… today is officially Lincolnshire Day… i’m not entirely sure what this means for anyone living outside Lincolnshire but I guess it’s the one day of the year that all us yellowbellies can proudly shout about this fair, oft-by-passed, much-missunderstood county of ours… as you all know I am always shouting about the wonders of the countryside with it’s flat farmlands stretching for miles from the coast to the fens and it’s rolling abundant wolds with their secret crevices filled with beautiful and bucolic villages…
… so it was a pleasure when fellow Lincolnshire bloggers Alex and Ben from Snap it. Taste it. Blog it. asked me if they could come to the cottage to interview me for their blog to celebrate Lincolnshire Day… they brought me some classic Lincolnshire Sausages from the Lincolnshire Coop to cook something with and I randomly made a very simple dish of sausage meatballs in tomato sauce… and this surprise ingredient gave me inspiration for this months random recipes – random local ingredient…
… now of course I don’t expect you to use anything from Lincolnshire, although feel free to do that should you wish but the idea is that you should use a random local ingredient to celebrate your local area… you can either find the local ingredient first and treat that as your random pick to which you should find a recipe from one of your myriad books or you can chose a book at random in the usual way and find a local product that will work in the recipe… and if you can’t find either, how about randomly selecting a recipe from a local chef…all clear… and don’t forget that by taking part in my challenge you can also enter the new Shop Local bloggers challenge from Elizabeth at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
here are the rules laid out just in case:
1. randomly select a book from your bookshelf… you can do this any number of ways, I like to count them all, assign each one a number and then randomly draw a book out of the hat but you could throw them all up in the air and select the one that hits you… I leave the selection process to you
6. or if this still leaves you cold then how about a local chef… randomly select a recipe from one of their books?
cal ingredients, celebrating Lincolnshire and making a complete fool of myself…
Emma C says
Ah, I love me a yellowbelly – to the point that I married one!
Guess I'm mad as a box of frogs. Great interview and I wish we had a local-centered market like yours! Sounds wonderful! Last month got away from me and I was sad to miss participating, so I'll start earlier with this challenge.
Elizabeth S says
I wholeheartedly approve of this month's theme! 🙂 Thank you for sharing my own blogging challenge within yours. Much appreciated xx
Please Do Not Feed The Animals. says
I love that you wore your pinny all the way through the interview randomly. 🙂 I'm a Tina fan too. Have seen her twice.
Okay – got to get thinking local. We did this once before, didn't we? I think I made oat bread so I will have to think local but maybe not oats. And the local rasps and strawbs are past. Hmmm. Maybe I will go with haddock. In fact, I definitely will.
little macaroon. says
Aha! Nailed it. Picked up an eighth of a very happy pig from a school friend (that I hadn't seen for 25 years – turns out – quite handsome. Win win. Oui?)
little macaroon. says
Still rasps in my garden Lou, will bring some on Thursday 🙂
Karen S Booth says
Great theme, will join as always. Karen
Baking Addict says
Love the interview! Chicken thighs! Lol. Hmmm this is an interesting theme….. will see what I can do. Good time to discover my local farmers market 🙂
I've literally just come home from the Cornwall Food & Drink Festival with a haul of top local ingredients so I have no excuses for not getting involved this month!
Phil in the Kitchen says
Lovely idea. I use locally produced foods all the time but I just don't remember to say so often enough. Love the pinny. I wish mine looked that clean.
Magnolia Verandah says
Just been to the Royal Melbourne Show where the “Taste of Victoria” tent had all manner of local produce. Came away with some lovely cheeses…………. they could be too nice to cook with though!! Thinking cap is on!
Yay, love this month's challenge Dom. Does this give me license to fill up on clotted cream? Yiha!!!!
Great idea but I am struggling to think of something. Puts thinking cap on
Ruth Ellis says
Does it have to be bought local… can it be allotment local?!
belleau kitchen says
local is local, however it arrives in your kitchen! xx