Yorkshire not so hot on puddings

yorkshire puddingsTo mark the start of National Yorkshire Pudding week, pre-cooked manufacturer Aunt Bessie’s has put it’s name to a study of who consumes the well-known Sunday roast favourite.

The Yorkshire pudding is actually eaten more often by both Londoners and Scots than it is by the fair folk of Yorkshire. To rub salt into the wound, the rivalry of neighbouring Red Rose county Lancashire continues as two out of three loyal Lancastrians eat Lancashire hotpot!

However, there’s still some good news for the Yorkshire puds as it is still the most popular regional food in Britain.

Celebrity chef and husband of Fern Britton, Phil Vickery, has been chosen to front the first National Yorkshire Pudding Week. Perhaps not surprisingly, Vickery isn’t troubled by people not making their own Yorkshires. He told the Yorkshire Post: “I have no trouble with the fact that Aunt Bessie’s make Yorkshire Puddings. They are difficult things to get right and so many people just don’t have the time or the ability to make them properly.”

How about you – do you find making homemade Yorkshire Puddings difficult? And if you do make your own, do you make individual ones or a single large pudding in a baking tray?

Image pictured courtesy of The Real Yorkshire Pudding Company (website).

New HP sauce recipe browns-off fans

HP sauceFans of the well-known condiment HP Sauce are browned-off with a new recipe for the product.

The brown sauce (pictured) has a revised recipe in order to reduce the amount of salt in the sauce from 2.1g to 1.3g per 100g. The new recipe reduces the total amount of salt content to less than 38%.

However, the new recipe is proving to be something of a turn-off with fans of the sauce including the famous chef Marco Pierre White. White, a Michelin starred chef, says he was brought up on HP Sauce and is reported as saying the new sauce tastes “dodgy and disgusting.”

Heinz, owners of the brand since 2005, are giving way to pressure from the government who want food manufacturers to reduce the amount of salt used in their products.