First of all, apologies for the lateness of the blog. I’ve got a long list of excuses, but quite frankly, I’ve had better things to do. The main culprit for this has been the sun. Give a Frenchman a bit of the yellow stuff and he’ll moan his cheese is melting. A German will put his beach towel on anything and demand it is his. The Americans will invariably watch HBO and eat burgers with the air con on. But the British, we get trollied on a Tuesday night because it’s 13 degrees and it’s not raining. All of a sudden people have migrated back from Netflix to the gardens (both back and beer) for impromptu BBQs and post work drinks. And I for one am proud to be partaking in this famous English pastime. In between all the booziness, you’ll be surprised to hear we’ve managed to get some work done.
Here at Haley & Clifford (where the sun is always shining) we’ve got all sorts of fabulous seasonal treats to make your picnic/BBQ/walk that much nicer. So for you lucky people this means Yorkshire rhubarb and yoghurt cake, lemon tart, British asparagus ( my personal favourite) in various forms, as well as broad beans, radishes and every kind of Yorkshire grown salad you can think of. Our take home meal will change weekly to keep in line with the ever changing weather whilst always focusing on local honest food as well as saving on your washing up!!
On top of this, we’ve recently received a new batch of Womersley vinegars with flavours ranging from strawberry and mint to lime black pepper and lavender. These were born and bred in Pontefract and are based on a second generation family recipe. Not only do they jazz up any salad but can be used in cakes, cocktails and marinades. They are a mainstay in the deli kitchen and a must-have in yours!!
Those of you with semi decent vision will have seen the transformation of the cafe and deli area and how the proverbial cat can now be swung. So hopefully, this means there’s more room for business breakfast, lunches with friends and cake with the kids with accompanying pushchairs!! Only a lucky few will have seen the sparkly new kitchen downstairs along with Val’s new google-esque office but I’m sure a smile and a wink and one of the team will give you the grand tour. And if I’m not there I’ll most probably be ill with sun stroke.
I slept like a log last night… I woke up in a fireplace… Right, I think that sets the tone as well as fulfilling my need to share terrible jokes. It maybe half term and you have multiple children crawling all over you, however, in the world of man you can almost hear the huge sense of relief that the dreaded Valentine’s Day is over. The last minute trip to the garage for flowers has been long forgotten. That is, unless you are the man I met by the Valentine’s card section. The aforementioned chap grabbed the nearest card ( my darling wife variety) announced that it didn’t matter which one he bought as ‘it wouldn’t be the right one anyway’ lectured me on how it was all a load of nonsense, paid and left. What he didn’t notice was that he’d swayed into the birthday section! So you sir, are most certainly in the doghouse.
Fortunately, the next two commercial landmarks are Mother’s Day and Easter, so if you, like me, love your mother and chocolate it’ll be a breeze. Here at Haley & Clifford we can make it that little bit easier. Mother’s Day breakfast treats include bacon sandwiches, eggs (poached or scrambled ), as well as a variety of pastries, or there is fresh fruit and porridge for the health brigade-and a good many of these can be taken away.
Willie Wonka would be proud of the selection of chocolate on offer. From giant cupcakes filled with treats to Lauden’s high quality chocolate selection, and not forgetting the chocolate houses for the kids (self-assembly and pre-made). Michelle (small Irish buying lady) will, I’m sure, have some little treats on offer as well, so keep your eyes open!!
On the building front, some of you may have heard a fair bit of banging and presumed it was James’ head on the wall but in fact the builders have almost completed the extension. Unfortunately, this does mean the deli will be shut from the 2nd March for a week, re opening on the 9th March. There are all sorts of planned changes but I’ll leave it as a surprise for you (plus they’ve changed so many times whatever I tell you will almost certainly be wrong by the time we reopen!). So stock up on all our goodies to keep you going for the week we’re closed, and we’ll see you on the 9th.
So…… You’ve ebayed all your unwanted gifts, got over the new year hangover, and signed up to the gym (again)… It must be January. Cue depression. However, on the bright side, you don’t have to see the in- laws until summer at the earliest and let’s face it we’re half way through the month, so you’re back on the vino and the gym has been ‘ too busy’ since January 5th.
Fortunately this month at H & C we have calorie crunching salads and sandwiches (as well as cakes and pastries for the quitters amongst you). For me, January is all about comforting, warming food and it doesn’t get any better than finishing a walk round the park with a bowl of homemade soup. I’m not talking about the cold swill they’re serving in Madrid (no wonder unemployment is at an all time high), but about the hearty varieties we have on offer. There’s a different option on offer every day (more often than not) and we’re adding to the list all the time, whilst trying to keep it locally sourced.
If soup’s not your thing, we have an oven (just about working) that will warm up any of our fine fare. Also, keep your eyes open for some new cakes and salads that are coming soon (Val has been nagging me for weeks).
Oh, and if you hear some banging and crashing downstairs it’ll either be me crying because the new cake hasn’t risen or more likely, the builders who are doing all sorts of crazy things that apparently will result in a new kitchen and room for some more of you lovely people upstairs.
The lights have been switched on, the office parties have started and lists have been written, so this must mean the big man is on his way ( unless you’ve been spending your time in Starbucks in which case Genghis Khan will be making his way down your chimney) .
This means three things:
1) We’re all scrapping for TVs at midnight in ASDA.
2) Men the world over are panicking over what to buy the women in their lives.
3) Your children are magically adding zeros to your credit card bill.
So, this leaves the one element we can all rely on. Food. And here at Haley & Clifford we have a sleigh load of it. Our wonderful buying lady Michelle (Frodo’s Irish cousin) has been busy over the last few months wheeling and dealing to get the best local Christmas treats for you to buy.
This year, there are kits to make your own cheeses (no cow/goat/sheep required) or chocolate houses (as well as the usual ready made versions). From the good people at Raydale we have every conceivable chutney, jam and preserve- which I’m fairly sure are the same thing. For the lazy alcoholic in your life, mulled wine and mulled cider syrups are available, as well as sloe gins and ports from the Sloemotion crew based near York. Our selection of chocolates would make Willy Wonka jealous, and we have panettone, panforte, cantuccini, lebkucken and stollen from our friends in the EU. If you have an army descending this Christmas, you could feed them all with our giant pork pies from award winning Voakes in North Yorkshire (pre order by 12th December)
Any of our lovely products can be made into hampers (see our hampers page for our standard selections if you’re all out of ideas), lovingly gift wrapped and delivered to your door of choice.
As for me, I’m already sick of making mince pies and winter soups but hey, I out-wrestled a 64 year old woman at 12.01am for my new 80 inch TV, so it’s not all bad.
I have no idea how it’s now October. Looking outside, the sun is out and there is no sign of a cloud and only a brief murmur of wind. If this is global warming, I like it. But being English, my scepticism tells me by next week it’s going to be as cold as the North Pole and as wet as Manchester. Luckily for you all ( there must be at least two of you who read this) it’s the season of all things warm and cosy and I’m not talking about the pumpkin-less,sugar laden Starbucks pumpkin latte but the artificial-free homemade goods of Yorkshires own Lottie Shaw.
Lottie bakes all of her products in a small bakery based in Elland using recipes passed down by generations of her family. She keeps to the traditional values to create a wide selection of goodies from biscuits and flapjack to her award winning Yorkshire Parkin. (By the way, Paul Hollywood of The Great British Bake Off counts himself as a fan.) With its wonderfully moist centre and spiced crumbly stickiness it’s the perfect accompaniment to an autumn evening. Lottie will be in the deli on Saturday 25th October from 11am- 2pm to showcase her range and to answer any questions you may have on her wonderful treats.
As for me, as well as trying to take some inspiration from Mrs Shaw and make some new autumn dishes for the deli, I’ll be spending most of my time burning every fossil fuel I bump into to keep this glorious weather going.
September has suddenly come upon us. Gone are the days where all we’re worried about is if it’ll be sunny and whether we’re going on a better holiday than our friends. According to a recent survey 70% of you will be spending more than £50 on taking your kids back to school. This is not, as I’m sure you’re thinking, spent on uniforms and books, but on new outfits and haircuts for the school run. Which led me to thinking, if we’re prepared to give our money to Laura and Ashley and Toni and Guy, why not instead give it to Lesley and Derek.
Raydale Preserves is a family run business established by husband and wife team Lesley and Derek Kettlewell in 1978. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the family farm in the valley of Raydale.
Raydale make all of their products on site in a converted farm building keeping to traditional ways. Everything is handmade in small batches to keep everything to the highest standards, the fruit is even picked by hand! Apart from the oranges (which come from Seville- where else?) all fruits are sourced from a farm in North Yorkshire. This (along with the fact they are lovely people) is why during September many of the delights you’ll see on the shelves and fridges of Haley & Clifford will contain their products. From the freshly made sandwiches containing an array of their chutneys to cakes and scones filled with their award winning jams and marmalades (of which they have many!!) For those of you who are free this Saturday- 6th (there’s no football on so I can’t see what else you’ll be doing), Andrew will be visiting Haley & Clifford with a vast selection of his parents’ products for you to try. He will be around to field any questions you may have as well as being able to give you an insight into how Raydale Preserves work. And think how much jam and chutney you could buy for that £50- a lot better value than spending it with Laura or Ashley or Toni or Guy
So, if, unlike me, you like to keep your relationship with your local takeaway low-key, pop down to Haley and Clifford where all your culinary needs will be taken care of.
- 8 good quality pork sausages
- 3 leeks
- 2 cooking apples
- 1 onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 3 tblspns olive oil
- 75g butter
- 250mls Ampleforth Abbey Cider
- 2 tblspns wholegrain mustard
Preheat the oven to 190C/gas mark 5
Roughly chop the leeks and onion and place into a roasting tin that will hold the sausages in a single layer
Crush the garlic and then peel, core and quarter the apples and then add to the oven tin
Place the sausages on top of the vegeatbles and apples, and drizzle over the oil. Season well, toss everything together and then shake back into a single layer
Dot with the butter, pour in the cider and bake for 35mins
Remove from the oven, spread the mustard over the sausages and then return to the oven for a further 15 mins
Serve with creamy mashed potato and a glass of Ampleforth Abbey Cider
- 500g pack of frozen puff pastry
- 12 good quality pork sausages
- 120g wholegrain mustard
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tblspn nigella seeds
Roll out the defrosted pastry into two sheets, each measuring 30cm x 40cm and then cut each sheet into 6 equal rectangles.
Place each sausage about 2-3cm from the right hand edge of the pastry rectangles, allowing the sausage to hang over the ends. Put a 10g dollop on top of each sausage. Spread the mustard towards the ends (but not so far that it pokes over the edges)
Brush the right hand edge of the pastry with beaten egg and then fold over the pastry from the left to make the pastry roll. Use a fork to gently seal the edges
Transfer to a baking tray and put three horizontal slashes along the length of the sausage rolls with a sharp knife. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with nigella seeds
Bake at 220 degrees centigrade for 20-30 minutes until golden and cooked through. Allow to cool before wrapping up for your picnic!
- 300g asparagus, trimmed and sliced into thin spears
- 200g french beans, trimmed
- 300g fresh or frozen peas
- 1 red onion, finely sliced
- 1 red chilli, finely diced
- 3 tblspns olive oil
- 1 tblspns lemon juice
- 1 tblspns pine nuts
Bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch the asparagus spears for a couple of minutes until slightly cooked. Using a slotted spoon, fish out the asparagus and plunge into cold water- then drain
Bring the water back to the boil and repeat the same process with the french beans and then the peas
Combine the blanched vegetables together in a bowl and top with the chillies and pine nuts
Whisk together the oil and lemon juice and drizzle over the salad
Fabulous with cold cuts or topped with some Yorkshire Fine Fettle cheese for a quick lunch