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First Official Slow Lunch Of The Cornwall Slow Food Convivium Held During National Organic Week Courtesy Of Organic South West

Slow Food Cornwall were thrilled to be approached by Organic South West to provide a Slow lunch buffet for an Organic Week event aimed at local farmers and held at South Penquite organic farm, Blisland on September 8th.

The event's guest speaker, Helen Browning, a director of the Soil Association and successful commercial pig farmer, opened the event with her inspiring personal tale of the trials and tribulations of being an organic pig farmer. For foodies and farmers alike, her sharp wit and incisive comments made for a fascinating and instructive presentation, followed by a lively discussion and short farm walk before the main event - Slow lunch!

Angie Dodd of Seriously Good, devised a menu using inspirational seasonal organic produce from Cornwall. On the rustic farmhouse organic lunch menu were:
• Chunky Courgette and Bacon Quiche, made using Barwick Farm organic butter pastry with Primrose Herd rare breed smoked bacon and seasonal roasted courgettes from Hendra Farm;
• Slow Roasted Tomato and Trelawny cheese puff pastry tart with gorgeous plum tomatoes from Lesquite Farm, Looe;
• Ham Hock Terrine with lovely ham from Primrose Herd;
• Fresh and Smoked Mackerel Rillettes using fish from Matthew Stevens & Son from St Ives;
• Bread rolls were supplied by Trebullom Farm (the Peredur Trust) made using an authentic brick fired oven.

Complementing the main courses, seasonal salad selections included:
• Fennel and Orange with fine-flavoured fennel from Cusgarne Organics;
• Baby potato salad in a Cornish mustard dressing (Cusgarne Organics again);
• Mixed cherry salad tomatoes in a balsamic dressing (Cusgarne again);
• Minted Cucumber in Davas Yoghurt dressing (Cucumbers from Hendra Farm);
• French fine bean salad with roasted garlic and tomato dressing (beans from Cusgarne).

Pudding kept things pared down and simple with an Old Fashioned Apple Plate Pie and Cinnamon Cream. Cornish apple varieties were supplied by Cusgarne Organics and wonderful jersey creams came from Barwick Farm. For those that had room left a cheese course of a trio of Whalesborough Farm Cheeses was served with a selection of Seriously Good chutneys and Lerida figs. Drinks were provided by Cornish Orchards and included apple juice (single and mixed varieties) and cider along with Cornish Spring Water from Just Water.

Many interesting Slow Food contacts were made on the day and the event provided ample inspiration for a whole programme of events and campaigns for the coming year.

For further information please contact Angie Dodd on 01841 533066 or

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Organic South West through the European Agriculture Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).


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Clare Morgan
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