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One thing is assured, the life of a reporter is always varied, maybe more so when you ply your trade where there’s fewer people and far more sheep… North Yorkshire is a charmed land; through man’s boundaries the county encapsulates two National Parks and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. My week started in one of them, […]

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It’s a great time of year to pile a load of beef and root vegetables in the slow cooker. The longer they cook, the better the flavour. Let’s be honest: nothing beats returning home to the smell of a perfect stew and the knowledge that you have to do is open the red wine and […]

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I was incredibly honoured and humbled to be awarded the Yorkshire Award for the Countryside at this year’s Yorkshire Awards ceremony in Leeds. The category is sponsored by the Dalesman Magazine and recognises people who have made a positive contribution to the rural scene in Yorkshire. Last year’s winner for example, was Amanda Owen the Yorkshire Shepherdess. […]

We’ve all been there. Bought a whole chicken to roast and then, thriftily, make soup or curry with the remnants. But it never happens. Any attempts at culinary utopia are quashed by limited time and limited butchery skills. However, fear not, for that’s about to change. With a simple chopping board and a knife it’s […]

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I wish I’d been there.  At the coffee shop meetings, poring over catalogues of seeds, drinking a celebratory beer after the signing of contracts, as the first basket of food was sent to a paying customer. Like I said, I wish I’d been there. If an urban area exists people strive, with varying results, to […]

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I was reading the Metro newspaper the other day and noticed the article shown above. On reading it I wasn’t shocked. During my time as a butcher I’ve been asked many well-meaning questions and a few concerning ones too. A middle aged adult with three children in tow once enquired ‘how to cook a burger?’ […]

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We live in a society where food and farming are treated as two separate breeds, species, planets almost. We know full well it’s not the case, however with the passing of time, a rift has developed and there’s a risk it will widen. Such chasms allow erroneous events to occur, which they do: horsemeat-gate, dyed […]