Plate To Page Somerset 2012 – the story so far

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It’s time to post about our third Plate To Page Workshop, this time held in Somerset in the UK. It is not easy to write about really because I find it difficult to describe the energy, the emotions (oh yes, I have been living in Italy for too long) and the beauty of it all with words so I will mostly let the photos speak.

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This is the house we slept, worked and shared our meals in, a beautiful old stone house called Meare Court situated in lovely Somerset. We were surrounded by fields, cows and lots of trees. Very peaceful and perfect for our workshop.

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 As usual the participants were great and we all made new friends and met people we never would have met which is definitely one of my favourite aspects of the P2P workshops. The people.

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 But we did go places too and the best by far was Brown & Forrest Smokery, what a place, what a passion the owner Jesse has for his work and above all: what incredible food they produce! I really enjoyed the tour of the miniscule smokery and to taste the different smoked products they sell. I can really recommend what they do and I am not surprised that so many top chefs and shops like Fortnum & Mason use and sell Brown & Forrest!

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 And then we have the incredible sponsors, many of these local and/or small producers who really impressed with what the do and who really deserve all the promotion they can get on our part. Sponsors who provided us not only with great things for our goodie bags but also with fine wines and drinks (Bisol’s wonderful proseccos and Laithwaite’s fantastic red wine, refreshing cider and juices from Orchard Pig), food to eat (lamb shanks, the best fish pies ever and great curries from Donald Russel and I just can’t resist to add that they also serve the Queen of England! Hrmph. Then we had fresh asparagus and garlic from the Garlic Farm, fine goat’s cheese from Capricorn Goat’s Cheese, Cavi-Art, Dammenberg Chocolate, Mustard, Cream Cheese from generous Gourmelli, unbeatable smoked salt from Halen Mon,) sweets (super tasty Blue Basil Brownies, incredible Sally Williams’ Nougats, jams from Sunchowder, flavoured extracts from Nielsen & Massey, not to forget the delicious raw chocolate from Raw Love Life) and in addition to this we got  cookbooks and aprons from Taste of Home and last but definitely not the least two fabulous knives each from super generous Edge of Belgravia I feel incredibly lucky to have got all these products and you can rest assured that I will cook and blog some new dishes using the things I got from our sponsors!

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To finish I want to say THANK YOU to all the participants (I will add a list with links here when I have the time), to all our fantastic sponsors, to my dear P2P colleagues Jamie, Jeanne and Meeta and to lovely Hayley (a P2P Tuscany participant) and Sebastian who came down and cooked for us for making Plate To Page Somerset 2012 such a great experience that I will remember for a long time!

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