Tuck into an online feast

Missing your favourite restaurant, gastropub or café?

Many eateries – and leading chefs – are taking their offer online with a whole host of top tips, recipes and ‘how to’ videos springing up on websites and social media channels.

So, pop on your chef’s hat and cook-up a treat – and enjoy a little taste of your favourite dining spot in your own home. Think of it as a tasty appetiser until you can visit again…

Richard’s recipes, from the World of Wedgwood

Can we tempt anyone? Cranberry scones with homemade Staffordshire clotted cream and Wedgwood strawberry preserve, or perhaps oven bottom muffins with avocado mash, smoked Scottish salmon and poached eggs? Richard Allen, Executive Chef at the World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent, is sharing some of his favourite recipes in a new blog post from the world-class attraction famous for its factory tour, museum, shopping and dining. Wedgwood has become a British cultural icon, loved and admired around the world, and among treats normally on offer at the attraction is a chance to enjoy a contemporary and indulgent afternoon tea, served on the finest Wedgwood china in the Wedgwood Tea Room. While the attraction is closed, Richard is posting some of his favourite recipes online. As well as a passion for food, he loves the fact that his job allows him to be creative and share his knowledge with the next generation of chefs. And he also offers an interesting fact about himself – actress Helen Baxendale’s mum taught him cookery at school! https://bit.ly/2VNoOOy

Mediterranean tapas with a Yorkshire twist

Hull’s ‘Ambiente’, a former warehouse turned restaurant within the city’s developing Fruit Market area, is serving-up a video treat on Facebook, offering cooking demonstrations of some of its favourite recipes to try at home. Just a stone’s throw from Hull’s picturesque marina, it normally offers a choice of al fresco dining, cosy booths, a vibrant bar area and restaurant seating – with a menu of over 30 traditional hot, Spanish, tapas dishes influenced by flavours from around the world. Using a mix of authentic, high-quality Spanish producers as well as Yorkshire suppliers, Ambiente offers gourmet Mediterranean tapas with a Yorkshire twist – and while it waits to welcome diners once more, it’s sharing some of its tasty treats online. For a little Monday morning motivation how about a breakfast of Caramelised Banana & Peanut Butter Coconut French Toast? Or chef Felix cooking gypsy eggs with sobrasada and hot buttered bread? And for pairing with your favourite Spanish sherry, try Ambiente’s Tortilla de Patatas recipe. https://bit.ly/34YtyFd

Michelin-starred treats

East Yorkshire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant, The Pipe and Glass, might be temporarily closed, but you can try one of its tasty recipes at home. Set in glorious countryside near Beverley, this former coaching inn – which also has five luxury boutique suites – reveals recipes for some of its favourite dishes on its website. Run since 2006 by James and Kate Mackenzie, the pub and restaurant have gained an international reputation and many awards, including a Michelin Star in 2010, an accolade it holds to this day. Standing on the site of the original gatehouse to Dalton Park on the Dalton Estate, parts of the current building date back to the 17th century, while its award-winning food offers a modern take on traditional Yorkshire fare. To wet your appetite for a future visit (you can also buy gift vouchers for when we can all get back to travelling) try your hand at a range of dishes. Who can resist dark chocolate honeycomb bites, “a very smart version of a good old-fashioned Crunchie bar”? Or, James’ seasonal take on a traditional persillade; grilled sardines wrapped in smoked bacon and wild garlic, with wild garlic persillade. And for another sweet treat, there’s always honey and elderflower madeleines, dusted with a little icing sugar and served alongside your morning coffee or afternoon tea. https://bit.ly/3b5GBWT

Naked Jam at home?

Chief jam maker Jennifer Williams is a Hampshire artisan producer of award winning jams and conserves that bring together a true understanding of flavour and quality. While her foraging and jam making events might be on hold for a while, there’s still some “jam for today, as well as tomorrow” by having a go at your own Seville Orange and Rhubarb Chutney at home. You’ll find the recipe that combines Spanish Seville and English Rhubarb on her website, which also tells the story of Jen’s passion for developing new taste combinations, using traditional cooking methods. Artificial colours and flavourings, setting agents and preservatives have no place in Naked Jam, she uses seasonal, local fruit – more often than not foraged from the local area. “I am inspired by my taste imagination capturing a season in a jar. The fruit changes as the seasons unfold, so I channel my imagination and I use them to create unique recipes,” says Jen. https://bit.ly/2RZ9EEX

Recipes from a true yellow-belly

Lincolnshire food champion Rachel Green isn’t just an award-winning chef, food stylist, TV celebrity and author; food production is in her blood. Coming from 14 generations of Lincolnshire farmers, Rachel has made a name for herself as a passionate ambassador of British produce – especially Lincolnshire, which produces over 20% of all foodstuffs grown in the UK. Rachel shares some of her favourite recipes on her website – using simple, wholesome ingredients, and local wherever possible. “Being a true yellow-belly, I try and incorporate a little bit of Lincolnshire in all of my dishes.” And the yellow-belly reference? It’s the nickname for Lincolnshire born and bred folk, although its origins seem lost in the mist of time. https://bit.ly/3dofY1b

Smokin’ hot….

Alfred Enderby Smoke House has been smoking salmon and haddock in the same traditional way for more than a century on Lincolnshire’s Grimsby Docks. The traditional smokehouse – with its distinctive ornate iron cowls – is roughly 100 years old, and two generations of the Enderby family have been involved in running it for two-thirds of that time. The business still prides itself on the skill and craftsmanship that goes into the award-winning smoked fish products. Originally a smithy, the building was converted to a fish curers through the insertion of 10 traditional tall chimneys, and in 2009, it was awarded PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status for its Grimsby Traditional Smoked Haddock. Normally it offers smokehouse tours and tasting sessions, but you can still buy online, as well find some recipe inspiration, such as smoked haddock, cheese and tomato bake, smoked haddock big cheesy fish fingers, and hot smoked salmon and leek chowder. https://bit.ly/3b8ey9c

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    Richard Allen, World of Wedgwood

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    Naked Jam

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    Rachel Green

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    Alfred Enderby Smokehouse