Creating a perfect Norfolk Christmas Part 2
We can’t promise snow on 25 December, but we can promise a table that is fit for a Christmas feast. Continuing our series where we focus on the producers who will turn your Christmas from run-of-the-mill into something truly wonderful.
Marsh Pig Charcuterie
Charcuterie is a must on the Christmas tea-time table, but it can also play a starring role in the main event. Try substituting Coppa for bacon when you make your Devils on Horseback – truly sensational taste.
The award-winning charcuterie producers from Claxton, near Norwich, have been producing salami, chorizo and beef jerky that has regularly picked up Great Taste Gold Awards in the annual standard-setting awards.
The company ethos is clear and uncompromising: free range meat, great ingredients and great taste. The meat is locally-reared, either in Norfolk or just across the border in Suffolk and Jackie, the expert charcutier, only uses leaner and higher quality meat for the products so there is a lower fat content than European charcuterie. Aside from the regular salami – fennel, Garlic & Black Pepper, Red Wine and Garlic – and chorizo, they also produce Coppa, Braseola and seasonal goods such as Venison and Sloe Gin Salami.
Marsh Pig is available at farmers markets and delis across the county as well as through its online shop.
To visit the Marsh Pig website, click here.
When you are looking to make the ultimate Christmas sandwich, you have to use the best ingredients. Good quality turkey goes without saying, but the thing that holds it together is the bread – and no-one does bread like Bread Source.
Bread Source is an independent, artisan bakery with premises in Norwich and Aylsham. Using local ingredients, the Bread Source bakers produce everything from Danish ryes, a range of sourdoughs and spelt loaves as well as traditional baked loaves.
They also make a delicious range of pastries and buns, plus filled sandwiches. The bakeries in Norwich and Aylsham both serve fantastic coffee and have a coffee shop section that has a cool city vibe.
Bread Source products can be bought in-store or at various farmers markets.
To visit Bread Source website click here.
Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies
Name-checked by Chris Evans on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show. Winners of multitudinous awards. Brays Cottage Pork Pies have been nicknamed the “perfect pork pie’, and we tend to agree. Crisp, beautifully browned hot water crust pastry. A pork filling that uses the best pork – reared and grown outdoors. Just the right amount of herb and seasoning (which they keep a closely guarded secret), this is a pork pie that would grace any Christmas tea. And there is no jelly to be seen.
The Brays Cottage range includes Breakfast pork pies, Onion pork pie, Chilli and a mouthwatering Chorizo. You can find them in all good delis across the county and you can also buy online.
To visit Brays Cottage, click here.
Norfolk is the craft beer capital of the UK, largely due to the prevalence of ingredients we produce in the county. Rolling fields of barley provide the basis for the brewing industry. Panther Brewery is one of a number of artisan brewers to take advantage of local, high quality ingredients.
Panther Brewery produces six core beers, including its award-winning Golden Ale. The other core beers are Red Ale, Black Porter Ale, the strong bitter Beast of the East, an American Pale Ale and the Hopsta, hoppy Ale. There are also a number of small batch brews and seasonal beers. These include the Festive Panther – a rich, smooth flavoured ale. Perfect for drinking by a roaring fire as you wait for Santa to arrive.
Order online or the team are also to be found at farmers markets across the county.
To visit the Panther Brewery website, click here.