We’re looking forward to enjoying some home-grown favourites at Lidl this week, with offers in store from Thursday.
We’ve been so impressed by the recipes you Lidlers share and would love to see what you can cook up in terms of your very best local dishes.
Share your recipes, and any pictures you might have of your dish, in the comments below.
Not much of a 'cook up' but just had it for lunch! Fresh Cromer crab spread on a halved and buttered warm baguette, sprinkled with a small amount of ground black pepper and just a few capers - doesn't get better than that!
Being from the Westcountry our main local dish in our home would have to be pasties, although I try to limit them to once a month because they are not good for you if you eat them all the time like my lot would.
There is always a difference of opinion on the best pasty, those made in Devon or those made in Cornwall. I am Devonshire born and bred ,so obviously you can guess my opinion.
The best pasty I have ever had is made by my Auntie, @louloubelles Mum. she makes them the size of a steak plate and although I said mine was far to big to eat in one go I couldn't stop when I started
They're amazing and she makes them every week, so if I lived nearer to her I'd be there every week and be as big as a house
For the best pasty the pastry has to be made from scratch, rolled out so its not too thick (mine often crack when I take them out of the oven ) . The filling consists of potatoes, swede, onion, diced beef (not minced). I always cook the ingredients in gravy before I put them in the pastry so everything melts in the mouth.
The gravy seeps into the ingredients so they are not dry when cooked in the pastry. The pastry should melt when you bite into it and the ingredients inside should be soft with the meat having a delicious beefy flavour still.
You can't go wrong with home made scones and jam if you are in the Westcountry. @Barb will agree you must have clotted cream with them too.
This is my usual Scone recipe. There is also a debate about how to eat a scone. The Devon way which is cream before jam or the Cornish way which is jam before cream.
Personally, the Cornish way is best and although that sounds like treason, my Mum was born in Cornwall
SCONES - Pre-heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/ Gas 7
Oh goodness me @tommiesgirl I would love to have your pasties - they sound absulutely delicious - I could have one of those for lunch and then one of your home made scone Devon cream teas! If it's good enough for you, it'll do for me so jam on first it will be!!
@harryflatters My husband often takes a pasty to work and all his mates moan about not having one. If I order anything from his firm they question if its one of my baking days and then they end up having to draw straws because they argue about who will do my delivery
When we lived in our old house we called in a firm to paint the outside. We were told it would take 3 men 2 weeks to complete. It actually took 4 weeks in the end and 5 men. The reason for the delays was apparently because I baked and fed them each day. It wasn't always pasties, it varied I made pies, quiches, sandwiches with home made bread, home-made soup with crusty home-made bread etc. and I always made cakes, buns,rock cakes, scones as well
I was lucky really because the council were decorating the council houses in the street at the same time as my house being painted, when they stopped for lunch they often asked my painters what they were eating because they could smell my cooking.
I have stopped baking for workmen now, the work takes too long to get done. I just make them something to take with them on the last day now
I have been to @louloubelle's house when she cooked her delicious lamb chops meal for me, I can tell you it is so lovely.
I don't think there are enough words to explain how tasty and amazing the flavours are.
Its not fancy food, @louloubelle just makes good wholesome tasting home cooking. I remember always having this kind of meals when I was small. This kind of cooking and meals were put on the table when we visited anyone on a Sunday.
Everyone was made to feel welcome and the food was stretched as far as possible to make sure everyone had enough to eat.
My Mum was like @louloubelle I remember getting extra stools and chairs out for last minute visitors too.
@louloubelle also makes home-made rice pudding, its not something I eat, but my Dad and Hubby love it because its made from fresh ingredients. She doesn't just buy her rice in tins, @louloubelle always makes it proper Devonshire creamy .
Even my Dad went to have dinner with @louloubelle, when I was in Scotland on holiday. He rang me to say how wonderful his meal was and how he enjoyed every mouthful. Dad also said her cooking was just like his Mums cooking, when she was alive. Great praise from a man of 80, it brought back so many happy memories for him.