Startford Upon Avon food festival

We decided to check out the Startford Upon Avon food festival.

At first the weather was dry but cold then in true typical British style the heavens opened o dear! luckily I was half way round the festival when it happened.

Anyway back to the event…there was a lot of ranges of stalls including cakes, breads, cheeses, wines, beers, burgers, sauces, pickles, jams and the list goes on. I was particularly interested in anything sweet first as per usual, but I tried sweet and savoury samples. The food and drink was generally all specialised it was nice getting to try a variety of new food on the market.

Here are some pics from the food festival.

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We also had a wonder into the town where there was another two food markets on which was an extra bonus :)Startford Upon Avon food festival 12

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Yummy scrummy Jaffa orange sponge cake

I first tried this cake when a colleagues daughter made it and she brought it in. I instantly fell in ♥, usually I use lemons in my cakes or desserts and don’t use oranges but after making this cake I’ve realised I’ve been neglecting the poor oranges :( and I should be using oranges more which I’ve started doing. She gave me the recipe and I was so eager to try it as I wanted my family to feel the love too. I thought for my first recipe blog I would try make this cake, unfortunately the photographs are not brilliant so I’ve been debating whether to put this recipe up or not but when I make it again I will take better photographs.

When I made this cake I don’t know what happened to me I forgot to line the cake tin…how could I?…how very unbakerish of me? hmm well everyone has their cake up and down days don’t they?…unfortunately there had been a bit of cake issues that had occurred eeeekkkkkkkk anyway people don’t worry the cake still tasted very nice and my family was pleased with the outcome they really liked the cake so I was happy :).
So as you might have thought the second time I made the cake the week after lol I did learn from my mistake and lined the cake tin :)…my dad felt the cake needed more orange zest so I added more and also extra orange flavour I added more orange juice to the orange syrup.

Yummy scrummy Jaffa orange sponge cake
Yields 8
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 140g – soft butter
  2. 200g – self-raising flour
  3. 11⁄2 tsp – baking powder
  4. 200g – golden caster sugar
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 6 tbsp milk
  7. 1 zest - orange
  8. Syrup
  9. *Juice of 1 oranges
  10. 50 grms – caster sugar
  11. *80 grms – dark chocolate
  1. 1. Heat oven to 175°C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 1.2-litre loaf tin. Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat with a hand whisk or wooden spoon for 3-5 mins, until light and fluffy. Spoon the mix into the tin and level the top.
  2. 2. Bake for 40-50 mins, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Meanwhile, heat the orange juice and sugar gently in a small pan, stirring until dissolved. When the cake is cooked, remove it from the oven and spoon over the orange mix. Leave to cool in the tin, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. 3. Break up the chocolate and melt over a pan of simmering water. Drizzle over the cake and leave to set.
  1. In the recipe I changed the amount of zest I used and juiced 2 oranges instead of 3 tablespoons. I also used more chocolate to cover the cake.
Adapted from BBC good food
Adapted from BBC good food
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Welcome to Love. Eat. Sleep. Food

Hello and Welcome to Love. Eat. Sleep. Food. 

I created this blog to keep my fascination of food going. I hope that my blog can provide yummy recipes which are easy to follow and most of all tasty.

Don’t you think food is such a great thing? it brings family and friends together, it awakens your senses, it helps you feel happy when your feeling sad(chocolate is a girls best friend), you can get experimental with food and create different flavours and textures and it fills a hole when your hungry. Food is amazing I’m definitely in love with it lolol….but please people don’t waste food think of them who don’t have any.

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