A May-time catch up!

May 27th, 2013

NB Places still available at The Wild Boar this Thursday! – Please contact the hotel direct on 01539 445225

Since my last post we have been settling in at the Shap Chippy, running a couple of Stepping Off courses and smoking here in Shap and at The WIld Boar near Windermere.

Stovetop smoking in the Wild Boar kitchen

Stovetop smoking in the Wild Boar kitchen

The Wild Boar course was great fun – working with the Wild Boar heaad chef Marc Sanders to run a day for the chef’s from all the English Lakes Groups hotels.  They won’t all be setting up smokehouses but they will be using the great facility at The Wild Boar and then creating their own dishes for the menus at The Midland hotel, Low Wood etc…Our two day course had a weather forecast of torrential rain for the whole of Saturday, so everyone was well equipped with serious wet-weather gear for the trout fishing, but not a drop of rain fell!  A disappointment, I fear for those of us who were anticipating an early escape to the cafe for coffee and cake.

Ben Prangell and his family smoking at Smoky Jo's

Ben Prangell and his family smoking at Smoky Jo’s

We followed the weekend with a course for four members of the same family who had been trying to arrange a convenient date for all of them plus us for over a year – but they finally made it and it was a really fun day with some lovely smoked food, as ever… “Hi Both – many thanks for a great day on Monday – we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have just got back to Suffolk and consumed the food we prepared – lovely.” – Thanks Lynn!

Lots more pics on the gallery.

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