Smoking and Curing with Marsh Pig

Image of Marsh Pig productsI’d been bumping into Jackie and Sarah from Marsh Pig Salami at farmers’ markets and food fairs for a while and I’d tried their award-winning products and liked them. Then I noticed a tweet from Jackie talking about their curing and smoking course. They had a curing and smoking course? I wanted to be on it. Continue reading

Saffron – Worth its Weight in Gold

Image of Three Wise Men crib figures

It wouldn’t surprise me if yet-to-be discovered scrolls revealed that saffron was among the gifts given by the Three Wise Men that Christmas long ago. Forget frankincense and myrrh, ounce for ounce, good quality saffron actually costs more than gold. It’s the world’s most precious spice. Continue reading

Mrs Portly Goes To Aldeburgh

Image of crowds at the 2014 Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Actually Mrs Portly goes to the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival every year but this year I actually got my hands dirty (literally – egg and breadcrumbs – more on that later) and what a fantastic weekend it was. Continue reading

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

Image of Snape Maltings

Image of Snape Maltings by Ashley Dace via geograph.co.uk

The highlight of the Suffolk foodie calendar for me is the annual Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings. It’s a non-profit making event designed to showcase the many excellent food and drink producers we have in this part of the world and it’s how I’ve met many of the people who’ve featured on these pages and whose food I have cooked and eaten. Continue reading

Salmon Three Ways

Image of archaeological site at BallingskelligsI lived in Ireland for a couple of years back in the ’90s and although it’s a country I have an abiding fondness for, it’s a long time since I’ve been back for a visit.

Then our friends Anna and Brian invited us to their house in Kerry for a few days and the memories came flooding back – the sights, yes, because Kerry is one of the most beautiful counties in the whole island of Ireland – but also the tastes. Continue reading

Mrs Portly’s Top 10

It’s only been nine months since I launched Mrs Portly’s Kitchen, but as it’s traditional round about now to look back over the year, I thought it might be fun to share the 10 most popular posts so far. Continue reading

Suffolk Pork Chops with Apple Juice

Image of pigs looking through a gate

Marinaded on the trotter – the pigs beg for apples

Him Outdoors remarked the other day that the tagline on this blog is “A Suffolk Aga Saga” and maybe I should be reflecting that a bit more in my recipes.

So this dish is made with hand-reared Suffolk pork from our friends Karon and Simon and Chatburn Farm apple juice made by another friend, Jamie. Thanks chaps. Let’s have a rousing cheer for all small-scale local producers. Continue reading