Yorkshire Day!

Well, this is a new one for me – Yorkshire Day! Who’d have thought it? It seems the good people of England’s largest county are very proud of where they come from and want to celebrate it. I think it’s a great idea and feel every county should do the same. But, until that happens, why not join in Yorkshire’s celebrations and sample some of their culinary delights?

To start, I’m sure you can all think of one very famous dish to make – Yorkshire Pudding! I love Yorkshires, one of the best things on a Sunday dinner in my opinion. But, you can also have them sweet, with jam or honey on them and you can, of course, make toad-in-the-hole, which I’m sure the kids will love! And, it’s super easy to make too, so the kids can join in the preparation, just make sure they are suitably protected against batter splatter!

Some trivia for you. Originally, the pudding batter was kept in the oven, beneath the roasting meat. This way the meat juices would drip from the meat into the batter, flavouring it. This was then fed to the children if there was not enough meat to go around.

Wash down your yorkies with a nice cold glass of ginger beer which originated in the Yorkshire dales in the 1700s. Originally it was made as a fermented drink, using a fungal-bacteria symbiote to turn the sugar into alcohol. However, today most ginger beer is brewed as a soft drink. If you fancy having a go at introducing your kids to the process of fermentation here’s the perfect project with step-by-step instructions – Ginger Beer – a traditional fermented low-alcohol drink. Don’t worry about the fermentation process, it’s for creating bubbles, not a high alcohol content. And, ginger beer cannot become ginger beer without it! However, if you’d rather stay away from anything with alcohol in it, why not brew up a lovely pot of Yorkshire tea instead.

Finish off with a slice of Yorkshire Curd Tart, which is flavoured with rose water – how wonderful does that sound? This was traditionally made to use up the curd left over from the cheese making process. Now it’s not so easy to get hold of fresh curds, but they are simple to make yourself – the recipe shows you how.

You could make this an ongoing learning process. There are 48 geographic counties in the England, which is quite a lot to cover, so you could focus on  larger counties or those nearest to you. Find out about local foods and drink, look at the customs, listen to traditional dialects and so on – it’d be a great way to learn about the country we live in.

Let us know what you get up to for Yorkshire Day, we’d love to put your photos in our gallery and you could win a £20 gift voucher.

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