October- Gunpowder, Treason and Parkin
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.
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