Team Pugh at The Good Food Show

Effortlessly a week has gone by since we last posted how time flies! Still no supermarket visits but lots of tasty food and a trip to The Good Food Show!

good food 6Our week’s shopping was done a week yesterday at Witney market and butchers and weighed in a total of £37! We got some dates from the market and to say they’re delicious is an understatement they are amazing!

good food 2So….. yesterday saw us up early and on our way to London. Lizzie wasn’t keen on the early morning (she’s like her mum and dad, a night owl) but when we explained our early start in the following way she was delighted and chorused the words ‘cheese, bic bic, choc choc’ all the way. Our explanation went like this:

Becksie: ‘Come on Lizzie we are going to London’

Lizzie: Yawns and makes grumpy face

Ian: ‘We are going to a big room where all day you will get to eat different bits of food’

Lizzie: Looks interested

Becksie: ‘Like sausage, yogurt, cheese, choc choc, bacon, jam, chutney, cake’

Ian: Lists more food

Lizzie: ‘Choc choc, cheese, cake, bic bic’

good food 1It seems that not only has Lizzie developed her mummy and daddy’s staying up late traits she is also very into her food. At not even two she understands that a day of tasters is a very exciting thing! She also seems to have expensive tastes and was (like her mummy and daddy) jolly keen on the truffle cheese and other such delights. There were 100’s of food producers there all passionate about good food! We might also have spotted a few foodie celebs. Turns out Paul Hollywood is much smaller in real life than he looks on the tv we must also add he was doing a great job of protecting Mary Berry from the crowds.



Becksie watched a cookery demo by Michel Roux Junior – it looked amazing and she picked up a few tips from the great chef mostly that the key to successful French cooking is butter, butter and more butter. Whilst Becksie watched this Lizzie and Ian went and found a park and by all accounts had a great time.good food 3

So we are sure you are all dying to know who Team Pugh voted as our favourite producer of the day (well probably not but we’ll tell you anyway) and…… just so you know this is a genuine fake award and not a paid product review. The winner of the Team Pugh London Good Food Show 2013 producer of the year goes (hands down) to The Great British Sauce Company! Their sauce was simple yet AMAZING. Lots of lovely varieties we loved the curry sauce and brown sauce the best. Show price was 3 bottles for £5 and so a bargain!

We borrowed this photo off their facebook page as we were so busy eating and buying we forgot to take any pics - we hope they don't mind.

We borrowed this photo off their facebook page as we were so busy eating and buying we forgot to take any pics – we hope they don’t mind.

The company owners were a) passionate about their product b) very knowledgeable and c) so friendly. So Great British Sauce Company please accept our made up award. They have a facebook page which we know you’d like to like and a twitter account that’s well worth a follow. If you get the chance please try some and report back we think you’ll love it!good food 5

Whilst we’re on our fake awards the most fed up celeb goes to…..Gregg Wallace – mind you when we saw a glimpse of him it was towards the end of the day and he had signed loads of books and done lots of shows. So his reward is a HUGE make believe sticky toffee pudding. Aww that’s better Gregg!

So there you have it a little report from our great day out and….. did we buy anything? Of course but they were Christmas gifts so remain a secret. And…. we avoided the Tesco stand but felt a tad guilty as they had sponsored some of it but….. as we’ve always said this is not a supermarket hate campaign it was more of an experiment that change our lives for the better.

We will shut up shortly but just one more thing…… on the way to London we were discussing ideas for a new challenge, a new experiment – so  far we have drawn a blank – anyone got any ideas? Do leave us a comment or email us.


8 thoughts on “Team Pugh at The Good Food Show

  1. Sounds like you had a fab day out. Nice to see that Lizzie is catching on to being excited about food. Well done for resisting the lure of the Supermarkets, are you still trying to stick to your £50 budget and have you decided what you are spending the money you saved during your challenge on yet?

  2. We’re off to the NEC food show in a fortnight’s time – very much looking forward to it, it’s always a great day out! It looks very strange seeing your photos of Olympia too – once a year I get to spend 9 days working there as part of the staff team for the Great British Beer Festival!

  3. What a lovely report!! We went to a children’s food fair near Oxford about eight years ago and it was great! It was lovely to see children not much older than Lizzie making pesto! I’m not sure if its still going. I’m not sure what you could do for a challenge next, but I’ll put my thinking cap on!

      • Yep, I found it on the internet, they had two then no more but it says on their website that they hope to have more. I might email them and ask them when!! Nothing like a bit of encouragement!! It was the earth trust who ran it.

        Also for learning about sustainable living is the wonderful Yarner Trust in North Devon, near the border with cornwall. In a village called Welcome a few miles north of Bude is a beautifuil medieval farmhouse called Welcome Barton. It came up for sale years ago and was bought by a group of wealthy local people who use it to teach courses in sustainable living. It has wonderful short courses, a day or two at a time, not exam ones, and you can stay in the house. Its not like anywhere else, there’s no locks on doors (except the front door) no telly, computers, fancy modern gadgets. It is just a farmhouse with 4 big bedrooms, a kitchen & bathroom. You share the communal spaces with other residents and they’re usually alternative types and very interesting. Andy did blacksmithing for a weekend a couple of years ago, then basketry. They do mosaic, one year they did build a solar panel, it’s a huge list! I just go along and wander to St Nectan’s Well, or Hartland, Bideford, there are any number of beautiful places nearby and they’d be very accomodating with children, they have activities for children in summer, but arty creative ones. They press their own wonderful apple juice and you cook your own breakfast from their well stocked kitchen (not with sugary cereals tho). They have bursaries too, cos they want people to learn sustainable living.

        see they’ll have next years schedule of events up soon, Lynne

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