Looe Music Festival 2014

One Beach, Three Days, Six Stages.

Looe Music Festival 2014.

Oh boy, what a great weekend! Our sleepy little seaside town hosted it’s annual bash over the weekend and it was just incredible. Over 90 bands ranging from world famous headliners to the cream of our local musicians. Throw in a diverse mix of street food, live music in pubs. and plenty of street performers and buskers. Oh, and wall to wall sunshine too. Heaven.

This year I worked as part of the photography crew, here’s a round up of my best bits…

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Easy Peasy Home Made Tomato Ketchup

This is one of those things that has been on my ‘to-make’ list forever, and now I’m on my second batch I’m wondering why on earth it took so long. If you grow your own tomatoes, or you come across a bargain box at the market, it really is a no brainer.

Easy Peasy Home Made Tomato Ketchup Recipe - The Hedgecombers

It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit sharp, and a little bit hot and it really gets your tastebuds going. Shop bought ketchup is great but the flavour appears one dimensional against this stuff.

In my first batch, I added half a chilli pepper and it tasted good. In this batch I added a whole one and I love it. Feel free to leave the chilli out altogether if you’re not keen, or ramp the heat up to whatever level you desire. I’m planning to try a real hot sauce variety with the next load of ripe tomatoes :)

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You’ll want to remove the skin from your tomatoes before cooking and the easiest way to do this is to slash the skin once with a sharp knife then lower them into a pan of hot water. After a minute or two carefully lift them out with a slotted spoon and the skin with easily peel away.
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Play around with the flavours you add and if you find something else that brings a great new element to your kethcup, please let me know in the comments below.

Janie x

Easy Peasy Home Made Ketchup

Ingredients

  • Splash of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 kg fresh tomatoes, skinned & most of the seeds & juice removed
  • 120ml red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • Spice Bag
  • Scrap of clean muslin
  • 1" piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds

Instructions

  1. Soften the onion and garlic in the oil over a medium heat.
  2. Add in the tomatoes, vinegar, sugar salt and chilli. Tie up the remaining spices in a scrap of clean muslin & let simmer in the tomato mixture for around 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the spice bag and carefully scrape the mix into the blender. Whizz for a couple of minutes until it is perfectly smooth.
  4. Return to the pan and simmer until the ketchup is as thick as you like. Bear in mind that it will thicken a little bit more once it is cold so don't overdo it, and it will spit a fair bit so use a splatter guard if you have one.
  5. Pop in a clean bottle or jar and store in the fridge. Adorn all future bacon butty's with lashings of the stuff. YUM!
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Smoked Mackerel and Roast Veg Salad with a Hot Miso Dressing

Jonny & I hit up the Ashburton Food Festival over the weekend (has anyone been? It’s a great annual gathering for foodies in the South West) and I picked up some smoked mackerel. Dang I love that stuff.Hot Miso Mackerel Salad

I also bought some sunny yellow courgettes, some fresh Brussels sprouts (Yay, new season!) and a really pretty long, lilac aubergine. Of course I forgot to take photos of the prettiness before cooking and the colour leaked out of the aubergine and it turned kinda brown :(  Hot Miso Mackerel SaladHowever, prettiness aside, my haul came together to form this lovely light lunch. A real autumnal dish that leaves you feeling content and well nourished. Oh, and that miso dressing is a keeper, in fact I think I need to make another batch to keep in the fridge.Hot Miso Mackerel Salad

Anyone else seeing the weird face in that last pic? Once I saw it, I couldn’t ‘unsee’ it!

Hot Miso Mackerel Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 smoked mackerel fillets, skin & bones removed.
  • Roast Veggies
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 or 4 young courgettes
  • 1 small aubergine
  • 5 or 6 Brussels sprouts
  • Miso Dressing
  • 4 teaspoons oil
  • 1 heaped teaspoon miso
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 level teaspoon sugar
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • Enough fresh red chilli to please your taste-buds, chopped
  • Extra coriander and red chilli to sprinkle on top of the finished dish.

Instructions

  1. Slice the courgettes and aubergine into long fingers, about 3/4-1 inch thick. Quarter the sprouts lengthways and pop them all into a baking tray along with the oil, making sure they are well coated.
  2. Roast for around 20 minutes, or until they are cooked through and the sprouts are starting to brown on the edges.
  3. Meanwhile mix all the dressing ingredients together. It will be quite thick, if you want it thinner to drizzle on a regular salad add more oil until it is as thin as you like.
  4. When the veggies are ready, pour the miso dressing into the hot pan and toss the veggies in it to get them all covered.
  5. Divide the veggies between 2 plates, top with the mackerel that you've flaked into bite size chunks, then pour over any of the dressing left in the pan.
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Frozen Dark Rum Mojito Cocktail Lolly

Just before the warm weather takes its annual leave of absence, I want to sneak in this cheeky little Frozen Dark Rum Mojito Cocktail lolly.

Froze Dark Mojito Cocktail Lolly - The HedgecombersWith all the components of a zingy Mojito it is refreshing and decadent, as all good lollies should be, and the flavours really pop.

If the sun is still shining for you, I hope you get a chance to indulge!

Frozen Dark Rum Mojito’s

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Muscavado or other brown sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 sprigs of mint
  • 1 shot of dark rum
  • Soda water

Instructions

  1. In a jug or glass, squash the sugar, lime juice and mint leaves together for a couple of minutes with the back of a spoon to extract the essential oils from the mint and dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add the shot of rum and mix well.
  3. Pour into 2 ice lolly moulds, then top them up with soda water and freeze.
  4. You can add some shredded mint leaves to each mould if you fancy
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Samsung Food Showcase Fridge Freezer Review

Never has a review been timed more perfectly. Our hand-me-down fridge freezer was dying a slow and painful death & every week we were having to throw food away long before the best before date.

Samsung Food ShowCase Fridge Freezer Review

Enter stage left the fridge of my dreams, the Samsung Food ShowCase Fridge Freezer. Tall, dark and terribly handsome with enough room to store all my foodie projects, and more.

We’ve had to rearrange our kitchen as it’s twice the size of our old one so do excuse the gap & tangle of wires above. Delivery was hairy as this fridge is huge. It was touch and go when the guys delivered it whether we’d actually get it in the house, but once they’d removed the (fridge) doors it was easy. Phew! They got it in just the right spot, popped the doors back on and even plugged it in. Within 2 hours of being switched on, both the fridge & freezer were at temperature and I could load them up.Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer Review

On the left is the freezer which has tonnes of storage. Whilst the shelves are deep it doesn’t feel like things will get lost for years at a time because there’s lots of storage in the doors and the drawers at the bottom for smaller items.

Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer Review

Having specific areas areas for meat, fruit/veg, stock and home-made ready meals is wonderful and will save so much time trying to find things.Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer Review

And on the right is the massive fridge.

We have never been particularly organised with our fresh food storage. Apart from the safety rules of storing raw meats at the bottom of the fridge we tended to chuck things in wherever they would fit. Now we have plenty of space to spread things out and I can foresee much less food wastage due to food getting lost under or behind other things.Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer Review

Jonny has his own dedicated drawer in the fridge and in the freezer where he can stockpile all his lactose stuffed items without losing site of them. And I have a drawer in the freezer for storing my favourite seafoods so they’re within easy reach to grab and defrost for a quick lunch.

The doors to the fridge are very cleverly designed. Open the thin metal first door…Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer Review

and you have access to deep shelves where it’s recommended you keep your most commonly used items. Then open the second door…Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer Reviewwhich sounds confusing but it’s actually the shelves that you’re opening, and you are faced with a huge area for larger and less frequently used items. So smart.Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer Review If my explanation leaves you confused, go and watch the video on the Samsung site, it’ll explain it far better than I ever can!

Samsung ShowCase Fridge Freezer ReviewI really like the option of folding this middle shelf out of the way to fit in taller items, such as this bottle of soda water too. Obviously bottles can lie flat, but I’m thinking it’ll be useful for my tall jugs that I’ve never actually been able to fit in a fridge without taking shelves out. I can just imagine how useful all this well designed space will be come Christmas.

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It also comes with a very fancy ice (cubed or crushed Madam?) & drink dispenser which we need to connect the fridge to the mains water supply before we can use it.

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It’s early days, and I will be back with a follow up on how it’s working out for us soon, but from what I’ve seen so far, I’m delighted at the design of the Samsung ShowCase and can’t wait to do my next food shop!

Huge thanks to Samsung for providing us with the Food ShowCase to review, it’s been an absolute godsend! As always all opinions are my own. Janie x

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