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Lincolnshire Life December 2017 - Digital Copy


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Lincolnshire Life December 2017 - Digital Copy

After months of counting, judging and planning we were delighted to welcome 300 guests to our annual Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards, this year held at The Engine Shed, Lincoln.

Thank you to everyone who voted, those who put on their best bib and tucker for our Hollywood themed evening and to our sponsors for helping to put the stars of the industry in the spotlight.

We have a full report of the results with pictures beginning on page 95.

Inside there are plenty of ideas to help take the strain out of Christmas giving and entertaining. Kate Chapman spoke to Spalding based growers Lincolnshire Field Products, who have grown 551 acres of Brussels sprouts this year. You might well be enjoying one of their sweeter varieties when you sit down to your Christmas dinner. Turn to page 90 where Dominic Franks has given us a recipe from his Belleau Kitchen for a sprout Caesar salad; a delicious idea for any leftovers or to tempt those reluctant to try them. Kate has also supplied a recipe on page 94 for a Lincolnshire Carrot Pudding, which is a lighter version of the traditional Christmas Plum Pudding.

If these ideas won’t keep you busy enough, Jordan Cody, head chef at Doddington Hall, has three recipes inspired by produce from the estate, while Rob Smith, head chef at Lincoln Minster School tells us how to cook up a Plum Bread Pudding.

Putting on some stout boots and all-weather clothing is going to be very appealing after all this temptation. The county is blessed with some wonderful walking routes and there are options for all ages and abilities. Steffie Shields’ gardening article observes how to best admire the beauty of trees during a winter walk, while Maxim Griffin’s Walk 9 invites you to take up a more challenging route.

Donkeys have a long association with Christmas. Kate, in her second article this month, spoke to Tracy and Steve Garton who run a sanctuary for some of these rescued creatures. One, Alan, has even had his story published recently – read more on page 46. 

It has been a whirlwind past month for us all at the magazine, so we are really looking forward to our break.

Wherever or however you are spending your festive holiday, we wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas.