Welsh Witterings: Great Taste Awards and Puddings
This weeks Witterings are written from the comfort of my sitting room and quite frankly I wish I could sit here all day, but alas I must tackle some deadlines and I am also collecting keys to my new premises today.
It’s been a full on week and I must say that a nice rest wouldn’t go a miss. However, there is no chance of a rest or even an extended tea break this week as I have some very pressing writing deadlines to meet and having discovered that I have won another two Great Taste Awards this year I am finally taking the plunge and stepping up production. I have taken on a small unit that I will be converted into a food manufacturing unit so that my award winning, jams, marmalades, pickles and Christmas puddings can be produced and sold into farm shops and delis. It’s been a long time coming and it is something I have been wanting to do for years, so whilst I am not looking forward to the hard work of getting the unit up to hygiene standards I am looking forward to the day it is all ready and my first batch of jam being made there. In the long run it will make things much easier for me and it will be a decade long dream fulfilled.
So, within the next month or so you will be seeing photographs of large pans of jam bubbling away and hopefully I will manage to attract some nice farm shops willing to stock my range. I’ve amassed over 40 awards with my preserves within the past five years and with a dedicated production unit I hope that I will be able to create even better results.
We may be in August, but my mind is wandering to the task of producing my Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes, they take time and need time to mature, so I will have to crack on and get this unit production ready. I predict hard work and late nights ahead of me, but when I’m pickling and jamming till my hearts content it will be worth all the hard work. More to the point when I see my products lined up on a deli shelf I will be incredibly proud and will feel that finally the hard work of competitions has paid off.
Well, I need to climb out of my armchair and round up my gaggle of children as it’s a quick visit to the library and then off to collect my new unit keys, so until next time a fond farewell from a very busy home in Mid-Wales.