The Midlands is one of those places that you want to be your most excited, and child-like self.
There’s so much natural beauty around that you just have to stop along the side of the road and have a swim in the rapids (which is exactly what I did!).
I wanted to go to markets, hand-pick new supplies, and get the chance to hear the stories behind the food. To me a local market is the best place to get a feel for the food and people in the local area. They are filled with great snacks and people – both with their own stories to share.
I wanted to visit cows, milk them, call them my girlfriends, and then make the ultimate No Churn Ice Cream from their cream. I wanted to put that ice cream on top of a sugar cone, with crumbled honeycomb on top of my dish, and eat it right next to the cows’ paddocks.
I wanted to meet up with my new celeb chef of a friend, and I wanted her to join us on a hot air balloon experience of a lifetime! I wanted to pick the leaves off trees as my hot air balloon floated past trees. I wanted to the basket to touch the water, and to feel thrilled by this.
I then want to learn new dishes, tricks and tactics from my new cooking friend and I wanted to joke about her hatred of wooden spoons.
Midlands is the type of place that takes things that you want to do and makes them possible. It’s a place that you want to do the most of everything: to feel the people, the nature, the surroundings, the culture, and of course to taste the food. I wanted to experience the Midlands in the most real – and complete way as possible – and I got the best of it.
The girls and me