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American Cupcake in London on Market Kitchen Big Adventure

Market Kitchen Big Adventure is a food show in the UK on The Good Food Channel (Sky channel 249). Somehow they found my blog or someone sent them my blog and they asked me if I wanted to be in the audience of the show. Of course I said yes! The next day they phoned and said one of the diners dropped out and asked me to fill in! What luck!

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The photos are a bit grainy as they’re from my Blackberry. I didn’t bring a camera as I didn’t think it would be a good idea. We had to leave all our things in a seperate room anyway.
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The studio has the brightest pink doors
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The show is basically about regional and seasonal food. The recent shows have been about different regions in England. The show I did was about Lancashire. The two chefs have visited the area and the show is peppered with clips from their “adventures”.
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The set is a U shape. The host stands in the middle and the two chefs on each side with their hob/stove. Three guest sit by each stove on stools. I got to sit there. The other guests for the day were a herb farmer, Dale a medicinal cook (he’s got a book coming out in April), a Northern Food expert, Emma from The Little Welsh, me and Olly (for you non UK people, Olly is a food presenter and specializes in wine mainly. He also hosts Iron Chef UK on Channel 4).
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A little bummed they introduced me as Kelly, Cupcake Queen, instead of saying the name of my blog but at the end of the day I did get to be on TV.
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They put a microphone on me. I was really nervous the day before, worried I would something really stupid.
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Emma and Olly. Emma (who’s been on the show before) will be on 3 shows March 30th – April 1st.
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On to the good stuff! What did Matt and Simon make? Penny sure looks happy!
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The first “ingredient” of Lancashire they did was goat! They visited a goat farm so Simon made goat cheese fondants with pesto and an almond coating. They were seriously amazing. The goat cheese was so soft and I can’t believe how well the almonds went with it.
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Matt went with something a little more interesting and made goat chops! They were so tiny I felt bad tasting them. They looked like they came from a baby goat they were so small (they weren’t though I asked). They tasted exactly like lamb however and he made them in a nice anchovy sauce.
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We tasted some mint hard candy from the region. “Boiled Sweets” as they call them in the UK. The one I had was nice. It tasted sweet and minty. The others were less fortunate and they didn’t taste so great.
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Olly mixed up some martinis for everyone! At 10am…
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The second “ingredient” of the show was fish. Matt made “versatile” herring. Penny asked my opinion on herring and the best I could manage was “versatile” as I don’t know a single thing about herring. He pickled it and made a horseradish and beetroot sauce on top. Not my favorite dish of the day but it was a lovely pink and not fishy tasting at all!
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Simon whipped up some queen scallops which are smaller than King Scallops with some Salsa Verde. These were so good. I’ve never had queen scallops before.
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To wash it all down we all had gin and vermouth martinis!
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Thanks so much to Lucy and Abbi at Optomen for contacting me! I had a great time and they really did a great job of making me not feel like a lemon sitting there with all those proper foodies. I’m so glad I went I made some new friends and tasted things I never though I would!
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The show I’m on airs March 30th on The Good Food Channel.

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2 Comments

  1. The Little Welsh

    Hi Kelly, awesome blog! It was so nice meeting you – we should do some guest blogging soon! Your pics turned out really well too :)

  2. Zazzy Episodes

    How awesome was that experience huh? What a neat looking set.

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