First things first, if you simply want to find out what's on offer in terms of bread this week then head straight to the bottom of this page. But I warn you...you will be missing out.
This time last week I was writing about basking in my parents' garden. This week, well the weather has certainly turned a bit hasn't it. Brr. That combined with depressing news headlines makes you just want to hunker down, hibernate and reappear in six months time to a hopefully much brighter, more positive 2021. In fact this also explains why my Monday blog is actually landing on a Tuesday. I just wasn't in the 'zone'. And what no one needs right now is a moany Megan. But today, I am feeling brighter. Even if the weather isn't. And I'm focussing on the exciting things that are happening at MMB this week and in the coming weeks. Because they are positives that I hope will bring smiles to familiar faces. That's the best we can do right now. Focus on the smiles and the laughter.
You'll remember last week I mentioned that I was working with Audley End Kitchen Gardens to try to secure some produce to sell at the shop. Well the good news I've dotted the Is and crossed the Ts and we are now all systems go. So this week I am very happy to be able to offer you the following:
Jaune de Doubs Yellow Carrots
This old French heirloom lemon-yellow variety (modelled here by Angi during the harvest yesterday) has a fine, distinctive sweet taste and aroma that is seldom found in modern carrots. It is slow growing, giving it time to develop its lovely flavour. Minimal core so it won't be woody and gives you a lot of carrot for your money!
Mixed Chillies, varying heat
We saw these growing just a couple of weeks ago, see left, when we first visited the gardens and couldn't resist ordering a tray. If you're planning a curry this weekend then you know where to come for your chillies. We will also be using them in this week's bread special (see below).
A lovely oval, red skinned potato with yellow flesh that sometimes has a pink blush to it. Fairly firm, slightly waxy. Good for salads.
I hope you will be inclined to give some of this local, organic harvest a try. We plan to keep offering you seasonal produce each week when available so I really hope it proves popular and we can continue supporting the hard-working team at Audley End.
And in addition we have another new product on offer at MMB this week that is a really special one for me, personally. Bee Space Honey. We have followed the journey of this new venture from our friends Sara & Darren Macbay in Clare from when they got their first hive in 2017. Their first honey harvest was in 2018 and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that it was the most incredible honey I've ever tasted. I don't think I knew honey could taste that good. So naturally from that day forward I've been encouraging Sara & Darren to get it out there so we can stock it on our shelves at MMB. And that day has finally arrived. We will have two types of honey to choose from:
Raw Honey. Made from the flowers that are around later in the year. The bees collect nectar and pollen from surrounding gardens, trees and hedgerows in the villages of Ashden, Clare and Stoke-by-Clare. Nearby there are wild flower meadows that have been sown specifically to attract pollinators as well as a 'lacy phacelia' cover crop in the field next to the hives that produces a very floral, light honey. The raw honey is not heat treated or processed in any way so the high nutrient content is preserved.
Creamed Set Honey. This is made from the oil seed rape flowers. It gets gently warmed and whisked to break up the sugar crystals resulting in a dreamy, marshmallowly floral triumph! My personal favourite.
Walden White Sourdough + Fen Farm Dairy Bungay Butter + Bee Space Honey... there may well not be a finer comfort breakfast (lunch or tea). I look forward to hearing what you think.