Month: May 2016

Malton Food Lover’s Festival

The Malton Food Lovers Festival is an annual event that takes place in the market town of (you’ve guessed it), Malton, North Yorkshire.  This quintessential Yorkshire town has become Yorkshires food capital, a working town with flat capped farmers at livestock sales, young jockeys grabbing lunch between a ride, butchers, fishmongers, its own Malton Cookery School and is also home to that famous chef, James Martin. This two day event held on May 28th and 29th, involved tasting our way around the town, joining a cookery school session at Malton Cookery School, watching a live cooking demo, enjoying free music on the open stage and discovering the Made in Malton family of several artisan food producers in Talbot Yard Food Court. People in Malton always have time to chat, and a tour of the ‘Made in Malton’ producers was perfect for that Michelle at Groovy Moo Ice Cream is passionate about her handmade Italian gelato ice-cream, using only the best Yorkshire cream and dreams up new flavours every day. The queue to buy, proved its …

Yorkshire Pork Pies

There are some folk down in Leicestershire who think their pork pies are better than any other. Their Melton Mowbray pork pies were awarded Protected Geographical Indication status in 2009, have a distinct product that is recognisably different from other pork pies, both in physical characteristics and in reputation. For in reality it’s not where a pie comes from that makes it the best, but what’s in it that’s the true test. Of course, we in Yorkshire would argue that anything created within our borders knocks spots off whatever is conjured up outside them, whether we are talking about pies, beer, rhubarb or nutty slack. History tells us that the first recorded recipe for a pork pie was in 1390 in the kitchen of King Richard II, the monarch whose actions led ultimately to War of Roses. Clearly, he has a lot to answer for given that the lands of the white and red roses are still prodding each other across the Pennines from time to time to this day. Like so much of our traditional dishes, the British …

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

I braved the drop in temperature recently to go to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground, bringing the green fingered from far and wide. I didn’t know they were building a new Hall, but most of the plants were moved into a marquee, with good lighting, and hopefully good photos. Despite the cold wind and freezing weather, I had a wonderful day with my gardening partner in crime. The displays were quite breath-taking from the bulbs Fritillaria and Cypripedium on Jacques Amand’s stand, to Taylor’s Clematis, Dibley’s Streptocarpus and so many more. Some plants were definite must-haves for my little patio garden, and I felt a white theme coming together. Chatting to a man on a stall, as you do, he suggested sprinkling slug pellets under a tile or slate on the ground, to tempt those greedy slugs away from the tender hostas and delphiniums. And therefore not tempting to birds or cats. I couldn’t resist buying a bit of ‘metal’ for the garden, so this fellow came home to …