I love free food. And I’m not just talking about the delicious ham and cheese sandwich which was prepared for me moments ago by Anthea Morshead, our Clerk of the Course. Is there nothing that Anthea won’t do to ensure that racing at Cartmel runs according to schedule?
replaced our hanging baskets after the June meeting with some fresh displays,
planted exclusively with a creamy-white variety of nasturtium called
‘Milkmaid’. The peppery leaves are delicious in a salad, while the flowers are
edible too – the perfect garnish for a classy picnic or barbecue at the races.
Which is my way of reminding you that, if you’re heading this way on Saturday
or Monday, we’re offering a prize for the most stylish picnic at the races.
There’ll be a hamper full of delicious local produce, for the winner, as well
as tickets to a future race-meeting.
don’t expect racegoers to dress up – although you're welcome to do so if you
wish... Perhaps we’ll give a prize for the most colourful wellington boots –
although I hope it won’t be necessary; the forecast for Saturday and Monday
is looking increasingly fine. The judges will be looking for colourful picnic
blankets and innovative food – so if you’ve ever wanted to have a go at smoking
cockles, under a ceramic pot, over a few oak chips (à
Oliver & friends), now is the time to give it a try.
if it were me, I’d stick to the free stuff. At the north end of the racecourse,
on the far side of the track in the overflow car park, you’ll find several
patches of wild sorrel – delicious when mixed with the nasturtiums from the
hanging baskets. If we’re lucky we’ll even be able to find a few un-ripened seeds
from the nasturtiums which, when mixed with cream cheese, are an excellent
replacement for capers and make a fantastic accompaniment to Furness Fish &
Game's delicious venison burgers. The venison burgers aren’t free – but they can
be purchased in packs (ready for your own barbecue) from their stand in the
like this and you’ll be healthy too. Apparently the nasturtiums are packed full
of Vitamin C and have a natural anti-biotic and anti-viral effect – staving off
the symptoms of cold and flu. Plus, when mashed to a pulp and steeped in water
for 12 hours, they create a beneficial hair supplement – stimulating the tiny
capillaries in the scalp to promote growth.
I’ve read that somewhere – but, now
that I think about it, I’m not entirely sure whether you’re supposed to treat
the resulting paste as a lotion or a potion. Perhaps we could experiment by
giving some to the jockeys in the £10,000 Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Riders
Handicap Hurdle. Some can drink it, some can use it as shampoo – and we’ll see
who has the shiniest hair. I bet it’s Lizzie Kelly – who rides this week's selection,
Lyric Street, for trainer Donald McCain.