The life changing years…

Life has moved incredibly quickly over the past few years… and has changed entirely! To get you up to speed:

March 2013 – move out of London to North Norfolk for a life by the sea.

April 2013 – set up new business Fabulous Food Finds.

June 2014 – buy first house in Sheringham, North Norfolk (how bloody stressful is house buying?! We didn’t even have one to sell!).

June 2014 – think there’s something wrong with the water in the new house (I LOVE tea, how could it taste so awful?!).

June 2014 – find out there’s nothing wrong with water in new house – it’s a surprise baby in my belly messing with my taste buds!

February 2015 – Lottie was born!

June 2015 – WHAT?! Can’t be pregnant again can I?! Surely that’s not possible?

March 2016 – Alfie was born!

April 2016 – poor Alfie not at all well, 5 days of tests at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital then blue lights to Addenbrookes after finding a lump in his bowel. Open bowel surgery a big success… one week of recovery, wait for results of biopsy.

May 2016 – 5 weeks after operation discover it was a very rare form of cancer for poor Alfie. Scary times but they think it’s unlikely to recur and so far has not.

October 2016 – back to work on BBC Good Food Shows and developing Fabulous Food Finds.

 

Now (July 2017) – I have a very talkative, bossy, beautiful 2-year-old and a hilarious, handsome blonde boy who follows his big sister around everywhere. It’s a struggle to juggle everyday but we have lots of laughs and fun and all love living by the sea. I’m hoping for the ‘busy but happy’ years to follow…

I’ll be sharing more about my crazy busy seaside life in upcoming posts which I hope you’ll enjoy!

 

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BBC Good Food Show Bursary Award Winners 2015/16

After a lovely few months off with my new daughter Lottie I’m slowly getting back into the wonderful world of food… I have to admit, my culinary escapades have been few and far between since she was born! However, over the past few months I’ve been preparing for the BBC Good Food Shows that are currently taking place in Glasgow (last week), London (on now!) and in Birmingham on the 26th November – they are as incredible as always!

I’ve discovered some amazing small producers while managing the BBC Good Food Show Producers Bursary Awards this year – take a peek at pictures from the tasting day and see all the 2015/2016 winners below:

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BBC Good Food Show Scotland, Glasgow SECC 6 – 8 November 2015

  • Aye Love Real Food (Kilwinning, North Ayrshire) – Handmade scotch eggs and sausage rolls
  • Plant and Grow (Edinburgh) – Seed packs to easily grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers
  • Poporopo Amaizing Popcorn (Stirling) – Gourmet popcorn using local ingredients
  • Tiphereth Trading (Edinburgh) – Social enterprise producing preserves and chutney

BBC Good Food Show London, Kensington Olympia, 13 – 15 November 2015

  • Canesmith & Co (Huntingdon,  Camridgeshire) – Ex city worker turned gourmet sweet maker, range includes soy and sesame caramel
  • Liberty Fields (Halstock, Dorset) – Apple aperitif and balsamic vinegar
  • Somerset Charcuterie (Wrington, Somerset) – Artisan charcuterie including goat, seasonal and local specials
  • The London Marshmallow Company (London) – Gourmet marshmallows inspired by London locations
  • The Urban Cordial Company (Edgeware, London) – Cordials hand-made from foraged and locally sourced fruits and herbs
  • Vicky’s Donuts (London) – Fresh handmade donuts in Hackney, specialises in raised donuts with a variety of toppings and fillings

BBC Good Food Show Winter, Birmingham NEC, 26 – 29 November 2015

  • Berry Da (Gwynedd, Wales) – Range of products made with unique Aronia berries
  • Eponine (Wirral, Merseyside) – Luxury artisan chocolate, confectionery and patisserie
  • Ogilvy Vodka (Angus, Scotland) – Potato farmers turned distillers, making award winning vodka from Maris Piper potatoes
  • Sedgewicks Charcuterie (Toseland, Cambridgeshire) – Mouth-watering selection of charcuterie made on their small-holding in Cambridgeshire
  • Spice Kitchen (Birmingham) – Spice masters creating blends from across the world, chai tea and mulling spices
  • Tipple Tails  (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) – Fruit cakes in a range of flavours and steeped in artisan speciality liqueurs

BBC Good Food Show Spring, Harrogate HIC, 8 – 10 April 2016

  • Amos & Toms Popcorn (Driffield, East Yorkshire) Gourmet popcorn makers
  • Patrick Macarons & Patisserie (Anlaby, East Riding of Yorkshire) Former builder turned ‘macaron man’ making macarons, patisserie and confectionery
  • Sweeteatie Artisan Caramels (Wigan, Lancashire) – Handmade caramel using unusual, natural flavours
  • Wooha Brewing (Nairn, Scotland) – range of bottle conditioned ales and lagers with no force carbonation, filtration or Isinglass

BBC Good Food Show Summer, Birmingham NEC, 16 – 19 June 2016

  • Popcorn Shed (London) – Gourtmet popcorn
  • Sauce Shop (Nottingham) – Range of sauces and condiments
  • Zantiago  (Chalfont St.Peter, Buckinghamshire) – Authentic Spanish tortilla kits
  • Gwynnes Ice Cream (Swansea, Wales) – Handmade ice cream

I hope you’ll be able to visit these fabulous producers at one of the BBC Good Food Shows!

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Show Time!

This past year or so has been a bit of a whirlwind… a move from London to North Norfolk, buying my first house and becoming pregnant with my first baby! So excuse the lack of blog posts – I hope my twittering has kept you up to date with my food finding activities!

So… I’m now in the midst of the busy but brilliant ‘show time’, where the BBC Good Food Shows comes to life in Scotland, London and Birmingham. While at the shows I look after the Producers Bursary Award winners, the BBC Good Food Champions area and also get involved in other fun bits like interviewing celebrity chefs in the VIP lounge and the show’s official blogging community too.

I first visited a BBC Good Food Show back in 2006 and after visiting I wanted so much to work on the shows! So the following year there I was at my first BBC Good Food Show in London, so the show taking place this week at Olympia is very close to my heart.

If you’re visiting any of the shows I hope you have an amazing time, if not there’s still time to book tickets to the London and NEC Shows! Hope to see you there! Keep up to date with show news by following me on twitter – @katytruss

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Eurovision Feast!

Whether you’re a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest or not, it brings with it an unrivalled opportunity for a themed feast! Last year my sister hosted a spectacular Eurovision party where a ‘traditional’ dish or drink was consumed during every Country’s song – in real time! It was a fantastic night full of delicious food and lots to drink too. I’ve included some of the highlights here – there’s still time to host your own tonight, or why not record it and save for another night?

Fingers crossed for more than nil points for the GB entry tonight!!

German Bratwursts and Mustard

German Bratwursts and Mustard

 

Belgian Chips and Mayo

Belgian Chips and Mayo

 

Estonian Rye Bread

Estonian Rye Bread

Spanish Patatas Bravas and Chorizo

Spanish Patatas Bravas and Chorizo

Blueberries from Finland

Blueberries from Finland

Lithuanian Beetroot Soup

Lithuanian Beetroot Soup

Italian Pizza

Italian Pizza

Greek Dips and Pitta Bread

Greek Dips and Pitta Bread

Chicken Kievs from Ukraine

Chicken Kievs from Ukraine

Romanian Doughnuts

Romanian Doughnuts

Russian Potato Salad

Russian Potato Salad

Irish Spiced Mutton Shoulder

Irish Spiced Mutton Shoulder

Slovakian Kebabs

Slovakian Kebabs

Do let me know if you create your own Eurovision Feast, would love to see the results!

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Food Find of the Week – Isle of Skye Sea Salt

I have to admit to being a huge salt fan, always yearning for a saltier salted caramel… so I was delighted to discover a new producer of sea salt – Isle of Sky Sea Salt.

With the purest Scottish water taken from Loch Snizort on the Isle of Skye, the sun (when it shines!) dries the sea water into delicious irregular salt crystals. Available in fine (great for sprinkling) or premium crystals (perfect for grinders) the salt comes in a beautiful card tube with subtle tartan design, almost like a mini fine whisky tube.

Isle of Skye Sea Salt

The texture is somewhere between the lighter flakes of Maldon Sea Salt and the harder rocks of Cornish Sea Salt. We taste tested against Maldon and found it had a slightly more tangy saltiness to it. Our fish and chips were the perfect vessel to test!

Isle of Skye Salt Crystals

Isle of Skye Salt Crystals

Only available in limited quantities this truly is a rare, artisan food find. Recently confirmed as a BBC Good Food Champion for the Scotland BBC Good Food Show – let’s hope we’ll be able to buy their salt there!

Don’t forget to take a look at my new website www.fabulousfoodfinds.co.uk where you can find this and other producers in my Food Find Directory.

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£3 Meal Challenge for the Trussell Trust – Get Involved!

I had grand plans to get involved in this awesome challenge to create an exciting meal for two for £3… I even got a whole turkey breast reduced from £8.50 to 99p so would have been perfect! The challenge ends this Sunday 15th, so if you have time to get involved, or perhaps just vote for the best looking dish, read on and show your support for a great cause this Christmas…

The Trussell Trust is a UK-based food bank charity currently doing some fantastic work in the community to help families who are on the bread line.  You can find more information about what they do here: http://www.trusselltrust.org/

The Three Pound Challenge:

Find the full details here: www.buyagift.co.uk/threepoundchallenge

To show how difficult it is to feed families on limited budgets, the challenge is to prepare a delicious meal for two without exceeding the tricky budget of just £3.

Entrants are asked to go away, purchase their ingredients and prepare their dish without going over the budget. They’ll then need to take a photograph of their modestly priced meal and email it to: threepoundchallenge@Buyagift.com

They will upload every picture to their Three Pound Cooking Challenge Facebook album and will pick five finalists after the closing the date, the finalists being those with the photographs with the most Facebook likes.

The finalists will be sent over to the team at The Trussell Trust, and they’ll be given the tough task of choosing the ultimate winner.

The winners will receive:

1.       £600 from Buyagift.com to donate to the Trussell Trust so that they can continue their good work within the wider community

2.       A relaxing spa day for two

3.       A delicious meal for two on London’s famous King’s Road

4.       A professional cookery lesson

In case you’re wondering what happened to that turkey breast, I made it into a turkey wellington which was stuffed with brie & cranberry sauce, wrapped in sage and onion stuffing, smoked streaky bacon and pastry! Way over budget but really delicious… I’ll have to donate to the food banks to make up for not entering!
Turkey Wellington

Turkey Wellington

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Show Preview – BBC Good Food Show Scotland 18 – 20 Oct

I’ve been super busy preparing for this year’s BBC Good Food Show Scotland, which takes place this weekend (18 – 20 October) at Glasgow’s SECC. After a radio interview last week, where I talked through all the things I was looking forward to at the show, I’m so excited about seeing it all come together.

Show Team

Last year was brilliant, you can see from our happy faces in the picture above! Here is a quick run through of some of the fabulous things you’ll find at this year’s show!

Good Food Show Champions – this is my hand-picked selection of producers that I think deserve to be noticed! From Spencerfield Spirits with their top 50 best food product in the country (elderflower gin) to The Brownie Bar’s amazing range of brownies, hunks of parmesan from Emilia and Christmas turkeys and rolls/ cobs/ baps from Kelly Turkey Farms there’s a great range of delicious treats to be found!

Producers Bursary Award Winners – don’t miss this amazing selection of producers: The Little Herb Farm, St Andrews Brewing Company, The Wee Pie Company and The Wee Tea Company. They’ve all won an award based on excellent products to attend the show – give them support by trying and buying their fantastic produce!

Book Signing – I’ve helped manage the queues for big celebrities in the past (Nigella Lawson is the most beautiful person in real life and Gordon Ramsay made me blush!) but W H Smith have this set up brilliantly (Sadly no need for my help anymore!). If you want your book signed I’d suggest getting there early, or at least ask the staff to find out how it all works.

Supertheatre – every advance ticket holder gets a free seat in this amazing theatre, where the top chefs entertain by cooking live. I think the mistakes are the best bits, so keep a close eye – they don’t have editors to hide behind when it’s live!!

Love Food Hate Waste Theatre – a great line up on this theatre with demonstrations of recipes aimed at using up leftovers and reducing waste.

Good Food Kitchen – delicious dishes from the Good Food recipe collection, it’s where I’ll be having my lunch and breakfasts!

Scotland Regional Village – lots of producers from across the regions of Scotland. Don’t miss Crystal’s Shortbread (oh it melts in the mouth!) and Ramsay of Carluke’s range of meat (amazing bacon, haggis and black pudding!).

Great British Bake Off Village – a small selection of baking accessories, baked goods and anything else baking related! Say hello to Mo from Mo’s Cookie Dough who launched her business at the show last year.

Many, many more fabulous food and drink producers, gadgets, kitchen equipment, bigger brands with samples, etc, etc… Bring cash as there’s lots to buy to fill your cupboards and stock up for Christmas too.

Gosh – isn’t there a lot to look forward to! If you haven’t got your tickets yet you can save 15% right up until Sunday with my discount code (KT15) either online or by phone. I hope to see some of you there!

Oh, and if you’d rather attend the Birmingham Show at the NEC you can save 20% until the 29th October using code KT20!

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