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We hope you enjoy reading our blog and that together we can learn to look at the wild side of food with a smile! The Wild Cooks x

P.S. if you’ve got any feedback or ideas, we’d love to hear from you.

Well perhaps not a walk, more like a tip toe Wild Cooks, because I have invested in another puppy pictured here playing “Hidey Hidey Hidey Woo!” with her sister!

Hidey Woo!

Hidey Woo!

Yes, Honey Moon has a sister Pickle Moon so now the sweet meets the sour!

She is lovely and what can I say, I never thought I would be the sort who would go googly eyed over a pooch.

Still the new arrival has to learn about foraging from an early age!

We went for a walk and to be honest I was surprised to see the shoots sprouting up all over the river bank in Boroughbridge.

The secret as we all know is to pick the shoots from a place that is not near a footpath (no chance of a stray dog running nearby if you know what I mean!)

Well tip toe indeed Wild cooks because I have invested in another Puppy pictured here playing “Hidey Hidey Hidey Woo!” with her sister !

Keep away from the road more travelled!

Wild garlic shoots of joy are sprouting so summer is definitely on its way, yippee! The gifts nature gives us are no greater than at this time of year with wild garlic, nettles and cleavers clinging to the bushes.

Pickle Moon!

Pickle Moon!

My hounds loved the walk, the garlic got picked and Pickle got her first taste of foraging! Although she did not seem that impressed by the green pointed leaves that thrill me so much. (So much to learn!)

The car on the way home had a hint of garlic, it was there I had the idea to team it with some fillet of Yorkshire beef. If you would like to see what we did with the garlic please read the following recipe here.

Other news: We are all getting excited up here about the Tour De France and as you can see the excitement is infectious. Rudding Park is helping Visit Harrogate to put on the “Vive le Tour Dinner” at the Royal Hall in Harrogate on Saturday 5 July 2014. Our Senior Management Team have helped to put the event together and the menu is very cool- hopefully everyone will agree it’s a taste of what Yorkshire has to offer.

KP and Bienvenue

Bienvenue

Time to cycle !

Time to cycle!

Wild Cooks, enjoy your foraging in the run up to the Grand Depart!

Steph x

 

 

A frosty December morning is always a great time to go for a walk and yes I did take the monster (Honey Moon!)

Crab apple hunting

Crab apple hunting

Can you spot the dog?

Here she is practising her camouflage ever ready for the cat next door!

Back to apples…

Crab Apples washing

Crab Apples washing

Look what we found- crab apples and they are frosted and ripe and ready to eat. I decided to bottle them for an early Christmas present for one of our Chefs.

Crab apples draining!

Crab apples draining!

The crab apples came off the tree very easily and after a sort into sizes and a good wash in my sink it was time to bottle them.

I wanted the apples to have a gentle kick but not be too sweet so I added a little cider vinegar.

A quick easy recipe

Look what Matthew Wilkinson from our kitchen’s here at Rudding Park came up with:

Apple-dessert

Apple-dessert

Recipe to Matthew’s Apple Jelly

Recipe to Matthew’s Apple Parfait

Recipe to Matthew’s Spiced Apple Cake

Nice one Chef- love it Matthew!

Try these recipes at home or if after cooking Christmas dinner you would prefer to rest and enjoy some of these dishes at Rudding Park why not buy one of Rudding Park’s online gift vouchers. There’s Dine With Wine, Food and Flicks and plenty more to choose from.

Wishing you a very cool yule wild cooks!

Steph x

Well we are avoiding all puns now with something that is close to my heart Yorkshire Game. Do you know your Pheasant from your Partridge, is your Grouse Famous or have you recently jugged your hare?!

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Eddie Gray,Stephanie Moon and Matthew Wilkinson (pictured above at Rudding Park) have picked up the “game gauntlet” and are going for it. The following dishes are live this week on the Clocktower menu to support the Countryside Alliance’s Game to Eat campaign.

Please take your pick from the following game recipes cooked by the following chefs…

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Eddie Gray…

To Start

Tea Smoked Wild Duck
Trio of pickled beetroot, pickering watercress

Duck Starter

Main course

Poached Rabbit Saddle
Wild mushroom crust, rabbit and pearl barley risotto, Kale, ginger beer jus

Rabbit Main 2

 

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Matthew Wilkinson…

To Start

Braised Hare Pappardelle Pasta
Tomato, rosemary, smoked pancetta

Hare Starter 2

Main course

Roast Pheasant
Black truffle, tarragon, chorizo, charred squash, butter beans, game jus

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Stephanie Moon…

To Start

Venison
Fresh wasabi, dandelion and burdock salad, venison wonton

Steph's Venison steak tartar

Steph’s Venison steak tartar

Main Course

Barbeque North York Moor Partridge
Smoky bacon mash potato, collard greens, corn and chilli salsa

So why not try these recipes if you are game!

With some fresh new approaches to classic game, each Chef has made you an easy recipe and a slighty more complex one to flex your culinary arm.

Game On Wild Cooks!

Make the most of Game to Eat Week whilst it is here – Enjoy these healthy, low in fat, tasty dishes at Clocktower before having a go at the recipes in your own home.

Low in food miles but hopefully high in food styles!

Steph x

Just off to pluck a few partridge!

 

 

These berries are tiny explosions of fruit in your mouth that ping pong around giving you a fruit thrill. You can probably tell I’m a fan!

In summer, elderflower floral cordial is lovely, light and refreshing. In winter the elderberry cordial is fruity, heady and goes well in mulled wine or winter fruit jellies.

First find your elder (no folks we are not suggesting you look for your parents!) but simply get out there and look for a tree. They are so full and brimming with berries at this time of year that they practically bend double under the weight.

The berries are dark purple and plump with juice, about the size of a large pin head. Take care when picking them as the juice can get all over your clothes, so do not pick in your Sunday best. The way to make cordial is simple. Follow this quick, easy recipe…

Honey, my dog, is getting into the elderberry tasting too but I must admit she is far happier with the slightly earlier blackberry.

I love to get out and about now we have rowan berries in abundance. Why not try Peter Banks’ recipe? (Managing Director of Rudding Park)

Happy Berry picking!

(Always remember to check the type of berry is correct and edible- I sound like my Grandmother! x)

Elder!  berry Moon x

The Cabbage Patch Kids!

When the Harrogate Flower Show call and say “Steph we want to cook as many dishes as we can from a giant cabbage” what do you say but fantastic count me in!

Peter the gardener who grew the giant cabbage shows Gilly and Steph how to cut it!

Peter the gardener who grew the giant cabbage shows Gilly and Steph how to cut it!

I love cabbage and think it gets a bad rap as a vegetable it is not “Sexy”! Well, I beg to differ when you have 10 chefs from Yorkshire cooking for a world record. The cabbage is dressed to thrill and the world record is a challenge we all relished!

Try this at home but perhaps not the full 105 dishes all at once!

We had 2 soups, 4 salads, 2 potato dishes, 3 meat dishes, 3 fish dishes and a veggie dish per chef. Lots of food and lots of imagination!

See below the dishes lined up for adjudicating.

Cabbage cookery

Cabbage cookery

Just a few suggestions of how to cook your cabbage…

Meat

Rabbit Pasty with cabbage, wholegrain mustard and pickles

Venison with liquorice, cabbage colcannon and butternut puree

Lamb cutlets with cabbage parcel of ratatouille, basil , mint gremolata and fondant potato

Fish

Plaice with potato scales, autumn cabbage greens and creamy chive sauce

Seabass stuffed with Thai spiced cabbage, steamed with Thai fragrant rice and charred peppers

Mackerel with spiced cabbage

Veggie

Rosti potatoes with cabbage and lentil pine nut sauce

Pasta Papperdelle with cabbage, Yorkshire Blue, pinenuts and cherry bombs

Cabbage fajitas with vegetable piri piri and melted cheese

Potato

Crushed new potatoes cake with cabbage, bacon and a poached egg

Salad

Cabbage strands, char grilled courgette and tomato bombs with giant cous cous and herb crème fraiche

Cabbage with vegetables and caraway

Cabbage, Indian spiced chilli rice salad

Soup

Cabbage Scotch broth with whisky shot

Minestrone soup with cabbage and parmesan.

Just one chefs line up of dishes…

Cabbage mania

Cabbage mania

The supersize veg was grown by Peter Glazebrook from Nottinghamshire and what a super cabbage it was too. Very tender when cut into (this really surprised me ). I thought it might have been tough and chewy, but not at all.

The date of the cook off was Friday 13 September, unlucky for some but thank fully not for us!

Team-Cabbage-get-ready..

Martin Fish the Harrogate Flower Show director -was delighted with the event and spoke of how the number of dishes had surprised him from one cabbage!

Martin Fish is a brave man!

Harrogate Flower Show Director Martin Fish is pursued by ten North Yorkshire chefs as they prepare for a world record attempt to create a monster menu of 105 dishes from one single giant cabbage at the Autumn Show 13 - 15 September. From left to right:Jason Moore (Provenance Inns),Chris Oakden and Jonny Purnell (Coniston Hotel, Skipton), Ashley McCarthy (Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton), Stephanie Moon ( Rudding Park, Harrogate), Gilly Robinson (Ripon), Ian Rae and David Spencer (Cliffemount Hotel, Runswick Bay), Helen Wright and Lisa Bennison (Betty's Cookery School, Harrogate).

Harrogate Flower Show Director Martin Fish is pursued by ten North Yorkshire chefs as they prepare for a world record attempt to create a monster menu of 105 dishes from one single giant cabbage at the Autumn Show 13 – 15 September. From left to right:Jason Moore (Provenance Inns),Chris Oakden and Jonny Purnell (Coniston Hotel, Skipton), Ashley McCarthy (Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton), Stephanie Moon ( Rudding Park, Harrogate), Gilly Robinson (Ripon), Ian Rae and David Spencer (Cliffemount Hotel, Runswick Bay), Helen Wright and Lisa Bennison (Betty’s Cookery School, Harrogate).

Well wild cooks time to try it!

Steph x

Honey before her dip!

Honey before her dip!

(Captain of the boat)

Day one the monster that is Honey ”Moon” decided to take to the canal when my back was turned and my seven month old pup was swimming 10 metres away when I turned around. After much alarm a chap walking by thankfully rescued the dog and we soon had her back in a soft chunky towel. Honey was soon snug and warm wrapped in her towel by the fire. We all learnt that day to never turn our backs for 2 mins!  

Not long after Honey had dried out and raring to go again!

Not long after Honey had dried out and raring to go again!

The journey took us from Skipton on the Pennine Cruises to Foulridge Tunnel near Barnolswick and then back to Kildwick and Skipton.

Foulridge tunnel from inside...

Foulridge tunnel from inside…

Various family and friends joined the boat along the way and all seemed to love the experience of chugging along nice and gently. We really did have good fun.

The first few hours were perhaps the most eventful what with the dog going for a swim then coming across these beauties in the bank side.

Tantelising tastes of summer wild Strawberries

Tantalising tastes of summer wild Strawberries

We used these strawberries in many ways and if you are lucky to come across some yourself why not try this recipe for Strawberry Desserts. I would recommend using the wild strawberries for the shortbread layers as they take some finding guys and then you will need loads of strawberries to make a the smoothie!

 Strawberry, Strawberry, Strawberry

Strawberry, Strawberry, Strawberry

 Then there was the daily sighting of the herons. I find the heron a very majestic bird, a true beauty. I always think that when I see a heron it is a good day so seeing them everyday was a treat. 

Heron the canal it is amazing what you see!

Heron – It is amazing what you see!

One day is rained quite literary cats and dogs and we were in Gargrave so a quick trip to Bollywood Cottage was in order.  This local Indian restaurant fired up the imagination for a canal curry but when on holiday with no spices in sight it was so much easier to run to the curry house! Great on a wet and windy day I can tell you. When it rains on a canal boat you need some warming food.

The Yorkshire countryside looked incredible and the Lancashire countryside too. It was a privilege to travel on the canal and see land I know well from a different angle.

Yorkshire at its finest

Yorkshire at its finest

This photo reminded me of the beautiful sunsets over Rudding Park.

Ahar me hearties!

Steph x (first mate Moon!)

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