In preparation for a talk I am giving to the WI in Ambergate this evening I have just been looking back over the last two years' blog entries. I am not a prolific blogger, nor particularly eloquent, but what a way it is to capture the memories!
Well what a busy and successful day we have enjoyed at Carsington Water at the BBC Radio Derby organised Derbyshire Day. Our stall was mobbed and Mary, Phil and I had fun chatting about the delights of sourdough, the pleasures of focaccia and the yummyness of Portuguese Custard Tarts with many lovely customers. We had sold out of 200 speciality loaves, 100 scones and umpteen cakes after 3 hours!
Aleena Naylor from the BBC popped over to interview me and Phil and you can hear it on listen again from 0:36:30 if you are interested! It will be up for the next 7 days.
The day's baking wouldn't have been possible without the generous and skilled help of Phil Joy, an award winning chef and enthusiastic baker from North Wales. He came over yesterday and joined me at 1.30am this morning for a hectic 7.5 hours' baking before coming with Mary and me to man the stand all day.
One of our fastest selling loaves was a recipe Phil brought with him for roast potato and onion bread which he suggested we bake when we were gathering ourselves in the pub last night.
I think the recipe is one of Jeffrey Hamelman's from his book, Bread and I think I will add it to our range as it smelt absolutely delicious coming out of the oven. It sold so quick I didn't get to try any!! Mick's customers in Bethesda love it too!
Phil took some pictures of our stand and breads...
A selection of focaccia: sun-blushed tomato and basil, cheddar and onion and goat's cheese, red onion and thyme
Tomorrow at Carsington Water there will be plenty of fun to be had at the annual Derbyshire Day event. There are going to be lots of local producers like us and various acts and shows to entertain.
As it is a special event, I will be getting up nice and early to bake a full range of our speciality breads including sourdoughs, ryes, ciabatta, French and Italian baguettes and temptingly-topped focaccia. Find us right in the middle of the stalls. I am being joined tomorrow by guest baker, Phil Joy from Wales, who has kindly offered to help out.
Organised by BBC Radio Derby, there will be information on the BBC Derby website about timings and how to get there.