Two days of frantic baking and crazy preparation still didn’t prepare me for this wonderful day which celebrated all kinds of food from amazing mushrooms to bacon sandwiches! My first time in the public domain was thrilling – if a little scary – and left me keen to re-visit this type of event.
I have to admit that things didn’t get off to a great start as our lovely dog Oscar was poorly which meant my KP (aka Robert) couldn’t come with me. This was then compounded on arrival at Hungerford Town Hall only to be told that my table was upstairs! I had heavy boxes and far too much with me but, undaunted, began to unload my car. As luck would have it the Town Hall has a lift, so I quickly piled everything outside then called the lift and off I went. I took far too many things but this gave me a great insight into what people like and what they are literally ‘hungry’ for.
Sampling was definitely the way to go with people tasting then buying. Everything on my table sold and the whole day was a brilliant experience and a big confidence booster. My pork pies were very well received, as were the sausage rolls and cakes – by the slice or whole cakes. The biggest surprise was the hummus…. it was the star of the day and was certainly popular. I ended up selling bags of hummus as I left the containers at home! A grand day – thoroughly exhausting but exhilarating.
The fun part of the day was demonstrating pasta making. I’d had second thoughts about doing this as I was on my own and thought I wouldn’t be able to juggle the demo and the sales but people were happy to watch as others dared to take on the pasta machine. Children particularly enjoyed making the gnocchi – a simple introduction to pasta making which requires no machinery and great results can be achieved with only a cheese grater. If you don’t have a cheese grater, then a fork will do. I’d love to hear from anyone interested in learning how to make pasta as I will be offering courses in the new year… drop me a message in facebook (https://www.facebook.com/simplydelishlambourn) or email me micky (at) simplydelish.co.uk to register your interest and you’ll be the first to know when booking opens!