Another week, and it's a week that is filled with menu planning for the new spring season. A visit to a local food show always gives a great opportunity to meet new suppliers and find new ideas.

As winter is still upon us a great and versatile (if a little bit ugly) vegetable is the celeriac, fantastic as a soup and also great as mash or puree to accompany a main course such as venison or beef. (Look out for it!)

Shellfish such as clams, mussels and cockles can be used to make a lovely chowder or mussels by themselves with some crusty bread is just divine.

I have also been informed by my 8 year old son that pancake day is soon (“it’s the 12th February Dad, I googled it!”) So we may have a few pancakes to tempt you with next week. It is half-term after all so bring the kids along.

One more little story before I go –

I was explaining to my other son (aged 5) that Philip White (big boss man) would be going up to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen for his MBE.

“What is that for Daddy” he asked so I said “for saving Hestercombe and making it great again” (didn’t go into too much detail, he is only 5 after all) and he replied

“wow that’s awesome, do you think he’ll be able to save Blockbusters as well???”

I’m not quite sure he’ll manage that one, might need a bit of help!!

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