Win a Butchery Course with CoolPlaces & Yorkshire Chorizo

A Great opportunity for you to win a days Butchery Course for you and a friend with this competition from Yorkshire Chorizo in conjunction with coolplaces.co.uk

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Visit www.coolplaces.co.uk and enter to be in with a chance of winning this great prize, a days butchery course for two here on the farm in The Yorkshire Dales, learn knife skills, traditional Pork Butchery, curing and basic charcuterie.  You will also enjoy lunch with us at Town End Farm Shop in Airton near Malham/Skipton.  www.townendfarmshop.co.uk 

The founders of Rough Guides and Cool Camping have joined forces to create a brand new website http://www.coolplaces.co.uk “Our focus is on the authentic, independent and quirky, with each area explored personally by a local author”

Cool Places celebrates the glorious diversity of Great Britain, promoting the very best places to sleep, eat, drink, see, and shop. We particularly love the independent businesses that make the UK unique, from artisan bakers to farm shops, canoe trips to gastronomic tours, cool cafés to high-end restaurants and the tiniest B&B to the grandest boutique hotel.

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Cooks: The Carlton School of Food “a place to discover food”

Adam Smith of Burlington Restaurant First Guest Chef at the new Carlton School of Food

I have been following the progress of this fantastic new cookery school with interest and here is the first course offering in conjunction with Adam Smith from The Dev at Bolton Abbey.

Adam Smith, head chef of the Burlington Restaurant, The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey is the first guest chef to grace the kitchens at the recently launched Cooks, The Carlton School of Food in Yorkshire. Adam will be giving  budding cooks expert tips on how to create the perfect afternoon tea from his days at the Ritz at a class to be held on Thursday 8th May.

Adam Smith Burlington Restaurant Devonshire Arms Bolton Abbey

Adam Smith & Richard Walton

For this special class Adam Smith will be delivering the class with Cooks own executive chef, Richard Walton Allen, ex executive chef of Harvey Nichols restaurant in Leeds.

Together with Adam and Richard,  the bakers will prepare their own splendid tea, including finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and delicious patisserie. The day also includes a tea tasting and talk from a professional tea expert.

If the sun is shining,  tea will be taken outside on the terrace, or in the Dutchess’ Dining Room. Everyone also has the opportunity to take a few cakes home, if they can resist eating them before the course ends.

This is a class for anyone wanting to learn more baking techniques or who simply enjoy the delightful ritual of the afternoon tea. It is open to all abilities.

The course is priced at £170 per person and  includes, morning coffee, full-day tuition, all ingredients, light lunch, apron and recipe folder to take home. The afternoon tea class runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Smith, a former Roux scholar, joined the Burlington Restaurant in June 2013.  Winner of The Observer’s Young Chef of The Year Award 2012 Adam has created new and innovative menus at the Burlington Restaurant including the launch of a new signature afternoon tea.

Wendy Preston, Group Sales & Marketing Manager of Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants commented,  “We are absolutely delighted that our head chef, Adam Smith, has been asked to teach the very first afternoon tea master class at the wonderful Cooks. Adam has become quite a star here at The Dev and  his afternoon tea has been described as “the best afternoon tea outside London”.

Hailed as ‘a place to discover food’ - Cooks, The Carlton School of Food at Carlton Towers was officially opened to the public on 1st May 2014. Cooks invites guests to step back in time to discover the art of traditional cooking yet also focus on foods of the future, with a variety of classes for guests of all ages and abilities.

Cooks Team Carlton Tower

Cooks Team Carlton Tower

The School of Food is situated in the original kitchens of the Grade I listed house which is now the ancestral home of Lord & Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard and their three children.

The décor of Cooks combines the features and ambience of the original kitchen, whilst introducing all the latest modern technology.

The range agas and the butler’s pantry have been regenerated and new oak furniture has also been designed by local craftswoman Karan Main from The Main Furniture Company, Yorkshire.

Cooks Kitchen at Carlton Tower

Cooks Kitchen at Carlton Tower

Guests can also step back in time and see authentic pieces of history – including the original ‘Carlton Hall Table’ built in circa 1614 – which at almost 400 years old has remained in the house since it was built.

Cooks classes are available for up to 12 guests and prices for non-residential classes start from £170 for full day courses.

Cooks, The Carlton School of Food at Carlton Towers

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Yorkshire Speciality Beers – Ilkley Brewery

At Town End Farm Shop the range of Yorkshire Beers is increasing, through extensive research and exhaustive testing they now have a small but perfectly formed Yorkshire Beer selection including the full range from Ilkley Brewery. Ilkley Brewery LogoTown End Farm Shop The current stock includes Mary Jane, Joshua Jane, Ilkley Black, Ilkley Pale, Mayan, Siberia, The Chief (My favourite), Holy Cow, Lotus IPA, Dinner Ale, Worlds End & Longhorn.Christa-Sandquist Ilkley BreweryEarlier in the year my favorite female head brewer, Christa-Sandquist popped in to Town End Farm Shop to sample the Yorkshire tearoom wares and I was able to bore her with a full tour and lots of beer bore questions, (I was the bore not her!) .  If you have not tried some of the Yorkshire Ales then you really should, available in the tearoom or to take home.     Ilkley Brewery Deceptively Different Town End Farm Shop, Airton, Near Skipton, BD23 4BE www.townendfarmshop.co.uk

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Michelin chef confirmed for Dales Food Festival

Swinton Park’s charismatic Michelin-trained Chef Director, Stephen Bulmer, is one of the stars set to feature at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink taking place this Bank Holiday weekend.

Stephen will hold a seasonal foraging-themed demonstration on Monday 5th May at 1pm, cooking up treats using ingredients sourced straight from the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate in the Yorkshire Dales. Treats on offer will include Dandelion-Flower Bhajis, Wild Garlic Pesto, Nettle Risotto, Gorse Flower Pannacotta, Outdoor Rhubarb with Sweet Cicely.

Stephen runs the Swinton Park Cookery School at castle hotel, Swinton Park, where a range of classes are available including the ‘Wild About Food’ class. On this one-day course, guests begin by foraging on the estate for wild mushrooms, wood sorrel, rowan berries and wild garlic, before returning to the kitchen to create delicious gourmet dishes using the freshly sourced ingredients.

‘Wild About Food’ courses, run by Stephen Bulmer and foraging expert Chris Bax, take place on Friday 9th May and Thursday 16th October. For more details about this and other Swinton Park cookery courses please visit www.swintonpark.com/cookery-courses

Stephen Bulmer Swinton park

 

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Butchery & Charcuterie fun in the Yorkshire Dales

Another great butchery course today here on the farm and at Town End Farm Shop, even managed a spot of lambing….

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The Humble Scone

Everyone loves the humble scone, baked fresh a delight to eat with real butter and jam or for added decadence served with a dollop of cream….  BTW pronounced SCONE as in GONE around here~!

Heart Scone

Yorkshire Scone from Town End Farm Shop Tearoom served with Rosebud Preserves Raspberry Jam and Darley Salted Butter.

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But should it be plain, fruit or even cheese?

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Great British Chorizo – a review from Great British Food Magazine

A lovely review of our now established pantry staple, The Great British Chorizo.  Also interesting that they test five of the best but I can see six!  A couple here I have yet to try…

Great British Chorizo ReviewPS you can purchase Yorkshire Chorizo here www.yorkshirechorizo.co.uk

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12 reasons to visit your Butcher

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Here are 12 reasons to visit your Butcher

1. Full Traceability – a good butcher will know where his meat comes from and have a relationship with the farmer who supplies it.
2. Something special – a butcher can offer you something bespoke. Not keen on turkey? He can prepare a stunning rib roast instead. He’s not preparing for a mass market, he’s there to serve you.
3. Made to order – He’ll prepare cuts of meats to your requirements and mince meat to the quantity you specify.
4. Just for you – He will order special things, given a bit of notice; game in season, an ox tongue, a goose, pig’s trotters or organic meat.
5. Sausages – a good butcher makes a variety of his own sausages, from chipolatas, pigs in blankets to Cumberland, Lincolnshire, or Irish Breakfast. Often produced to well-guarded family recipe, and using quality ingredients, butchers sausages beat supermarket sausages hands down – and your butcher can tell you exactly what has gone into them.
6. A good butcher makes a selection of the following (or stocks examples made by local artisan producers) – bacon, black pudding, faggots, pork pies and pasties, pates.
7. Cooking tips – forget Delia, a good butcher will know how long to cook any roast or bird he sells.
8. Advice – he will advise you on the right cuts for particular dishes, and point you to where cheap cuts shine.
9. A warm welcome – a butcher will chat with you about your day, you won’t get that in the meat aisle of the supermarket.
10. Questions are welcome – butchers are there to cut meat and offer a service. Butchers love to talk shop.
11. Regular customers do get special treatment – pop in often and you’ll get to know about special offers and different deliveries, including seasonal products like game.
12. The butcher needs your custom – it’s a case of use them or lose them. Your High Street Butcher, Farmers Market or Farm Shop needs you to shop often and regularly.

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Paul Hollywood Pies & Puds BBC

Paul Hollywood, Judge on Great British Bake Off has a new TV series coming to your small screens soon on the BBC.  The series is called Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds and starts on November the 4th at 3.45pm, BBC1 .  Paul has been scouring the land for produce, pies and puds to make and sample in his kitchen.

Paul Hollywood and his film crew from Spungold visited the farm and helped make Traditional Corned Beef, we visited the farm butchery, Town End Farm Shop and tearoom in Airton and finally I was invited down to London to the kitchen studio to film and taste the Pies and Puds to feature in our episode.  An eclectic bunch of farmers, producers and craftsmen gathered and some interesting dishes prepared. Our episode will feature Cob Nuts from Kent, Apple Strudel prepared by Falko from Edinburgh and our own Corned Beef Plate Pie.  Here is the finished pie photographed in the studio complete with corned beef press.

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You can learn more about our Corned Beef Plate Pie, and Town End Farm Shop, Paganum and Yorkshire Chorizo on these links:-

Town End Farm Shop
Paganum Artisan Yorkshire Dales Butchery
Yorkshire Chorizo
Paul Hollywood Corned Beef Plate Pie Recipe

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Paul Hollywood visits the farm

Paul Hollywood and Chris Wildman

Paul Hollywood and Chris Wildman

Been doing a spot of Old School butchery with Paul Hollywood on the farm here in Kirkby Malham for a new BBC series.  He also called in for a brew with us at Town End Farm Shop in Airton.

More information to follow after we finish the studio filming.

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