Say cheese! Inside the Leagram Organic Dairy in Chipping

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While taking a break in the wonderfully lush lands in east/central Lancashire, between the Hodder and Ribble valleys, we dropped in to the Leagram Organic Dairy. I’ve long been a fan of the excellent Lancashire cheeses they produce… sold on Todmorden Market (as you can see in this panorama)… and I’d wanted to visit the dairy in person for some time.

We had a great chat with Robert (Bob) Kitching, who’s a bit of a legend in cheese circles. Famed for his live cheesemaking demonstrations the length and breadth of the land, as well as regular media appearances, Bob’s a familiar sight in his magnificent cheese waistcoat. Here he is in action at the Fantastic Food Show in Blackburn in 2012, selling cheese as fast as he can.

Leagram Organic Dairy team at Blackburn

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Northern Restaurant & Bar 2012, Manchester

A selection of 360° panoramic views from the Northern Restaurant & Bar 2012 show at Manchester Central Convention Complex on March 13th. Many of these are aerial shots, providing a unique perspective on this event. If you were there, look around and you might spot yourself. If not, these views will put you right in the centre of the show…

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Outside Manchester Central

Front centre aerial view

Chef Robert Owen Brown demonstrates how to make the famous Manchester Egg.

Central aerial view

Chef Aiden Byrne’s cookery demonstration #1

Chef Aiden Byrne’s cookery demonstration #2

Fresh Direct’s stand, view #1

Fresh Direct’s stand, view #2

Final of the Northern Bartender of the Year competition, The Liquor Lounge

Afternoon light between the Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Central

Meet the meat… Porcus open farm day

I recently attended a ‘Food Inspirers’ open day at the Porcus farm, a wonderful sixteenth century barn on the moors high about Todmorden, as part a range of activities by Incredible Edible Todmorden. We watched (and tried our hand at) sausages being made, playful porkers frolicking in their free range pens, listened to the importance of proper porcine welfare, and heard about the occasional escaped pig.

It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, and it certainly helped to engage the visitors and give them an idea of life on an ethically-run free range farm. Most people also left with some of the great bacon, sausages and pork on sale, inspired and enthused after seeing how much care and consideration goes into these pig’s lives.

You can read much more about the day in a great write up on Culture Vulture, and you can view 360° panoramas of the group, and Dan from Porcus making sausages by clicking the links below…

SJ from Porcus discussing the welfare (and taste) of their free range pigs

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Panoramic view of Dan from Porcus making sausages from their rare breed pork

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Air-dried hams hanging in the breeze

Artisan cured air-dried ham at the diminutive but wonderful Height Top Barn Co. near Todmorden. SJ and Nat run a small farm offering a seasonal selection of farmhouse products and wonderful freshly baked bread. Their weekend home delivery service is valued by all their friends on the round, as they sell their own produce and that of the local cheesemaker to your door on a Saturday morning. The perfect start to the weekend… fresh bread, eggs and cheese…

The ham was something they started experimenting with, alongside bacon and pork pies, as their first pigs matured and were ready for the table last year. The flavour of their dry cure is quite special, and the hams hang for months in the drying shed, cooled by the Pennine winds blowing across the tops. However unless you’re a friend of SJ and Nat there’s no chance you’ll get to savour this from their Pennine larder… it’s not available for sale!

There was something very tranquil about this taking this shot, in a tiny room full of produce raised in the fields outside, as the hams spun gently in the breeze.

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