A Merry Time at Plumstead Make Merry

I’d heard of The Plumstead Make Merry Community Festival always missed! This year however I was determined not to miss it, the twitter reminders helped (ohhhh how I love thee Twitter!)

It was a great day for a festival, the sun was shining and weather was, uhmmm sweet.

The Plumstead Make Merry Festival is a great event run entirely by volunteers and it really does bring people together. It was so nice to see all the local charities and initiatives as well as hear some great music and watch talented young dancers. I picked up some great bargains, knowing that all my money was going to a great cause.

But of course what I loved the most was food.

#Arepas

#Arepas

Isn’t it funny how when you discover something new, that you really like you suddenly see it everywhere. I had Venezuelan food not too long ago so it was great to see the Guasacaca London stall. I didn’t have a chance to taste some Arepas but they looked great!

All Things Saucy

All Things Saucy

I love my hot sauces, chutneys and jams so it was great to discover All Things Saucy, we bought some Green Chilli and Lime Jam which isn’t lasting very long…it’s so good you’d be forgiven to wanting to drink it!

Plumstead Make Merry

Plumstead Make Merry

These fruit models made me chuckle! Which one is your favourite? I hope the ship won! I didn’t eat any of these by the way…

Sensational Flava Caribbean Food

Sensational Flava Caribbean Food

2014-06-09 11.52.34 2014-06-09 11.52.36The jerk chicken at The Sensational Flavas stand was probably some of the best jerk chicken that I’ve ever tasted! It was absolutely DELICIOUS!  Everything about it was correct and of course the rice and peas and salad went with it perfectly. I’m still thinking about it!!!

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Who’s For Dinner with Dr Maya Angelou?

Dr. Maya Angelou was simply an amazing woman; an author, poet, singer, a philanthropist, teacher and so much more! She lived her life fully.

Embracing each new opportunity with a zest for life and genuine enthusiasm. She was an inspiration to so many. I loved her work and I’m pretty certain that I’ll love her food too.

Few people know that she also had such a great love of food that she wrote cookbooks too! She did it all without apology. Lived a life of rich tapestries, just as life should be lived.

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table” and “Great Food, All Day Long” are full of recipes which reflect Maya Angelou’s many life experiences and travels around the world. I’ve added both to my wishlist. Her message of love lives on through her writing and through her recipes.

We thank you Dr Angelou!

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Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. In Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and poignant–and the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and irreplaceable.

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Savor recipes for Mixed-Up Tamale Pie, All Day and Night Cornbread, Sweet Potatoes McMillan, Braised Lamb with White Beans, and Pytt I Panna (Swedish hash.) All the delicious dishes here can be eaten in small portions, and many times a day. More important, they can be converted into other mouth-watering incarnations.

Excerpts taken from The Random House site.

Celebrating English Wine at The Carr Taylor Vineyard

I recently treated Mr WFD to a day out at a lovely Vineyard near Hastings called Carr Taylor. I had my first vineyard experience last summer in Virginia and fell in love! I vowed to visit an English one and was pleased to take Mr WFD on his first ever trip to a vineyard. Carr Taylor has over 40 years of history, it was established in 1971 and after many years of successfully growing and processing grapes they have developed their own English style of wine.They have won numerous awards and have become an internationally renowned brand. The tour itself lasts around 2 hours and includes wine tasting and full lunch.

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Can you ever have enough cheese?

Lunch was my idea of heaven, there was so much cheese on offer that I may have gone a little over board as you can see from my plate above. Our tour guide was friendly, funny and attentive. It was a great day out and I would definitely recommend a trip to Carr Taylor, if not for an education in wine then at least to taste some of the best sparkling wine that England has to offer (not just my opinion, they’ve won awards for it)! Who doesn’t like bubbles? Seriously.

Carr Taylor Wines

Carr Taylor Wines

Carr Taylor Wines Vineyard

Carr Taylor Wines Vineyard

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I booked this day out on The Virgin Experience site but you can contact Carr Taylor directly and make sure you buy a bottle of apricot wine! It’s delicious!

Contact:

http://www.carr-taylor.co.uk/

@CTWines