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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!

 

 

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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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Whilst driving to Rudding Park this morning I was struck by the beautiful elderflowers in full bloom outside the front gates and thought it was time to get snap happy and capture the moment.

Elderflower in all its glory

Elderflower in all its glory

Let me tell you, there is no better way to start work than with the smell of sweet elderflower in your system! So let’s get jiggy with it and bounce these floral power houses into a dish to dazzle and delight the family.

I’m pretty sure everyone loves elderflower cordial, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t! So how is it made? Please view my recipe here.

However it is not all perfume and flowers Wild Cooks, the perfect accompaniment with a lovely glass of iced cordial is a piece of mint shortbread. I have had to walk over hot coals for this recipe and it is definitely the best shortbread I have ever eaten, with a secret and very unexpected ingredient. Click here for the recipe.

The two together make a refreshing snack ideal for a very hot day- lets hope we get chance to use it hey?! But if not the cordial keeps well in the fridge when opened and the biscuits keep for a week or two in an airtight container.

The flower power is here, alive and well in the grounds of Rudding Park!

Peace and love!

Steph x

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Dear Wild Cooks

Yippee I have just seen a wonderous amount of wild raspberries in the golf course woods here at Rudding Park. I filled my basket to the brim to bring you a quick and easy summery recipe to set those taste buds tingling with red fruit summer joy.

You know it makes sense to pay homage to the brilliant raspberry. For me there is nothing quite like finding some wild raspberries and making a quick raspberry pie. Pietastic!  

Raspberrys growing at Rudding Park

Follow this easy recipe for the best pie pastry . You can then fill your pie with whatever you like, raspberries, rhubarb, peaches, nectarines…you name your favourite!

Pick us a winner

Simply brush the pasty lid with with a beaten egg and cook at a moderate heat for 30 minutes for a golden ‘melt in the mouth’ pastry. If you have not already, why not take a look at our pie chart  to discover ‘what is good when’ in the world of fruit pies.

Who ate all the pies?!Pietastic raspberry pie

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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Wow, can you believe it is the 100th entry on The Wild Cooks’ Blog?

To celebrate this momentous milestone, here is a quick, easy and fun way to pack a forager’s punch into a bowl of springtime pasta. This meal is quick, vibrant, wild and an understated tasty dish!

Knaresborough is a small market town only a few miles from Rudding Park.  Down by the river there is an abundance of  nettles, ground ivy, dandelion, sticky weed and wild garlic and I also managed to source hawthorn “bread and cheese” leaves which will add a sharp twist to our springtime spirals of pasta.

I went for a walk (avoiding the paths less travelled by our four legged friends!) and look what I came up with… 

Searching for my ingredients

Searching for my ingredients

 

Me picking the wild garlic

Me picking the wild garlic

So, hot footing it back to the kitchen and a ½ hour of cooking produced a simple, lovely, springtime meal.

Lots of wild food finds!

Lots of wild food finds!

Foraged finds and tips:

Nettles – ouch! Remember they still have their sting until cooked!
Wild garlic
Hawthorn leaves (otherwise known as ‘bread and cheese’)
Sticky weed (known as Goose Grass – remember as a kid throwing it on your friends’ jumpers and watching it stick!)
Dandelion
Ground ivy (this is not to be mixed up with ivy which is not edible – look for the tiny purple flowers and the hoof like leaves for ground ivy)

"Bread and Cheese" - Hawthorn Leaves
“Bread and Cheese” – Hawthorn Leaves

Please have a look at our recipe.

Wild food is brilliant fun – always remember to make sure you know what you are picking, some wild food can be dangerous to eat.

Happy Foraging!

Steph x 

Foraged Pasta Delight!

Foraged Pasta Delight!

 
 

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Dear Wild Cooks…

What is your favourite game?

Well there is plenty of choice in the grounds at Rudding Park. I personally have seen deer, rabbits, pheasants and hares and there are probably loads more hiding away in the parkland and around the golf courses.

Great shot of a hare!

Great shot of a hare!

Why do we sometimes turn our noses up at the wonder that is game? I really love to use game and, as a good country lass, it gives me great pleasure to see it out and about. The great thing about using game as an ingredient in my dishes is that I know my produce is low on the old food miles and high on the quality and provenance!

I have some great recipes ready for action on the Wild Cook Blog. Why not take a look and see some of our user friendly recipes for game with a difference…

Here is a real classic for perhaps the first time game eater – a palette warmer to the wonder that is game – my hearty game pie.

Do not despair if you do not share my passion for game! We do of course have many “game free” dishes on the menus at Clocktower from a Yorkshire ham sandwich to a 28 day matured fillet steak!

Steph x

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