Friday, 1 July 2011

Smoked in the Dales



We do most of our fruit and vegetable shopping at Keelham Farm Shop, which is just up the road from us and, increasingly, our meat and fish is being sourced there as well.

We took a decision a while back that, as prices were going up and our income wasn’t, we would rather have less meat and fish but keep buying good quality – which is how we found produce from Mackenzies Yorkshire Smokehouse in Keelham Farm’s cooler.

The smokehouse is not far from us, right up in the dales at a small village called Blubberhouses.  So we loaded the car with a cool box, some money and our appetites and set off to sample the delights of it’s restaurant and shop.  After some delays and detours caused by road repairs because of a landslide, we arrived just in time for our reservation.

I haven’t quite got up the nerve to take photos in a restaurant  yet so I can’t show you the delicious meal we had but there are pictures of the restaurant and a menu on the website.

Then to the shop to fill the cool box with smoked mackerel, smoked tuna, smoked salmon, smoked meat, smoked sausages, smoked paprika – well, it is a smoke house!  All the produce is fresh and so I was shopping for the freezer.


The picture above is, believe it or not, a kipper.  Forget the bright yellow, dry fish sold as kipper in most places.  This is pale, delicate, moist, delicious. It is half a pack and plenty for the two of us with a poached egg to boost the protein.


Such a simple meal, quickly cooked and served with new potatoes and peas. 


And I’ve still got the other half of the pack in the freezer.  I’m off to browse in my cookery books.

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