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Time to celebrate

Back to school, off to college or back to work – whatever stage family life is at, September marks a shift back to the 9-5 after summer’s slower pace. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m a creature of habit and I do enjoy the routine that this brings. I also love the change in season with a return to warming soups, casseroles and slow-cooked dishes as autumn starts to make its presence felt. Getting organised at the weekend with meal prep for the week ahead is an easy and economical way to ensure the family gets a good nutritious meal each evening.

This month sees British Food Fortnight take place from 23 September to 8 October, to coincide with harvest festival. At E. H. Prior, we are proud to sell locally grown and sourced meat – from salt marsh lamb and locally-reared South Creake pork, to our own water buffalo which is grown nearby at Sandringham. There’s a competition running as part of the fortnight, to find the most imaginative and innovative celebration of British food, so why not get your thinking cap on and come up with a way to mark the moment with your friends and family? Of course we’ve got everything you need for your special occasion.

Harvest brings nature’s bounty and we’re blessed to be on top of Drove Orchard’s fabulous apple orchards, so we will have a range of the coast’s freshly picked fruits in store.

Now, pork and apple have always been a happy marriage and I came across a clever recipe from Masterchef’s Greg Wallace recently, which combines minced pork and breadcrumbs with sage and apple, plus a small amount of chopped spring onion. The mixture can be cooked either as burgers or as meatballs, served with spaghetti and Parmesan, and both are equally delicious. Grab a bottle of good wine from our selection in-store and you can take this from an everyday meal to one worthy of a celebration in no time at all.