Visit the Beautiful and Diverse County of Yorkshire
for Great Food and the Best of British
What comes to mind when you think of Yorkshire? Cricket, Whippets, Flat Caps, Miners, Moors, Dales or the Sea? Or do you think of Fat Rascals, Yorkshire Pudding, Parkin, Rhubarb, Pikelets, Wensleydale Cheese and Fish and Chips? England’s largest county has such a diverse landscape, so the food that hails from the region is as rich and varied as the county itself. Yorkshire is NOT just Yorkshire puddings, delicious though they may be, it’s also Ryedale Lamb, Craven Heifers, York Hams, Pontefract Cakes, West Riding Haver Cakes, Turf Cakes, Yorkshire Parkin, Whitby Fish, Yorkshire Parkin, Scarborough Muffins, Potted Shrimps, Yorkshire Tea Cakes, Ripon Yule loaf and Oven Bottom Cakes……it’s a county that has forests, moors, Dales, Wolds, valleys, vales and the sea……it’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s our next stop on the Best of British cookery tour.
Much of the cuisine of Yorkshire is very similar to Scottish food…….the use of oatmeal and oats is prevalent, as well as griddle cakes and pancakes, scones and meat pies. A wonderful Yorkshire recipe that I hope to share with you is a Meat and Tattie Pie – just simple meat and potatoes, but tasty and filling. Potted beef is popular as is the famous Curd Tart……Ginger Cakes and Parkin are made all year around, but are especially popular around Bonfire Night and Halloween…….Wild Bilberries and Rhubarb have made the county famous and if Bermuda can boast a Triangle, so can Yorkshire, with its famous Yorkshire Rhubarb Triangle: “This mysterious land sits between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell and despite being only nine square miles in size it used to produce 90% of the world’s forced rhubarb crop. Special Rhubarb Express trains would leave from Wakefield headed for London’s old Covent Garden Market where it was distributed. In its heyday there were over 200 rhubarb producers who were the first in the World to erect special “forcing” sheds where they perfected the art of growing rhubarb out of season.” (Nothing to see here net.)
But back to our Best of British Challenge – The challenge is to cook, bake or prepare something that symbolises Yorkshire whether it be a traditional recipe or a recipe that uses Yorkshire produce, blog about it and PLEASE share the recipe……..I welcome old family recipes as well as thoroughly modern ones! This is a WONDERFUL way to promote the county through food, but you also are in with a chance to win £300 of Amazon vouchers! We have already visited Cornwall and Scotland, and took take a look at what was cooked up for those regions, but for the next month, it’s YORKSHIRE! Here’s a FEW guideline about how to enter the contest:
We are lucky that New World Appliances as proud BRITISH manufacturers of kitchen appliances are sponsoring this event for the first six months. Each month, one entrant will be picked AT RANDOM to receive a £50 Amazon voucher. And, at the end of the six month period we will have a regional showdown, with a judge to pick the best entry (we are still working on who that will be and should be able to announce it shortly). New World Appliances have kindly offered £300 of Amazon vouchers for the overall winner, so if you enter every month you have 6 chances to win the grand prize!
We’ll be showcasing the entries both on the Face of New World blog and on host blogs and promoting the recipes through Facebook and Twitter, with all your entries fully credited back to your blogs.
So, why not show what you think is the Best of British and join our challenge.
The full rules are posted on The Face of New World Appliances. However, here is a summary of what you have to do to enter:
- Post your recipe on your blog with a link back to The Face of New World AppliancesAND to this post HERE.
- Add the Best of British badge to your post.
- Add “Best of British” to your post or as a tag.
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your recipe title, a link to your post and a photograph by Midnight of 20th August 2012, AND add your post to the linky below.
- If you post on Twitter, you can use #BestofBritish and if you mention @fionamaclean or @KarenBurnsBooth or @newworldapps, we will try to retweet all we see.
- The round-up of entries will be posted on or before the 25th August 2012 on The Face of New World Appliances and here on my blog too.
So what do I offer you as my Yorkshire recipe? I have so many Yorkshire recipes on my blog, as well as in old family scrap books and recipe books…….but, as the weather has been SO bad lately for summer, and we all need something to cheer us up, I am offering you all a plate of Wensleydale Cheese, Leek & Walnut Scones to go with your afternoon tea or supper! And watch out for MANY new Yorkshire recipes from me over the next few weeks! DO join in please, and pack your bags and enjoy the Best of British tour of Yorkshire! Karen
NB: The Scotland Round Up has just been posted by Janice and the winner announced here: Best of Britain – Scotland
AND, JUST in case the sun DOES come out, here is a WONDERFUL summer beverage with Lavender! Wolds Way Lavender and Strawberry Fruit Cup.
Links to some GREAT Yorkshire producers and artisans: