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

Courtyard for Christmas

Is there no stopping the Courtyard Dairy, the magnificent cheese shop just outside Settle? We’ve written about their opening and their Best New Cheese Retailer Award at the  British Cheese Awards. Now they have wiped the board with ‘Best Cheese … 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

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

Tod meets Med

A Mediterranean stall on Todmorden market might sound like an oxymoron but seeing is believing. It’s a riot of colour: you know all that fab packaging that you drift past in the food halls at Harvey Nix and Selfridges and … Continue reading

Happy Pigs!

It’s a love story. Picture the scene. Farmer’s son James is running an outdoor clothing business in Ripon and decides to sell. Farmer’s daughter Lucy drives up from Lincoln to take a look and it’s love at first sight. Well … Continue reading

Mother’s Garden Olive Oil

Shopping for olive oil the other day, I was struck by just how cheap it had become. A 500ml bottle of Waitrose 100% extra virgin Spanish olive oil £3.49; The Co-ops 500ml Filippo Berio £2, and then by coincidence Squidbeak … Continue reading

Maturi & Sons

To Peter Maturi & Sons, Leeds’ premier cutlers and cookstore in Vicar Lane, for one of their occasional evening showcases.  I’ve used Maturi’s for years for pots and pans. It’s a Leeds institution going back to 1899 when the first … Continue reading

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