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Yorkshire Dama Cheese

Yorkshire Dama Cheese is the story of inspirational bravery by a woman who refused to let her circumstances define or constrain her. It is about finding a new place to call home and new experiences leading to the creation of a British, multi-awardwinning cheese and dairy company.

Razan Alsous, the Founder of Yorkshire Dama Cheese, came to the UK due to the war in Syria in 2012. Losing almost everything, settling into a new life in Yorkshire was challenging.

Razan rightly perceived Yorkshire as a region rich in high quality food produce and ingredients and was frustrated not to find available the great tasting squeaky cheese she used to eat in Syria each morning. She saw an opportunity to create the same cheese from fresh, high quality Yorkshire cows’ milk!

The first product was Yorkshire HALOUM!, a cheese made from 100% Yorkshire milk with a firm but squeaky texture, similar to traditional halloumi cheese. Just four months after its launch, Yorkshire HALOUM! won the World Cheese Award Bronze award 2014/15 followed by Gold a year later and many more since, highlighting the true quality of her cheese.

Razan expanded the product range to include more Yorkshire HALOUM! varieties including chilli and mint. In 2016, a spreadable yoghurt called Labneh was launched, already shortlisted as Best Cheese in Yorkshire in the forthcoming Deliciouslyorkshire Taste Awards 2016 along with her chilli HALOUM! flavour.

A regular exhibitor at the local food festivals and farmers’ markets, Razan is also invited to appear regularly on well-known TV shows including James Martin’s ‘Home Comforts’, ‘My Kitchen Rules UK’ and ‘Countryfile’.

Razan says:

‘The future for me and my family and Yorkshire Dama Cheese looks bright and exciting and we are thankful for the support and warm welcome Yorkshire has given to us. We are very happy our Yorkshire HALOUM! now features in SNAP!’s Yorkshire recipe box.’

Yorkshire Dama Cheese recently revamped its website to include delicious HALOUM! inspired recipes and customers can purchase all the current product range via the online shop. You’ll also find their products in: Fodder, Harrogate; Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton and Thornton; …

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The Sheffield Honey Company

The hum of honey bees fills the air and the heady scent of fresh honeycomb intoxicates the senses. A day in the office doesn’t get more idyllic than this. It’s a daily experience for beekeeper and The Sheffield Honey Company founder Jez Daughtry.

This luxury brand has become ubiquitous in and around Yorkshire since he launched it back in June 2010. But the bee farming business wasn’t always Jez’s calling. He found himself drawn to the buzz of honey production after being made redundant from a successful IT career in 2009, and it was his childhood interest in beekeeping that led him to consider it as a full-time occupation. While IT might have seemed demanding, the 12-hour days, care of over 300 hives and the physical labour that The Sheffield Honey Company demands means Jez is working the hardest he has in his life.

But it’s all worth it for the finished product. Jez now runs a successful artisan business producing blossom, soft set, heather and special edition honeys from hives located all over the city – look skywards and they can even be seen on the roof of Weston Park Museum. His empire also extends into the Peak District where they offer unique honey made from those hives in the national park.

For Jez, it’s about making customers aware of honey and its provenance – the hard work put into it by him and his bees – is the priority:

“I want people to see the genuine quality of our products and understand the difference between this and the honey you can buy in the supermarkets,” he says. “I love the idea of everyone in Sheffield knowing where our honey comes from and having a jar in their cupboard.”

And with Jez’s busy bees making honey from flower nectar in our own back gardens, real local produce doesn’t get much closer to home than this. Their core products of pure Blossom, Soft Set, Borage and the finest Heather honey are all available in both 113g and 340g hexagon jars.

To order simply drop Jez an email for pricing details. …

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Thundercliffes Fishmonger

Peter Thundercliffe’s grandad was a deep sea trawler skipper and the fishing DNA is certainly in the blood.

As a 10 year old, growing up around the fishing boats on Bridlington seafront, Peter and his fellow harbour lads used push nets to catch shrimps. He cooked them at home and sold them to seaside day-trippers in the summer to earn some extra pocket money. He soon owned his first rowing boat, then a motor boat (Sandy), then a Yorkshire coble (Gillian & Richard), a traditional east coast fishing boat, and by the age of 19 Peter was busy long line crabbing, lobstering, salmon and seatrout netting and mackereling. The world was his oyster!

After many years at sea skippering the Eagernoon, a trawler sustainably fishing the east coast grounds, Peter came ashore to become a fishmonger. He achieved swift recognition in national fishmongers’ competitions for the quality and freshness of his cod, salmon, halibut and shellfish. He opened his first shop in Scarborough, moving to Helmsley (2015 Best Market Town winner in the Great British High Street Awards) where he sells a full range of tasty, fresh fish and shellfish together with his own delicious, homemade fish pies and fishcakes.

Peter sources direct from the east coast fishing ports of Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington, wherever he hears the best quality catch is being landed that morning.

Peter says, “I am chuffed to be nominated recently for the Best Specialist Retailer in The Flavours of Herriot Country Awards. It’s a reassuring sign I still do a good job bringing quality, fresh fish and shellfish to all fish lovers out there!”

Having been rescued himself once or twice at sea, Peter is a long-standing supporter of RNLI lifeboats raising over £400 by leaving oyster and scallop shells outside his shop which passers by can take in return for a donation.

You can buy Peter’s fish from his shop in Helmsley, Proudfoots Foodstores in Scarborough, the Local Pantry in Otley, the Hunmanby Pantry nr Filey and he has a stall at Hovingham market the first Saturday of every month. He’s also doing …

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Puckett’s Pickles

Say goodbye to sludgy pickles. Puckett’s Pickles are wholesomely natural, gloriously colourful and joyfully British!

Founder Sarah takes her inspiration from family. All the Pucketts were seafarers. Her Grandfathers would bring home lots of weird and wonderful spices. Her Grandmothers would make them into chutneys and pickles using vegetables from the garden. Her mother taught her the social importance of food, and to demand the very best – not just from ingredients and suppliers – but from herself, too. As a ship’s captain, her dad really did sail the seven seas. It was while on his travels that he dreamt up the recipe for Captain Puckett’s tangtastic pickled onions. Sarah thanks her dad for making her more adventurous with her ingredients.

Puckett’s Pickles, homemade in York, contain no nasty preservatives, no needless food miles – just seasonal produce, bright fresh herbs and rich whole spices (and a secret soupçon of Granny’s know-how).

You can choose from a range of chutneys including classics such as spicy delicious and flag-wavingly British Puckalilli, seasonal Yorkshire Pumpkin Chutney and the amazing Chilli Chutney, just like an old flame, both hot and sweet!

Sarah says, “I thought my Dear Grandma’s kitchen and larder were the next best thing to Narnia: full of magical experiences and unexpected delights. There was always something to learn, something to taste, and treats whenever I came in with a scraped knee. All my inspiration finds its roots in her kitchen.”

With three sets of ‘Gold Star Great Taste Awards’ 2015, ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ winner 2014 and two sets of ‘Gold Star Great Taste Awards 2014’, the judges clearly agree with what Sarah’s always known,
“Nothing tickles like a Puckett’s Pickle”.

You can order Puckett’s Pickles online via their website and you’ll find their fantastic products in stores up and down the country including Hunters, Helmsley, Tapenade Deli, Guernsey, The Cheddar Vine, Saffron  Walden and Bert’s Barrow, Hillam. Keep an eye out on the website for new recipe ideas coming soon using Sarah’s products.

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Wensleydale Free Range Eggs

All the hens at Milton Lodge are free range and the eggs are graded and packed on farm ensuring the high standards are maintained.

Roy Allinson’s desire and determination to specialise in poultry when he left school led to him setting up Wensleydale Free Range Eggs, set in the quiet rural village of Finghall, Leyburn offering stunning panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales. Roy runs the business from the family farm with his dad, Frank and the rest of the family who have all contributed to building up the business over the years.

Roy’s hens are Hi Line hens, quite a lazy bird but rangy and well-feathered, a sign they are well looked after. The flock has access to a well-maintained, extensive range which allows the birds to express their natural behaviour outside amongst the lush green trees and pastures of the Yorkshire Dales. Their feed contains natural cereals which is reflected in the rich, golden yellow yolks Roy’s eggs are famous for. There’s even freshly pumped mineral water for them to drink, he believes in attention to the finest details!

Roy says:

“I go out, knock on doors cold calling, leaving people eggs and saying this is what we do. I even crack eggs in front of people and say ‘just look at the yolk’. I give hundreds of eggs away in order to build up business. I even took my eggs to our printer and cracked them open so they could match the colour of our egg yolk on all our printed material. I took the decision to market our eggs locally and now within a 20-mile radius of the farm you won’t find anything much but fresh Wensleydale Eggs.”

“You get a cracked egg off me and I take it as a personal insult because with my dad we put every single egg in that box. We have a machine that will do it automatically but I won’t use it. I want to guarantee that every egg is perfect. An automated machine puts them in and shuts the lid before you can check. I can’t take that. …

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The Black Cat Bistro

Welcoming Liam & Sophie from The Black Cat Bistro to our SNAP family

We are very lucky to have teamed up with the incredibly talented Yorkshire chef, Liam Root, who has created all the amazing, tasty recipes for our upcoming Yorkshire recipe boxes. Liam and his partner Sophie run The Black Cat Bistro, a small and intimate restaurant located in the centre of Holmfirth.

They serve French inspired home-style cuisine and pride themselves on sourcing their ingredients locally around Holmfirth and further afield in Yorkshire. Everything they serve is made in house. If produce cannot be sourced locally, then they use ingredients that are sourced ethically or Fairtrade. The Black Cat Bistro is an active member of Holme Valley Fairtrade, working hard to promote and celebrate all things Fairtrade within Holmfirth and the Holme Valley.

The Black Cat Bistro offers a traditional Yorkshire roast dinner the first Sunday of every month,  complete with all the trimmings (small £9, large £13) served from 12 noon until 7.30pm and an Early Bird special with 15% off your total food bill every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. If you fancy starting the weekend in style, check out Thirsty Thursdays, simply share the offer on facebook or twitter, book ahead and receive a free drink with your meal. Liam & Sophie work closely with a local sommelier offering customers a selection of fine French wines and a guest world wine that changes every month. House beers are from Squawk Brewing Company in Salford and guest beers come from local Yorkshire craft brewers Fresh Island Brewing and Here Be Monsters.

Customers love that they can choose from an extensive vinyl collection and pick the soundtrack they dine to. With over 150 records to choose from ranging from The Beatles to Blondie; Etta James to Elton John, there’s something for everyone!

Liam says:

‘We are strong believers that what makes us successful is the combination of a dedicated kitchen team, great customer service and fresh, local ingredients, as well as an intimate dining setting. Our menus are based on seasonal produce with an

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Longley Farm’s Devil’s Foodcake

Flora says: This was found in an old handwritten recipe book as nothing more than a list of ingredients, so the method is a bit of experiment but we think the results are devilishly delicious!


1. Grease and line a 7″ tin

2. Beat the butter and sugar together until combined and creamy

3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until well combined (it’s easier to combine evenly if you add in 2 stages, or mix in an electric mixer)

4. Turn into the cake tin and bake at 190°C / 370°F(180°C Fan) for 25-30 minutes or until it is slightly springy on top to the touch

5. Wait for the cake to cool then cover with chocolate icing

To make the icing

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of barely simmering water

2. Cream together the butter and icing sugar

3. Beat in the warm chocolate and spread on the cake

4. Once the icing has fully cooled, dust the top of the cake with cocoa and/or icing sugar


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Le Langhe Artisan Deli

We first tasted Le Langhe’s fresh egg tagliatelle back in 2002, and we haven’t forgotten how good it is… Thirteen years later and we are delighted to bring it to your dinner table!

Le Langhe is an artisan deli located in the heart of York. Established in 2002 by Italian-born Ottavio (Otto), Le Langhe started from a tiny premises in the shadow of York Minster. Its reputation grew quickly as has its customer following and Le Langhe now occupies larger premises on Peasholme Green, close to the River Foss. The name is inspired by the beautiful Langhe hills in the Piedmont region at the foot of the Alps in northern Italy. Just like Yorkshire, Piedmont is an area renowned for its unique and special food ingredients. The chefs at Le Langhe serve up authentic tasting, small-scale quality foods every day, taking great pride in preparing home-cooked, hand-made food. The fresh egg tagliatelle in this recipe is made on the premises each morning in the tried and tested traditional Italian way and it’s truly magnificent.

Don’t just take our word for it, local chef Giacomino Hazan says: “The Hazan family have written dozen of books on food. I am told that my pasta dishes are the best in Yorkshire. Until yesterday. Ottavio’s hand-made pasta is by far the best I have ever eaten and it beats mine for its lightness. I have to tell Ottavio,”Bacio la mano” as they say in Napoli (“I kiss the hand that made this”)”. Le Langhe has a special Michelin BIB Gourmand award for offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices”. You can also find them in the Michelin and Waitrose Good Food Guides 2015. As well as the deli, Le Langhe has a cosy dining room and an outdoor terrace.…

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Ramus Seafood Emporium

From humble beginnings supplying Scottish lobster to Harrogate hotels, to the accolade of being the Seafish Independent Retailer of the Year, Ramus has built up a trusted reputation for fabulous quality, personal customer service and great value.

Ramus is a well-established local, independent fishmongers run by real people. Directors Jonathan Batchelor and Tony Rushton have nearly 50 years’ experience in the fish industry between them and care passionately about their clientele, their business and its future.

Central to their ethos is that all their fish and seafood is sourced responsibly. Ramus buy from sustainable fish stocks and can provide full traceability on all their products.

You will find the broadest range of quality fish and seafood from the daily catch on offer at the right price in Ramus’ Harrogate and Ilkley stores including well known fresh cod and haddock and also increasingly popular and just as tasty alternatives such as hake, pollack and coley.

Ramus source their rainbow trout (a freshwater fish) from Kilnsey Park Estate just up the road in the heart of spectacular Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales.

Jonathan says:

‘Here at Ramus, we believe in the future of fish. We care about the sustainability of our products and where they come from making sure that all of our products are sourced responsibly to ensure that the next generation can enjoy the same choice of quality seafood as we have today. We provide our customers with great variety and choice, personal customer service and strive to be the number one supplier of the finest fresh fish and seafood to Yorkshire and beyond.’

As well as visiting Jonathan and Tony in one of their stores, you can order fresh fish direct from Ramus via their website.…

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Great Food Club

We’re proud to say that we’ve recently been selected to be part of Great Food Club! Here’s our listing on their website. You only get into Great Food Club on merit (you don’t pay), so we’re pretty pleased about it! The idea behind Great Food Club is to celebrate and promote the best food and drink independents – not the big chains, just the local producers, pubs, shops and restaurants.

Great Food Club’s Yorkshire Editor, Ann Fugler, lives in Malton and is a big fan of our recipe boxes. Her Yorkshire section currently lists around 25 independents, from Skosh in York to Nidd Wick Farm in Knaresborough. Many of the places in Great Food Club run special offers to GFC members, including us! We recommend you join Great Food Club – it’s free. When you join you’ll receive a membership card and regular emails guiding you to hidden independent gems in Yorkshire and beyond. You can join here.

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