado

I’m not much of a petrol head, but CarFest’s founder Chris Evans loves his grub almost as much as his cars, so you can be assured of culinary treats galore at the festival.

This was its second year, and it was a delight to attend for work to review it from a family perspective. Whilst there, I could also indulge in my passion for all things edible, thanks to the amazing food field.

It was home to the Britain’s Best tent, into which I would happily have moved for the duration. The irresistible smell of freshly baked bread was wafting out from one of the tent’s entrance areas so I followed the whiff like a woman under a spell!

One of the friendliest people there was John from award-winning low fat vegetable crisp firm Scrubbys. He told that he and his wife Claire had achieved great things since establishing the company and it wasn’t hard to see why. I tried a few of their large and irresistible beetroot, carrot, parsnip and sweet potato crisps and they were crunchy, sweet and really, really moreish. They’re encouraging anyone who is passionate about their product to tweet @Ocado to encourage them to stock the brand. I will definitely be doing just that. 

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Speaking of Ocado, we also ended up having a word with their friendly CarFest team who were there promoting the new app.

I was beyond interested in the Northern Ireland section!!! which will be stocking Buchananan’s baking supplies and similar. They’re soon going to add Tayto crisps to that list and promise that, because they are central, you’re certain of better choice and a selection of items which is not dependent on your local supermarket.

I tend not to order groceries online as I like the experience of bargain hunting and selecting my own produce too much but I have run out of two of my favourite Waitrose items, its balsamic glaze and its wok oil. There aren’t equivalents in the rest of the supermarkets in my eyes and we have no local Waitrose (boo!) so I am going to give this Ocado thing a whirl. I’ll let you know if I become a convert.

 

 

A stew night

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Since the idea behind this blog was that I would write about the unpretentious simple food I make at home for my family, food which has been inspired by the meals my parents taught me to make, it’s very appropriate that it begins with a Northern Irish Stew.

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