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UK Food Tour Post 1: Yorkshire

In search of the famous Yorkshire Pudding and other local treats....


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UK Food Tour Post 1: Yorkshire

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I've decided to kick off this food tour in my childhood back yard - Yorkshire. Now in my opinion (and of course I will be a little biased here) Yorkshire is home to some of the best food and drink in the UK. Just about everything that's great about Yorkshire food can be summed up in two words, "comfort food". Puddings, cakes, cheeses, 'toads in hole' - whilst not always the healthiest option on the menu they will certainly cheer you up on a Sunday afternoon.

Yorkshire Pudding is probably the most famous food originating from Yorkshire, and if you live in the UK and you've never tried it then I can safely say that you've never lived! Traditionally people in Yorkshire used to eat 'Yorkshire puds' as a first course filler as many large families couldn't afford much meat. Generally if there wasn't enough meat to go around, then children would get Yorkshire pudding and gravy as their main meal (poor kids eh?). Nowadays Yorkshire pudding is almost always served as part of a Sunday Roast (traditionally roast beef, vegetables and Yorkshire pudding served with onion gravy).

A Variation on the traditional Yorkshire pudding is 'toad in the hole' which is essentially exactly the same pudding but with sausages or other meat added prior to cooking. Now I've no idea why the sausages are called toads, but presumably because they peek up out of the batter some what similar to a toad in a pond! I still don't think there is much beating a large yorkshire / toad in the hole simply filled with onion gravy - it really is sublime!

So on to some other Yorkshire speciailities.....:

Parkin is a type of soft cake that is made using oatmeal, black syrup and ginger, and is usually eaten on Bonfire Night, (Guy Fawkes was a Yorkshireman) but also eaten all year round as it is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of Yorkshire tea.

Rhubarb is also extremely popular around these parts, and I bet you didn't know that West Yorkshire once produced 90% of the world's forced rhubarb did you? The Rhubarb Triangle (between Wakefield, Morley & Rothwell) still produces bucket loads of rhubarb as it thrives in the cold, wet winters of Yorkshire.

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So what's the best way to eat rhubarb? Now if you speak to my parents, they would tell you how they used to dip rhubarb into pots of sugar and eat it raw, however unless you want your teeth to rot then I wouldn't recommend it! Personally I love all types of fruit pies / crumbles so for me, rhubarb crumble gets the winning vote (with custard of course), but just simply stewing it with some ginger and orange (also served with custard) is also pretty good!

I couldn't finish this first post without giving a mention to my favourite cheese - Wenslydale. I've always loved this cheese, and I was as excited as a kid in a sweet shop (buying rhubarb & custards!) when I saw some Wenslydale cheese with cranberry in Dean & Delucia's in the Avenues mall in Kuwait. In fact, I also came across these crisps in there too - it seems that Yorkshire is going global!

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I'll be following up in the next post with some recipes and pictures!

Posted by andrewsco 06:28 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged food travel yorkshire uk_food_tour yorkshire_pudding Comments (0)

Welcome

So, a little bit about me....

I’m originally from Yorkshire, although since I finished school I haven’t spent that much time there really. My three favourite things are sport, travelling and cooking – probably in that order! I play football and just about any racket sport, but am always willing to give something a go.

I studied at Newcastle University for 4 years, and had an amazing time – it’s such an incredible city, and I left with a heavy heart, fond memories, lifelong friends and my wife (we married in 2009)!

After university, me and my wife went travelling for four months that was by far the best thing I’ve ever done. We visited South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the US. Anyone who’s reading this blog and contemplating travelling – just do it! It’s such a life changing experience and we will definitely do it again sometime! In fact it was travelling that got me into cooking in the first place; seeing all the different flavours and ingredients people use around the world… it really is fascinating.

After returning from my travels I was offered a job for an engineering company in London, and after a year of renting in the North London area, bought a house in the Crouch End area of North London. Crouch end has a real ‘village feel’ despite being just 5 miles from the centre of London, and has loads of restaurants, coffee shops, fruit & veg stalls and one of the best butchers in London!

In June 2010 an opportunity came up for me work overseas in Kuwait for a few years, and after thinking long and hard about it, we have decided to take the plunge. My first impression of Kuwait is a good one. Most people Stereotype the country as a dangerous place due it’s proximity to Iraq, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. All the people I have met have been so accommodating, and I have never felt safer anywhere in the world.

Kuwait City really does have quite a ‘Western’ feel. There are very few things that you cannot get here - only alcohol and pork are prohibited, but like all things illegal, if you want something enough, you can get hold of it ;-). I have to say that I’ve never felt fitter than I do now, and not drinking alcohol has a large part to play I’m sure.

As I embark on this new chapter of my life, I hope I can share with you stories about my time in Kuwait, my travels (wherever that may take me to), and recipes from around the world.

However, I'm going to kick this blog off with some recipes a little closer to home - a 'Food tour of the UK' where I will research local specialities from around the UK (some that I have cooked before, others that I haven't) and post up recipes and the results - which should be interesting! I'm excited about it, and hope to learn more about some of the fantastic food the UK has to offer.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to get in touch.

Posted by andrewsco 02:26 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged food travel welcome uk_food_tour Comments (0)

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