Tibenham young farmer publishes cook book

A young south Norfolk farmer is helping to promote locally-produced food and drink after publishing her first cook book.

Emily Rout, who is a member of Diss Young Farmers' Club, created the book to put East Anglia's finest foods in the national limelight.

She was approached by ITV Fixers after winning the Bernard Matthews Young Farmers' of the Year Award last year.

The national project aims to encourage young people, aged under 25, to get involved in a range of positive projects.

'I was asked if I would be interested in doing something to promote young people and agriculture,' said Emily, 19, of Tibenham, near Diss, who used her �1,000 prize award to add to her small dairy herd.

Her seasonal cook book contains some great recipes, including one from top chef Galton Blackiston, using seasonal, local and easily sourced food and drink.

'It is divided into the four seasons, so you can find out which foods are in season, when, where to source the ingredients and most importantly what to do with them,' she added.

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Emily, who was contacted by ITV Fixers in August last year, has just received copies from the printers. She plans to sell her seasonal cook book, which includes three of her recipes, at food outlets in Norfolk and through suppliers and also at farmers' markets.

'I became an ITV Fixer so that I could help people to support their local economy, eat more seasonally and reduce their carbon footprint.

'I'm really passionate about supporting local farmers,' she added.

Further recipes and suppliers will be featured in future editions of the A4 format and a handier A5 version may also be issued.

Emily, who featured on Anglia Television last December, was filmed with Galton Blackiston making a warm salad featuring Fielding Cottage goats' cheese made by Sam Steggles and using beef from Swannington's Farm to Fork.

And one of her choices for a luxury dessert, Clarke's Ice Cream from Wattlefield, is also featured in the cookbook. And Judy Clarke and her daughter, Caroline, will be at Wymondham Farmers' Market on Saturday between 9am and 1pm, with a selection of their ice cream.

Copies cost �5 from Emily on 07500 932769 or see Emily's video report, www.itvfixers.com