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about style about you

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4 The perfect pitch

36 Molten magnificence

Striking a chord at the Early Music Shop

The magnified beauty of Clare Gaylard’s exquisite glass jewellery

6 Out and about

42 Flying solo

A round up of local events

Building a Bee & Bee for these solitary pollinators

10 Fashion fix Summer styles to brighten your day

48 The milk man

12 Well-treated

Chewing the cud with Jonny Crickmore of Fen Farm Dairy

Give yourself a boost with these new treatments

18 Home hub The reinvention and restoration of The Old Wheelwrights (Tow House)

24 Get the look

54 about taste Thinking outside the box with two top female chefs

56 Salmorejo soup A deliciously savoury chilled tomato soup

Stylish ideas for inside and out!

58 Competition time

28 about town

Win a luxury gift hamper packed with Suffolk goodies

We bring you the latest news about town

30 Theatre of stars Take a seat in the woods at the enchanting Thorington Theatre

62 Where the doves fly Cooing over the beauty of the Sinfield Nature Reserve

about interiors

about town about the land

about design about gardens

about food about taste round & about

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just the three of us... about us Welcome to the latest issue of the aboutfram magazine which is bursting with summer styles, fresh interiors, beauty fixes and a brand-new competition where you could win a luxury hamper of Suffolk goodies. Come with us as we go cheese-tasting at Fen Farm, discover the stories woven within artisan glass work, pull back the layers of a Suffolk wheelwrights, learn the difference between a crumhorn and a viol, and go down to the woods to discover an exciting woodland theatre – bravo! Editorial Kathy Churchill Sales Sarah Clarke

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a bit about them... Junior Journalist Rose Courteen Our thanks to Debenham student Rose Courteen for her help with research and content for out & about and about town. Instagram @talkingteenagelife

Our thanks also go to Anna McCarthy and Dan Nickells for their images for who’s about.

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An exciting and vibrant exhibition, showcasing the very different works of contemporary Suffolk Artists, Louise Chapman and Ruth Simpson

Artspace, 64 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AL Open everyday from Thursday 29th July - Wednesday 4th August 10am - 5pm each day lourosschap@gmail.com ruth@ruthsimpson.co.uk

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The perfect pitch Chris Butler and Ann Barkway opened the Early Music Shop at Snape Maltings amidst the chaos of 2020. Now the doors are well and truly open, musicians, music lovers and enthusiasts of these ancient and traditional instruments are beginning to take note. Early music is generally defined as being pre-1800, and includes the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, and signals the start of the classical music movement across Europe. The names of the instruments themselves have a wonderful lyricism - crumhorn, viol, serpent, shawm, hurdy-gurdy – and they trip off the tongue with a musicality befitting their purpose. The shop has an astonishing display of these rare instruments which 4

are hand-crafted by some of the finest makers in the world. They are uniquely beautiful: the curve of the lute, the huge scale of the 6ft sub contrabass recorder, the exquisitely delicate inlaid work on the clavichord and the wonder of the snaking black leather serpent. Early music had a massive revival in the late sixties led by David Munrow, a prominent musician who travelled


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the world rediscovering these ancient instruments and commissioning reconstructions. His work made a huge impact on the music world, and such was the demand for these historical instruments that in 1968, J Wood & Sons Ltd opened the Early Music Shop in Bradford. In 2007 they moved the shop to Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in West Yorkshire, and Chris bought the business in 2018. “The shop is located within Salts Mill, a former textile mill that has been redeveloped and is now home to a mix of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and a selection of independent shops, so when we decided to open a new Early Music Shop in Suffolk, Snape Maltings was an obvious choice.” With a background in music publishing, Chris and Ann have been part of the early music community for many years.

They also run the London International Festival of Early Music (LIFEM) – one of the largest of its kind in the world – which takes place in Blackheath every November, attracting performers and makers from all around the world and last year saw John Paul Jones, the legendary bass guitarist from Led Zeppelin, open with a newly commissioned work for viol consort. Chris and Ann are excited about future musical collaborations with Snape Maltings, and Piva – an exuberant Renaissance music group – is already booked to play the Dome stage on 29th August. “Our ambition is for early music to become more accessible and to open people’s minds and ears to these wonderful instruments and their rich history.” Well, I for one will pay good money to watch someone play the hurdy-gurdy! www.earlymusicshop.com (LIFEM 10-13th November | www.lifem.org) 5


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23rd Mr Stink Pack a picnic, enjoy a Suffolk-made ice-cream and dress for the outdoors at Thorington Theatre.

30th-1st Aug Primadonna Festival A fabulous festival celebrating brilliant writing, music and ideas. Museum of East Anglian Life

26th-27th Romeo and Juliet Comedy and heartbreak with Duke’s Theatre Co. in the woodland setting of Thorington Theatre.

31st-5th Sept International Mini Print Exhibition Amazing display of mini prints from around the world. Wingfield Barns

1st-31st August Concerts A vibrant summer programme at Snape Maltings. 1st Festival of Classic Sports Cars Helmingham Hall 10am-5pm 3rd-8th Converge A collective exhibition of talented local artists at 10 Church Street, Framlingham. 7th Old Jet Market Vintage treasures galore Bentwaters Park. 10am-2pm

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7th-8th Summertime Cinders A classic fairy-tale with a twist by the Al Fresco Theatre. Thorington Theatre 12th-15th Film and Street Food Festival 80s classics and family favourites. Mansion Lawn, Ipswich 21st Alice in Wonderland Join Alice as she travels to a wonderful world of caterpillars, cards and tea parties. Dunwich Heath 6pm. www.cambridgetouring productions.co.uk


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September 21st-22nd Framlingham Country Show Two days of cookery demos, shopping, main ring attractions and more. 26th Storytelling with Mr.G Rip-roaring fun with a run away time-traveller, pirates, octopuses, a robotic bat and an orangutan. Wingfield Barns 29th Wind in the Willows Join Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger on a wild adventure filled with motorcar madness and wicked weasels. Dunwich Heath 6pm www.cambridgetouring productions.co.uk

3rd-5th Maverick Festival The finest Americana music festival in the UK. Easton Farm Park 4th Deb Fest Live music, samba band, stilt walkers, food and marketplace. Debenham Leisure Centre. 1-10pm 5th Walk with a Fork A perfect day out for food lovers who love the countryside. Helmingham Hall. 10:30am-4pm

October 25th-26th Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Cookery workshops, talks and demos, local producers with a wide range of food and drink stalls. Snape Maltings 25th Jacob & Drinkwater ‘Stand out new folk’ by one of the most accomplished and pioneering touring acts. Wingfield Barns 26th Make a Bug Hotel Create a safe haven for your garden visitors. Sinfield Trust Nature Reserve

6th-6th Nov Our White Skoda Octavia A heartfelt story of family life told with truth, humour and tabla rhythm from Eastern Angles 16th Bof! Workshop and Dance Dance workshop and concert of fabulous French and Breton dance music. Wingfield Barns 17th Indian Electric Co. Blending traditional instruments, folk melodies and subtle electronic influences. Wingfield Barns 7


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Sam Simpson and Mike Smith have spent the last six months lovingly restoring, reviving and reinventing The Old Wheelwrights in Brandeston, stripping back its layers and restyling the interiors with an artistically curated array of antiques, vintage finds and retro designs. Sitting amongst a cluster of properties with names such as The Old Forge, The Smithy and Blacksmiths Cottage, it is clear that The Old Wheelwrights – or Tow House as it is now called – was at the heart of a thriving village community, and Sam believes that parts of the original house date back to around the 1600s. With a passion for vintage, both Sam and Mike fell in love with the character and history of the property and were delighted to discover that in the original wheelwrights’ workshop, the floor was made from the ends of the elm stocks that would have been discarded during

the making of the wheel hubs. It is quite incredible, and they plan to carefully repair and protect it as part of the ongoing restoration project. Within the house, Sam and Mike have made huge progress and the majority of the work, much of which they undertook themselves, is now complete. There is a careful, understated feel to the way the rooms have been renovated and redecorated. In places, old plaster work has been left uncovered, chipped doorways left unpainted and peeling wallpaper left to fade and fray, all as a deliberate nod to the history of the 17


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house and the layers of life that went before them. Every room juxtaposes the contemporary with the vintage, the styles bouncing off one another to create a harmonious décor that feels fresh and yet sits comfortably with the exposed beams and open fireplaces of the old house. As well as restyling the rooms, Sam and Mike have redesigned the layout to create a family space. The original utility room is now a lovely light-filled kitchen with reclaimed Norfolk pamments and underfloor heating. To one end they have fitted a second-hand Fired Earth kitchen that Sam sourced from a dentist in Essex and retouched with a beautiful marble work top. Enamel pendant lights that used to light the passageways of the London Underground now hang from the new tongue-and-groove

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ceiling, and a 1940s work bench that bears the scars of hard labour is now the perfect sideboard for dumping the shopping. Next to the kitchen is the breakfast room where an original 1964 duck egg blue Aga takes centre stage, perfectly balanced by some Indian blue painted doors that have been reinvented as the façade of the old kitchen cupboard, and in the corner an industrial hospital cabinet houses a collection of Owl Eye pottery. There are two sitting rooms, one of which is dominated by an enormous brick fireplace, although luckily there is an equally enormous sofa to sink into, and the other is a lovely light, uncluttered room that Sam and Mike both refer to as the party room, a retro turntable hinting at fun nights ahead. With the walls and ceilings painted


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white, the contrast comes from the patterned textiles and eclectic ceramics and artwork, a mix of collectible originals and car boot finds. A central hall boasts one such cherished find, a French shop counter that Sam uses to store her postcard collection, and on the walls hang 1920s Japenese bulkhead ship lights that they rescued from a pub in Norfolk. Upstairs, bathrooms made way for bedrooms and cupboards were converted to shower rooms, and in the master suite they have taken out the ceiling, so the space now extends all the way to the rafters, with a glass chandelier adding a hint of glamour. It is effortlessly stylish, not overdone or too considered and so it is no surprise to learn that Sam and Mike both come from the world of fashion. Mike runs Foundry Brands,

a menswear, sports and lifestyle brand, and Sam is kept busy with her modelling agency JMM Suffolk, alongside sales of mid-century and folk art finds via her other business, no1EastLane. I love that they are as equally delighted by a £3.50 charity shop bargain as an original Rosewood McIntosh sideboard and that they are willing to criss-cross the length and breadth of East Anglia at the first hint of a vintage light fitting or because a bread bin looks like it might match the colour of the Aga. It is this drive and flair that has given their home such a wonderful new lease of life and I am intrigued to see what extraordinary finds they uncover next. Follow them on @towhousebrandeston

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After almost 4 years since opening Meraki Hair in Debenham, Abbi Caraccio is now opening a new day spa, Asteria Wellbeing, at Snape Maltings. The spa will support the eco ethos of the Debenham salon and will offer hairdressing, as well as promoting all-round wellbeing and relaxation, with treatments such as hypnotherapy, gut health, massages, facials and more. “I think that Snape Maltings is the perfect location for my new venture as it is beautiful and picturesque all year round and everybody loves its unique offering,” says Abbi. “What better way to unwind from the busyness of day-to-day life than a spa treatment followed by lunch and a bit of retail therapy or a walk along the marshes….” Follow Abbi’s progress on instagram @asteriawellbeing

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East of England charity Ormiston Families is joining forces with Suffolk’s Stokes Sauces and East of England Co-op to launch A Brighter BBQ to mark its 40th anniversary year. The idea is to encourage people to host their own BBQ fundraising event, staged in support of the charity’s work across the region. Anyone registering as a host will receive decorative bunting, sachets of Stokes Sauces and a £2 off voucher for any of the Co-op’s ‘Locally Sourced’ products, plus a fundraising pack. The initiative runs for 40 days, from Friday 23rd July to Tuesday 31st August. To find out more, and to sign up to host an event, please visit www.ormiston.org/a-brighter-bbq/

Ringing in the changes The Hour Community in Framlingham has bought the telephone box to make it into a unique place to display and promote local community projects. It is probably the smallest exhibition centre in the world as it only measures 860,000 cubic inches! To find out more about exhibiting in ‘The Kiosk’ contact Rachel on 01728 440511 or email admin@hourcommunity.co.uk. 26


Courteen Celebrities! Rose Courteen, an aspiring radio presenter from just outside about about interiors town Framlingham, has recently launched her third podcast series. Rose’s podcast, Talking Teenage Life, is primarily aimed at teenagers but she believes that anyone of any age can take something valuable from the episodes. Rose started her podcast just over two years ago when she was 13 and has since interviewed some high-profile people including Matt Pritchett – the Telegraph’s daily cartoonist, Matt; Amelia Reynolds, one of the presenters on Look East, and Helen Piddock-Jones who was the much-loved phantom flan flinger on the children’s TV show Tiswas. In her last series, Rose also interviewed Scott Russell - one of the founders of Paddy and Scott’s - who generously agreed to sponsor her third series, enabling her to buy some higher quality recording equipment. In series 3, Rose is joined in each episode by a couple of friends and an adult, the latter an expert in the chosen topic; among them, body image and race. Rose hopes to be a broadcast journalist so was overjoyed earlier this year to be shortlisted for BBC Young Reporter of the Year. Although disappointed not to win, Rose says, “I enjoyed the whole process and it has really helped me learn some useful and valuable skills for the future.” Follow Rose on twitter and instagram @talkingteenagelife

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If you go down to woods tonight you certainly will be in for a surprise, as nestled in the hollow bowl of an old WWII bomb crater you’ll discover Thorington Theatre, a newly opened, magical open-air amphitheatre which has actors from across the UK jostling for centre stage. Tucked away down a tree-lined lane off the A12 en route to Southwold, Thorington Theatre is the creation of Lindy O’Hare and her farm manager, Silas Rayner, who is well known locally for his fantastical Maui Waui Festival, a wonderfully creative weekend of live music, theatre and art. The O’Hare family moved to Thorington Hall three years ago and are currently in the process of turning the farm into an organic nut farm, so before we head into the woods, Lindy takes me on a quick tour to see the young walnut, cobnut and sweet chestnut saplings that will bear the fruits of their labour in years to come. They have also

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winds its way past the patterned trucks of silver birch trees and waist-high bracken to a clearing, formed when a bomb was dropped here by British troops returning home after a mission overseas. The explosion created the clearing in woods where only a few pine trees grew skyward, their branches allowing dappled light to filter through to the floor below, and the resulting crater formed a natural arena. The stage was literally already set and aided by designer Amy Carroll and a team of talented carpenters, the design and built has taken just over a year to complete. Within this incredible space, they have hand built a beautiful theatre made entirely from timber sustainably cut from within the wood itself. Steep steps lead down past wide tiers of seating, and the stage

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is almost in the round, with the audience to three sides. The backdrop is a natural screen of woodland, and off to the left, a marquee reminiscent of a jousting tournament houses the makeup and wardrobe department. Spotlights are strung from trees, handrails carved from knotty branches and platforms have been built for wheelchair access and private boxes, where instead of velvet seats, logs are upturned to make the perfect perch. Reminiscent of the spectacular Minack Theatre which is carved into the rugged cliffs of South-West Cornwall, the wonder of this amazing space is the use of natural materials and the way it blends so beautifully into its woodland setting. On arrival, you are welcomed at a wooden hut that doubles as both the box office and


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the bar where at half time you can enjoy a glass of locally produced wine, cyder or beer. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic to share before the performance and even dogs are allowed to come and share in the experience. “We wanted to make the theatre as inclusive as possible and have reached out to local schools and charities, as well as theatre groups and touring production companies.” Word has spread quickly, and Lindy already has a full programme of events lined up for the summer season, including Shakespeare, opera, live music, and stand-up comedy from well-known names such as Nish Kumar, Sara Pascoe and Simon Amstell.

Lindy, Silas and the team, this little hollow has become a magical setting for stories, song and laughter. It is an incredible achievement and sat looking down at the stage, I can only imagine the delight and wonder of an open-air performance here. The actors stepping onto stage on a warm summer’s evening to the soundtrack of birdsong trilling through the trees, the atmospheric cry of a buzzard as it circles overhead and the applause echoing through the darkness long after they have taken their final bow. www.thoringtontheatre.co.uk

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From her studio in Earl Soham, Clare Gaylard fashions the most exquisite pieces of jewellery made from the finest Venetian Murano glass, interlacing each piece with layers of colour and texture that magnify the beauty of the natural world that inspires her designs. Clare graduated from Loughborough College of Art & Design with a BA in Silversmithing and Jewellery, going on to teach Art at a London secondary school before moving abroad with her husband to spend time in Kenya, Singapore and Thailand. Over the years she experimented with many different art forms, but it wasn’t until she attended a glass workshop in New Zealand in 2006 that she felt she had finally found her medium. “I loved the immediacy of working with glass, the magic happens in the flame and is quick and often spontaneous.” She returned to Thailand to set up a home studio and successfully sold and exhibited her artisan glass

overseas until returning to the UK in 2009, where she is now a member of Suffolk Open Studios and The Suffolk Craft Society. Clare pulls up a stool at her work bench and shows me how the rods of glass change state, introducing them to the flame so they flow like lava and can be twisted and spun together into candy cane spirals of colours. She expertly moves the rods in and out of the heat to create exactly the right pliability, wrapping the glass around a steel support to form a band that will be the starting point for a ring or pendant. Watching her work is mesmerising, the glass becoming a molten red-hot mass 37


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that bends and stretches before solidifying and encapsulating the newly formed pattern within. “I work the glass in layers, building outwards from the core, rather like icing a cake, and with each one you can see how the detail and colour becomes more magnified.”

testament to her ability as an artist and am fascinated by the storytelling that she weaves through her work. “My pieces are often focussed on aspects of the everyday world that inspire me; be it artists, particular patterns or designs, or elements of the natural world.”

Many of Clare’s collections are displayed as totems, the assorted glass pieces being stacked one upon the other, layer upon layer like chapters in their own story. They can be dismantled to be strung as a necklace, either individually or as several pieces together, slipped on silver hoops for earrings or simply worn as rings, and as well as being a unique stacking jewellery box, they have a wonderful sculptural beauty. I flick through one of Clare’s beautiful sketch books which are a

Her studio is resplendent with such collections: a blue and white totem a tribute to the Delft Museum; another whose golden crowns take their inspiration from a ghost story by ER James about buried treasure, and an amazing collection inspired by a trip to a rockpool, the rings studded with miniature glass anemones, shells and the twisted fronds of seaweed. Clare is somehow able to work with the glass so that every detail: the colours, texture and patterns she creates in the


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flame, all come together to bring these stories to life. There is also an enormous amount of fun in Clare’s work, the whimsical and fantastical sitting alongside folk legends and fairy tales. Her desk is strewn with trinkets: a feather plucked from the hedgerow, a pebble uncovered on the beach, a dead beetle whose carapace shimmers with iridescence and the wing of a moth that is flecked through with gold.

is exhibiting at The Suffolk Craft Society exhibition this July and has already begun work on a new series that will focus on the movement of the sea and the preserved beauty of fossils. What stories will unfold has yet to decided, but what is certain is that there will be magical discoveries and mystical treasures uncovered once she begins the alchemy of this fascinating artform.

Clare collects such treasures and works with their untold stories. She embraces the wonders of metamorphosis, the transition from one state to another – pupae to butterfly, nymph to dragonfly, caddisfly to dancing mayfly – and through her art is able to add an extra stage to their life cycle, melting down the glass to then freeze them in time as an item of undying beauty. She

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Flying solo ‘Save our bees’ are the buzz words of the moment, and rightly so. Recent campaigns have been brilliant at raising awareness, and it is great to see so many garden beds and borders spilling over with bee-friendly plants and verges being allowed to flourish.

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The honeybee has long been the cover girl of this campaign, but did you know that there are over 200 species of solitary bees in the UK, all of which are equally vital for pollination. As the name suggests, these little bees live alone, building their nests in tunnels and hollow stems. The red mason bee is quite common and can often be seen nesting in the crumbling mortar of old buildings, plugging up the entrance with mud after laying a single egg. Another frequent garden visitor is the leafcutter bee – just check out any hazel or fruit tree for the tell-tale patchwork of holes – and you can identify their nests by the jaunty green front doors. Habitat is key to helping these solo flyers and creating a bee hotel is a simple but incredibly effective way of doing this. All you need is a container such as a tin can,

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Vim & vigour July is here and with it comes a riot of colour. The delicate beauty of the spring garden has gently drifted away on a warm summer breeze to be replaced by the deeper, richer shades of summer. Red hot pokers burst through borders, the nodding heads of golden yellow and claret tipped sunflowers add architectural interest, and penstemon erupt into decorative sprays of colourful tubular flowers that can be enjoyed all the way through to autumn. In August, made lazy by the heat, the garden takes a pause. Many of the summer flowers are now at their peak and they hold themselves proud, putting on a show for all to see and enjoy. If your dahlias survived the late frosts, now is the time to admire them in all their dazzling glory; their fabulous array of colours and amazing shapes, from

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I take a trip to Bungay to chew the cud with Jonny Crickmore of Fen Farm Dairy and find out how they went from selling a few bottles of raw milk from the garden shed to being one of the UK’s leading artisan dairy producers whose cheese graces the tables of Royalty. The Crickmore family has been farming the 1000 acres along the Waveney Valley for three generations, and Jonny grew up following in the footsteps of his dad, Graham, donning his wellingtons from the age of four to help with the early morning milking. Father and son now work shoulder to shoulder and, along with Jonny’s wife Dulcie, have spent the last 10 years diversifying the business so that it now includes cheese, butter and yoghurt production, and establishing Fen Farm as a brand that sets the standard for sustainability within the dairy industry.

The shed has now been refashioned into a self-service kiosk with high-tech vending machines that dispense litres of creamy raw milk, boxed butter and cheeses, live yoghurt, fresh bread from the local Pennybun Bakery, and even a cappuccino to take away! “This was our first eureka moment. In 2011 we decided to try selling bottles of milk from the roadside and were amazed at how popular it was. We went from selling 30 litres a day to over 200, so I imported a milk vending machine from Italy to help streamline the process. It was the first of its type in the UK and caused quite a stir on the food scene.” 49


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With national press interest and visits from the likes of AA Gill, Jonny realised that there was a story to be told and that the quality of the milk would be the key to their success. With increased profit margins from direct milk sales, the family started to look at ways of adding value to their milk and turned their attention to British cheeses. “We looked at what was already on the shelves and saw there was a gap in the market for a soft Brie de Meaux style cheese.” With a single-mindedness that cuts to the core of all good business decisions, they decided to focus on filling this gap and becoming the UK’s top producer of soft cheese. In 2013, Jonny headed to the Jura region of France, an area nestled in the shadows of the French Alps that is renowned for its deliciously 50

creamy cheeses – Vacherin, Mont D’Or and Reblochon – and the gentle Montbeliarde dairy cattle that graze its slopes. He returned with 72 head of cattle that were introduced to the rich marshlands of the Waveney valley and his existing herd of Holstein milkers, and began experimenting with recipes. Montbeliardes produce a milk that is rich in protein, making it perfect for cheesemaking, and later that year Fen Farm produced its first Baron Bigod Brie. This white, bloomyrind cheese has a golden creaminess that lives up to all expectations and is still the only traditional raw milk brie-style cheese to be produced in the UK. Two years later the team turned their attention to producing an artisan butter, again made in the traditions of rural France, using a lactic culture that sours the milk to give it a


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wonderful depth of flavour. Wrapped in gold foil and boxed like the cheese, this butter really lends itself to being generously slathered on a slab of crusty bread or melted in a pan with some freshly picked mushrooms. With both the cheese and butter winning awards and Fen Farm now a recognised brand favoured by well-known chefs and even Royalty, Jonny and the team had their heads turned by a staple of Icelandic life, Skyr. Once again, he packed his bags and travelled to this frozen land to immerse himself in Icelandic yoghurt-making practices. Skyr is made from skimmed milk, a by-product of the butter and cheesemaking process, which is gently heated and mixed with a traditional Icelandic live culture, and once thickened is strained to remove the whey. Fen Farm

now makes this natural product back in Suffolk, and the creamy yoghurt is poured over a generous dollop of jam which can be stirred through for a deliciously healthy breakfast. In the last two years, Jonny has also added tubs of sumptuous mascarpone and a Baron Bigod infused with a layer of black truffle to the list of products. He has a quiet air of ambition about him and is surrounded not only by a great team, but also by a family that has totally invested in the future of the farm. And, with two pairs of small wellies lined up by the backdoor for their children, he and Dulcie now have one eye on future generations of Crickmores. www.fenfarmdairy.co.uk

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Two female chefs thinking outside the box Alice Norman is the brainchild behind Pinch, a new business making and selling restaurant calibre meal kits. Up until last year, Alice ran a fine dining Italian restaurant in Mayfair, which sadly had to close, and has since moved back to Suffolk. Her meal kits are of a similar standard to the food formerly served at the restaurant and are created in the new farm shop kitchen at Maple Farm, Kelsale. “I was born and raised in Suffolk, and I’ve always wanted to find a way of using the amazing local produce, from both land and sea. The main focus is pasta, made from Maple Farm flour and eggs, with the menu changing on the first week of every month. I’m also slowly turning the kitchen into a takeaway café, offering a very small menu to start with, with one or two pastries, and perhaps some ice cream for the hotter months!” www.eatpinch.com

Jess Mackenzie, owner of Jess Cooks is aiming to make life easier for busy parents with her new range of healthy, handmade children’s meals, now available to buy in selected branches of the East of England Co-op, including Framlingham, where she has a special connection, “My grandfather has lived in Framlingham for almost 50 years, and my childhood is filled with happy memories of spending time here.” With dishes such as Beef Bolognese, Pork Ragu, Moroccan Lamb Meatballs and Veggie Tikka Curry in the range, Jess Cooks meals are all handmade using locally sourced meat, and every portion contains a minimum of three types of added veg; one pack is designed to feed two smaller appetites, or one big one. “I really hope Jess Cooks will make life a bit easier for busy parents and enable them to feed their kids great quality, healthy meals, even when time is short.” www.jesscooks.co.uk

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A Passion for Seafood increases its net worth You may recall our full-length feature in issue 27 on Mike Warner and his company, A Passion for Seafood, his new business founded last year as a response to local fishermen not being able to readily access markets. Since then, the retail side of the business has grown to such an extent that Mike has now opened a permanent fish shop at Grange Farm, Hasketon, where the weekly landings are reflected in a display of seasonal native fish and shellfish alongside his own smoked products.“We also plan to open a takeaway oyster and shellfish facility this summer”, says Mike, “and host monthly cookery and educational events featuring well-known local and celebrity chefs.” Open every Friday and some Saturdays.

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Savour this! A brand new deli and bespoke cheese room is to open at Friday Street Farm Shop, in a new, light flooded extension. Sitting alongside an enhanced butchery counter with specialist dry ageing cabinets, the new deli counter will sell hot sausage rolls straight from the oven, local charcuterie, olives, pasties and mouth-watering pies, specialist hams and salami. The cheese room has been expertly designed to keep carefully chosen artisan cheeses in prime condition; well matured cheddars, delicate soft cheeses, pungent washed rinds and of course, East Anglian favourites all jostling for space. Both the deli and the cheese room team will be supported by Claire Bruce-Clayton who founded and ran the acclaimed Lawson’s Delicatessen in Aldeburgh, so you can be sure of knowledgeable, friendly advice too. 55


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Salmorejo soup Salmorejo is a cold tomato soup that originated in Córdoba in Spain and is similar to gazpacho, but thicker and creamier. It is a fabulous way of truly savouring the taste of freshly picked tomatoes, and on a hot summer’s day, there is nothing more refreshing and satisfying. Whether or not you plan on visiting Spain this summer, you’ll certainly bring a taste of Andalucía to your table with this deliciously savoury soup! Ingredients 700g ripe tomatoes 150g stale white bread, crusts removed (not factory brand) Good quality sea salt – a generous pinch 1tbsp quality sherry vinegar 2 garlic cloves - chopped 50ml quality olive oil 2 hardboiled eggs – peeled

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Method Scald the tomatoes by cutting an ‘X’ in the bottom of each one and popping them in just boiled water for about 30 seconds, before placing in a bowl of ice water. Once cooled, peel off the skins and take out the core but leave the seeds. Place all the peeled tomatoes into a blender and blend until completely pureed. Add the

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Where the doves fly It is not exactly a balmy day July day – in fact the rain is lashing down – but we have heard tell that turtle doves can be seen at the Sinfield Nature Reserve, a rural haven for wildlife near Hasketon. With over 100 acres of wild-flower meadows, woodland and natural scrub, our success is not guaranteed but fortune has always favoured the brave, so we decide to don our wellies and head over to take a look. On arrival we pick up a handy map that shows the various trails we can take and ask a young lad on a quad bike who happens to be passing if he has any top tips for finding our elusive feathered friends. He suggests Spiders Wood or Palmer’s Wood, wishes us luck, and heads off with a wave and a smile. As we ponder 62

the best plan of action and are debating if it is worth trudging to the far end of the reserve in this weather, our chatter is interrupted by the very distinctive purring of a turtle dove that is literally sat in the tree above us! It is a wonderful sound, so evocative of summer, and through the binoculars we can just make out the black and white barring on its neck and the pretty pattern of the wing. Sadly, their numbers are in rapid decline, mainly due to the huge numbers that are shot in Europe on their migration from Sub-Saharan Africa, so it is a real treat to be serenaded here in Suffolk. Our spirits lifted and the clouds looking like they are also clearing, we take the North Trail to see what else the reserve has to offer.


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A mown path leads through a traditional hay meadow, where owl perches can just be seen poking above the long grass and we pass some guests of the Secret Meadows campsite breakfasting on the veranda of their fabulous, converted horsebox, just one of the options available for glampers. The trails take us through mature woodland of ancient oaks and towering beech trees, wild-flower meadows, and natural scrub where the brambles and thistles are alive with the hum of bees and a fluttering of moths and butterflies. In a clearing, the dappled light plays off the patterned trunks of the silver birch and we are accompanied by the constant ‘plink plink’ of noisy chiff chaffs. In one corner of a meadow, a shepherd’s hut has been transformed into a wildlife

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