Shop Local #7

Welcome to the seventh Shop Local food blogging challenge! What a fantastic collection of recipes we have to share with you this month, from chocolate roulades to hearty stews and even a recipe for home-cured pancetta! A great big thank you to everyone from all around the globe who participated this month.

If you fancy linking up your own recipe using local produce scroll to the very bottom of this post to find out how. The challenge is now a Blog Hop so grab the code and share the #ShopLocal love!

Janet over at The Taste Space kicks things off this month with her Cheezy Scrambled Egg Breakfast Tacos with a Creamy Mustard Sauce made with soft corn tortillas. Janet fell in love with these soft corn tortillas on a recent visit to Mexico and was delighted to be able to find them in a shop local to her in Houston, Texas. Her breakfast looks like a great, tasty way to start the day!

Over at Dinner with Crayons, Sarah cooks up some cabbage from her local Walthamstow Farmer’s Market to accompany some leftover pulled pork in this economical Pulled Pork Noodles with Savoy Cabbage dish. A great combination of frugal and tasty this is one of four meals she made out of the pulled pork Sunday roast!

Sustainable Mum has started experimenting with making her own cheese with local raw milk and so far has successfully made mozzarella, feta, cream cheese and one of my all time favourites: Halloumi! She served up some of this delicious homemade Halloumi with a caper vinaigrette – and doesn’t it look superb! Don’t you just want to jump into that photo and start dipping that bread!

Chef Mireille returned from a visit to a local farm to her in Manhattan, USA with a glut of green, yellow and purple beans. She flavoured them with sesame oil, mustard, vinegar, black pepper and toasted sesame seeds in this quick and easy Sesame Green Bean Salad from August 2004’s Gourmet magazine.

Anneli over at Delicieux is a big fan of the veal at Grasspunk, a farm near to her in Gascony, France, and this month she’s shared her creamy veal stew (Blanquette de Veau) recipe. This creamy dish is flavoured with garlic, herbs, onion and sautéed mushrooms in an egg and cream sauce. Sounds lovely!

Kate over at Veggie Desserts has a very inspirational food blog. She puts veggies in all of her desserts making them just that little bit healthier for us all! This month Kate has shared her kale coconut cream pie made with kale she picked up at her local market! It’s a pie – with kale in it! You’ll have to read all about it on her blog to believe it, but it does sound very tempting!

Louisa over at Eat Your Veg has shared her brother’s slow cooked beef shin pie (aka: The Love Pie) made with local Hereford new-to-her butchers, rosemary from her Mum’s garden, veggies from her veg box and rapeseed oil from nearby Brockmanton Oils. A true Shop Local post through and through! It looks mouthwatering and delicious with the tender slow cooked beef, thicky gravy and puff pastry crust.

Anne over at Inhabited Kitchen whips up this simple carrot and kohlrabi salad made with produce from her local farm shop in New York. She flavoured her salad with olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt. A great alternative to the traditional  mayonnaise-laden grated veg salads!

JibberJabberUK treats us this month with her family favourite Very Cheesy Lasagna made with a secret ingredient: Henderson’s Relish, which she describes as a liquid brown sauce and a condiment very, very popular in her home town of Sheffield. No family dining table is complete without it!

Monday Pie, Camilla from Fab Food 4 All says, is a pie made with leftover Sunday roast meat, and she’s made hers with the leftover meat she picked up from a local butcher’s to her in West Byfleet. This is a versatile recipe, she says, where you can use up any range of leftovers you might have. A great tasty and economical Monday dish.

Next up is my own entry this month: a slow cooker rolled brisket with red wine and thyme made with Shetland beef reared just a few miles from my house. This dish involves minimal preparation and can be plonked in the slow cooker first thing in the morning leaving you free for the day. All you need to do for dinner is make some mashed potatoes and thicken the gravy!

Alexandra, the Lass in the Apron over in Pennsylvania, USA, uses some local elderberry jam in this Maple-Chocolate Roulade with Elderberry Jam. Doesn’t it look tempting! Maple syrup, chocolate, elderberry jam and a delicate sponge – you can’t go wrong here! I’ll have seconds please!!

Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen has been getting creative for Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) with her crespelle, Italian pancakes. She’s used local eggs in her recipe as well as some locally made apple and amaretto syrup to drizzle over them after filling with dried fruits and cream. Delicious!

Linzi over at Lancashire Food used leftover roast gammon bought from her local butcher to make this hearty pea and gammon soup. This simple recipe uses marrow fat peas, gammon stock and leftover roast gammon for a true winter warmer. Serve with crusty bread for some great comfort food.

Chef Mireille shares another recipe with us this month, a traditional Bulgarian breakfast: a rustic bread recipe (Pogacha) which she served with locally produced yogurt and elderberry jam from the Union Square Farmer’s Market in Manhattan, New York.

For St. David’s Day Katharine over at Leeks and Limoni made Anglesey Eggs – Ŵyau Ynys Môn using local Welsh  Llainwen eggs, which she says, are beautiful free range eggs with a deep orange yolk and varying colours of shells. You get seven multi-hued eggs in each box! Very  nice! The recipe she used them in sounds fab too, a delicious dish of potatoes, leeks, eggs and cheese.

Vohn over at Vohns Vittles got really adventurous and creative this month making her very own
Home-cured Bacon, Pancetta and Lardons! She bought some pork belly from her local butcher’s in Fife and got to work. Her first attempt was very successful, just look at that pancetta above! She makes it sound so very easy to make your own – do pop over to her blog and read what she did! I’m in awe!

The fab Dom over at Belleau Kitchen has made this spectacular chilled chocolate custard Lincolnshire plum bread and butter pudding using Lincolnshire Plum Bread, one of Lincolnshire’s most delicious local foods. Sounds wonderful! I don’t think I’d be able to stop opening the fridge and tucking in if this was in my kitchen!


1. Write your blog post showcasing an ingredient sourced locally (no supermarkets please!) and post your recipe url to the Linky at the bottom of the appropriate month’s challenge, including your email and the title of your recipe or post. Tell us a bit about where the ingredient came from, with a link to the producer too, if available.
2. Display the Shop Local badge (as shown above) on the relevant recipe post, with a link back to the monthly challenge post.
3. Add as many recipe links as you like, there’s no limit! Share the local producer love!
4. If you tweet your post, please mention #ShopLocal and @TangoRaindrop in your tweet – I will retweet all that I see.
5. The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere, but make sure to credit the source. You are very welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge as listed above with the Shop Local badge.
6. All entries will be added to a Pinterest Group Board – Shop Local Please give an indication of where in the world you are so I can add it to the photo information.
7. The challenge runs from the first day of the month (or thereabouts) to the last. A new challenge Linky will be added to the end of the round-up blog posts near the first day of the month.
8. As of March 2014 this challenge will now be a Blog Hop, so feel free to grab the code below and share the #ShopLocal love!



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