Since moving to the area I have come across local foods that I’d never even heard of before, like Parkin cake and Parkin Pigs. Also the confusion of the term teacakes and what you’d get if you’d ask for one in the bakers. Your fish and chip shop fishcakes are weird too.
But this month I want to share with you some Somerset foods you’ve probably never even heard of. If you have let me know.
I want to introduce you to the ‘Manchip’. It’s a rich bread cake loaded with strawberry jam made by local bakers in the town of Bridgwater in Somerset. One of my favourites is the Lardy Cake. Originating from the south west. It’s rich, delicious and the perfect treat for afternoon tea. Don’t even think about substituting butter or margarine for the lard. It just won’t taste the same. Another local favourite is the good ol’ faggot. Large meatballs of breadcrumbs or rusk with herbs and minced meat and offal. Usually served with mash, marrowfat peas and lashings of thick onion gravy.
This month we have a fascinating history article from our friends from Clayton History Society and a continued article from Mr Sutcliffe sharing memories from 1947.
Grab a cake and a brew and enjoy this months issue.