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The Best of British Blogger Challenge – Cornwall – Giveaway #8

Giveaway | 15th May 2012 | By

Those human whirlwinds, Fiona of London Unattached and Karen of Lavender and Lovage have come up with a new challenge in order to celebrate British Food. As local food is a topic close to my heart, I’m really chuffed to be hosting the very first challenge. The idea is that each month for six months, a county or region around the UK will be selected and bloggers will post their interpretation of a recipe or dish from that region.

As Cornwall is the first (and dare I say best) county in the UK, it is no surprise that Kernow kicks things off. I am somewhat partisan, I confess – Cornwall is my home after all.

So to the challenge. I am looking for you to showcase something that embodies Cornish food. This could be the good old Cornish pasty, or for those that love fish, Stargazey pie. For those with a sweeter tooth, there is of course saffron cake or how about a good Cornish cream tea? Not forgetting, of course, that the jam goes first with a hefty dollop of clotted cream on the top – unlike the heathen practices of other counties. Or you may prefer to use some great Cornish ingredients. Famed for its dairy, seafood, vegetables and soft fruit, Cornwall has a wealth of fresh and delicious produce to choose from. Our new potatoes are second to none, our cauliflowers famous and I had my first punnet of local juicy and flavoursome strawberries this weekend. Clotted cream everyone knows about, but we also have some amazing cheeses, including Cornish Blue, winner of the World Cheese Awards 2010, Yarg, a semi-hard cheese wrapped in stinging nettles, Cornish Camembert, Allet Dairy Goat’s Cheese and the Cornish Crackler, an award winning cheddar.

I’m not sure how local chocolate is to Cornwall, but I shall endeavour to sneak it in anyway!

There are prizes to be had too. This challenge is being sponsored by New World Appliances, which is one of only a few British manufactures of kitchen appliances. Each month an entrant will be picked at random and will win a £50 Amazon voucher. At the end of 6 months all entries will be judged and the best will be awarded a £300 Amazon voucher, so get your aprons on and cook up a Cornish storm in your kitchens.

The full rules are posted on The Face of New World Appliances. But in essence this is what you need to do:

  • Post your recipe on your blog with a link back to The Face of New World Appliances AND to this post.
  • Add the Best of British badge to your post.
  • Add “Best of British” to your post or as a tag.
  • E-mail bestofbritishchallenge@gmail.com with your recipe title, a link to your post and a photograph by Midnight of 15th June.
  • If you post on Twitter, you can use #BestofBritish and if you mention @fionamaclean or @Choclette8 or @newworldapps, we will try and retweet.
  • The round-up of entries will be posted on or before the 20th June on The Face of New World Appliances and here on my blog too.

39 Comments

  1. Jacqueline

    15th May 2012 at 6:37 am

    An interesting new challenge. Well done to Karen & Fiona for thinking it up and good for you, getting then ball rolling 🙂

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    • Choclette

      15th May 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Jac – it’s good to be playing a part in promoting British food, which is so much better than we are ever given credit for.

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  2. hungryhinny

    15th May 2012 at 8:10 am

    Awesome new challenge and obviously loving that the first month is Cornwall!

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    • Choclette

      15th May 2012 at 8:09 pm

      The best first of course 😉

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  3. Debby

    15th May 2012 at 8:31 am

    Another great challenge…

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    • Choclette

      15th May 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Oh good, does that mean you’ll be playing?

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  4. Lucy, Vanilla Frost

    15th May 2012 at 9:24 am

    Sounds great, I’m in! I’m always buying Cornish cheese from my local London deli. Reminds me of home.

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    • Choclette

      16th May 2012 at 5:28 am

      Great to hear Cornish cheese has made it up to that far flung land 😉

      You won’t be able to stock up at Taste Cornwall in Liskeard on your next visit, because they have very sadly closed down 🙁

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  5. veghotpot

    15th May 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Looks great!! I feel bad because I can’t get past thinking “Cornish Pasty” how cliche is that!! :p will have a think and hopefully enter this month!

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    • Choclette

      16th May 2012 at 5:30 am

      Nothing wrong with a Cornish pasty – it doesn’t have to be a traditional one. Inspired by Cornish food is the key.

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    • veghotpot

      16th May 2012 at 4:00 pm

      ooooo I have been looking for an excuse to try making my own pastry (It’d be a first for me!) right better start practising lol

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    • Choclette

      16th May 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Good luck

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  6. Janice

    15th May 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Fabulous challenge. Need to get thinking about Cornish produce – clotted cream comes to mind, I can remember having icecream cones with a big dollop of clotted cream on top when I was holidaying in Cornwall as a child.

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    • Choclette

      16th May 2012 at 5:47 am

      Yes, you’re right Janice, that used to be really common but I haven’t been offered that in years – hmmm, those ice-cream vendors are missing a trick here!

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    • A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate

      13th June 2012 at 10:20 pm

      That sounds amazing bring it back…

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    • Choclette

      15th June 2012 at 3:08 pm

      I’ll see what I can do 😉

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  7. Karen S Booth

    15th May 2012 at 9:21 pm

    You have made the first challenge look so interesting and exciting thanks Choclette! Thinking saffron right now…….

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    • Choclette

      16th May 2012 at 5:48 am

      Great idea of yours and Fiona’s – an excellent chance to promote British and regional food. Mmmm, saffron is sounding good.

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  8. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    16th May 2012 at 7:16 am

    What a brilliant idea. Supporting of our fabulous British produce is something to be celebrated. I am afraid I may not join in til July as I am planning to slow down a bit seeing as this month is a bit manic what with 2 round ups and zillions of other things I want to enter!
    I love Cornwall as you know and couldn’t think of a better region to begin with 🙂

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    • Choclette

      16th May 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Quite understand Laura – I think you’ll deserve a good rest. But just in case you change your mind, you have until 15th June.

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  9. Grazing Kate

    17th May 2012 at 3:32 pm

    oohh no – I simply don’t have enough hours in the day…I think I’d go for something with crab….or something sweet involving honey, cider and clotted cream. Good luck with the challenge!

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    • Choclette

      17th May 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Kate – I know the feeling. Am rather wishing we had at least 20 hours in the day with a good 10 hours left to sleep 😉

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  10. Baking Addict

    17th May 2012 at 11:02 pm

    ooh you know I like a good challenge so definitely count me in 🙂 I’ve just had a brain wave earlier today after our tweets so I know what I want to make… hopefully next week 🙂

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    • Choclette

      18th May 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Great, look forward to that Ros. I still have no idea what I shall be doing!

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  11. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite.com

    20th May 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Looks like fun! My thinking cap is on!

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    • Choclette

      31st May 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Oh good, do hope your cap works 😉

      Reply
  12. Janine

    20th May 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I’ll get onto this challenge with some clotted cream once I’ve finished my exams. Maybe even in between them if I get hungry…

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    • Choclette

      31st May 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Exams are very hungry work, so I’m sure you’ll be in need. Hopefully you’ve finished by now and will be cooking up a Cornish storm. Hope they went OK.

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  13. Chris

    4th June 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Sounds great! The first things that come to my mind, as already mentioned, is cornish pasty and clotted cream. (Hm, I still have a large amount of Cornish clotted cream somewhere around here!)

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    • Choclette

      10th June 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Well, yes it’s true these are iconic products of Cornwall BUT there is so much more.

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  14. hungryhinny

    12th June 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve gone for the cliche – pasties!! But not quite traditional ones… http://hungryhinny.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/mushroom-cheese-and-potato-pasties/

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  15. Beth Sachs

    13th June 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Done my entry – Cornish Honey Cake. Now on the blog

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    • Choclette

      13th June 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Great, thanks Beth, good to see another Cornish entry 🙂

      Reply
  16. A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate

    13th June 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Have done mine…but I might not be let back into Cornwall after everyone sees it. :-))

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    • Choclette

      15th June 2012 at 3:09 pm

      It’s a brilliant homage to the Cornish pasty – love it Sue 🙂

      Reply
  17. Lynne Clark

    21st June 2012 at 2:36 pm

    somehow I missed this… when was the deadline for Cornish type recipes?

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    • Lynne Clark

      21st June 2012 at 2:37 pm

      ah, just seen the date above.. so I’ve missed it.. Will have to check with Fiona where the next one is!

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    • Choclette

      21st June 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Lynne – sorry you missed it. The next one is Scotland, with Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen.

      Reply

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