Last Wednesday we had our first seasonal workshop covering the traditional combination of apples and pears. Perfectly timed as British Food Fortnight starts this very weekend. We are so fortunate to live in Kent and have the most wonderful producers on our doorstep. Roughway Farm, Plaxtol provided our apples, they were the Windsor variety, and are on sale at Flint & Oak. This farm supply many of the major supermarkets. Attending an event a few years ago I learnt most of the British apples and pears available nationally, are grown in Kent.
Choosing your apples you have sweeter varieties such as Fuji and Gala, something like Golden Delicious somewhere in the middle with slightly more tart flavour biting in to a Braeburn or Granny Smith! Bramley cooking apples are plentiful and provide the perfect sour taste cooked up with lots of sugar to make the perfect apple pie!
Alive with Flavour always encourages a ‘hands on’ activity, learning techniques, recipes and the story behind the ingredients. We had our guests rolling up their sleeves and rolling their own apple roses before sitting down to a seasonal lunch of beetroot and apple hummus, blue cheese & pear tart, souffle, apple salads and pizza. Flint & Oak sell so many delicious British cheeses, chutneys and accompaniments it’s a local foodie’s heaven and the perfect place to host these regular workshops.
Looking ahead in to October we are already thinking about maximising the season and as its Chocolate week around the corner, we couldn’t resist a night of learning more about the benefits and talking savoury and sweet combinations.
Remember places are limited at all our workshops, on a first come, first served basis. We close bookings at least 3 days before an event for catering and planning purposes.
Can’t wait for the next one!