Month: July 2015

Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire should be celebrated 365 days a year, however we have to settle for 1st August, but why? August 1st was chosen as it has special significance in the County’s history. On this date in 1759, soldiers in Yorkshire regiments who had fought in the battle of Minden in Germany, picked roses from the nearby fields as a tribute to their fallen comrades. Yorkshire Day started the night before for me with a scrumptious 6 course tasting menu at my local award-winning pub, the Queen o’t’ owd Thatch in South Milford, celebrating food from England’s greatest county. This is my celebration of Yorkshire Day showcasing my special places in this, UK’s largest fantastic county, Yorkshire I love spotting these delightful ‘Mouseman’ mice carved in oak all over Yorkshire, lots in Ampleforth Abbey, and this one I found on the bar at the Black Swan at Oldstead while I was on my Michelin adventure. And the yummiest of sauces – Henderson’s Relish Happy Yorkshire Day G ∼♥∼ G

July in the Garden

Summer is progressing July is often one of the hottest months of the year and it’s a great time to sit out and enjoy the garden with the benefit of long light nights. I can hardly believe it is exactly two years since I began to plan and plant my courtyard garden, just look how it began… And now… In My Garden July is a brilliant time for your garden or allotment (if you are lucky enough to have one!) – abounding with delicious edible produce, and beautiful scented flowers for cutting for your kitchen table or to create bunches for friends. In Your Garden Much as I love basking in the glory, it’s not that easy, as these July jobs mean a gardener’s work is never done. Keep perennials looking good by regularly dead-heading and you’ll enjoy a longer display of blooms. Make sure you keep new plants well-watered. Hoe off weeds which thrive in the sunshine. Give shrubs and trees the once over. Prune back the spring flowering shrubs and clip back evergreen …

Culinary Cartmel in Cumbria

I can’t beat a last minute opportunity to escape to the other side of the country to visit family and friends. Such therapy! Recently, for me, it was also a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the village of Cartmel in the Southern Lakes, having grown up in that area. It is also a picture perfect English village untouched by the ravages of modern life renowned for its priory, puddings and posh eateries. Sticky toffee pudding and posh nosh Cartmel is the home of the sticky toffee pudding (or STP), that delightful dessert that makes the taste buds salivate like they’ve been awoken from a long trip in the culinary wilderness. It’s the combination of rich toffee sauce and light, slightly figgy pudding that makes this the perfect pudding in my eyes. The Cartmel Village Shop  has different variations on the classic STP from the Sticky Banana Pudding to the Sticky Ginger and Sticky Chocolate – a treat for any lover of puddings. We came across Unsworth’s Yard near the Priory, a collection of neat retail units, including Cartmel Cheeses and …

The Pipe and Glass Inn

If you’ve read my earlier blog posts, you’ll note that eating Michelin-starred food in Yorkshire was high on my ‘mini adventure must-do’ list of 2015. I picked the hottest July day of the year to go with a partner in crime, to head east, taking in the lovely East Yorkshire countryside to The Pipe and Glass nestled in the estate village of South Dalton – I can see why the rolling Wolds had caught David Hockney’s imagination. The Pipe and Glass Inn – an attractive 17th century former coaching inn – stands alone, with a stretch of field and trees as a backdrop to its car park. I read somewhere that The Pipe and Glass Inn was once a tired and unloved pub, but I’m pleased to confirm that there is nothing tired or unloved about this place anymore. James Mackenzie and wife Kate, fresh from working at the Star at Harome, bought the pub in 2006 and turned it very swiftly from a village boozer into the hottest gastronomic offering in the East Riding, holding …