Visited Charcuterie & Company at the South Bank last Sunday. Perhaps a mistake to go on the last day, but I was disappointed. There were a few charcuterie stalls selling their wares from Poland, Austria, Britain and Spain, but diluted with cake stalls, chopping boards and other stuff. I wanted more information, education and interaction.
I did catch the end of the ham-off in the event tent, which pitched noir de bigorre, culatello and jamon iberico against each other. A great opportunity to taste some delicious products but a travesty of a vote which gave the win to the culatello! Nothing compares to jamon iberico and anyway, these three cured hams were totally different in texture and flavour - quite incomparable.
Still, I did come away with some superb jamon iberico de bellota from Flavours of Spain, which I had for breakfast on pa amb tomaquet, made with the last of my homegrown tomatoes - sweet grushovkas from the Real Seed company. Try planting them next year. They’re early and easy growers.