Gosh, I feel a bit like Royalty saying this was my first official engagement! I went to the Good Food Show at the invitation of New World Appliances who were exhibiting there; it is somewhere that as a Londoner I might not otherwise put in my diary, though it takes me no longer to get to Birmingham than to Excel (which is the other side of London to me). But there seem to be a lot of food shows now and you simply can’t go to them all, even if like me you love getting new ideas and seeing celebrity chefs in action.
I had a quick look round the producer’s village before making my way over to the Belling/NewWorld/Stoves stand. It was an unexpected delight to meet Ruth Clemens who writes The Pink Whisk blog and was runner up in the 2010 Great British Bake-Off.
She was happily making Mince Pies which just HAPPENED to be ready as I went round to where she was cooking. They were delicious, with a kind of crumble topping and Philadelphia Cream Cheese adding a moist creaminess.
Then back to watch Brian Turner doing a cookery demonstration. You probably know him as one of the chefs on Ready Steady Cook and the lovely people at Belling and New World Appliances had challenged him to do something similar for the Good Food Show.
So, he was presented with Venison Haggis, Duck Breast, Chocolate Wine, Jazz Apples and a few other goodies gathered from around the show. And then given just 20 minutes to come up with something fantastic.
Well, I didn’t envy him in that! And, amazingly, he managed to produce not just one dish but several. How about these yummy apple filled pancakes for example.
Or this duck with mushrooms in chocolate wine sauce.
I had a bit of a nose around the stand and spotted the fantastic colour skinned New World Appliances integrated ovens. It’s a little sad that my photo doesn’t really show the colours in their full glory, they are subtle, like jewels, and the lighting at the show makes it very hard for a novice photographer like me to take a great picture of them
I took a look at the display of induction hobs – I have a secret yearning for one – they are an incredibly safe way to cook because they never feel hot to the touch and they are one of the most energy efficient ways to cook because the heat ONLY goes through the pan, not up and around the side!
I really loved the producer’s village. I loitered for quite a while at the Wormseley stand. They are much loved by bloggers, partly for their rather fabulous bottles, but MOSTLY because their products are really quite special and can lift an ordinary dish into the sublime. And I trialled a lot of the products on the Orkney foods stand and came home with quite a few little pots of fish. They have an unbelievable shelf life of around 3 months in the fridge and can be safely left outside of the fridge for up to 12 hours. So I now have some rather unusual and interesting dishes for quick meals. Don’t these olives just make you want to dive in…the show was fully of stands with delicious things to try.
Holding the Good Food Show at the NEC has the benefit of providing a LOT of space. I didn’t get to see everything, but I understand from the exhibitors that it’s a bit more cost effective than some of the London shows. That meant there were some small British exhibitors I haven’t seen before. I had a lovely day out, went home with some goodies and really enjoyed watching Brian Turner demonstrating how to make something wonderful from some VERY diverse ingredients!