The weather forecast was pretty dismal with heavy showers promised, but in the end despite some windy spells, the rain largely kept away apart from one heavy shower on Saturday mid-afternoon.
Our Fabulous Family Favorite recipes seemed to go very well and all were enjoyed by the tasters/public The Pork Lasagna is definitely one of the favourites, but the soup, nachos, & salad were also well received.
Mary Ibbotson and I took the first slot in the Cookery Theatre in the Food Experience marquee on both days, so we kept in line with the theme doing a Cheese pudding which would be served with sausages and/or bacon plus a Bacon frittata, both ideal for brunch or supper dishes. The theme this year was the anniversary of the D Day landings, so the NFU did some comparisons with Food rationing and the difference in food costs 1944 / 2014 plus farm machinery then and now, plus an interesting exhibition by the Land Army ladies who are trying to raise funds for a suitable memorial in the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. The cheese pudding was a modern version of a typical wartime recipe to eke out limited rations of cheese/eggs/bread etc. for a family meal.
The kitchen had visits from Guy Smith (NFU vice-president) on Saturday, and on the Sunday, unexpectedly, Owen Paterson, our Defra Minister came out of The Food marquee straight across to us to see what Lips were about. Please see the picture of Julia presenting Owen Paterson our the recipe leaflet.
Nottinghamshire Show is great as an early Show in the season and most importantly it has always had a big urban population coming for a day out, and 2014 was no exception.