What’s cooking at Selby College?

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Yorkshire has been named the third best region of the world to visit in 2014 by the globetrotting publisher, Lonely Planet. And why not? The county has bracing beaches and rolling moors, historical cities and stately homes. All great reasons to visit, and then there’s the food… Yorkshire pudding (obviously), Wensleydale cheese, fat rascals, probably the best rhubarb in the world, Whitby crab, parkin and liquorice.

Yes, Yorkshire is home to a fine array of produce and dishes, no wonder the county has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other outside of London! What better way to celebrate the wonderful food of Yorkshire, than to bring together a collection of recipes using the finest ingredients the county has to offer.

That’s just what the catering students from Selby College have set about doing, resulting in the new cookbook ‘All the best from Yorkshire’. The book is being published in memory of Scott Robinson, a former student of the college who sadly died, aged just 18, due to testicular cancer. Inspired by Scott’s cheerful character and talent for cooking, staff and students who knew him decided to raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research by publishing a cookbook.

The first book, called The Sweetest Thoughts, was a collection of delicious dessert recipes that caught the imagination of cooks across the world, and raised over £3,000 for charity. The success of The Sweetest Thoughts led to a second recipe collection… ‘All the best from Yorkshire’ which was published earlier this week. Angie Hobden, a guidance and support tutor at the college, has been instrumental in producing the book.

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At the start of this year, she set about collecting mouth-watering recipes from cooks and bakers across the county. They could be traditional Yorkshire favourites, family bakes passed down from one generation to the next, or modern dishes using the best of Yorkshire produce. Angie was able to secure contributions from celebrity chefs, award winning restaurants, some great Yorkshire food producers, home bakers, and students from the Chef School at Selby College – star chefs of the future.

The book is a celebration of Yorkshire food – full of ideas for delicious sweet and savoury dishes. There are stylish starters made with locally sourced pigeon, rhubarb and bacon. The recipes in the main courses section use pheasant, fish from the Yorkshire coast, and, of course, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. For those with a sweet tooth, there is plenty of inspiration – Yorkshire parkin, scones, and cakes flavoured with apple, rhubarb or chocolate. In fact, you could easily create a menu for a complete Yorkshire meal from the recipes.

Take your pick from Rosemary Shrager’s Wensleydale cheese puffs, North Sea fish pie from The Butcher’s Arms at Hepworth, warm lemon curd pudding as made by Brian Turner, and the Clandestine Cake Club’s Yorkshire tea loaf. Although each of the recipes in ‘All the best from Yorkshire’ has a link to the county, there is a great range from fancy dinner party dishes to easily made family favourites.

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The recipes are clearly written and presented, and many are accompanied by a picture… so you know what you’re aiming for when you start cooking. The book is also sprinkled with Yorkshire facts, sayings and colour photos of God’s own county. ‘All the best from Yorkshire‘ has been produced with generous sponsorship from local firms, and all proceeds go directly to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The college has set itself an ambitious target of raising £10,000, and early sales of the book have been very promising – there have even been reports of some shops selling out of copies! The book is being supported and sold by food producers throughout the county, or you can get your copy direct from Selby College – books can be collected from Selby College student services and are available from the Selby Times office on Gowthorpe in Selby. Alternatively you can send a cheque made payable to ‘The Sweetest Thoughts”, to Abbots Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 8AT. Books cost £5.00 plus £1.50 postage (£2.00 for 2 and £2.50 for 3 books). Books can also be ordered via the college website www.thesweetestthoughts.com. For bulk orders please contact the college on 01757 211000, they may be able to arrange delivery depending on where the books are going.

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