Lammas Day, Yorkshire Day and my
Grandma’s Yorkshire Season Pudding with Herbs
Today is Lammas Day and Yorkshire Day………but let’s talk about Lammas Day first; the traditional beginning of harvest falls on the first of August and is called Lammas day. (This is believed to be a corruption of “loaf-mass”, due to the loaves of bread that were taken to church, or “lamb-mass”, as lambs were often dedicated to the church on this day as well). Lammas day was the festival of the first harvest, also called “The Feast of the First Fruits”. As wheat tended to be the first crop to be harvested, it was customary for parishioners to take a loaf of bread made from the new crop to church, as a gift – the beginnings of our modern Harvest Festival in churches and schools.
At Harvest time, it was traditional to make a ceremonial corn figure; called “Harvest Queens” or “Kern Dolls” from the last sheaves of corn that were cut, these figures were believed to harbour the “Corn Spirit”. The Kern Doll was then dressed in white and festooned with coloured ribbons and taken to the Harvest Supper to be placed in pride of place. Another tradition was to plant the Kern Dolly in the following spring on Plough Monday; this was supposed to release the “Corn Spirit” and ensure a bumper crop and harvest for the year. I remember making smaller versions, simply called a Corn Dollies, when I was at primary school – they were considered very lucky, especially when hung up in your homes and particularly kitchens.
And, this leads me very nicely into Yorkshire Day, as I remember walking up to church when my daughter was little, with her Harvest Festival Gifts, on the 1st August one year…..in Thornton-le-Dale…….to tell you more about Yorkshire Day, it is celebrated on the 1st August to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire. It was first celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as “protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974”, The date alludes to the Battle of Minden, and also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned. For me, it is a day to celebrate all that is wonderful about this amazing and diverse county, and my recipe for today is a VERY special family recipe, and also one that I am entering into the Best of British blog challenge and the Yorkshire leg of our culinary trip around Great Britain, it’s my Grandma’s Yorkshire Season Pudding with Herbs.
This lovely old family recipe is frugal and yet comforting……it’s tasty and savoury, and “fills” out a meal, when times were hard and pennies were in short supply……..it takes advantage of seasonal herbs and even nettle leaves, which, are a GREAT source of iron….it’s loved by all ages, from children to adults, and it also makes a GREAT stuffing mix for poultry, as well as being JUST wonderful when served with lashings of hot gravy. As the recipe is also LADEN with lovely fresh herbs, I am also entering this into the Herbs on Saturday Challenge for this month too, as well as Heather’s Bake Your Own Bread challenge (over at Girlichef) as one the the main ingredient sin this savoury pudding is BREAD, and my home-made bread too!
You can enjoy my Grandma’s Yorkshire Season Pudding with Herbs for breakfast, supper or for a proper high tea, as I remember it being served; it’s suitable as a vegetarian main meal or accompaniment as well as being the perfect partner for crisply fried bacon and eggs, although we enjoyed this with tinned tomatoes last time I made and served this. I think it’s the PERFECT recipe to share with you all as we celebrate Yorkshire Day, and I am also raising a cup of tea to my grandma too……I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family have done for nearly a century…..have a wonderful day, and see you tomorrow…..Karen.
NB: As this is an old family recipe, bound up in the tradition of feeding all the family, and on a small budget, I think this is also an excellent recipe to add to Vanesther’s WONDERFUL Care to Cook event over at Bangers and Mash:
The concept of family is very important to TACT; providing a safe, stable and caring home environment is so crucial and it makes a massive difference in supporting children and young people who find themselves in the care system for all kinds of reasons. Young people need to feel valued, made to feel special and loved, and need to be listened to when they are ready to share. That is what family is there for. One of the simplest ways to bring family together and welcome new people into our home is through food. Family meals all too often are something children in care have missed out on. Because the family meal is so important, TACT has launched its very own cook book called Care to Cook, packed full of delicious starters, mains and desserts kindly donated by TACT’s adopters, supporters and staff.
Best of British Yorkshire Regional entry:
Herbs on Saturday August Entry:
Bake Your Own Bread – August Entry: