A Busy Few Days

It’s been a fun-filled and busy few days since we launched the website, we’ve had some great feedback so far from John Fowler Holidays who had this to say about the website:

“This is great news for the local area, a region that is famous for it’s fantastic farming, seafood and fresh produce. If you are booking any of our holiday accommodation UK this year and are in the Devon region, why not give Dawn’s website a try, I know I will. Although John Fowler Holidays only do self catering holidays, I just love to experience the local cuisine and Dawn’s website makes finding great places to eat easy.”

as well as this lovely comment from Kentusbury Grange following our review which you can read here: http://www.atasteofdevon.co.uk/news/40-coach-house-review.html 

“We’ve had an absolutely wonderful review from A Taste of Devon featuring on their lovely new website! Very valuable website with a wealth of useful information on all you need to know about Devon, written by very a knowledgeable team. Thanks Dawn for putting a huge smile on our faces”

Last week I spoke to the lovely Glenn Cosby of Great British Bake Off fame – look out for our interview with him which we’ll be publishing in July. I also popped in to see Paul Hopper from North Devon’s The Voice FM to talk about our website launch, you can listen to our chat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XksVoha2SV4

I hope that you all had an enjoyable weekend, Sunday for me and the kids was spent spoiling my husband rotten, of course food always plays a central role in any special event in our house. His favourite breakfast is Eggs Benedict, here’s my recipe for classic Hollandaise sauce:

125g Unsalted butter
2 Egg yolks
2 tsp White wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Fresh Lemon juice

You’ll need a saucepan, glass bowl and a whisk. Cut the butter into cubes and leave in the fridge until you need it.

Place the egg yolks and vinegar in the bowl and whisk until the mixture is pale and fluffy, this should take about 2-3 minutes and by this time the volume should have doubled.

Set the bowl in the saucepan over simmering water, the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Add one of the cubes of butter and whisk until it has dissolved, add another cube and repeat – once the first few cubes have been incorporated you can add a few at a time until all have been used.

Keep an eye on the heat as you don’t want the sauce to split, if it starts to look grainy remove from the heat immediately and whisk in an ice cube to save.

Once all the butter has been added season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Hollandaise can be a tricky sauce to make, but once mastered can be adapted for so many other recipes, simply add herbs,  mustard or cream.


Of course I’d always recommend buying local ingredients for your dishes, and if you live in Devon you may want to visit one of the local farmer’s markets, here’s what’s on in the county this week:

Monday 16th June
Woolacombe Market
National Picnic Week | 16th-22nd June | http://www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk/
The Terrace Café at Devon Guild | Real Bread Week | Monday 16 – Saturday 21 June | http://www.crafts.org.uk/

Tuesday 17th June
Croyde Bay Market

Wednesday 18th June
Occombe Farm Market | 9:30am-1:30pm | Occombe Farm, Paignton

Thursday 19th June
Mama’s Kitchen Italian Pasta Night | 10 Fairfax Place Dartmouth TQ6 9AD | 01803 834130
Hannah’s Rather Marvellous Pudding Club | www.discoversealehayne.org
Honiton Farmers Market | 9am-1pm | St. Paul’s Church, High Street
Exeter Farmers Market | 9am onwards | Fore Street/South Street

Saturday 21st June
Bake It Big | Teignmouth Community School Arts Centre |www.glenncosby.co.uk
Ivybridge Farmers Market | 9am-1pm | Glanville’s Mill Car Park
Cullompton Farmers Market | Mornings only | Forge Way Car Park
Okehampton Farmers Market | 9am-4pm | St James Chapel Square
Combe Martin Farmers Market | 9:30am-12pm | Village Hall

Sunday 22nd June
Ilfracombe Farmers Market | 10am-12:30pm | The Lantern Centre, High Street

Have a wonderful day everyone and I’ll see you next time – Dawn

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About A Taste of Devon

I've always loved food with a passion, I've spent my whole life developing recipes, learning new techniques and cooking every spare minute I get, in 2014 I appeared on MasterChef where I received positive feedback from John Torode and Series 2 Winner Peter Bayless. These days I run A Taste of Devon - a website dedicated to the food and drink scene in Devon.
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