The Gingerbread Mam’s Extra hot, Ginger wine is now available to purchase at our new online shop.click
We’ve just got back from the fabulous Saltburn Food Festival. Many thanks to all those who visit the Gingerbread Mam stall and for the oranganisers for making it such a wonderful event.
After a very busy 2015 we’re now planning what we’re doing and where we’ll be in 2016! There’ll be Farmers’ markets, events & of course you can find us in a few select shops & delis. Our markets don’t start back until February so in the meantime we’re busy decorating the ginger kitchen. We’ve a lovely new edition a 1950’s larder cupboard which I’ve really enjoyed restoring and giving a fresh new look, I can’t wait to fill it with flour, sugar, smarties, chocolate, eggs and ginger!
Tomorrow sees us back for the 3rd year at one of the North East’s finest food festivals…Taste of Teesdale held in the magnificent grounds of Raby Castle boasts over 45 local food stalls selling some of the best home made product in the UK! With a reduced entry fee of only £6/car you can spend the whole day visiting and spending time in the beautiful grounds of Raby.
Taste of Teesdale is a fantastic family event with entertainment for kids, dads with a beer crech, hot street food stalls and lots more.
I’ll be there with freshly made banoffee pies, limoncello trifles, ginger parkin, ginger wine & beer, cinder toffee, gingerbread men, decorating kits and huge wedges of ginger parkin to eat as you go!
From 10-4pm it’s a day not to be missed, what better way to start the Summer!
We’re absolutely delighted to have been hand chosen as one of the 260 exhibitors for this years Living North Christmas Fair Newcastle, held at Newcastle Racecourse 5-8th November. This is probably the largest Christmas Fair in the North East and running for 4 days it’s certainly the biggest fair we’ve ever done. We’ll be making lots of ginger wine along with some really cool ginger hampers for all your ginger loving friends and family. There’ll be our usual children’s baking kits as well as our new Marshmallow & brownie milk bottle kits. Of course we’ll be bringing our milk rice pudding bottles with fresh vanilla pod, as well as lots of delicious ginger beer, cinder toffee and gingerbread men. There’s also be a chance to taste our award winning ginger syrup sponge pudding, which will be available to buy and either eat now or freeze and save for Christmas Day pudd!!
We’ve busy preparing for two Food Festivals next weekend, South Shields at Bents Park which is on from Saturday 23rd May-Monday 25th May. It’s completely FREE entry and boasts over 50 foodie stalls, we LOVED attending last year and had so much fun eating, drinking and listening to some live music. Street Food Galore and we’re right beside the sea!
Our other festival takes place at our regular Stewart’s Park farmers’ market on bank holiday Sunday, it’s their annual Food Festival and will have over 30 stalls, again it’s completely FREE and set in the beautiful grounds of Stewart’s Park where you’ll also find a large craft and arts section along with a super café where you can grab a bite to eat
We’re super excited to be part of the Durham City Christmas Festival again this year. Held between Friday 4th December – Sunday 6th December. Last year’s festival was fabulous, and with over 100 stalls we can guarantee a really festive interesting Christmas market offering so much choice with local produce, arts, crafts, jewellery hot food stands, and all set in the beautiful grounds of Durham Cathedral! Wow! We can’t wait!
This week I spent a delightful afternoon with the lovely retired ladies (and a few gents) of Glaxo Barnard Castle. I was invited along to their regular monthly meetup at the Glaxo Sports & Social Club in Barnard Castle. Despite it being almost the end of April I arrived with a snow storm! Literally! However I soon warmed things up offering everyone a glass of my delicious non alcoholic ginger wine. As everyone listened to my ginger journey hearing about how these days I’m better known as The Gingerbread Mam they heard to tales of how food & drink hav e been influencing & inspiring me since I was a little girl, spending time with both my Nanas enjoying great home cooking and having regular teas of tripe & bacon, fat & bread suppers, rabbit stew dinners, Stottie cake bacon sandwiches, milk rice puddings, custard tarts, apple pies & firey mildly alcoholic ginger beer. Apart from a bit of nose turning at my tripe tea everyone had a splendid afternoon, tucking into hot tasters of my award winning ginger syrup sponge pudding in between munching on melt in the mouth cinder toffee. The grand finale was demonstrating how to make a ginger beer plant, which one of the lucky ladies took home with them and promised to feed daily for a week, and I promised on the 7th day they’ll be supping 2 litres of gorgeous homemade mildly alcoholic ginger beer! Thank you Glaxo for inviting me along, I had a really uplifting afternoon with you all, I hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did.
We’ve all been waiting for some warmer weather and here it is as last! For us this means eating alfresco. Opportunities to eat outdoors need to be snatched up whenever possible, whether it’s a bbq on the go or a summer salad, it’s a good excuse to open a bottle of wine and relax in the sunshine. Limoncello Trifle is a family favourite of ours, it’s a real party pudding, it’s fresh zesty lemon with vanilla double cream, ginger parkin cake and homemade custard is just the treat needed to finish a perfect meal. I’m going to be bringing my trifles for the first time this year to the markets this weekend, so if you fancy some outdoor dining…you can find me at-
Stockton Farmers market Saturday 25th April and Stewart’s Park & Ropner Park on Sunday 26th April.
With Easter Weekend looming, I’m busy in the kitchen preparing for Barnard Castle and Stokesley Farmers’ Markets.
Both venues promise foodie delights for some classic Easter recipes. Although Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, it’s our own sticky ginger sponge, which will be taking center stage over the long weekend following a main course of salmon fishcakes with a touch of ginger.
Speaking of Easter, three new ladies have recently joined the chicken run, including a Bantam by the name of Partridge, and yes… she does sit in our pear tree. So soon we hope to be self-sufficient using only our own, free-range organic eggs.
In addition to ginger’s digestion-friendly properties, and numerous other health benefits I can promise that all my ginger goodies are home-made, in my own kitchen, right here in the north east. So stock up your Easter larder this weekend and pay us a visit at Barnard Castle and Stokesley Farmers’ Markets.