Celebrating the humble chip fork

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Chip forks at the ready

 

And that’s about as close as this post is going to get to fish and chips!

But one of the great things about my blog is that the subject of great gifts for lovers of food gives me plenty of scope. And this one just appealed to me.

 

Chip fork pink

 

I love a good scarf, and I love a good portion of chips at the seaside, complete with the the little wooden fork. And so this design just really tickled me.

 

chip fork detail

 

Now, it’s a fantasy purchase from the scarf room at Liberty, one of my favourite places to window shop in a shop, but if you’ve got a significant event to buy for, or just bigger budgets than me, then it’s a great piece for someone to keep.

In the meantime I’ll hope the design comes out on a postcard!

 

Chips photo by Iain Tait on Flickr.

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Yorkshire expects…every man to eat his portion!

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Yorkshire expects - from Headingly to Halifax, now is the time

 

With all eyes turning to Headingley tomorrow …sorry, that should probably read all eyes that are remotely interested in the cricket will be looking to Headingley.  Anyway, it means Yorkshire is going to be in the news for the next few days, so I thought it would be good to plunder the foodie riches of the county to see what good gifts I could track down.

I have to declare an interest, I have a deep affinity with Yorkshire. Whilst not being born in the county, I spent a lot of my early years in West and South Yorkshire. The food of the region therefore holds great childhood memories, even being a child of the 70s.

For me, the food of Yorkshire I miss most is a Curd Tart. Peculiar to Yorkshire, it’s such a gorgeous thing! If you’re near one of the cafes, then go to Bettys and get one, or stay and have one there with a cup of tea for a real treat. Funnily enough, they don’t do them by post which seems strange. By coincidence, Edd Kimber of He-Eats was the guest writer on Amateur Gourmet on Tuesday, and he posted a recipe for Curd Tart. Go on, if you have never had this you don’t know what you are missing. And if you have, you know exactly what you’re missing and it’s about time you stopped!

For some, Yorkshire means fish and chips, where chips are cooked in beef dripping. Whilst many will of heard of Harry Ramsdens, particularly their global expansion/sell out, my favourite place for fish and chips in the county is The Magpie Cafe in Whitby. The last time I was there I timed our visit incredibly well (by accident) and walked straight in, but this was accident rather than design.

If your foodie is partial to a good British feed, then take them up to Whitby, do a Dracula tour, climb the hill to the Abbey and then partake of the menu at the Magpie, you won’t be disappointed. Have a look at the beautiful self-catering places that Shoreline Cottages offer, these definitely look a cut above the average.

If you’re on a great Yorkshire tour, then I would make a stop at Fodder at the Great Yorkshire Showground near Harrogate. I haven’t visited it yet, but it sounds like a great idea for bringing together the best of local food, with everything from meat and veg, through to jam and chutney. There’s also a cafe on site, and the design of the building is really interesting. Worth a detour, or a special trip.

You might need a drink after all that. Either put on a brew, in which case it has to be Yorkshire Tea. But then there’s the beer. Of course there are the big boys like Tetley and John Smith’s . I’m a Pennine’s girl, so to me it’s Theakston’s Old Peculiar, just the one though! If you want something a bit more microbrewery, then try the Wentworth Brewery or Wold Top Brewery. I’d be well up for trying Against the Grain, which is apparently the UK’s first, and favourite, gluten free beer. Given that most gluten free stuff generally is a pale imitation of the real thing, it would be good to see how this stands up.

And one last food thing I’d do in Yorkshire is go to Bradford for a curry. Whether or not it’s the curry capital of the UK or not, there are some fantastic places to eat, at every possible price range. If you need an introduction, then perhaps start at Mumtaz. If it was good enough for the Queen, then it should be okay for you!

After that, I’d either retreat somewhere for a long lie down, or do the active option and go for a long walk across the Moors. Or if you’re into historic houses or funny penguins, then go to Harewood House. I spent many happy hours here as a child, and it still fascinates me today.

So if the boys see off the Australians in double quick time you’ve now got some good food options on what to do with the rest of the time. And if you couldn’t care less, then just go for the food!

Photo by JohnSeb

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