As a celebration of Le Grand Depart of Le Tour de France happening in Yorkshire over this weekend, I thought I would share with you the delights of Yorkshire pudding.
So, I was all set to make a pudding, photograph it, and pop it onto the blog explaining which recipe I like best (Delia Smith’s), but you know what, we here in Yorkshire have had a very proud weekend watching the cyclists roam up and down our beautiful hills, listening to the commentators struggle with the pronunciation of Harewood, and generally reflecting in the glory others have worked so hard to achieve.
With that in mind, I decided to down tools and pay for someone else to cook me a Yorkshire pudding. In fact, we went the whole hog, threw caution to the wind and indulged in the full Sunday Lunch. Now I realise that everyone has a favourite Sunday menu, but for me it’s roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
Having picked up a flier days earlier for a place called Rare, we made our way down passed the farmers market selling all things local and the man sprayed in gold paint, to our chosen location. And there, at Rare, we were treated to an absolute meal of wonder. Perfectly cooked roast beef, creamed carrots which were enhanced with butter and ginger – sounds a little bonkers but works a treat, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, roast potatoes, and the most delicious of Yorkshire puddings.
Now you may or may not know, that the Yorkshire pudding was often served first in poorer households, filled with gravy and vegetables, so that when the meat was served, the family were already full, and therefore a small amount of meat went a long way. Over the years the pudding and meat courses have been combined, although there is still something absolutely wonderful about having a Yorkshire pudding stuffed with vegetables and gravy. Just as another little aside, my husbands grandma used to put her Yorkshire pudding mixture in a very hot oil and then add onions, which is also an absolute delight.
So there you have it. If you would like to fulfil your Sunday Roast needs, I can highly recommend Rare. They were also serving himself’s favourite beers by The Ilkley Brewery Co including Mary Jaune – do you see what they did there? (Jaune – French for yellow)
Thank-you Welcome to Yorkshire, we’ve had a wonderful weekend.