Hairy Bikers roar into Diss

A famous Norfolk delicacy came under the spotlight yesterday when two celebrity TV chefs arrived at Diss to dish up a local speciality in front of the cameras.

A famous Norfolk delicacy came under the spotlight yesterday when two celebrity TV chefs arrived at Diss to dish up a local speciality in front of the cameras.

BBC'2's Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King had called in at Cromer and fished out a lively crab during their whistle-stop visit - - so you might have expected the tasty crustacean to go into their cooking pot.

But it was good old Norfolk dumplings that the intrepid duo decided to feature as the culinary delight to put Norfolk on the map, when they set up their mobile kitchen at the Mere's Mouth. And there was not a shred of suet in sight.

They were filming for their new British food tour series due to be screened this autumn.


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Each episode concentrates on a different county in the UK, and the aim is to celebrate the fantastic and diverse local produce available in each area.

'We always go for what people tell us and they told us that Norfolk dumpling is a good traditional choice,' Dave explained.

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' We met an old fellow who told us the traditional recipe - that is self-raising flour, salt and water, and he said we should do it over potatoes and not over the mince. He said the dumplings take 20 minutes and the potatoes take 20 minutes.

'Everyone has told us something different, but we are going with the elderly gentleman's recipe.'

The programme will be one of 30 episodes shown on BBC 2 between 5.15pm and 6pm Mondays to Fridays which begins in October.

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