Month: October 2016

Skosh comes to York

Skosh (noun) – from the Japanese word Sukoshi, meaning a small amount or a little The most exciting new restaurant in York, in my opinion anyway. Read on! I recently took a leisurely walk down the cobbled street of Micklegate, one of York’s loveliest streets. It starts from the historic entrance to the city down past Tudor and Georgian buildings, medieval churches, book shops and more. It was once a seedy drinking street, now I was pleasantly surprised to see it is being regenerated by the addition of some high end shops and restaurants. And one of these restaurants came highly recommended, a perfect lunch time spot I thought. Skosh was opened earlier this year by York native and creative chef Neil Bentinck. Two years in the making, Skosh now offers a grazing style menu of contemporary and internationally influenced dishes served from an open kitchen, providing a dining experience that is casual, personable, intriguing and exciting. Everything from the cool grey walls to the bright yellow metro tiles, from the industrial lighting, to the …

Browns:Charity Night Out

I was excited to be invited to a night out in York, I haven’t  done that for …. many years! This was a shopping night for two charities, Breast Cancer Now and York Breast Friends, at Browns, an independent family owned store that has been in York for over a hundred years. Browns hosted an interesting evening event providing nibbles and fizz, and the delightful staff were smiling and helpful and eager to support the customers and charities. Plus, there was a 20% discount so a chance to buy some of my favourite brands. I had been looking for a red scarf to brighten up the winter months, and here it was! Clinique have always been one of my return-to brands and this evening was just the time to have that makeup overhaul and try new products. The consultant was more than happy to chat and suggest the best of her products to my friend and I, plus we could have a free gift if we purchased two or more Clinique products. Hurry down, this …

Nidd Wick Farm

You’ve probably heard of vegetable boxes, but why not get your meat treats delivered to your door too? They’re a great way of ensuring meat traceability, as well as making sure you get really tasty meat without having to travel for it. I recently met Tim MacLean, a lawyer turned farmer at York Food Festival.  He has 20 native Longhorn cattle in his fields on the banks of the River Nidd, at Nidd Wick farm near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire and has now introduced a beef box scheme. His cows live outdoors all year round, are grass fed, have hay in winter and then go on to calve in the spring. Choosing from either a small taster box or a family sized box, each box will contain a selection of sirloin and rump steaks, roasting joints topside and silverside, braising steak, casserole and mince. I have recently been cooking up some Nidd Wick beef dishes in my kitchen The mince for a great chilli con carne, the succulent and deep flavoured roast beef for Sunday …

Bircher Meusli

Bircher Muesli was a very recent discovery for me.  A few weeks ago I was staying at the MGallery Hotel Continental in Zurich. It would have been disrespectful not to have tried this Swiss delight at the breakfast buffet. Introduced by Swiss physician Max Bircher-Brenner around 1900, the breakfast dish of oats soaked in lemon juice and condensed milk topped with grated apple and nuts was meant for his patients at the hospital in Zurich. Over the years, the original Bircher muesli has evolved and I have discovered it has become utterly adventurous and delicious. I was instantly taken by the simplicity of the recipe and the complexity of flavour possibilities at my fingertips. So after some research and tasting, here is my basic recipe which makes six servings: Ingredients 200g Rolled oats 500ml Probiotic Yoghurt, plain or with fruit 200ml Pressed Apple juice 40g desiccated coconut Toppings Grated apple, honey, fresh fruit, walnuts, pumpkin seeds or dried fruit and nuts of your choice. Combine oats, coconut, apple juice and yoghurt in a bowl, mix …

Hygge

Early October with its misty mornings, bright and mild days and longer evenings is my absolutely favourite time of year. However, I know that means the Baltic temperatures, 4pm sunsets and icy mornings are just around the corner too. As much as I love my home I don’t like being cooped up indoors, however I do feel the Danish could teach me a thing or two about making the most of the atmosphere the winter brings. I’m reading more and more about hygge and I intend to climb aboard. Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’, the Danish word roughly translates to the English word of ‘cosiness’ but hygge means so much more than fur throws and hot chocolate, it’s more of a mind-set. The Danes are considered to be one of the happiest nations in the world cherishing family time, friendship, conversation and togetherness. I noticed this peaceful aura about them when in Copenhagen in May this year Enjoy The Moment Whether it’s savouring that first cup of tea or coffee in the morning, snuggling into your scarf or …

Mr P’s Curious Tavern

I have been on a Michelin Star journey in Yorkshire for the last year, and have become a bit of a fan of Andrew Pern and his Michelin Star restaurant, The Star Inn at Harome. I am thrilled that The Star Inn has retained its Michelin Star for 2017, so well deserved. I saw Andrew at York Food and Drink festival recently, and then popped into his latest York eatery – Mr P’s Curious Tavern, for lunch. Sitting proudly on Petergate, it’s just a short hop from the Minster, surrounded by designer clothes shops, and I loved my seat in the window facing the street ideal for people watching. If Andrew Pern’s York newest eatery were a novel, I’d want to read it. Mr P’s Curious Tavern conjures up thoughts of the exotic, of mystery and intrigue, and intimacy. Restaurant is not really the right word to describe Mr P’s. A Tavern suits it perfectly, with its connotations of an old-fashioned drinking den where food is also served. Curious earns its crust by virtue of …

The Little Coffee House:A bright jewel

Selby is the birthplace of King Henry I, and if he was around today he would have a very bright jewel in his cafe crown, called The Little Coffee House. It’s a superb café where the staff make me feel really welcome, are always very friendly and have plenty of banter. It has a modern feel downstairs, whereas upstairs is classier with grand sofas and armchairs to sit and enjoy your cake and tea. The Little Coffee House lives up to the billing, with plenty of coffee options, as well as tea, soft drinks and hot chocolate. It also has a good selection of hot food, including bagels and muffins that can be enjoyed with smoked salmon, poached/fried/scrambled eggs and bacon, huge plate salads for lunch, jacket potatoes, and gluten free bread is available. There are plenty of specials available on the chalkboards dotted around the cafe walls. There’s a super selection of homemade cakes – I tried the blueberry and pear cake which was incredible! And also on this warm day I had iced lemon and green tea, and a …