Mutton & Hogget – what’s the difference?

Mutton & Hogget – what’s the difference?

OK so first off what is Lamb?  Lamb is the meat from a young sheep, less than 12 months old.  Lamb is a delicate flavoured and tender meat.

A Lamb over 12 months but less than 2 years is known as Hogget.  Hogget is often regarded as the best tasting “Lamb” more flavour but not as strong as Mutton.

Over 2 years old and Hogget would then be known as Mutton.  The confusion regarding Mutton is then the difference between good mutton say between 2 & 3 years old and “an old ewe” or bad mutton that has been sent for cull at maybe 4 years old and could be as tough as old boots!  probably only any good for a slow cooked curry!

Macon – Mutton Bacon, cured mutton!

A book all about Mutton – Much Ado about Mutton by Bob Kennard.

Much ado about mutton

Mutton once took pride of place on every dining table up and down the country. It was the nation’s favourite dish. It fed us all, from peasant to King. Whatever happened to it?

Bob Kennard explains the decline of this delicious icon of British cookery. More importantly, he explains why mutton is now poised to make a come-back. Its extraordinary health and environmental benefits are at last being recognised, not to mention its superlative flavour.

Based on the author’s experience of over 25 years of producing and extolling the virtues of mutton, together with advice from mutton enthusiasts down the centuries, you can learn what to look for when choosing your mutton.

Breed of sheep producing mutton was considered very important by the Victorians, and there is a complete directory of breeds available in the UK, together with over 60 places to buy the meat, and a collection of 20 recipes showing the versitility of mutton, and how easy it is to produce a fantastic-tasting meal.

The book is fully illustrated throughout with colour photographs and historic images.

More info here Much ado about Mutton

Why hogget and mutton are good for you

 “These traditional meats offer all the reliable taste we expect from lamb, only more so. Most modern lamb comes from sheep four to six months old. But if the animal is given more time to range freely, all the while chomping away on tussocky bracken, heather, herbs and clovers, its meat develops an infinitely more interesting, fuller flavour that is exceptionally satisfying. The grain of the meat becomes finer too – even more pleasing to the tongue.”
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The Great British Food Awards – Shortlist Announced

Great British Food Awards

The Great British Food Awards 2016 – SHORTLIST

ENGLISH WINE – judged by Valentine Warner

Aldwick Court – Mary’s Rose 2015
Kerry Vale – Sparkling Rosé Wine Biddenden –Pinot Reserve 2010
Giffords Hall – Bacchus 2014
Hambledon – Classic Cuvee
Marksman English Sparkling Brut Blanc de Blancs 2011
Halfpenny Green – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Brut 2011
Jenkyn Place – Brut 2010
Chapel Down – Three Graces 2010
Albourne – Estate Bacchus

CHEESE – judged by Nathan Outlaw

Dewlay Cheesemakers – Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire Cheese P.D.O. Northumberland Cheese Company – Cheviot
La Latteria – Burrata
Olianas Leeds – Blue Yorkshire Percorino
Hill Farm Dairy – Stawley
Village Maid Cheese Ltd – Wigmore Sheeps Milk Cheese
Quickes Traditional Ltd – Quicke’s Mature Clothbound Cheddar
Cropwell Bishop Creamery Limited – Beauvale
Staffordshire Cheese – Dovedale
Blue King Stone Dairy – Rollright

SMOKED FISH – judged by Richard Corrigan

Isle of Ewe Smokehouse – Hot smoked hand dived Scottish king scallops
Forman & Son – London Cure smoked salmon
Creelers Smoked Products – Arran Whisky infused Cold Smoked Salmon
Jaffys – Oak Smoked Kippers
Uig Lodge – Smoked Salmon
The Real Cure – Cold Smoked Piddle Trout
Iain R Spink’s – Original Smokies from Arbroath
John Ross Jr – The Balmoral Fillet Crayfish
Capers – Signal Crayfish & Smoked Trout Fishcakes
Salar Smokehouse ltd – Flakey Smoked Salmon

CHARCUTERIE – judged by John Torode

Cwmfarm Charcuterie Products – Nduja
Beal’s Farm Charcuterie – Special Reserve coppa
Moons Green – Cobnut & Red Wine Saucisson
Deli Farm Charcuterie – Cornish Coppa
Trealy Farm – Monmouthshire Spiced Air-Dried Beef
Lishman’s of Ilkley – Smoked Air Dried York Ham
Great Glen – Green Pepper Venison Salami
Woodalls – Norfolk Mustard Salami
Three Little Pigs – Rare Breed Chorizo
Marsh Pig – Lightly Oak-Smoked Chorizo

CONFECTIONERY – judged by John Whaite

Buttermilk – Caramel Sea Salt fudge
Canesmith & Co – Soy and Sesame caramels
Heather Hills Farm – All Butter Scottish Heather Honey Tablet
DulciBella Marshmallows – Really Rather Rhubarby Marshmallow
Roots & Wings – Organic Deliciously Zingy Sherbet Lemons
Sarah Hardy Confectionery – Chocolate Natterjack Toad
Tudor’s Luxury Pralines – Roasted Caramelised Almonds Cinnamon
The Wee Fudge Company – Hebridean Sea Salt & Caramel Fudge
Wee Sweetie – Bacon Brittle
Winchester Fine Chocolates – Almond, Rosemary and Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Bar

CRAFT BEER – judged by Sophie Atherton

Bluestone Brewery – Hammerstone IPA
Brightwater – Daisy Gold Golden Ale
Isle of Skye – Yer Ben
Lawman Brewery – Obsidian Imperial Stout
Magic Rock – Highwire Grapefruit IPA
Manchester Brewing – Factory Ale
Plan Bee – Honey Beer
Toast – Pale Ale
West – St Mungo Premium Lager
Wold Top – Scarborough Fair IPA

GIN – judged by Tim Hayward

Anno – 60 Squared Gin
Three Fingers – Blue Bottle Gin
Brecon Botanicals Gin
Brockman’s Gin
Da Mhile – Organic Farmhouse Gin
Edinburgh Gin – Cannonball
Jensen’s – Old Tom Gin
Pickering’s Gin
The Lakes Distillery Gin
Isle of Wight’s Mermaid Gin

SWEET BAKES – judged by Edd Kimber

Crosbie’s – Fudgy Brownies
Drewton’s Farm Shop – Bakewell Tart
Drewton’s Farm Shop – Rhubarb, Elderflower and Custard tart
Great British Biscotti – Chocolate Biscotti
Horsham’s Bakery – Regency Gingerbread
Pudd’Eng – Chocolate and Ale Pudding
Pudding Parlour – Fudge Crumble
Rex Bakery – Double Baked Croissant
Wadsley Bakery – Cherry Orchard Fruit Cake
Warrens Bakery – Shortbread laden with Clotted Cream

GLUTEN-FREE – judged by Caroline Quentin

Bellfield Brewery Pilsner
Essential Cuisine – Savoury Gravy Mix
Findlater’s – Oated Cob Loaf
Flower and White – Muffinz
Kent and Fraser – Cherry, Pecan & Poppy Seed Toast
Little Box Kitchen – Chocolate Steamed Pudding
Love Brownies – Caramel Fudge Brownie
Most Marvellous Baking – Munchable Multiseed Crackers
Square Pie – Mushroom and Asparagus pie
Suzzle – Cheesy, Potato and Bacon pasty

SAVOURY PRESERVES – judged by Rosemary Shrager

Bridge Lodge – Garlic Pesto
Candi’s Chutney – Parsnip and Chilli Chutney
Cartmell Farm Foods – The Original Damson Ketchup
Mrs Crump’s Ltd – Apricot Whisky Mac Chutney
Galloway Lodge Ltd – Poachers Pickle
Goetre Farm Preserves – Cucumber & Celery Relish
The Quirky Cook – Caramelised Onion with Black Garlic Relish
Reedy’s Naturally – Rhubarb Vinegar
Scarlett & Mustard – Ploughman’s Pickle
Wild at Heart – Nettle Pesto with garlic and lemon

DAIRY – judged by the GBF team

Abernethy – Abernethy Smoked Butter
Alder Tree – Damson Fruit Cream Ice
Biotiful – Baked Kefir
Bodnant Food – Salted Butter
Brinkworth Dairy – Unsalted Butter
Manor Farm – Smooth Creamy Live Yogurt
Minioti – Strawberry Ice Cream
Nell’s Dairy – Organic Guernsey Milk
Wensleydale Creamery – Yorkshire Yogurt
Yorvale –Yorkshire Kefir

SAVOURY PASTRIES – judged by the GBF team

Croots Farm Shop – Croots Derbyshire Pasty
Jon Thorner’s Ltd – West Country Brisket & Horseradish Pie
L’Artisan Foods Ltd – Quiche Lorraine
The Manchester Tart Company – Cumberland Mutton Pie
Nice Pie – Lamb Pie & Mint Pie
The Real Pie Company Ltd – Steak & Stout Pie
Rex Bakery Ltd – Sausage Roll
Roy Hunt Produce – Traditional Tatchbury Pork Pie
Tom’s Pies – Tom’s Steak & Ale Pie
The Topping Pie Company – Queen’s Pie

SWEET PRESERVES – judged by the GBF team

The Artisan Kitchen – West Country Cider Sweet Orange Marmalade
Mrs Darlington’s Preserves – Legendary Lemon Curd
Perthshire Preserves – Blackcurrent Conserve with Whisky
Garden Pantry – Strawberry Daiquiri Jam
Heather Hills Farm – Scottish Raspberry
Heavenly Hedgerows – Elderberry & Bramble Jam
Piddington Jam – Plum & Rose Jam
Scarlett & Mustard – Rhubarb & Vanilla Curd
Mackays – Orange & Stem Ginger
Roots & Wings – Organic Strawberry Jam

SAUSAGES – judged by the GBF team

Suffolk Food Hall – Breakfast Sausage
Provenance Village Butcher – Smog Rocket
debbie&andrew’s – Buttered Onion & Mustard Sausage
Drewton’s Farm Shop – Black Pudding Sausages
Edwards of Conwy – Pork & Apple Sausages
Town End Farm Shop – Wildman No.4 Traditional Pork Sausage
Friends Farm – Fennel & Chilli Sausages
Cranstons Quality Butchers – Thick Cumberland Sausage
Porcus – Simply Pork
Trotters Farm Shop – Pork, Cheddar & Chives

The Great British Food Awards website

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Wildman Craft Beer

No I haven’t started brewing beer but if I did!  Beer, Rugby & Land Rovers…….

The Wildman Craft Beer Company is the creation of Saracens Rugby Clubs very own Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Wyles, with Wolfpack Lager the company’s debut blend.

Alistair Hargreaves; “There’s a lot of time and effort that has gone into to making this beer. It’s a punchy lager, it’s in your face, it’s a very good beer and hopefully people will enjoy it. We hope people have fun with it.

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Grassington Festival – Food Festival in the Square

Another great Food Festival in the Square as part of Grassington Festival, lots of local food stalls, great chef demos and The Skiband!

Stalls included, Nigel the Stickman, Wareings Vegetables, a great fresh curry stall, Tricky Dickies Sticky Toffee Pudding, Town End Farm Shop, Grassington House, Keelham Farm Shop, Bowland Pork, The Courtyard Dairy, Yorkshire Pancakes & more….

Grassington Food Festival in the Square

Grassington Food Festival in the Square

Some of the usual suspects attended, Andy Swinscoe from The Courtyard Dairy with a great selection of cheese.

The Courtyard Dairy Andy Swinscoe

The Courtyard Dairy Andy Swinscoe

Steph Moon – All Things Food & Rudding Park

Stephanie Moon Rudding Park

Stephanie Moon Rudding Park

John Rudden from Grassington House

John Rudden Grassington House

John Rudden Grassington House

and of course Jess from Grassington House.

Jess Grassington House

Jess Grassington House with John’s finished dish

Lionel from The Clarendon @ Hebden.

Lionel The Clarendon & The Skiband

Lionel from The Clarendon & The Skiband

Matt from Keelham Kitchen, Skipton.

Matt from Keelham Kitchen

Matt Mitchell from Keelham Kitchen

Some of the finished dishes.

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Foodies Festival, Ripley Castle

Foodies Festival Returns to Ripley Castle with a Lip-Smacking Feast of Culinary Features, Top Chefs and Foodie Fun 19th to 21st August

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• Yorkshire’s culinary elite and MasterChef winner Ping Coombes cooking live
• Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli launches his street food range serving Italian Burritos
• Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue
• More award-winning producers than ever before
• Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
• New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
• Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards

Yorkshire foodies can look forward to another taste-bud-tickling weekend this summer as Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food & drink, returns to Harrogate’s Ripley Castle 19th to 21st August.

foodies festival

Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre
Yorkshire’s culinary elite will showcase their skills and share insight into this year’s food trends while answering questions from the audience. Chefs confirmed include (more TBA):
• Murray Wilson – Norse
• Stephanie Moon – Chef Consultant for All Things Food
• Nigel Brown – Celebrity Chef
• Rachel Green – Top TV Chef
• Ashley Kelly McCarthy – Ye Old Sun Inn
• Whaheed Rojan – The Round Table Dining
• Ping Coombes – MasterChef Winner 2014
• Yves Quemerais – The French Chef at Home
• Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015
• Pete Hewitt – MasterChef Finalist 2015 & Homeboy’s Asian Street Food
• Sara Danesin Medio – MasterChef Finalist 2011
• Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free
• Afsaneh Kaviani – Afsaneh’s Kitchen

Feel Good and Superfoods
Visitors can enjoy a new ‘Feel Good Foods’ theme at Foodies Festival this summer, with healthy living chefs and food writers joining the line-up to cook with superfoods including kefir, lucuma, freekeh, kelp and banana flour, and sirt rich foods such as blueberries, kale, celery, buckwheat, turmeric, chilli and red onion.

Festival-goers can also discover the advantages of eating ‘Feel Good Foods’ such as cheese (a source of phenylethylamie – the love drug) and dark chocolate and seaweed (both sources of serotonin – the happy drug) as experts promote their nutritional and emotional benefits with energy, happiness and calm boosting recipes available to take home.

Street Food Avenue
With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer, and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be serving Italian Burritos as part of his new street food offering.

There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ and Rio’s favourite dish Feijoada made from black beans, salted pork, trimmings, smoked sausage and jerk beef, which is cooked in a traditional clay pot. Brazil’s national cocktail Caipirinha, a mix of lime, sugar and Cachaça (made from sugarcane juice with an ABV of 48%), and Brazilian coffees will be available.

Drinks Theatre
Visitors can relax in the Drinks Theatre with food and wine pairing masterclasses presented by TV wine expert Charles Metcalfe and writer Christine Austin, and for beer connoisseurs, Melissa Cole hosts craft beer tastings and Home Brew Depot offer home-brewing tutorials.

Artisan Producers Market
A glittering array of Great Taste Award winners are available to shop and sample from this year, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink – a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, learn their story and stock up on award winning produce. With over 120 stalls to peruse at each festival, selling everything from Seaweed Seasoning to Champagne Infused Fudge, visitors will be spoilt for choice for what to eat at the festival and take home to enjoy.

Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room
Baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti host the Cake & Bake Theatre, working their baking wizardry to inspire visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes. A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and trifles to enjoy with a bubble tea or fresh juice.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen, and vintage music for ambience.

Into the Jungle
Festival goers can munch their way into the depths of the jungle this summer with a trip to the Vietnamese Street Food stand, where those with a taste for the exotic can indulge in insects, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, mealworms, beetles, scorpions, locus and ants. These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein – to bake, season and cook with. For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bush Tucker Trial on the Challenge Stage, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion.

Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon. Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.

Chilli-Eating Challenge
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.

Live Music and Pop-Up Bars
After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus with spectacular views of the Ripley Castle Estate.

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BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme, announced the finalists for the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2016. This year’s short list brings together some of the most diverse, dedicated and passionate people and organisations from around the UK who are changing food for the better. 


  • St Dogmael’s Local Producers Market, Pembrokeshire

St Dogmaels Local Producers Market runs every Tuesday at The Coach House Visitor centre between the beautiful Medieval Abbey ruins and the working Watermill, offering a wide range of local produce including quality meats, dairy products, organic vegetables and homebaked goods.

  • Altrincham Market, Cheshire

Altrincham Market received its Charter in 1290 and has remained a familiar landmark to this day continuing to provide a wide range of fresh, wholesome produce ideal for a healthy family diet.  The Market and a new permanent food venue in the revamped Market House, selling high quality produce made, grown, sourced or owned by people in the north west of England.

  • Dean Forest Food Hub

Dean Forest Food Hub is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to provide information to everyone in the Forest of Dean community about local agricultural projects, whilst ensuring everyone can access affordable, good quality local food that is fair for the producer as well.


  •  Gourmet Goat, Borough Market, London

Gourmet Goat, run by Nadia and Nick Stokes, sells kid goat meat dishes at markets and festivals in the UK, including Borough Market in London.  Their East Mediterranean dishes use kid goat meat as the core ingredient, exclusively using billies from small British dairy farms.

  • Glorious Oyster, North Devon

For the past 18 months, mobile oyster and seafood bar The Glorious Oyster has been travelling the country to food festivals and events, championing and promoting local shellfish from local sustainable sources.

  • The Pyclet Parlour, Derby

The Pyclet Parlour in Derby’s glorious Victorian Market Hall, is the only establishment in the world selling traditional Pyclets – flat crumpets, made with milk from a local dairy and baked on griddles.


lltud Llyr Dunsford Charcutier

  • Charcutier Ltd, Carmarthenshire

Illtud Llyr Dunsford and Liesel Taylor draw on their family history of on-farm curing to make heritage British products such as hand-salted bacons and hams. Mainly using the native rare Pedigree Welsh Pig from their farm, they also make continental cured/ semi dried or air-dried products such as Chorizo Semi-Curado, Italian Cured Fennel Sausage, and Cured Rose-Veal with Lemon and Thyme.

  • Hebridean, Isle of North Uist

Hebridean Smokehouse is located on the Isle of North Uist and have been smoking locally reared and landed fish and shellfish for nearly 30 years.   All of the salmon, sea trout and shellfish used by Hebridean Smokehouse comes from, or is landed on Uist, and the peat used to smoke these fantastic products is cut from the abundant moorland reserves on the island.

  • H S Bourne Cheshire Cheese, Cheshire

The Bourne family has been hand-making fine Cheshire cheese since 1750, and since 1930 at the Bank Farm.  Made with the milk from their herd of Friesian cows, they still use traditional ‘hands on’ techniques.  With great concern for the welfare of their Fresians, this leads to the production of high quality milk and subsequently allows them to produce award winning dairy products.


  • The Beef Carbon Project – McDonalds

Since 2008 McDonald’s have been taking the lead, coordinating one of the largest independent Carbon Trust accredited studies ever carried out in partnership with beef farmers in the UK and Ireland.   Through this study, McDonalds are working closely with a number of the UK’s farmers to help them identify where environmental improvements can be made, where they can improve animal welfare and where they can save money.  The Beef Carbon project and Sustainable Beef Clubs initiative has helped UK farmers share best practice and increase efficiency on their farms resulting in direct financial savings and carbon reduction.

  • GrowUp Urban Farms, London

GrowUp Urban Farms is committed to feeding people in cities in a way that is positive for communities and the environment, today and in the future. GrowUp produce sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic technology and vertical growing technologies.

  • Our Cow Molly, Sheffield

The Our Cow Molly dairy farm is the very last one left in Sheffield that process and bottles its own milk.   Working closely with the University of Sheffield to change their buying model, Our Cow Molly supplies all of the university cafes – orders are placed on smart phones and computers, processed and delivered on the same day, ensuring that they receive the best possible product.  This is the first time that a university has worked directly with the farmer as a supplier and leads the way for other universities to adopt similar models.


  • Magic Rock Brewing Company, Huddersfield

With a passion for beer, the Magic Rock Brewing Company’s Richard Burhouse and head brewer Stuart Ross, bring exciting characterful beers to a local market in Huddersfield. Brewing commenced mid-2011, and has since grown into a 50 hectolitre brew kit housed close to the town centre, featuring a bespoke 4000 sq ft Tap Room where beer fans can taste the beer as close to the source as possible.

  • Hallets Real Cider, Crumlin, Wales

Hallets Real Cider is a traditional cider carefully crafted by an independent Welsh cider maker by Andy Hallett in South Wales. The unique blend, texture and flavour of Hallets Real Cider is the result of great care, skill, time and an immeasurable passion for cider  and cider-making.

  • Cairn O-Mohr Winery, Perthshire

Owners Ron and Judith Gillies believe in sourcing locally and since 1987, the Cairn o’ Mohr Winery has been brewing up award winning fruit wines, sparkling wines, ciders and bourtree juices using the berries, wild flowers, fruits and leaves for which the area is famous.


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  • Fodder, North Yorkshire

Fodder is passionate about local food and has set about helping Yorkshire farmers, producers and consumers sell and buy amazing local food, whilst supporting local charities alongside.  They work with over 325 Yorkshire farmers to stock their food hall and fill their menus with only the best Yorkshire meats and produce.

  • MacLennans, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula

Local is of course best but on a windswept Isle, this may be tricky. MacLennans do their very best to stock all the items that the mainland shopper takes for granted and carry a varied range of meat, fish and health foods, and fresh fruit and vegetables, even Seville Oranges.

  • The Almerley Food Shop, Herefordshire

Jason and Lisa are at the heart of this isolated small rural community and whilst stocking all the basic essentials, they also source imaginative and artisan products. Where possible they keep items local and organic, including delicious delicatessen specialities including olives, pates and charcuterie, even taking surplus seasonal fruit and veg from the villagers themselves.


  • Chris Watson, Poole Grammar School, Dorset

Poole Grammar School is one of five schools in the country to have achieved a Food for Life Gold award and head chef Chris prepares all of the recipes for the school’s lunches from scratch, creating a menu with an emphasis on locally sourced, high quality, organic and sustainable produce.

  • Jo Wotton, St Tudy School, Bodmin, Cornwall

Three years ago local mum Jo Wotton decided that she could do a better job that the existing catering team at her son’s school.  Within 6 weeks she created a catering service with other schools in the area and went from 6 children eating to 45.  She works with local butchers, grocers and fish suppliers to work with the school and use their seasonal produce on a budget of 64p – £1.10 per head.

  • Deirdre Woods, Granville Community Kitchen, Kilburn, London

Deirdre is a volunteer cook at the Granville Community Kitchen in South Kilburn, London. Her menu is described as being influenced by her wide knowledge of food and her own culturally varied background. Locally sourced and influenced by global cooking ingredients, she plans menus to introduce people back to the food of their childhood or cultures that they have lost touch with. The kitchen is situated in one of the most deprived estates in London and aims to empower the community through food.

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Street Food Cook Book

street food cook book

A great new cook book celebrating the best of Northern Street Food.

The eagerly anticipated Street Food Cook Book was released on November 30, featuring a compilation of recipes and stories from some of the North’s finest street food specialists, artisan traders and vendors, including Leeds’ favourite wood fired pizza steam engine Pizza Loco.

Italian on the bottom and Yorkshire on the top – that’s how Oliver Reynolds describes his Pizza Loco pizzas. Oliver’s business partner Paul Bulmer custom-built the crowd-pleasing street food trailer, it was only once the oven was installed and they started firing it up with wood that they recognised the similarity to shovelling coal into the furnace at the back of a steam train. With this nostalgic idea in his mind, Paul set about remodelling the trailer into a jaw-dropping steam engine which chugs along to many food markets around the North as well as weddings, parties and events.

The Street Food Cook Book features the recipes for Pizza Loco’s popular dishes – Pancetta, Pickled Damsons & Creamy Goats Curd Pizza and Shredded Duck with Herb-infused Honey, Balsamic Figs & Brie Pizza.

It’s a real buzz having Pizza Loco featured in The Street Food Cook Book. You can’t be at every food market, so it’s great that there’s a selection of recipes hand crafted by experienced Northern street traders available to have around the house.” exclaimed founder of Pizza Loco, Oliver Reynolds.

The 128 page full colour book features recipes from a few other well-known places such as smokehouse Smokin’ Blues, burrito bar Street Food Chef and Buddha Belly which specialises in Thai street food and was the brainchild of MasterChef 2012 contestant Sai.

After winning multiple awards for our food in 2014, we can’t think of a better way to finish 2015 than being featured in this innovative cookbook. We are so proud to be a part of this exciting and diverse celebration of the best street food recipes!” she said.

This book showcases ambitious and passionate foodies who have brought local ingredients and top-quality cooking to the streets, creating amazing flavour combinations in front of our eyes and dishing them up at affordable prices. Food lovers are spoilt for choice by the numerous exotic food traders and vendors that the North has to offer in areas including Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Darlington and Sunderland.

Among the venues featured are Street Food Chef who received five awards from Eat Sheffield as well as a runners up award in the Observer Food Awards in 2014, Buddha Belly who were Winners of the Central Heat for The British Street Food Awards 2014 and Magpie Café whose famous fish and chips are so loved by the country that they’ve ventured into the street food trend. You will also see contributions from The Hog Stop, Ginger Bakers, Fancy an Indian and many, many more – readers will be sure to spot one or two of their favourites, as well as find a few new haunts.

Hot or cold, quick-cooked or slow simmered, wrapped or rolled, sweet or savoury, this book contains a carefully selected collection of diverse recipes achievable by all home cooks, from Kitsch’n Crepe Co.’s strawberry sundae crepes to The Hog Stop’s roast pork & porchetta sauce, Boston Shaker’s espresso martini, Pizza Loco’s shredded duck with herb-infused honey, balsamic figs & brie pizza and   Percy and Lily’s Argentinian choripán – there’s something to whet everybody’s appetite.

The Street Food Cook Books retails at just £10.00 and is available in all of the businesses featured in the book as well as select local gift shops, book shops including Waterstones and online at

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Best Walks With A View! with Julia Bradbury

Julia Bradbury Best Walks with a View ITV

Bradders is back! Julia Bradbury has laced on her walking boots again and is all set to stride into your living room. She makes her small screen comeback this Friday following the birth of twin daughters Xanthe and Zena last year.

Each programme features walks under ten miles, taking the viewer up and down dales, fellsides and mountains, along valleys and coastal paths, across rivers and streams, and through fields and woodland. Ending with a perfect pub lunch or picnic treat. In addition The Outdoor Guide (TOG) the online resource is right by her side.

Julia’s new walking series begins this Friday at 8pm on ITV with Anglesey: The Coastal Walk. And in no particular order the other walks that will follow are:

Dorset: The Golden Cap Walk
The Cotswolds: The Cleeve Hill Walk
The Dales: The Malham Cove Walk
The Lakes: The Borrowdale Valley Walk
Cumbria: The High Cup Nick Walk
The South Downs: The Birling Gap Walk
The Peak District: The Kinder Scout Walk

The Malham Cove walk features lots of local interest including Town End Farm Shop, River House Hotel, Beck Hall, Hill Top Bunk Barn & Annabelle Bradley of Malham Smithy.

Tune in as in her own inimitable style Julia brings each walk to life while you watch from your sofa. Then log on to TOG to go behind-the-scenes for a second equally delicious helping of exclusive out-takes, unseen footage and additional information on each walk, the local characters featured, and the best pubs, cafes and picnic spots.

For live chat during the show follow #juliaswalks

Julia Bradbury Unforgettable Walks

To accompany the series is Julia’s personal written story which takes us on eight of the UK’s best-loved walks, show casing the beauty of Britain. As she navigates the reader through the sights and sounds, the flora and fauna and the past and present of eight fascinating and relaxing paths, Julia reveals there are still discoveries to be made, even on some of on the more well-trodden paths, including some excellent pubs.

Both a practical guide and a love letter to walking and walkers, this book explores who walkers are and how walking across a landscape brings its people together, and show even those who don’t live in the countryside are never more than a train ride away from stunning natural beauty. Drawing on the great British nature writing tradition and accompanied with maps and illustrations, this beautiful book will fit as well on a bookshelf as in a rucksack.

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Twisted Burger Company Launches into The Yard, Ilkley

twisted burger co logo

Twisted Burger Company, the much loved burger restaurant based in Sheffield, is launching a residency in The Yard, Ilkley on February 1st. Bringing their inimitable mix of burgers and beats to the good people of Ilkley this Feburary it’s an exciting time for the brand.

Twisted Burger Company’s menu consists of imaginatively named burgers, and a host of sides and desserts. From the Pig Daddy Kane (double beef patty, pulled pork, American cheese, Dead Twisted BBQ sauce, chorizo & apple jam), to the Holy Cluck (double chicken patty, chorizo, American cheese, guacamole, jalapeno salsa) the burgers are a step beyond your usual cheeseburger fare.

twisted burger 1

Pig Daddy Kane

twisted burger 2

Holy Cluck

Perhaps unusually for a burger concept, vegetarians and vegans are more than well catered for with two meat-free burgers, including the vegan Drop Dead Double Stuffed Falaf-Hell Burger (double falafel patty, grilled aubergine, sweet chilli & lime sauce, red onion, vegan minted sour cream) which was designed by Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Drop Dead.

On The Yard launch, Twisted’s Operations Manager Lauren Dyke explains:

“We are supremely excited to be launching a residency at The Yard in Ilkley. Twisted has gone from strength to strength with two well established franchises in Sheffield and one newly launched in Doncaster; we are massively proud of our menu which we think is the best in the North! As a true Yorkshire independent, it’s great to be expanding northwards. To launch the menu with a bang we’ll be offering half price burgers to anyone who visits The Yard between 1st and 14th February, you can’t go wrong!”

Each aspect of the menu has been carefully thought out. Every sauce on the menu, from perennial favourite Techno Burger Sauce through to the Dead Twisted Jalapeno Salsa is homemade to Executive Chef Alex Malins’ precise recipes. Likewise the patties are made using high quality meat to Twisted’s specification.

twisted burger slaw and sauces

Refried Dreams – Twisted Slaw – Cheesus Walks

twisted burger fries

Jalapeno Business Fries

Every four weeks a new special is launched in conjunction with a partner. Previous specials have been designed by partners as diverse as Mixmag, Abandon Ship Apparel, and DJ Q and each one comes with a free giveaway; they’re much loved by TBC’s legion of fans, the Burger Crew!

There’s more than great burgers to Twisted Burger Company though. A passion for music runs through the DNA of the brand; Twisted only franchise into music-led venues that they think are awesome to ensure you will leave with a new favourite song as well as a full belly; the inimitable rock’n’roll stylings of illustrator Tom J Newell’s eye-catching design; the pop culture referenced names of the burgers; and finally pitches at Glastonbury and Download amongst other music festivals each summer to serve burgers to the partying masses.

twisted burger launch menu

Twisted Burger Co Ilkley launch menu

The Yard is being revamped ready for launch 1st Feb where they will provide craft beers and cocktails, a great wine list, games room with pool table and some of the regions finest DJs/Musicians, making it the number one destination for a great time… whether it be a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends or a wild weekend till the early hours. Situated just off Brook Street, this Ilkley gem is well worth a visit, especially with Twisted Burger Company setting up shop.

Visit The Yard online for more info

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Foodies Festival Christmas – Harrogate


Yorkshire’s foodies can tuck into a festive feast this weekend as Foodies Festival Christmas arrives in Harrogate, transforming the International Centre into a culinary winter wonderland with top local chefs, Bake Off winner Nadiya, artisan producers, food & drink masterclasses and international street food.

Foodies Festival Christmas Launch Picture

Murray Wilson Head chef at Norse, Chef consultant at Rudding Park Stephanie Moon & MasterChef finalist Sara Danesin-Medio


Festival-goers can watch this year’s Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain whip-up Christmas showstoppers in the Cake & Bake Theatre and get inspiration from Yorkshire’s acclaimed chefs cooking live in the Chefs Theatre. Confirmed chefs include:


  • Nadiya Hussain – 2015 Great British Bake Off Winner
  • Luis Troyano – Great British Bake Off
  • Murray Wilson – Norse
  • Stephanie Moon – Chef Consultant at Rudding Park
  • Martyn Hyde – Eat Me Cafe
  • Yves Quemerais – The French Chef at Home
  • Lionel Strub – The Clarendon Hotel
  • Ashley Kelly McCarthy – Ye Old Sun Inn
  • Whaheed Rojan – The Round Table Dining
  • Sara Danesin Medio – MasterChef Finalist 2011
  • Rahila Hussain – Winner of Food Glorious Food
  • Rachel Green – Top TV Chef
  • Richard Fox – Top TV Chef
  • Steve Bulmer – Swinton Park
  • Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free

Visitors can shop and sample from over 150 producers in the Artisan Christmas Market selling cheeses, chutneys, jams, oils, biscuits and more; everything needed to make this Christmas extra tasty and special.

A Street Food Village serves flavours from around the world, with vegan and gluten-free options, and a Pudding Hall offers festive favourites to feast on including mince pies, Christmas cake, candy canes, marzipan bonbons, chocolate yule log, shortbread and macaroons.

Gin lovers will rejoice as Yorkshire’s small batch gin producers host daily Christmas Gin Cocktail masterclasses, and wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Neil Philips are on-hand helping visitors match wines with festive flavours in the Drinks Theatre. Beer expert Melissa Cole also joins the festival championing craft beers as an alternative to wine and champagne this Christmas.

An Elf Cookery School entertains children under 12 with gingerbread men and cookie decorating classes, while families and friends relax with warm mulled wine, spiced cider and chilled bubbly at the Ski Bar.

Just like Christmas day there is lots of post-feasting fun to be had with live music, carolling from local choirs and schools, and entertainment throughout the day.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Friday adult day ticket £10.00 / £8.00 concession

Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 / £11.00 concession

3-day adult ticket £20.00 / £16.00 concession

Friday VIP ticket £35.00 / Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00

VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP lounge with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a festive goody bag and a showguide.

All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Opening times:

Friday 11th December: 10am – 6pm

Saturday 12th December: 10am – 6pm

Sunday 13th December: 10am – 5pm

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