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East of England (again ish)

drdawn | Mar 7, 2004 01:52 PM

I wrote quite a long time ago about the chowhounding possibilities in East Anglia. Well, I just did some volunteer work with the East Anglia Food Link (www.eafl.org.uk), and it seems my horizons have been expanded again. They're based in a village called Watton, just south of Norwich, and right next door there is a place called Babaco that sells mostly local produce (except the coffee, which is organic). address in link below. I bought the most extraordinary damson jam, and apple lavender jelly. Across the street is a fantastic bakery (whose name I now forget). Incredibly good hot cross buns, of which I am not normally a fan.

On the back of this experience, went to a farmer's market where I bought the tastiest rib roast I have ever eaten. Ever. THe meat actually LOOKS different, you can clearly see the ageing. Lovely stuff! Made an outstanding gravy with it (outstanding, I say, because usually my gravies are crap but this came out very nicely for some reason--red wine reduction, deglazed pan, juniper berries, sage, ... I was lucky!), and actually, the meat was so good I couldn't even bear to have anything come near it for fear of adulterating it.

Below I've included a link to Tastes of Anglia (the local food producers have banded together in an effort to push local foods-and rightly so!). It lists some chowish places, plus the farmers' market schedule for the region. I still contend that Easton is the best. Too good to keep to myself, esp. if any of you londoners fancied a springtime day trip to the countryside. Happy hunting!

Link: http://www.tastesofanglia.com/regioni...

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