13 food nerds in a cottage

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I am back in Malmö, but I continue to write in English for those (eventuall) english speaking readers who want to follow my journey. I have finally reached the stage that was the original reason for going over to England. Arvon Foundations five days long food writing course in Totleigh Barton, Devon.
The old cottage of Tothleigh Barton is located in the middle of the countryside in Devon, with nothing but farms, green fields and hills and cows surrounding it.

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Here we gatherd, 13 food writer aspirants, two tutors and a bunch of friendly staff and kitchen helpers, and just talked, ate, cooked and thought about food for almost a week.
We were from and lived in very different backgrounds and countries (Sweden, Japan, Australia, France, Belize and different areas of England) but that didnt really matter when we had the love of food in common. The old country side kitchen became the center point of the week were we gatherd for a big variety of breakfast, delicious lunch buffets and every evening a meal cooked by some of the participants.

Alastair Hendy giving instructions on dinner for some of my classmates

Alastair Hendy giving instructions on dinner for some of my classmates

In the vegetable garden, harvesting dinner

In the vegetable garden, harvesting dinner

The days we spent in the ”barn”, a classroom with comfy (but hard to get up from) sofas, where we were listening to Alastair Hendy and Fuchsia Dunlop sharing experiences and giving advices on everything from how to do a restaurant rewiew to how we can publish food writing articles or even books. One evening the food writer and bloger Felicity Cloake visited and shared some good advices on bloging, inspiering me to start antother new blog : ) We also got some writing assignments, for example about the autentic food market we visited the second day. Most of all I enjoyed cooking together and chating to people, picking up everything I could about British food and traditions.

An early morning in the garden

An early morning in the garden

A spinach-olive frittata as part of the lunch buffet

A spinach-olive frittata as part of the lunch buffet

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