As a food blogger, I am naturally quite excited that The Great British Bake Off 2016 starts tonight, with all its quintessentially British charm, warmth, tension and amazing bakes! We shall, off course, be rooting for local Pastor, the Rev. Lee Banfield, and hoping he does Bolton proud! This is followed by a new food show called ‘The Chronicles of Nadiya’, featuring last year’s GBBO winner as she goes back to explore her Bangladeshi roots – also don’t forget to book for her cookery demonstration at Bolton Food & Drink Festival on Sunday!

If you have ever thought about following a more healthy and ethical way of life, or just wonder what a vegan lifestyle is like and want to find out more, then make sure you pop along to Bolton’s first Vegan Fair at Victoria Halls on Saturday. There are tasty foods on offer, jewellery, cosmetics, reiki demonstrations and (not to be left out) even luscious vegan cakes!

With all the excitement building, I did actually get round to making some courgette and sweetcorn fritters, as featured on Sunday Brunch, as we are stil getting a steady stream of courgettes on our plant. Unfortunately, in my enthusiasm, I got my timings wrong and had to leave the mix to stand. The resulting fritters were tasty but a bit of a spongy texture. Undaunted, I posted a pic on twitter and Simon Rimmer (yes, the man himself) replied and told me I had either added too much batter or too little veg. I shall be trying again this weekend, if I get chance, but if you have a go and they work out well, please send us a pic.

In a fritter sort of mood, it seems, I read a blog on Wastenot Bolton last week (check it out and get involved) about making onion bhajis from leftovers/bargain buys and it made my mouth water, so I went rooting through the cupboards to see if I had the necessary ingredients to hand. Luckily I did (the flours were a bit out of date, but dried goods are fine are they looked/smelt ok) and I also had some excess chilies to use, so I started to look around for alternative bhaji recipes as, although they are one of my favourite things, I have surprisingly never actually made them myself from scratch. I came across an interesting and very informative Guardian article on the subject, which purported to offer the solution to making the perfect onion bhaji. That may be overstating it slightly, however I have to say that they were really delicious and tasted great with some of Spice Valley’s gorgeous, fresh mango chutney, which was included in a lovely taster hamper from some of the Food & Drink Festival’s sponsors. Also in the hamper was some crusty fresh bread from Slattery and Franca’s Pomodoro per bruschetta and, well readers, it had to be done! Simple and really tasty, especially with a few olives.

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I shall be blogging about GBBO and avidly following everyone’s progress. Naturally, the Bolton live team will also be out and about throughout the food festival, interviewing, filming, blogging, tweeting and probably eating! If you see us, come and say hello, and we hope you will enjoy the amazing weekend of deliciousness on your doorstep, either in person or by following our blogs etc.

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