Any of you who follow me on facebook will know that I spent last week doing talks and demos at the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair at the SECC in Glasgow. As ever it was great fun and really busy. During the four days I did 12 demos, helped crafters make a grand total of 800 fabric flowers, made 12 litres of liqueurs and made 16 scenty soap balls and 4 jars of bathing salts. By Sunday afternoon the voice was croaky but smile still in place though feet aching more than a wee bit.
It was great to catch up with some old friends and to make some new ones too. Usually I showcase some pix of my friends stands in everything from furnishings to jewelery, but this year I thought I’d show you some great foodie stands that caught my eye.
Above is Salt House who were selling these amazing Himalayan salt blocks for cooking and the gorgeous mortar and pestle sets. I was immediately intrigued with this exciting new way of cooking so grabbed a book and salt block and mortar and pestle too. I’ll be making up a recipe and doing a post about it within the next two weeks. Can’t wait to try it out.
The Big Cheese Making Kit company were there and the girls had great kits for making your own Mozzarella & Ricotta, Halloumi, Scottish Crowdie, Goat’s Cheese. This was right up my street so I just had to have the Halloumi kit. I shall be making my cheese later this week and will give you a blog post all about it as soon as I can. So excited to make more than the usual simple yogurt cheese that I have made before.
Plan Bee (don’t you love that name!) are honey producers with a difference. Not only do they make and sell a great range of natural honey (I brought back their heather and blossom varieties), they are also really big in the bee business and help people to set up hives all over the country and boost the bee population, they even have an adopt a bee scheme which I think is just brilliant. They had the most gorgeous beeswax candles too and beautifully presented gift sets.
Some of you might remember that I was on BBC Radio Scotland talking about the benefits of Scottish Heather Honey a while back, and how it is comparable to the ultra expensive healing Manuka honey, well these guys are producing some of Scotland’s finest healthy heather honey. I can’t wait to get sticky with a nice new honey recipe, will be sharing that soon as well.
Now here is my lovely friend Fiona of Sciolti Chocolates. We have been doing talks and demos at Country Living Fairs for years, always bumping into each other in the prepping kitchens and rushing to and from the different stages with our baskets of goodies and props. Fiona makes the most delicious chocolates and uses her own home-grown herbs and botanicals to flavour them. Everything is handmade and once you have tried her chocolate you won’t be satisfied with any of the usual commercial stuff ever again.
And finally for something that at first glance is non foodie, but is very much foodie related. Sheila from Oak At Home makes these amazing chopping boards, trays and platters in the finest quality oak and engraves them with all sorts of names and messages. She is making me one to use at my demos with Larder Love engraved on it. Can’t wait to add that to my kitchen kit and use it at all my demos too. It will have pride of place in the kitchen and I am quite sure you will be seeing a lot of it in my photos.
So that’s it for the fair for another year. All the prepping, kit making and rushing about was worthwhile. People enjoyed the talks, got stuck into the crafting classes and bought the books. They came up to chat and share their own recipes too. This is such a friendly fair, one where the real spirit of Christmas and sharing prevails.
All back to normal here in my little corner of the world but I have some great foodie goodies to play with and can’t wait to share these posts with you.