A few months ago I got a completely unexpected, but very exciting email into my inbox.
It was an invitation to be one of a select group of food bloggers taking part in Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast – in an episode all about blood. Black pudding, to be exact – and while to this day I still don’t know how I managed to get on the list, I am supremely grateful that I did. I’m also incredibly grateful to work with such amazing people, who let me take the morning off to hang out on the Southend-on-Sea beachfront, sampling delicious food with some wonderful people.
We throw away a lot of blood in the UK, while in other parts of Europe, they tend to use more of it in their cooking. I’ll let you tune in to find out more (Jamie and Jimmy do a much better job of explaining it all), but I love black pudding – and definitely think more food should use it. For example, blood can be used as an egg substitute in many dishes – and we got to try an amazing one by Dan Doherty, the Executive Chef at the Duck and Waffle. It was a blood-based cornbread topped with chorizo and yoghurt, and it was absolutely divine.
Jamie and Jimmy were as lovely in real life as you’d expect – and it was really fun tuning in on the night, and live-tweeting the event! You can still catch it on 4oD here – and I can now claim that I’ve been Lindsay Lohan’s co-star…. right?