Behind the scenes at the World Bread Awards

As you’d probably guess from the name of my blog, bread is a food very close to my heart.

So imagine how chuffed I was when I got an invite to not only take a look behind the scenes at the World Bread Awards but also to be a part of the judging process.

The event, which is sponsored by jam and preserves giant Tiptree, started in 2013 and was set up to celebrate the skill of bread-making and to promote the art of baking.

Let them judge cake.

Let them judge cake.

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Fantastic year for British cherry growers

It might not have seemed like it if you’re a sun worshipper like me but this summer has been absolutely fantastic – for British fruit growers.

While the Met Office last week officially declared the last quarter to be the coldest summer for three years, stone fruit, berry and apple growers have been heralding it as their best seasons for ages.

While all that August rain and cooler weather put a dampener on BBQ activity it did round off almost perfect growing conditions for many orchard fruits.

Great gowing conditions have led to very good quality cherries this summer.

Great gowing conditions have led to very good quality cherries this summer.

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The mighty Avozilla is back – but hurry if you want one

Size is everything when the Avozilla measures up to a regular avocado

Size is everything when the Avozilla measures up to a regular avocado

They’re big, green and beautiful – and they’re also one of the UK’s most sought after and highly prized food items!

I am of course referring to the mighty Avozilla, the world’s largest avocado which will this week be on sale again exclusively at a handful of Tesco stores for a couple of days only.

It’s up to five times the size of a regular avocado and can weigh up to 1 kilo.

The fruit is extremely rare and comes from just four trees grown by one of the world’s biggest suppliers of avocados, in South Africa.

This year the fruit will be sold in 66 Tesco stores and will cost £3 each.