Sunday, 14 April 2013

Cambridge Shop Local, Part Two

Aoife, Cambridge

The Cambridge Shop Local challenge, which finished up about a week ago, turned out to be just the push I needed to get out of my shopping and eating rut. 

Without question the best thing I did was sign up to Cambridge Organic Food Co veg box deliveries. I've been receiving their fruit and vegetable box for the last three weeks and I am becoming quite evangelical about them. I am delighted with my own efficiency when I return from work to find my shopping on the doorstep. They also carry a large range of items you can add to your box and I have just added Cobs bread as a permanent order: their fresh white rolls are dangerously delicious. It's also changed my cooking, I've been basing my weekly menu on what turns up and I've found it extremely inspiring. I've even eaten parsnips!

The Husband has also taken the challenge to heart and has made it his mission to eat Steak & Honour burgers whenever possible. I'm more than happy to help in this endeavour and we enjoyed them yesterday in the Free Press pub. The perfect hangover cure: a pint of IPA shandy and the best burger in the world.

My other big discovery of this challenge was Burwash Manor and all of the shops there. I had been once or twice before but had never really appreciated the full extent of it's incredibleness. The Larder here is amazing and in addition to the huge range of local produce they also have my favourite black pudding. I'm properly obsessed with Nest and have bought about half of the furniture for my new house here. I've also just discovered Providence, which is similarly full of delightful stuff you just have to have.

Thanks to Carri Pavitt, Caroline Biggs, Gemma Whiting and Gavin Human for kicking it all off, I enjoyed it immensely.

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