Peckish Kitchen

You know how we love to champion good Yorkshire produce. On the recommendation of Paul Heyhoe at Blue Sky Baker I picked up a couple of jars of Peckish products on my weekly shop for bread. ‘They’re extraordinary’ he said … Continue reading

Say Cheese

So what do you do when the kids have left home and you find yourself with time on your hands? Bridge? Pilates? Knitting? No such gentle pastimes for Elizabeth Snowdon. She arrived home one day and announced she was going … Continue reading

Top Christmas Cheeses

We raved about Andy and Kathy Swinscoe’s fabulous shop, the Courtyard Dairy in Settle last Christmas and make no apology for doing so again this year. It’s where we buy our Christmas cheeses and you should too. Take a look … Continue reading

Penny’s Puds

We’ve mentioned Penny Ward’s fabulous puddings before and we’re always looking for another reason to give her a plug – well we’ve got two! Her sticky toffee puds have been a runaway success (none other than the classy Chatsworth Farm … Continue reading

A local shop for local people

We love this kind of initiative. A group of producers get together and open a shop. Simple, eh? Well, yes, many of us have thought about it but this lot got up off their bums and the Great Rock Co-op … Continue reading

The Big Cheese

To Settle to join the celebrations marking the opening of The Courtyard Dairy, cheese maturer Andy Swinscoe’s fabulous shop. Originally from Appleby-in-Westmorland, Andy learned his trade in France under the watchful eye of Herve Mons, widely regarded as one of … Continue reading

By Royal Appointment

Our chums at the Pextenement Cheese Company have every right to feel chuffed – not only are they making absolutely top quality organic cheese but they’re about to be rewarded for their hard work by none other than HRH The … Continue reading

Edible Equine

If you missed last week’s Ebor meeting at York Racecourse, you probably missed this rather amazing ‘edible equine’. Set designer, Caitlin Jones, sculptor, Emma Stothard, and local food campaigner, Jennifer Middleton created this life sized racehorse made entirely from locally … Continue reading

Forgotten Foods

Squidbeak is naturally suspicious of freebies, especially from supermarket chains so take what follows with as much sea salt as you want. Last week I received a food parcel containing potted shrimps, Grimsby Smoked Haddock and Manx Kippers, all of … Continue reading

Pextenement Cheese

From the window of the room I laughingly call my office I spend too much time watching contented cows grazing in lush fields. The 17th century farm just down the lane has been farmed organically by Alan Sutcliffe and his … Continue reading

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