We’re lucky in Nor­folk – we can as­sem­ble the per­fect fes­tive spread with­out leav­ing the county

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Cre­ate an ideal Christ­mas din­ner from Nor­folk in­gre­di­ents

One of the joys of Nor­folk is its cor­nu­copia of de­li­cious, lo­cal­lypro­duced food, from its great farm­ing her­itage to the more re­cent ex­plo­sion of cot­tagein­dus­try award-win­ning ar­ti­san foods. Ini­tia­tives such as the re­doubtable Nor­folk Food and Drink, the an­nual EDP Nor­folk Food and Drink Awards, and the many food and drink fairs have worked to cre­ate lo­cal foods as one of our iden­ti­fy­ing and suc­cess­ful faces, adding to our tourism and boost­ing the en­tre­pre­neur­ial econ­omy.

Nor­folk is stuffed full of the most glo­ri­ous restau­rants, pubs and ho­tels, most proudly of­fer­ing world-class sea­sonal, lo­cal­lypro­duced cui­sine all year round.

Buy­ing lo­cally-pro­duced food sup­ports lo­cal farm­ers, pro­duc­ers and cre­ates lo­cal jobs; it re­duces food miles, and in a post-Brexit world, re­ly­ing more on our own sea­sonal pro­duce, which hasn’t had to be trans­ported thou­sands of miles gob­bling up un­told gal­lons of fuel, will surely be the way to go. Con­sumers are in­creas­ingly want­ing to know the prove­nance and eth­i­cal stan­dards of the food and drink they are buy­ing, how and where it was pro­duced, trans­ported and pack­aged.

More peo­ple are re­turn­ing to old-fash­ioned ways; grow­ing their own vegeta­bles and rais­ing their own chick­ens, for ex­am­ple. Al­lot­ments now have long wait­ing lists. Ini­tia­tives such as Nor­wich Farm Share are a great way to grow your own or­ganic food, learn from oth­ers, have fun and get some ex­er­cise.

Lo­cal or­ganic veg­etable box de­liv­ery schemes are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with those who don’t have time to grow their own but don’t mind pay­ing a lit­tle ex­tra for healthy food which hasn’t had to travel from the other side of the world.

As we turn our at­ten­tion to the an­nual Christ­mas lunch it’s re­ally not dif­fi­cult to cre­ate a whole meal us­ing de­li­cious Nor­folk pro­duce. It might be a bit more ex­pen­sive, but it will be worth it!

For a tra­di­tional Christ­mas tur­key you would be hard­pressed to beat a rare-breed Nor­folk Black from Peele’s, with its fine-grained, gamey flavour. Or per­haps an even more tra­di­tional goose from Mor­ton’s Farm. You could add a plat­ter of dried meats and salamis, in­clud­ing de­li­cious Holkham Es­tate veni­son, from Nor­folk Char­cu­terie, with some crunchy tart Mon­tys’ pic­calilli from Essence Foods or a beet­root and ju­niper Candi’s chut­ney.

Bux­ton pota­toes roasted in a Yare Val­ley oil are a must. And mus­tard of course! We are all sad Col­man’s is leav­ing Nor­wich but the newly-launched Nor­wich Mus­tard sounds very ex­cit­ing and you can even in­vest in this co-op­er­a­tive.

Of course we are spoiled for cheeses – how about the well-known Binham Blue or a creamy soft cheese with Nor­folk Laven­der from Nor­ton’s Dairy or a tart goat’s cheese from Field­ing Cot­tage?

Busy mod­ern life makes it dif­fi­cult to be or­gan­ised enough to make your own Christ­mas pud­ding weeks in ad­vance but why bother when the pudd’Eng com­pany in the Bure Val­ley will sup­ply you with a de­li­cious home-made one? I love ice cream with my Christ­mas pud­ding and Ron­aldo’s has been mak­ing lux­ury ice cream with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents for years.

For some­thing to ac­com­pany it how about a 2013 vin­tage re­serve sparkling English wine from the fa­mous Win­birri Vine­yard in Surling­ham? Or Golden Christ­mas Spice from the Iceni Brew­ery near Thet­ford For­est?

Of course this has only been a very small amuse-bouche of all the won­der­ful lo­cal prod­ucts out there so, as it’s Christ­mas, go on – treat your­self.

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