Nadiya Hussain reveals her favourite Yorkshire foods
PUBLISHED: 09:46 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:26 10 October 2017
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Busy Bake Off star heads to the Flavours Food Festival in Elsecar and launches a new Christmas book.
British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain is headed to Barnsley for its food festival this month. She will give cookery demonstrations during the town’s Flavours Festival, including a selection of her own recipes.
Since winning the BBC television series in 2015, Nadiya has become a columnist and author as well as a regular reporter and presenter. She also has her own television cookery show, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and co-presents another new television food series, The Big Family Cooking Showdown.
But she has welcomed this chance to return to Yorkshire, her home for nearly 10 years including the time she was a contestant during the Great British Bake Off. ‘These parts always feel like home, from the friendly people, the food and the comforting northern accent,’ she said. ‘I will always have an affiliation to Yorkshire and coming to Barnsley feels a little bit like coming home for me and my family.’
We asked her what she loved about Yorkshire food and the county’s cooking traditions. She said: ‘It’s all about the food and the traditions whatever region you visit and Yorkshire is no different. Since living there I have learned the people are very proud of what their region has produced. Some of my favourites are Parkin, Yorkshire puddings, Wensleydale cheese, rhubarb and who can forget Fat Rascals.’
She told us that her three children aged 11, 10 and seven loved food and were not fussy eaters. ‘My eldest loves cooking, my youngest loves baking and my 10-year-old is indifferent. However they all love eating, they are not fussy, they are always wary of something new but always giving it a try. I think it’s so important for children to be comfortable in the kitchen even if it starts with washing dishes, that is how I began, and now they love being in and around the kitchen.
Sharing good food is a great way of bringing people from many different backgrounds together. We asked Nadiya if she had the choice of dishes to serve at an international gathering of politicians for example, what would it be and why? ‘It would have to be a mix of cultures and cuisines. Voul au vents filled with beef and horse radish; pakoras; gorditas with salsa samosas; jerk haddock; chicken korma and rice and to finish jam roly-poly with custard.’
Christmas is coming and with it Nadiya’s birthday. Will there be time to have a family celebration? She answered Christmas was always a special time.
‘It’s always really special because everyone has the time off work and so there are no excuses. Everyone has to be there. My sister’s birthday is on Christmas Eve so we always have a shared get together. We always have a full Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings and lots of cake.’
But well before then Nadiya is encouraging everyone to get on their marks, get set… bake at the two day Flavours Festival held at Elsecar on October 14th and 15th. Nadiya is appearing on October 15th only. She follows in the footsteps of TV chef James Martin who was the festival’s special guest last year when the then day-long event attracted more than 4,000 visitors. Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet spokesperson for Place, including culture and visitor economy, said: ‘Last year’s event was a huge success and we are certain that this year it will be even better. We are delighted to welcome a chef, columnist, presenter and author of Nadiya’s calibre to Barnsley and look forward to see what exciting dishes she will be serving up on the day.’
Elsecar, an historical heritage site will be transformed into a bustling food and drinks market, with a wide variety of tasty treats and delicious beverages. Stalls will have local and national food produce. There will also be street food and live entertainment. .
This is also the chance to explore the original Earl Fitzwilliam’s workshops at the heritage centre, now converted into a series of independent shops, antiques centre, play area and cafes.
For more information go to elsecar-heritage.com