Food news: Second helping of Sheffield’s best recipes

Bake off star Howard Middleton
Bake off star Howard Middleton
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It’s back - with more lust-worthy recipes, culinary words of wisdom, and local cooking stars than before.

The first Sheffield Cookbook was released to acclaim in 2014, selling more than 12,000 copies.

Now Meze Publishing is serving up the sequel, with 80 recipes from 65 contributors as well as guests from Howard Middleton, who featured on the Great British Bake Off, and local Masterchef finalist Stuart Archer.

Former Star food reviewer Martin Dawes has written the foreword, while dishes championing local produce range from chicken and ham pie by The British Oak pub in Mosborough to chicken with chorizo at Cubanas.

Copies are now due to be available this month, ahead of the Christmas rush.

“When we were asked if we would like to be part of The Sheffield Cook Book we couldn’t answer yes quick enough”, said manager of The Hidden Gem Café, Sarah-Jayne Field.

“We are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many up and coming chefs and eateries throughout the city and it’s a privilege to be involved.

“This is the first time The Hidden Gem has been linked with such a successful venture and its one that really does excite us.”

The book will also tell the stories behind some of Sheffield’s best known eateries and producers.

New restaurants to feature this time include bakery Forge Bakehouse of Abbeydale Road, Mexican canteen Street Food Chef, Thyme Café of Broomhill, and The Bhaji Shop in Kelham Island.

“We have become a richly diverse foodie city, with some fantastic local producers and a restaurant scene that’s inspired by different cultures and cuisines. 

“I’m delighted to contribute a recipe that takes the humble fruit crumble of my Sheffield childhood and gives it a touch of Chinese flavour.”

The Sheffield Cook Book: Second Helpings will be priced at £14.95 and will be available to purchase from all businesses involved, bookshops and online at Amazon.

Meanwhile curry lovers in Barnsley have a new destination to try, after Shylet Palace opened in the former working men’s club in Kingston.

And in Chesterfield, food manufacturers Granny Mary’s has achieved the impossible, selling rice to China as part of its new ready meal range which is being exported to meet demand for traditional English dishes.

The rice dish is - that traditional British tea, chicken tikka masala with pilau. Around the corner Ferndale Garden Centre in Coal Aston, Dronfield, is getting festive far in advance.

There is a preview evening tonight, Wednesday November 2, from 6-pm.

Enjoy the choir, taste tipples including new Pogues Irish Whisky and Crabbies cranberry ginger ale. There are also canapes and tastes of the new menu, as well as shopping.