When I first heard about the Foodies100 event at River Cottage I was so excited. It sounded perfect for me. Over the years I’ve watched the TV programmes and followed Hugh’s culinary adventures. As you can see from this little selection from our bookshelf, we have a lot of the cookbooks too. The River Cottage Meat Book and the Fish Book are real staples in our house. They get consulted whenever we try anything different with fish or meat.
Going back to 2011 we were staying on the Dorset coast for a holiday. As it happened it coincided with my birthday and for my birthday meal that year we went to the River Cottage Canteen in Axminster. We popped along at lunchtime, as we had our son with us, and found it a real breath of fresh air. Great food served in a friendly way. There were no stiff white tablecloths and we felt very at home there with a 4-year-old in tow. The food was great too: interesting, high quality and nicely presented.
Since then I’ve been promising myself a trip to either the Canteen again or maybe to River Cottage HQ to do one of their food courses. I haven’t got around to managing it yet, but I’m thinking the trip I’m going on this week might prove to be inspiration. A car load of food bloggers are heading down from the Midlands to meet up with other food bloggers from all over the country. We’ll be learning about making bread and making butter (really interested by that). There’ll be lunch of course – I am looking forward to that. Then there’s food photography in the afternoon. Then back in the car for the long drive home. It sounds like the perfect day.