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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

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When the Harrogate Flower Show comes to town, we at Rudding Park jump to it! Over the course of the show we had Peter Banks, Managing Director, demonstrating how to make jams, jellies and chutneys, Paul Mackie, Sous Chef, paving the way with Yorkshire Game and Autumnal fruits, and myself demonstrating twice with the joys of Autumn produce and a three course meal to get you in the Autumn spirit! We had a very floral amount of fun!!

So having an hour to spare, it seemed quite the thing to go and have a look at what was happening around the Harrogate Flower Show before going on to support the students from Leeds City College as they did their ‘cook off’ demonstration. One of the students, James Cardon, won an amazing Kin knife thanks to the generosity of the sponsor of the competition on that day, Womersley Vinegars.

Gilly (M.C), Jonathan, Stephanie -Me!, James , Wendy from Womersley and Paul.
Gilly (M.C), Jonathan, Stephanie -Me!, James , Wendy from Womersley and Paul.

After the demonstration I took the students along to the giant vegetable stands and we marvelled at the cabbages…!!

Cabbage heaven

Cabbage Heaven!!

I have heard of the Cabbage Patch Kids but this cabbage was amazing! Could it be the caterer’s way forward with one cabbage feeding a small banquet?! Could chefs all across Great Britain be reaching for their knives to shred this beauty?!

And leeks -well here is a handy photo of some giant specimens. Unfortunately, even this picture doesn’t do them full justice, they really were enormous!!

Handy Leeks

Handy Leeks

Lastly, as chefs we all get a little tired of the sight of onions but who would not want to know these beauties?!

Crying!

Crying!

A veritable buffet of tears would be on show if you tried to peel the layers of these onion wild cooks! But crying aside, having the world’s biggest onion on show at the Flower Show, this 17.5 lb beauty would definitely have you in tears!

The Guinness Book of Records were present at the show, and yes the onion was a winner and now holds the title of the biggest onion in the world ever!

Podium of onions!

Podium of onions!

OLYMPIC STYLE VEGETABLES!

That’shallot folks!!!

Steph x

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Dear Wild Cooks,
 
Taking time to smell the roses is always a good thing in my book, so when I was approached to M.C and do a cooking demonstration at the Harrogate Flower Show I was delighted…roses, chefs and all!!

Rob gets me involved in his demo!

Rob gets me involved in his demo!

Robert Ramsden was as passionate as ever about Yorkshire food and brought some wonderful local and international produce along for his demonstration.

My Great British Menu compatriot, Tim Bilton, showed us how to cook John Dory in a lovely springtime recipe packed with flavour, and even used his own brand of olive oil and wine! 

Tim prepares his fennel and pea shoot salad
Tim prepares his fennel and pea shoot salad

I found some great foraging finds in a fresh patch of woods at Rudding Park which went down really well at the show.

Have you ever tried edible flowers? There are some great ones around at the moment, such as borage flowers, chamomile, and chives. Remember to always check before eating that they are edible and not a protected species.

Flower power…!!

Steph x

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