There’s nothing more fun than coming up with new menu ideas and we’re really incredibly spoiled for choice these days when it comes to food and drink… which means it can often be quite hard deciding what you want to serve up next.
Looking to traditional fare for a few ideas can always prove quite inspirational and if you’re in the greater Yorkshire region, what about dishing up some delicious traditional fare from this particular county? Everyone is sure to love it and you’ll have so much fun deciding on which dishes would work best… so to help, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Apple pie and Wensleydale cheese
There’s a strong Yorkshire tradition for eating apple pie with cheese, with the sharpness of the fruit going incredibly well with the salty creaminess of this particular type of cheese.
If you’ve never made a pie before, an apple pie would be a good choice as it’s relatively easy and you can buy readymade shortcrust pastry these days, so you don’t have to worry on that front either.
Yorkshire curd tarts
This is very similar to a baked cheesecake (so you know it’s going to be delicious), using curd cheese sweetened with sugar and mixed up with allspice, rosewater and currants to create an amazing regional dessert sure to wow the crowds.
They were originally made during Whitsuntide, using leftover curds from the cheesemaking process. The end result is a tart that’s not too sweet but still delicious, so the perfect option if you don’t have a particularly sweet tooth.
Are you looking to arrange catering for an event in or around Bonfire Night in November? Then in that case, you simply have to have parkin on the menu, a sticky spiced gingerbread cake. Fun fact – did you know that the word parkin was once a popular surname in Yorkshire and actually means Peter? You can find out even more about the cake on the British Food History website.
Roast rib of beef with Yorkshire puddings
Looking for main dish inspiration? Then whatever you do, you simply have to serve up a Yorkshire pudding or two and they go perfectly with roast beef, which you know is sure to be a crowd pleaser as well.
Anything with rhubarb
Yorkshire is famed for its rhubarb and is home to the Rhubarb Triangle, a 9sq/m stretch running between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell that’s renowned for producing early forced rhubarb. Between January and March, the rhubarb is picked by hand under the cover of candlelight in order to ensure that the stems aren’t turned hard and green by photosynthesis!
So any recipes that have anything to do with rhubarb would certainly go over well and you could give a couple of lessons about Yorkshire’s rich foodie history at the same time!
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