My name is Pat and, for many years, I’ve been passing on recipes to family and friends. I love cooking and don’t regard it as a chore, though I wouldn’t want to be in the kitchen all day – or even every day. This blog grew out of that sharing and the joy of cooking.
Why ‘A Yorkshire Cook’? Because here is my base, my home, my kitchen. Grounded in this land, I can venture forth to sample and embrace other styles of cooking and, the more I look, the more I realise that most home cooking comes down to ‘What do I have to work with?’ and ‘What can I prepare in the limited time I have?’
The reasons for those two questions has changed down the years. From a peasant woman with a large family who spun wool and made the clothes, carried water and firewood, swept with a besom, milked the goats, fed the hens and collected the eggs, we have come to a person of either gender who works full time, helps the children with their homework, keeps house, and fights his or her way round crowded shops.
Bringing my passions down to basics. I love food, cooking and travel – but not necessarily in that order.
Please note that I am a Cook, not a Chef and Nouvelle Cuisine has no place in my kitchen.
I cook hearty simple meals like a Bubbe, Nonna, Mémère, Oma or Baba of days gone by. Food and the preparation of it is a basic necessity which can be a joy.