BBC Good Food Show – here we come!
We’re absolutely thrilled and somewhat overwhelmed to have been awarded a bursary to exhibit at the BBC Good Food Show at the end of November in Birmingham – a great day out for Christmas foodie inspiration, choc full of demos by our favourite chefs and a chance to stock up on some of our delicious charcuterie too of course!
We’re delighted to be in the final five in the Business Development category for the Hunts Business Awards, we’ll be rigorously cross-examined next week and hope to persuade the judges that we’re a deserving winner (hope they’re not vegetarian!)
Bag a ticket to our first tasting event
On Tuesday 29th September, Thirsty Cambridge will be matching nine different tipples to perfectly complement our air-dried meats, salamis and chorizo.
Andrew will guide you through our meaty selection explaining how we make everything and the differences between the various porky products. The folk from Thirsty will share their knowledge about the vino and beer alongside.
There are only 25 spaces available and tickets are selling fast. They include everything on the night as well as lashings of Bread on a Bike’s sourdough and there’s (obviously) an opportunity to buy some of our charcuterie and Thirsty’s liquid sustenance. Tickets cost just £25 a head so you need to grab them fast. Buy them over the counter at Thirsty (46 Chesterton Road, Cambridge), prepayment required.
Oink oink, slurp slurp.
7pm for 7.30pm.
Look forward to seeing you there!
We’re now officially AWARD WINNING Charcuterie!
A big thank you to all those who nominated us in the Cambridgeshire Food and Drink Awards and we’re delighted to share the news that we won the Producer of the Year category. A remarkable end to our first year of trading – we are over the moon.
Monthly meat boxes
For those of you who can’t resist a regular supply of our charcuterie, we’re launching our monthly meatbox in two sizes, one at £30 for the carnivorous charcuterie connoisseurs (possibly with a large household!), and a slightly smaller one at £20 showcasing all our best-sellers with the occasional surprise. A simple means to a simply irresistible supply of our award-winning charcuterie.
Our charcuterie is now available in even more places
We’re delighted to announce a few more stockists of our award-winning charcuterie: The Smiling Grape in St Neots, The Gogmagog’s Deli, The Burwash Larder both on the outskirts of Cambridge and Cambridge’s Urban Larder, Radmore Farm Shop and Thirsty Cambridge’sWine shop and bar.
Cambridgeshire cook book
Sobrassada has proved to be one of our best-sellers so when we were asked to contribute a recipe to the newly published Cambridgeshire cookbook, we jumped at the chance to share one of our fave recipes – think smokey paprika meets tomatoey, chicken and parties with cannellini beans in unctuous juices… (see p.153 of the book for a slightly more accurate account!)
Escapee pigs and stressed parents
Without Andrew’s amazing parents, we wouldn’t have had the luxury of two weeks away with our kids in Cornwall, so heartfelt apologies to Jane and Ivan for misbehaving, escapee, adventurous pigs, and dodgy fencing. They did enjoy turfing up the veg though (the pigs that is!) so we hope you all appreciate the extra flavour in this month’s salami as a result!
Early Summer Schedule:
A busy few weeks coming up, you’ll find us at the following places:
16th May: St Ives Farmers Market
17th May: Sizzling Sunday at Burwash Manor
23rd May: EAT Cambridge, Cambridge Corn Exchange http://www.eat-cambridge.co.uk/
31st May: Food Hall, Cambs County Show, Wimpole Hall
6th/7th June: Towcester Food Festival
13th June: Ely Farmers Market
January has been very busy so far, butchery hasn’t stopped and the curing room is well stocked, but cant be rushed!
We’ll be back at markets in time for valentines day, website and direct sales a bit sooner.
Market/event dates for Feb 2015 are below:
Feb 14th Ely Farmers Market, Burwash Manor Love Food Festival
Feb 15th, Burwash Manor Love Food Festival
Feb 21st St. Ives Farmers Market
Feb 28th Ely Farmers Market
New Year News
Christmas was a complete sell out for us, which was fantastic and I hope everyone who bought our products thoroughly enjoyed them, but means I now need time to build up stock levels again. January will be very busy in the butchery I will also be installing a new curing room and putting up more fencing to accommodate more pigs. With all this in mind we wont be at any markets until February. Online sales will also be turned off until the end of January.
We’ve lots of plans for the new year, the first of which is to start experimenting with more British – derived flavours rather than just basing our flavours on those from Europe. I’ll begin experimenting this week, but look out for our own honey, sage, mustard, homemade cider, homegrown rosemary, home grown wild garlic in various combinations! As well as our usual farmers markets we are looking at lots of food festivals this year, details will come soon.
Best wishes for the new year, and I look forward to seeing our regular customers, and new customers soon.
Spice up your Sprouts this Christmas! A customer on one of our markets told me about this recipe, he hates sprouts, but loves them cooked like this, as does all his family. This will be on our dining table on the 25th, as its Christmas I’ll be adding a bit more butter though!
Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo
450g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
2 tbsp. Butter or Olive Oil
3 Sedgwicks Chorizo Beer Sticks (extra hot or smoked if you like!) Chopped into 1cm chunks
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1. Heat a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook until just tender, approx 3- 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. 2. Heat 1 tbsp. of the oil / butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the Garlic is softened the oil is being released from the chorizo, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Sprouts, mix well and cook for a further 6-7 mins until lightly browned. Loosen with a little bit of water or chicken stock towards the end if you want to.
05/12/2014 – A new product today, and one we are really proud of – Honey Cured Lomo. This product started its life back in the spring when the bees started to graze on the orchard blossom and the rare breed pigs were grazing and rooting on fresh spring grass paddocks. The Bees moved onto the wildflower meadow over the summer and the pigs moved into some native woodland to give them shade from the sun and plenty of fresh forage. In autumn we harvested the honey and picked the fennel seeds from the herb patch, we used both to cure pork loins which have spent two months in the curing cave slowly maturing. Slicing into the loin you are hit with a smell of porky goodness followed by a hint of sweet honey and a tiny hint of fennel. The slices melt in your month. Three seasons of our smallholding in one unique product which can be measured in food metres rather than miles. You cant get much more local than that! Real slow food. Available online http://sedgwickscharcuterie.co.uk/wp/shop/lomo/honey-cured-lomo/ from us direct here or at our Christmas Markets (see below).
17/11/2014 – Where to find us over the Christmas Period:
Sat 22nd Nov: Ely Farmers Market
Sun 30th Nov: St Neots Christmas Lights Switch on
Wed 3rd Dec: Napp Pharma Christmas Fair, Cambridge Science Park 11am-2:30pm
Sat 6th Dec: St Ives Farmers Market
Sun 7th Dec: Huntingdon Racecourse Peterborough Chase
Sat 13th Dec – Ely Farmers Market
Sat 20th Dec – St Ives Farmers Market
You can still buy online or direct from us here, get in touch!
07/11/2014 – A new market for us tomorrow, we are sorry to say we are moving on from St Neots market and will now be trading at Ely Farmers Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. People of St Neots don’t worry however! You can still order online, buy direct or give us a call and I may even drop it down to you. We will also be trading all day at he St Neots Christmas lights switch on so you can stock up on festive treats then.
17/10/2014 – Online ordering is finally up and running! I’m excited to say that our products are now available to order online via the shop. Our range will constantly change (as it does on the market stall) dependant on season and availability. If you would like something that isn’t there, just give us a call and we may be able to help. If you are local and would rather not pay the shipping charge, feel free to collect directly from us, you’ll get a free tour and meet the pigs too, you might even get a cup of tea, or a glass of wine if you are really lucky!
26/08/2014 – News For Fans of our Air Dried “Cambridgeshire” Ham.
Our air dried ham has been one of our best sellers this summer, we have regularly sold out in fact. With any air dried ham the longer it cures, the better it tastes, its a simple equation. As we have been selling out it has meant that I have been slicing and packing hams sooner than I had liked, this has meant we have been producing a good quality ham, but one that perhaps hasn’t quite had the depth of flavour I wanted. To remedy this I have changed the cut of pork I am taking to give a bigger ham, but one which will really benefit from a longer cure. This means that there will be a couple of months where we don’t have much ham to sell. The new cuts will be ready in time for Christmas, and I do have a few smaller cuts left in the curing room, but I can assure you that the new ham will be worth waiting for! Good things come to those who wait!
22/08/2014 – At St Neots farmers market tomorrow with new better value prices on the whole muscle cures!
One pack = £4
Two packs = £7
Three packs = £10
Mixed taster packs for £7, see you there!
15/07/2014 – Well, our first month trading has been amazing, thanks so much to everyone who bought our products, we do hope you are enjoying or have enjoyed them. Demand has been amazing, so much so that we are currently effectively sold out. We don’t want to let anyone down so we will not be attending St Ives market this Saturday (19th July) but the curing room is fully stocked and we will be back on 3rd August with loads of quality British Charcuterie. We have also turned off all Online orders, but again this will be re-launched in August. Thanks again and see you all in August.
23/06/2014 – We had a great weekend at St. Ives farmers market, it way exceeded our expectations, thanks so much for everyone who came down. It does mean however that a lot of our stock has gone, so we have had to take a lot of products out of the online shop for the time being. We got plenty more curing at the moment, but quality charcuterie cant be rushed! If we haven’t got what you want in stock at the current time feel free to drop us a line and i’ll be able to give you an idea of when there will be some more ready.
20/06/2014: On Sale 21st June at St. Ives farmers market
14/06/2014: Our Website is still very new so please be patient while we tweak it and make all the final adjustments. Online orders will be up and running very soon. If you see anything wrong – please contact us and let us know! Thanks.