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Food find of the month - Gomersal-grown cress

PUBLISHED: 00:16 28 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:21 20 February 2013

Award-winning Yorkshire chef Andrew Pern with daughter Daisy

Award-winning Yorkshire chef Andrew Pern with daughter Daisy

There are little bags off goodness growing in Gomersal. Heather Parry reports

Food find of the month



There are little bags off goodness growing in Gomersal. Heather Parry reports

Im sure I am not alone in thinking that Gomersal is not the natural home of healthy eating but let me tell you there are amazing things going on in this West Yorkshire village. WS Bentleys Ltd is an established family firm which started out in 1956 as a market garden producing and selling spring onions, beetroot and radishes. From those firm roots, sorry I couldnt resist that, they have developed new and exciting products which are taking the salad market by storm.
My absolute favourite of the range is their radish cress which looks like normal cress but has the addition of wonderful pink stems. It is an amazing marriage of the cool crunchiness of cress with the peppery kick of a radish. It tastes great and looks oh so pretty. It makes the dullest sandwich leap into the premier league, it gives a posh chefy look when scattered over salads or canaps and is particularly good with smoked fish. Better still the little seedlings are high in vitamins A1, B1 and C; tasty and healthy which is truely a winning combination.
In addition to the radish cress Bentleys also grow normal cress and a wide range of sprouting peas. Their bags of mixed beans include a blend of mung beans, adzuki beans, lentils and chick peas which are great to snack on or to use in stir fries or soups. They also do wonderful bags of alfalfa which helps aid digestion and contain high levels of folic acid. Their pea shoots take 11 days to grow to perfection and are then cut and washed. Their product bags are as clever as they are; they are specially developed to breathe, which keeps the products in perfect condition. As the company has developed they have branded their products and so on so watch out for these little bags of goodness.
Heather Parry scours the county for distinctive products sold in Fodder, the Yorkshire Agricultural Societys farm shop and restaurant in Harrogate.



All in the game
Loose Birds & Game is the latest book from Michelin star Yorkshire chef Andrew Pern which aims to offer a fresh approach to poultry, game and fish. This book, the follow-up to Andrews first one, Black Pudding & Foie Gras, promotes the heritage and versatility of game. My intention is to make some of the foods that make Britain great more accessible and appealing to a larger and more interested audience, he says. The delicious recipes in the book will go a long way to doing that.
Loose Birds &Game is published by Face Publications price 39.99



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