Today is Lincolnshire Day! You've possibly never heard of it, but on this day in 1536 the Lincolnshire Rising, a protest against the religious reforms of Henry VIII, started in Louth where protesters from Horncastle, Market Rasen and Caistor soon joined in. It's reckoned that about 40,000 people joined in - a considerable proportion of the county's population - but the rebellion was over by 4th October.
We haven't been commemorating it since 1536 though. The modern version of Lincolnshire Day started only in 2006, 480 years after the original event. For me it's a good excuse to consume some of the lovely food which my county produces. Here's a couple of local delicacies.
I love stuffed chine. The chine is a cut of pork taken from between the pig's shoulder blades and preserved with salt. It is then deeply scored and herbs, usually parsley, stuffed deep into the cuts. It's then tied to keep it neat and simmered slowly before being sliced and eaten cold. I like the contrasting stripes of pink and green. Few people make it at home - I buy mine cooked and sliced.
One of my other favourites is Lincolnshire Plum Bread which doesn't contain plums and is more cake than bread. I do sometimes make my own but I had this in a tearoom in Market Rasen last week. As you see it is a fruit loaf, served with butter. If I were eating it at home I would also have cheese with it. But I wouldn't have the hot chocolate with cream which you can see I indulged myself with last week!