*MEET THE PRODUCER – MUSKS SAUSAGES*

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and so here’s a MEET THE PRODUCER feature piece on Musks Sausages, who I caught up with earlier this week 😋

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So tell me, what’s the backstory/ heritage behind Musks? Where did it all begin?

Musks Ltd has been making sausages in Newmarket, Suffolk since 1884. We’ve been granted four consecutive Royal Warrants since 1907.

Our Newmarket Sausage is still made to the original recipe and when the UK was part of the EU, the Newmarket Sausage held PGI status, meaning it could only carry that name if made within the geographical area of Newmarket.

We produce on a daily basis at our modern factory and deliver to a local transport hub for wider distribution each afternoon. We have recently re-equipped with faster, more automated production and packaging equipment.

Musks Ltd is a family owned and operated business with around 16 full and part time employees.

What are the companies values?

High animal welfare, provenance and quality are core values at Musks. We only use UK sourced prime pork shoulder. Our products are known for their taste, texture and succulence.

We are very proud of our heritage. Our history, pedigree and Royal connections set us apart from other sausage producers.

We are SALSA Certified. Our products are supplied fresh and have a 10 day shelf life from the day of production.

Talk me through the range available…

Our flagship Newmarket Sausage, is also produced in jumbo, pinwheel, chipolata, cocktail and sausage meat formats. Our gluten free version was one of the first on the market – launched in 2001. We are somewhat unique in using cooked long grain rice as an ingredient. Our GF sausage became so popular that Waitrose took it nationwide, before launching their own version.

We have collaborated with Unilever brands on the recent launches of the official Musk’s Pork Sausage with Marmite and the official Musk’s Pork Sausage with Colman’s English Mustard. These new products have gained incredibly positive response from reviewers and customers alike.

We are currently in discussion with national retailers about possible listings but they are available to purchase via our online Food Hall.

We have just announced that our very popular Christmas Recipe Chipolatas and Sausage Meat will be available again from 16/11 until Christmas. Made with cranberries, chestnut puree and festive spices, customers are already placing pre-orders online to secure these seasonal products.

In January we will re-introduce our Slim & Slender reduced fat sausage, as people look to cut back on calorie intake. Succulence and texture are maintained through the use of specially selected shoulder cuts. Alternative reduced and low fat sausages on the market use leg and head meat for these products, that results in a dense and drier sausage.

Where can people purchase them from and how can they find out more?

We make and ship to the depots of four national supermarkets on a daily basis. Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons list some of our products in selected East Anglian stores. Our van delivery service supplies independent retailers, pubs, hotels, restaurants and even Michelin Star Chefs across the region.

Our online Food Hall at Musks.com, launched during Covid restrictions, is open 24/7, taking orders for Musk’s and products from other quality regional producers.

These products include a range of hand cured, air dried bacons, black and white pudding, haggis, speciality hams and charcuterie, all produced within the six counties of East Anglia.

Selling direct to our customers provides them with increased choice. Each week we ship a growing number of Selection Boxes of East Anglian produce to new and returning customers across the UK.

Can you suggest a recipe that incorporates Musks that a busy parent would be able to replicate with ease:

We have two chefs in Cumbria and South Wales who regularly create and post recipes using our products. In due course we intend to create a broader recipe section on our website to accommodate these original dishes.

See https://www.jonfellchef.net/blog for product reviews and some new recipes.

And for more information visit: www.musks.com or follow on social media:

Twitter: @MusksSausages

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musks

*RECIPE IDEA – SUNSHINE PUDDING*

*RECIPE IDEA – SUNSHINE PUDDING*


This dish is simply delicious and I’m delighted to be able to share with you 🌞


You might not be able to sit on a tropical beach just now, but eating some of my sunshine pudding will conjure up those flavour sensations that remind you of a favourite sun-soaked destination 🌴


You will need:

120g of unsalted butter (melted and cooled)

275g of self raising flour

1 tsp of baking powder

150g of brown sugar

2 lemons, zested and juice

200 ml of whole milk

4 eggs

3 passion fruits pulp (1 for mixture and 2 for the sauce)

100g of golden caster sugar

4 tbsp of marmalade


Vanilla ice cream to serve

Method
Heat the oven to 200c


Grease a deep baking dish


Mix the flour, baking powder, lemon zest into a bowl


Meanwhile in a jug whisk the melted butter, milk, eggs and passionfruit together


Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine until you have a smooth batter mixture.


Pour batter mixture into the deep baking dish.


To make your sauce, combine the golden sugar, lemon juice, passionfruit and marmalade with 200ml of boiling water.


Carefully pour over the batter mixture


Place in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes


The sponge should be set and the sauce should be bubbling at the sides.


Serve warm with vanilla ice cream


It’s a real crowd pleasure and so simple to make.


Will you have a go?

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*MEET THE PRODUCER – ECKLEY FARMS*

*MEET THE PRODUCER – ECKLEY FARMS*


Eckley Farms is a family farming partnership, specialising in regenerative arable farming.


Guy, Claire, Mike and Vera Eckley farm in four locations around Maidstone, (Kent) including on the Leeds Castle Estate, with colleagues George, Callum and Jules. James and Tom Eckley help in the school holidays.


They are regenerative arable farmers producing arable crops, like wheat, oats, barley, oilseed rape, field beans and linseed.


They press all their oilseed rape into Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil on the farm. They also stonemill a few tonnes of their own wheat into flour every year.


Most of Pure Kent oil goes into food service and catering. Amongst others, they supply the awesome frozen food maker, COOK, with all their oil, and they definitely make No Fuss Meals for Busy Parents! They also supply restaurants, local shops, and even a prestigious private school!


When I asked Claire Eckley about why she loved producing food she said ‘Arable farmers aren’t usually seen at farmers markets, or out at food festivals, so it’s great to take the arable story and talk to people about how we farm, as well as our products. ‘


‘We’re proud of how we farm, and the people we supply, some of whom have worked particularly hard during the pandemic or made substantial changes to their businesses to keep people in jobs. ‘


‘Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil is a versatile oil and can be used at low temperatures for salad dressing, hummous and mayonnaise, medium temperatures like baking, and high temperatures like roasting and stir frying.


Your Yorkshire puddings will never stick and you might never use anything else for your roast potatoes! ‘


You can find more out about Pure Kent by visiting: https://purekent.co.uk


Facebook: Purekent

Twitter: @purekent

Instagram: @pure.kent

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*MEET THE PRODUCER* MANOR FARM DRINKS, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

With elderflower currently in season, I just had to catch up with my old chums Kirsty and Matt Willmott who I’ve known for many years through the young farmers and run their own business called Manor Farm Drinks.

Manor farm drinks is a small independent family business specialising in Elderflower cordial with Elderflowers home grown and hand picked on the farm in Hardwick village Northamptonshire.

Kirsty and Matt have now been making elderflower cordial and handmade soft drinks for over 10 years. They started by attending local events in and around Northamptonshire selling a variety of lemonades and of course their sparkling Elderflower.

The idea of the business came about many years ago when the family had a soft fruit farm in the village. The idea of Elderflower cordial was staring them right in the face in the hedgerows all across the farm.

So one summery June day they set out around the farm foraging for beautiful smelling elderflower bushes and the rest is history. They entered the Northamptonshire food and drink awards in 2018 after spending a long time perfecting their recipe, travelling to foodie events around the country, they came runners up which they were thrilled about!

During lockdown Kirsty and Matt decided to give their lovely Elderflower cordial a makeover with transparent labels that really show off the wonderful and unique golden colour of the cordial and the lovely new tall bottles which really make them stand out.

They currently only produce elderflower cordial but keep your eyes peeled for their next exciting drink in the autumn that they have up their sleeve.

Elderflower cordial is so versatile it can be used in a variety of ways. Most people would only think of pouring elderflower cordial in a glass over ice and topped with sparkling water. It can be used for making wonderful cocktails and mocktails.

Did you know there are so many other ways of using cordial?

You can use it in baking whether it be an elderflower drizzle cake or add it to your buttercream for a twist on a classic. Manor Farm Drinks favourite is to make it into a dressing for the perfect summer salad.

Recipe for elderflower dressing: 

3 tbsp Elderflower cordial
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
the zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp rapeseed oil

In a bowl add all of the above ingredients mix well and drizzle onto your salad to make the most simple recipe with the lovely floral notes of summer.

You can purchase from a lovely list of local stockists which are as follows:

Thomas family farm shop in Burton Latimer
Jeyes of Earls Barton
Whythmails cafe in Orlingbury and The Queens Arms Pub
The Roaming Artisan
The Three Cranes pub in Great Cransley
Dovecote Buttery and farm shop in Newton Village
Mollys pantry in Bletchley
The White Horse pub at Old

You can follow Manor Farm Drinks on Facebook: Manor Farm Drinks | Facebook or Instagram: Handmade Soft Drinks (@manor_farm_drinks)

*MEET THE PRODUCER – GRAZERS OF ASHBY*


I caught up with the team at Grazers of Ashby recently and here is what they had to say…


How long has Grazers of Ashby been in existence and what is your backstory?
We established Grazers in May 2019 as a way of diversifying the family farm which has been operating in our beautiful South Leicestershire village of Ashby Parva for more than four generations.


Along with our three children, we continue in our family’s footsteps rearing cattle, sheep and pigs. We believe strongly in traditional, slow-reared, grass-fed farming methods, with every animal being traceable.


We can tell you everything about the short supply chain from pasture to plate, and work only with British breeds, believing in the protection of our agricultural heritage.
We raise the animals on a grass only diet, encouraging a natural growth rate, which is free of additives and fattening aids, meaning the meat it produces is healthier for you and the environment.


How can people buy your produce?
It’s really simple! Through our website (www.grazersofashbyparva.co.uk) you can either select nationwide delivery or ‘click & collect’ at checkout.


With these options available, you can get our meats delivered directly from our pasture to your door, or collect from the farm gate and meet our family-run team.


In addition to this, we are opening a farm shop in June 2021 at which our 100% grass-fed, naturally-reared meats can be purchased alongside other fantastic producers from our local area.


We have loads of handy recipes listed on our website (www.grazersofashbyparva.co.uk), all tried and tested in the Grazers Kitchen!


When we are needing a quick and simple, yet healthy and wholesome meal for our three little ones, our go-to choices would be our beef meatballs, sausages or minced beef; all three of these can be put in so many easy recipes and are quickly prepared for a wholesome, healthy, no-fuss meal.


You can find out more by visiting www.grazersofashbyparva.co.uk or following on Instagram: @grazers_ofashbyparva or Facebook: Grazers of Ashby Parva


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*MEET THE PRODUCER – COTE HILL CHEESE*

I’ve known about Cote Hill cheese for some time having tasted samples at the Lincolnshire Show each year.

It was fate that a box of Cote Hill cheese arrived a few days ahead of our wedding anniversary this year so hubby and I saved the tasting box for this special occasion. We were not disappointed!

Our favourite was the Cote Hill blue cheese, which had a wonderful balance between the rich creaminess of the milk and peppery bite from the P.Roquefortii mould. It matures from a slightly chalky centre to a creamy almost runny in texture.

Cote Hill Cheese is produced by the Davenport family, who for three generations have made cheese from their dairy herd on the Lincolnshire Wolds near Market Rasen. 🥛

Today husband and wife Mary and Joe Davenport make the cheese and son’s Ross and Michael milk the cows. 🐄

Their ethos is simple. Contented grazing cows, produce amazing quality milk, which with a lot of skill and expertise, creates great tasting cheese.😊

The morning milk at Cote Hill Farm is taken direct from the cows into the cheese rooms to be hand crafted into their award winning Cote Hill Cheeses.

By not pasteurising the milk, it allows the full complex flavour of the milk to be a part of the finished cheeses.

As it’s an artisan cheese, we felt that it’s best enjoyed on it’s own with some wine and crackers once the kids were in bed. So this time I’m not going to suggest a recipe to use the cheese in.🍷

Go on, take a look at the Cote Hill website https://www.cotehill.com/ and treat yourself to a tasting box. 👍

It’s a really grown up tasting cheese, one to purchase as a present, within a hamper or for a Friday night cheeseboard treat.😋

You can also follow them on IG @cotehillcheese

Let me know what you think ✍

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*MEET THE PRODUCER – JOSEPH HELER CHEESE*


Cheshire based cheese makers Joseph Heler are situated on the family dairy named Laurels Farm.


Over a century ago, Joseph Heler’s grandmother would make Cheshire cheese in the farmhouse kitchen.


Today the tradition continues with a team of expert cheese makers producing classic British regional cheese to time-honoured recipes.


Sadly, Joseph Heler passed away in 2016 however his legacy continues with a diverse range of cheese being produced including Mature Cheddar, Red Leicester, Cheshire and Double Gloucester using local milk from specifically selected dairy farms.


In 2001, the company was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for work developing the very first low-fat cheese, ideal for those on a calorie-controlled diet or with specific dietary requirements.


We’ve recently sampled a selection of the cheese and would strongly recommend the Blackstone Cheddar, which is crunchy and flavoursome and would easily accompany a ploughman’s, pasta dish or sandwich.


The Eat Lean concept is innovative and a creative way of diversifying the brand in order to meet new market trends.


The branding of the cheese and price point means that it is accessible to everyone and can be purchased by visiting: SHOP — Joseph Heler Cheese (joseph-heler.co.uk)


As a family, we thoroughly enjoyed the range that Joseph Heler has to offer.


Have you had some Joseph Heler cheese before?


You can follow them on Instagram: @joseph_heler

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*RECIPE IDEA – CHINESE ONE POT BEEF*

As it’s #GreatBritishBeefWeek I wanted to share some quick and easy recipes with you that the whole family will enjoy 👨‍👨‍👧‍👧👩‍👩‍👦‍👦👨‍👧‍👧👨‍👦‍👦

This is Chinese One Pot Beef. It’s packed with vegetables and makes the kitchen smell amazing when it’s cooking. 👩‍🍳

Whilst I use my Everhot cooker , you can also make in a slow cooker or oven set to 110c 🍽

Give this 2 minute video a watch to find out what you will need and how to prepare 📽

🔊 Sound on

🎵 BenSound