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….

Butchery Course Chilli Jam Man Sausages Sausage linking what does it say next? Sausages sausage fun I made these sausages yeah Yorkshire Sausages

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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.

the humble scone town end farm shop

But should it be plain, fruit or even cheese?

Town End Farm Shop

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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

Meat Slogan

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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Small shop wins big award – The Courtyard Dairy

The Courtyard Dairy

The Courtyard Dairy

The Courtyard Dairy, which opened last December on the A65 near Settle, has been awarded “Best New Cheese Retailer” at the prestigious annual British Cheese Awards that took place last Friday in Oxfordshire.

The awards have been running since 1994 and aim ‘to raise the profile of British cheese and create a recognised symbol of excellence for all British cheese’.  The first award of the evening goes to the Best New Cheese Retailer, and this year the judges were particularly impressed by the way The Courtyard Dairy showcases unique small farmhouse cheese-makers in Britain, and the depth of The Courtyard Dairy’s dedication to supplying only the highest-quality cheese, and only in perfect condition.

The Courtyard Dairy’s young managing partner, Andy Swinscoe, who is also their principle ‘affineur’ (cheese-refiner), was delighted to accept the award:  “We aim to provide the public with a range of cheese that recognises the skill of the independent cheese-makers in Britain, and showcases the amazing quality and diversity that is available today,” he said.

Andy set up The Courtyard Dairy last December with his partner, Kathy, and the business has since gone from strength to strength, supplying not only direct to the public through the shop and online, but also to top-class restaurants throughout the north of England.  Andy visits each cheese-maker regularly and spends time working alongside them: “I need to ensure that I fully understand the nature of each cheese, so that I can use the skills I acquired as a student of Hervé Mons in France to further age and mature the cheese.  That way, every cheese we sell will have a flavour that is delicious, special and unique.”

 One of the cheeses stocked by The Courtyard Dairy is Tunworth, which was awarded ‘Supreme Champion’ at the awards ceremony.  “I congratulate Tunworth on this outstanding and very well-deserved achievement,” said Andy, “We are excited to work with such excellent cheese-makers, and to be able to stock some of the very best cheeses that Britain has to offer.  The Courtyard Dairy is only a small shop, but winning the Best New Cheese Retailer award will help to ensure that it has a big future.”

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Take Three Chefs 2013 #Take3Chefs

Yorkshire Lamb Three Ways Stephanie Moon

Yorkshire Lamb Three Ways Stephanie Moon

Take Three Chefs made a triumphant return to Settle Victoria Hall in May 2013 with some new faces gracing the stage along with our local celebrity chef herself, Stephanie Moon from BBC Great British Menu.

First up for his first ever demo was Matt Birtwistle, head chef at The Plough, Wigglesworth.  A faultless, informative and impressive demo utilising the full repertoire available from the limited equipment.

Pork Fillet, Pork Belly Filo Roll, Mearbeck Farm Black Pudding Puree, Wild Leek and Foraged Wild Garlic, Settle Brewery Reduction.

Matt Birtwistle Plough Wigglesworth

Matt Birtwistle Plough Wigglesworth

Matt Birtwistle has just been awarded 2 AA Rosettes at The Plough Wigglesworth.

Next was Joan Ransley with Yorkshire Chorizo, Scallop, tomato and woody herbs.

Yorkshire Chorizo and Scallops

Yorkshire Chorizo and Scallops

Joan is currently hosting an exhibition in The Gallery on the Green, Settle, North Yorkshire and her recipes from the exhibition are available to download here Yorkshire Food Online.

Joan also prepared an old fashioned Yorkshire Ale Cake which sounded and looked fabulous.

Yorkshire Ale Cake Joan Ransley

Yorkshire Ale Cake Joan Ransley

Andy Swinscoe from The Courtyard Dairy explained which cheese to choose to make the perfect cheeseboard, what order to taste and how much you need to buy…   not as much as you think so go for great local cheeses that wow!

Finally our very own Stephanie Moon created 3 quick fire recipes of Yorkshire Lamb Three ways, Whitby Mackerel, FOrager’s Salad with Pickled Baby Vegetables and for dessert Berry, Berry Yorkshire Strawberry, strawberry shortcake with a strawberry soup and syllabub.

Berry Berry Strawberry Stephanie Moon

Berry Berry Strawberry Stephanie Moon

In the wings of this great little theatre were some of our own local producers showcasing their wares, including:-

Quay Ingredients

Quay Ingredients

Quay Ingredients of Rathmell, a spice emporium of the highest order, housed in a barn.

The Courtyard Dairy

The Courtyard Dairy

The Courtyard Dairy with probably the finest selection of unpasteurised cheese in the North of England.  The Courtyard, Settle.

Settle Brewery

Settle Brewery

Settle Brewing Company, incorporating Nine Standards Brewing Company and I can tell you the pint of Signal Main Line pictured was as good as it looks!

and of course a selection of the finest Yorkshire Chorizo!

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World Gin Day is back!

The 15th of June marks the 5th annual return of ‘World Gin Day’. What began as a celebration between a few friends has quickly become a world wide event.

So let raise a glass, and drink to gin!

A list of events are here http://worldginday.com/

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Town End Farm Shop, Airton, Malhamdale

If you fancy popping in to see us at our new retail home then please head for Town End Farm Shop in Airton, happy to serve you in the shop or tearoom.

The home of Yorkshire Chorizo, Paganum and Yorkshire Dales Charcuterie.

Town End Farm Shop

More details on our website here http://townendfarmshop.co.uk/

or follow us for updates on Twitter here  https://twitter.com/TownEndAirton

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