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Competition time: Win Kernow Sausage Company sausages and bacon to mark Farmhouse Breakfast Week

The very lovely people at Kernow Sausage Company in Cornwall have very kindly given Foodies South West some goodies to give away to mark Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which started yesterday.
If ever there was weather that makes you hanker after a good filling breakfast it is this snow and ice sweeping the country.
The Westcountry may have missed out on the worst of it this time but you should still finally listen to your mother’s (or father’s) advice and leave the house only after something more filling than depressing muesli or, urgh, a Kellogg’s Pop Tart.

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Last night a farm shop saved my life, not for the first time

How did you spend your weekend? Gardening? Loafing? Looking after the kids?

I spent most of mine sitting in a field or haring around Gloucestershire.

How does this relate to food? Well here’s the nub. Yesterday very little happened in the case that I couldn’t do from home. I spent the morning poking around Marlborough (nice place) but resisted buying stuff for dinner last night because I had no way to keep it cool.

My girlfriend was working also, so she couldn’t get to the shops. My plan was therefore to stop at a supermarket on the way home around 3.30pm. The trouble was, at 3.30pm I was looking at a crime scene.

Once I’d filed my words it was gone 4pm and the one supermarket I knew the location of in Swindon would be closed by the time I passed.

I was driving back towards Swindon and resigning myself to a takeaway when I viewed my salvation: a sign saying “Farm Shop”. I was almost late to make the turn but went for it anyway.

Open for business

I screeched into the yard in front of Red Down Farm Shop, near Highworth, which is north of Lechlade in Oxfordshire. or maybe Gloucestershire. To be honest I spent most of the weekend confused about what county I was in.

In any case, my relief when I saw the sign saying “Open” was palpable. Inside the quiet shop there was a great quantity of fresh veg on display, and lots of duck and chicken eggs. I was considering a massive Spanish omlette until I saw that Lord be praised there was some home-cured bacon in a chiller cabinet.

So I made a plan. Into my basket for the princely sum of £3.60 went eight spuds, 12 mushrooms and a pack of bacon rashers (later found to contain six rashers). Chuffed, as I only had a fiver in my wallet, I got back into the car and began my weary drive home.

Back in Bristol, these ingredients were transformed into a breakfast-influenced supper, grilled bacon and fried mushrooms, with a large potato pancake served liberally doused with hot chilli sauce of course.

As we both cleared our plates last night, we were both glad that I’d found somewhere open on a Sunday and managed to avoid the chip shop.

Bon appetite.