Italian Style Serving Platter
On a large serving board arrange 6 Parma ham slices, 12 slices Napoli or Milano Salami, Green and Black Olives, 3 quartered vine ripened tomatoes, 1 torn Mozzarella cheese or 200g baby Mozzarella balls, a few Basil leaves, 6 slices of ripe melon and either bread sticks or sliced olive bread. Garnish with rocket leaves and serve with Balsamic vinegar and the Italian dip.
Held in Nottinghamshire, The Festival of Food & Drink is the biggest event of its kind in the region, attracting some of the UK’s best exhibitors offering mouth-watering fayre. This year, Clumber Park is definitely the place to be for anyone with a passion for fantastic food and drink.
Smoked Salmon Pâté
Hoopla Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California. £19.99
This fresh and juicy wine has some luscious fruit characters due to its long steel, unoaked fermentation. This wine delivers some exceptionally juicy, ripe flavours of pineapple, ripe pear and apple and there is a noticeable warmth and creaminess! A wine such as this Californian gem is always a pleasure and it is certainly a great choice to enjoy alongside a salmon pâté complimenting the creaminess and flavours perfectly.
Mediterranean Chicken BreastsDomaine Meunier Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy, France, £16.99
Although you could go for a light red wine such as a Pinot Noir with a flavourful dish such as this one, an easy-going white Burgundy instead, with its elegance and buttery, well rounded flavours would noticeably enhance some of the richer flavours and make both the food and the wine even more delicious. That’s the secret to great food and wine pairing, finding combinations that bring out the very best in both!
Dauphinoise PotatoesFlametree Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia, £18.99
Home Farm, on the outskirts of Retford, is a beautiful 350-acre family run farm, renowned for breeding top quality Limousin cattle for showing, breeding and the beef market. It has been home to Matthew’s family for over 70 years, who not only pride themselves in rearing their animals to the very highest welfare standards, but provide an incredibly happy place for their animals to live in as natural an environment as possible, and are now also turning their efforts to improving the natural eco-system on their land.
In Notts, Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Councils waste and recycling contractors) are encouraging residents to reconsider binning a household favourite and help to reduce the 20 million slices of bread thrown away every day in the UK.
For qualified chartered accountant, Sarah Worrall, the lockdown in March sparked an ‘it’s now or never’ moment. She was working with a high profile multi-national financial company when she decided to take a career break in order to follow her dream. Sarah moved over to Nottinghamshire and is now living in the heart of the rural Welbeck estate as she studies an Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking at The School of Artisan Food. “I had a good financial career – but I wanted to take the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do and am passionate about,” she explained.