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A Wild Woman’s Joy at being able to DANCE again

after pelvic injury and birthing.

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“We Have Come To Be Danced”

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The year before I became pregnant I had a slight injury to my hip whilst out hiking in beautiful countryside.

Wasn’t that much of an injury I thought, but things got worse over the coming months, and, convinced that I had somehow manifested it myself and that my body would heal naturally, I did nothing about it.  In fact it took ages to relate the two together.  I continued to dance, despite the discomfort!

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Nine months after the injury I realised that hoping it would get better on its own was futile and I sought the help of a physiotherapist who confirmed that my pelvis had had an anterior rotation for sometime – no wonder I had been in considerable pain.  My pelvic floor had deteriorated and various muscles were not firing as they should.  Other muscles had taken over, my body was way out of balance and it needed much work, as did my self-esteem.  I was relieved to begin physical treatment.  It was an education to learn just how important it was to maintain flexibility and good posture.  For someone who was an enthusiastic dancer and considered herself pretty fit, I was shocked to lose my strength and mobility so quickly!

Only weeks after starting said treatment I found out (thanks to the ‘Cosmic Sock Monkey’, lol) that I was at last pregnant!  Whooohoooo!!  I was soooo happy!  We had been trying for so long!

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Unfortunately the NHS do not treat pregnant women, so my condition was left to deteriorate again until after the birth.  It got much, much worse.  I no longer danced.

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I still continued to enjoy life, we even bought a van in the States and did a huge road trip which included the iconic BURNING MAN festival, albeit at a more sedentary pace and constantly consciously aware of the unique little person growing inside me.

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We did everything we could to make his entrance into this world as easy, enjoyable and enlightening as possible.  We did a lot of reading together. We even moved areas to one that was less inclined to suggest elective caesareans and not be so fearful and protocol based.  I was thrilled to be so fecund, I was going to miss this feeling.

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Natural Birthing, Rites of Passage & Primal Behaviour.

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However, at the age of 42 pregnancy knocked the stuffing out of my body, despite being enchanted by my pregnancy.  I was finding it excruciating to walk, sit and sleep.  I found an amazing chiropractor who helped keep everything together while my body was flooded with the hormone ‘relaxin‘.  This hormone was not helping me stabilise my twisted, and now floppy pelvis.

Bernette Van Kal based in Harrogate at Montpellier Chiropractic, North Yorkshire is a miracle worker, was incredibly gentle and reassuring.  She continued to realign my body so that we could have the birth we wanted.

I can not thank Bernette enough, she has since become a close and cherished friend, and I managed to have a wonderful home-birth and beautiful son, Maximus.

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After being semi-disabled for nearly two years, I can at last dance (for a while) without pain.  I have made up for the lack of self-expression through movement by focusing on my other artistic practices.

Now, the worry and challenge of losing my mobility and being uncertain of its return has transformed how I want to move my body, especially in public – basically, I didn’t give much of a feck before, I care even less now what other people think.

I still have some degree of discomfort every day, I keep popping out little abdominal hernias because it has taken 18 months for the stomach muscles to knit back together, but my continued Pilates classes twice a week with the lovely and whip cracking Claire and Louise  (of Heaven & Hell Fitness) and the physiotherapy exercises are improving my level of fitness and stability all the time.

Eckart Tolle helps me to see the bigger picture and keeps me mentally on track in an insane world, and David Deida’s daily ‘Bluetruths’ remind me how to keep the flame in our relationship and sex-life burning.

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I can’t wait to be dancing again this summer… and jumping up and down without peeing myself!  lol.

This powerful poem that I love by Jewel Mathieson sums up how I feel.  Every woman would benefit from …

I HAVE COME TO DANCE!!

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We have come to Be Danced

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Not the pretty dance
 Not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
But the claw our way back into the Belly
Of the Sacred, Sensual Animal dance
The unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box Dance
The holding the precious moment in the palms
Of our hands and feet Dance

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We have come to Be Danced
Not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
 But the wring the sadness from our skin dance
The Blow the chip off our shoulder Dance.
The slap the apology from our posture Dance

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We have come to Be Danced
Not the monkey see, monkey do dance
One two Dance like you
 One two three, Dance like me Dance
but the grave robber, tomb stalker
Tearing scabs and scars open Dance
The rub the Rhythm Raw against our Soul Dance

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We have come to Be Danced
Not the nice, invisible, self-conscious shuffle
But the matted hair flying, Voodoo Mama
Shaman Shakin’ Ancient Bones Dance
The strip us from our casings, Return our Wings
Sharpen our Claws and Tongues Dance
The Shed Dead Cells and slip into
The Luminous Skin of Love Dance.

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We have Come to Be Danced
Not the hold our breath wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
But the Meeting of the Trinity, the Body Breath and Beat Dance
The Shout Hallelujah from the top of our Thighs Dance
The Mother may I?
Yes you may take 10 giant Leaps Dance
 The olly olly oxen free free free Dance
The everyone can come to our Heaven Dance

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We have come to Be Danced
Where the Kingdom’s Collide
In the Cathedral of Flesh
To Burn Back into the Light
To unravel, to Play, to Fly, to Pray
To root in skin sanctuary
We have come to Be Danced

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We Have Come..

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~ by Jewel Mathieson.

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As with a lot of my work, I aspire to gently push the viewer, including myself, to question preconceptions and socio-cultural taboos by creating something beautiful and compelling from something dead and/or socially repulsive.

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Look out for blogs on my other ART projects – SHAMANIC ROADKILL CAPE, PLACENTA  ART & COOKERY, PLACENTA BOOTIES,  PLACENTA DISCO-BOOTIES, SHAMANIC SHAKTI BEAVER MERKIN, ANTI  BADGER-CULL TRIP-TIC, ROADKILL SQUIRREL TESTICLE EARRINGS  , BURNING-MAN ASARO MUD-FAMILY PERFORMANCE ART &  JAPANESE WISHING TREE

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A recent story in the press about me has gone ballistic all over the internet! 

Pregnant Woman Develops Bizarre Craving for Roadkill

As a result there have been many comments relating to these stories that have been quite abusive and unpleasant – mostly by people who do not question the media, believe everything they read and have a tendency to react before thinking.

An appetite for Feral Fusion – all good food if you know what you are doing!!

Now… I don’t mind the odd slating for being who I am, or doing what I do, and if being willing to put up with the odd verbal bashing means I get a chance to spark a reaction that can change the way people interact with the world… then I’ll keep doing it!

….but it does hurts a little when huge waves of hate and anger roll up on my shore due to deliberate misquoting and poor reporting in general – especially when aimed at my unborn child or my ability to be a good mother.  These individuals don’t know me, or where I am coming from, or how careful I REALLY am!

Japanese Gyoza – Roadkill Dumplings!

I know, I know, “If you dance with the devil…” and all that, I’ll get what I deserve…  Whatever!!  I’ll continue to be the authentic me and take on the chin whatever comes at me!  After all, it is only the ego that gets bruised by words.  I will live my life as I see fit, hopefully inspire and encourage others to do the same.  Let’s see where this dance with the media takes me – I have to question, ” is it all happening for a reason??”  I hope so.  Maybe lots of ‘good’ will come out of this – whatever ‘good’ is – question everything my friends.

 

The actual story goes kinda like this…

I was originally contacted by a UK news agency by email while I was doing a two month road trip in America recently.  They saw me on “Come Dine With Me” (A UK TV show) and they wanted to do a follow up story.  I said I would speak to them upon my return late October.  It was an amazing 6000 mile road trip in an old VW camper. As always a culinary trip – although trying to avoid sugar and refined carbs was a bit tough.  We love being in the States.  Our trip included the iconic Burning Man Festival and eleven National Parks.  Beautiful country and amazingly friendly people.   God bless America!

Rocky Mountain Oysters – Bulls Testicles – Wyoming

It just happened that I was 5 months pregnant upon my return and extremely happy and the reporter jumped on that opportunity for a sensational story, despite my ‘very’ verbal reservations.  The headlines have been along the lines of, “I have suddenly got cravings for roadkill”. In truth, many people know that I have been eating roadkill for years and I love it. Obviously they wanted to elaborate and say that my eating of traffic casualties was caused by pregnancy cravings!  What tosh!  Lol. …but it certainly made a great story – it has almost gone ‘viral’.  Such a big reaction to little ol’ me and my little life!

I think I’m going to need a bigger BBQ! Roadkill Mule deer, Utah.

What exactly is in our meat… supermarket or otherwise?

My roadside culinary habits have been filled with much more caution if anything (of course the reporter knew that, but that’s boring news!) and my partner does the roadside examinations and butchery at the mo.  I have been trying to conceive for some time and being an ‘older’ mum, taking every step I can to be super healthy – especially with regards to my diet.  I’ve driven my friends nuts by being so fussy, lol.  I do not take chances with my unborn child and despite other people’s ignorance in this matter, claiming that I am harming him, the truth is quite the contrary. Well chosen, roadkill is, without doubt, better than most supermarket meat and equal to the very best of (very expensive) meat in the shops.

When I can afford it, I only eat organic meat.  Yes, that includes roadkill as I consider this free range food to be pesticide, growth hormone, antibiotic and cruelty free!  Unlike most supermarket meat.   I was misquoted in a way that made it sound like eating roadkill was unhealthy – which of course it isn’t, so long as know what you’re doing and have a good working knowledge of the animal you’re eating and any possible diseases it may carry.  I have years of experience and if there is the slightest doubt as to whether it is not fresh or free of disease…I will not touch it!  I am never too proud to refuse the advice and knowledge offered by someone who knows more than me!

(The proof of the pudding is that I’ve been doing this regularly for over five years and I’ve never had a funny tummy from any of the food from the road – and neither have my dinner party guests!).

The contestants on CDWM – Harrogate

Also, I would hardly have appeared on a UK TV show serving up gourmet roadkill to random dinner guests in front of six million viewers (first broadcasting)  had I not had the confidence in what I was doing.  My eating roadkill has hardly been a secret, however, I got much slating because the article didn’t mention that either. They just made it out to be a sudden thing – which made me sound like a silly ‘15 minutes of fame’ thrill seeker to the people who had already seen me on the telly!  Pah!!

COME DINE WITH ME – ROAD-KILL THRILLS in HAIRY HARROGATE – 3 min clip!

Soooo…how do you know if a carcass is fresh and edible?

 

It is not only about how the animal looks and smells, whether the eyes are still in, how rigid the flesh is, whether the skin moves freely or whether its fleas have not yet abandoned a sinking ship!  Body and touch temperature are not always a great indicator, because different global regions have different climates. Also, changes in weather can make a difference to what bugs are around and the speed of decomposition.  Only pick up ‘clean’ hits that have ‘bounced’ to the side of the road. Then cut any bruised bits out – if any.  Rupturing of the animal’s organs and any broken bones have to be taken into consideration too as these can taint / poison the meat.

Obviously, don’t pick up something thats been run over a couple of times!!  It is essential to research the kinds of diseases certain wild animals can catch and what signs to look for.

… As you can see, you need to know what you’re doing, but it’s not rocket science!!  If in doubt, ask someone else or leave it for something else to chow down on.  Hopefully it will be eaten before numerous passing cars turn it into tarmac-jam!

I love my nomadic lifestyle.  I am one of the freest people I know and eating wild food makes me feel more at one with the environment and not separate from it.  I will share my knowledge with anyone who genuinely wants to learn more about living a simple life, appreciative of, and connected to, nature.  I am very open and honest about my life choices. And here’s the bonus, if you’ve yet to recognise it – You don’t have to work nearly as hard in life to make so much taxable money to have a cosy home, clothe and entertain yourself and eat well and healthily – Now with the state of the world economy as it is – surely this is appealing to many of you!

Maybe, one day, those angry people out there who live sanitary lives, too afraid to eat anything unless it has been pumped full of antibiotics, steroids and preservatives then shrink-wrapped in plastic will look to hunter/gatherers like us for survival tips when the world economy goes even more tits-up.

… or as one reader quoted “if there is a zombie apocalypse or something” lol!

Who knows eh?

…in a supermarket near you?

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A few corrections… Hairy Harrogate and Road Kill Thrills – Come Dine With Me

Hairy Harrogate & Road Kill Thrills – Come Dine With Me  Series 20 Episode 29….program synopsis.

What a funny episode, we all loved it and loved making it!  It was edited pretty well and got a lot of laughs at our expense, but we expected that and are fine with it – why else set yourself up and go on the show?  lol.

Watch the episode now  – using Channel 4 link or or Seesaw link.

I would like to make a few points as I feel the editing left some important bits out.  I am aware that what people think of me is none of my business, but it doesn’t hurt to get a few important facts right now does it?  Some people do tend to believe everything they see on TV!  I also want to praise a few people who were wonderful and supported my menu, but didn’t get a look in.

In order of appearance….

The Motor home – I borrowed the motor home from a friend of a friend.  The idea was to show an alternative option to living in bricks and mortar.  It was meant to be a visual-aid, while still shopping for my own motor home on ‘ebay’ (which I now live in).  Unfortunately the borrowed van did not reflect my personality and no real filming of it or explanation of it took place.  I hope ‘As Seen On TV’ will help it sell as it was for sale at the time.  Many thanks anyway Clive.

Butchering the Road Kill Dear  – I had help from a wonderful man who stopped and offered to help.  He happened to be a local deer stalker and gave me the most amazing butchery lesson.  Thank you!  I wish I could find the card you gave me with your email address on it.

My Nomadic Lifestyle – After returning from a long trip abroad last summer my partner and I decided we were not going to settle in the UK, and wanted instead to buy a bit of land elsewhere to build an eco home, grow organically, raise our own animals and accommodate our friends.  The way the program went gave the impression that I lived my entire life ‘dossing’ from place to place  and taking advantage of my friends.  This isn’t true.  I was going through a transitional period only, meant to last about six months and only until we found our new motor home – which we did a few weeks after filming.  All stays with friends were wonderful and of mutual benefit.  Also, I do not coin it in with my little rented house, it pays the mortgage and that’s that!  lol.

Matt and his attitude – Matt is actually a really nice bloke and ‘hams it up!’ a lot.  We have kept in touch since and had a great laugh, he’s a great sport and a big softy really. 

Water Buffalo Bourguignon – On the show it makes out that the buffalo I used was not local.  It was!  The buffalo are reared in North Allerton, also in North Yorkshire.  Langhorne’s Buffalo Produce visit all the local farmers markets.   The buffalo was not called ‘James’.

The Dessert – The Bailey’s was not mentioned in the desert, and the recipe my dear friend Nick gave me was not used because of it.  Shame, it was a great recipe.

Extremely Exotic Petit Fours – The show did not use the clips of the Civet Coffee that I served, or the Scorpion Lollies that I gave as gift bags.  Many thanks and also apologies to Fenwicks and The Food Company Anglia for donating those, but not seeing them on TV.

School and community art and projects

All the school got involved

Click the image above to view a slide show of photos from commissioned projects that I’ve carried out with schools and communities (more recent images and press clippings pending upload).

Road Kill Thrills – COME DINE WITH ME

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Ali cooking road kill on Come Dine With Me

I am a road kill recycler, cook and wild food forager. I love being creative and injecting humour into what I ‘rustle up’!  I enjoy the challenge of using the body parts other cooks don’t like to use!
This is one of many creations – the ‘Foot & Fadge’ terrine made from an organic pig’s trotter and uterus with goji berries!   I didn’t serve this pork terrine on Come Dine With Me though… maybe I should have!  lol.
I often hold impromptu workshops at camps and small festivals, teaching the joys of Road Kill Preparation.  It always amazes me how squeamish your average carnivore is!  I love what I do. I am a very happy scavenger and I dislike waste.

Soooo, take a look at my latest ROAD KILL cookery adventure …  COME DINE WITH ME – ROAD KILL THRILLS

Watch me make some road kill pies by following this link or clicking on the large pic above: Series 20 Episode 29 – HARROGATE »

To watch the full  hour long programme click here: Hairy harrogate & Road Kill Thrills – Come Dine With Me.

Come Dine With Me

Come Dine With Me Harrogate 2011
Come Dine With Me Harrogate 2011

Earlier this year, after encouragement from friends, I put myself forward as a contestant on Come Dine With Me.  “Nutter!!”  I hear myself say. lol.  They must have thought so too … nomadic, shamanic artist and road kill recycler???  Hmmmmm.  “We’ll have her!”

I grew up in Leeds, but moved to Harrogate (in North Yorkshire) in 2003 and made a life there.  Since 2007 I have been nomadic, using Harrogate as a base, so I can confidently say my home is there… even if it is on wheels! I spend the warmer months on the festival scene, back and forth, and travelling abroad to live and learn with various tribes.  I arrived back in Harrogate last summer, having spent time in remote regions of South America (Andes, Patagonia and the Amazon jungle), Papua New Guinea and Japan, learning about tribal life, cultural diversity and FOOD of course!!  I enjoy my life immensely and I feel I am one of the freest people I know!!  I had to borrow a home and kitchen for the show as I am currently nomadic (by choice, I hasten to add). Possessions are albatrosses around our necks, and to be quite frank, I’d rather eat the albatross (but would never shoot one out of the sky!). Possessions own us as much as we own them.

I love food!!  All food! (except Marmite. lol).  I love traditional food, exotic food, raw food and rich food, Michelin star quality food and the opposite of that — street food and jungle food. My education has been vast, from one end of the spectrum to the other. I love really basic food and preferably organic — all vegetables and animals, including the ones lower down the food chain like bugs and worms etc.   I have a passion for strange unidentifiable things on sticks and the cuts of meat we Brits have turned our back on such as offal, lights and lungs etc.

Over recent years, the way I see food and our relationship to it has changed. I now eat much more ethically and healthily. I love cooking outdoors over real wood fires while camping, in earth ovens at festivals, or in the passenger footwell of a car on a mini gas stove while wandering (I cooked Penguin breast and Rhea thigh in Patagonia this way washed down with a beautiful Mendoza Malbec).

I am a wild food forager and love anything free of pesticides and growth hormones.  I especially enjoy preparing traffic casualties — proper free range meat that has only had one bad day in its wonderfully organic life!!  My passion for being a road kill chef has shocked and delighted many a friend.  Lol.   I use the fur, feathers, teeth and claws in my art — nothing gets wasted — I use it all!

Now, I don’t have a television — haven’t had one for over four years, but I occasionally watch CDWM with friends or family.  I played with the idea of being totally straight, dumbing myself down, so as not to offend others and go for the thousand quid, but instead I chose to be ME — totally true to myself and authentic, risking crucifixion, but making bloody good telly!!

Enjoy… 3 minute clip – Come Dine With Me | Road Kill Thrills

Full episode –  Channel 4 – Series 20  Episode 29: 17th June 2011 — “Hairy Harrogate & Road Kill Thrills”

Check out the ROAD KILL category on my HOME page!

Big love….

Ali (aka Tribal Ali) Brierley

Come Dine With Me – “I’d like to thank…” Harrogate Series 20 Episode 29

Come Dine With Me

Special Thanks

Harrogate – Series 20 Episode 29

 Special thanks go to the following people and companies who very generously donated ingredients & things in order to make my contribution a truly wonderful and authentic experience.    

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 In order of appearance…     

 

The House

 A huge, positively massive “Thank you” to my dear friends Les & Marisca, for offering their home to me. 

Hope you enjoy the show!!  

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The Studio

Artists Ltd is a UK Company based in Yorkshire. The founders of the company all have a background in the arts either as practitioners or suppliers. They started the company to provide a comprehensive UK based Internet presence which would facilitate the development of an artistic community.

Thank you dear friends – Bernie, Fraser and Andy for the loan of your studio in Harrogate, it was great fun having the Channel 4 crew there for the primary interviews. 

By email: info@artists.ltd.uk

www.artists.ltd.uk

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The Motor Home

While we were waiting for our new home to appear (which it now has) we borrowed a motor home from a friend… it turned out to be a bit bigger than we anticipated.  It was a 30ft RS Motorhomes Race Cruiser!  It is used most of the year for race weekends with Track Torque Racing and the odd weekend getaway for the family. 
Track Torque is a racing company who own and rent out race cars to race drivers.  They also look after race cars for their owners.  Most weekends in summer are spent at a race track somewhere in the UK or Europe.
Thank you Clive, Les and Mariska for sorting that out.

Track Torque Racing Ltd, Units 8+9, Rudgate Business Park, Rudgate, Tockwith, North Yorkshire YO26 7RD

Map Direction Here >

Tel  – 01423 359768
Clive –  07971 978775
Simon –  07971 154703

http://www.tracktorque.co.uk/

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Frangelico & Vodka cocktail shot served with Caramelised Lime wedges

 This cocktail shot was inspired by one I believe was called a Funky Monkey, tried whilst staying in La Paz, Bolivia last year.  It was my first night out after recovering from a bad case of Salmonella acquired from eating a dirty old pigs trotter at a Cholita wrestling match!  I have searched for it on the web since returning to the UK and have come up with at least four completely different cocktails.  I made it up the best I remember…

Thank you nameless Bolivian Bar for the inspiration and thank you Mum for buying the booze!

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       The Wine

All the wine was hand-picked to match each dish within my menu by my good friends and Wine merchants at Harrogate Fine Wines – Andrew & Julia Langshaw.  They have a great reputation for hand-picked wines and excellent bespoke customer service. They taste all the wines they stock for quality assurance – what a great job!!  Lol.  They hold regular customer tastings in the shop and hold a few wine dinners throughout the year generally with a winemaker on hand to talk you through the wines. They are proudly independent which means they can stock rare and small selections.  They have over 100 South African wines and visit this amazing country regularly.  You join their mailing list to receive the newsletter and learn about future events.  Thank you so much guys!

www.harrogatefinewinecompany.com

   Harrogate Fine Wines, Corn Exchange Cellars, The Ginnel, Harrogate, HG1 2RB

Tel: 01423 522270

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Curried Pheasant & Quinoa Mini Road Kill Pies

A favourite amuse-bouche of mine and a great and easy idea for using road kill rabbit, pigeon or pheasant.  I love making these for my friends!  A wonderful and juicy little ‘mouth-pleaser’ that also pushes a person unfamiliar with eating road kill gently out of their comfort zone. 

 http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/tv-show/come-dine-with-me-recipes/series-10/pheasant-road-kill-pies-recipe

The pheasant was a gift from the A61 – Harrogate to Ripon road. 

Thank you Nature for providing what I needed.

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   Wild Game Terrine

Outside the show, the ‘game’ in my terrines is always road kill.  I wanted to provide an alternative to the road kill pies, just in case someone objected!  I don’t like to see my guests go hungry. lol.  I wanted to use butcher-bought game for my terrine, so in case contestants ate one dish and not the other… an interesting question was awaiting…”So what’s the difference?” 

Thank you Peter Hutchinson at Hutchinson’s Butchers opposite the C15th Ripley Castle for supplying the rabbits and pheasant for the Wild Game Terrine.  This is a real olde-worlde butchers shop with a wonderful atmosphere and incredibly friendly, authentic staff.  I have used their services on various occasions over the years and have especially loved to see the game hanging up outside their front window – a wonderful reminder to folk that what they are eating was once hopping or flapping around recently.  I really admire how they operate – real butchers performing an honest job that reminds one of being part of a food chain – not ‘poshed-up’ like other places, where the meat is so sanitised, wrapped in layers of plastic and separated from nature that one can almost forget that the flesh being eaten was once alive and then killed before ending up on the dinner table!

 HUTCHINSON’S BUTCHERS, Ripley, Harrogate, HG3 3AX

Tel:  01423 770110.

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Foraged Fruit Chutney

The chutney recipe was donated by my beautiful friend Tina Langshaw of Harrogate.  She substituted the sugar for honey especialy for an awkward friend…who, me? lol.

The Gambian spices were gifted from her relative from The Gambia.

http://www.channel4.com/4food/recipes/tv-show/come-dine-with-me-recipes/series-10/foraged-fruit-chutney-recipe

The plums were picked locally in Amanda & Andrew’s garden in Harrogate. Thank you for letting us raid your crop.

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The Vegetables

Eating organically grown vegetables is something I always try to do.  I wanted to promote a local producer of organic vegetables and meat. 

The wonderfully all organic vegetables I used were donated by Steven, Patrick & Louise Snowden from Hawthorne Organics.  Organic farming prohibits the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers and promotes a less intensive way of farming. Crop yields are generally lower which which tends to result in higher prices than conventionally farmed crops. Farming in this way is much more labour intensive.  They started farming organically 20 years ago and today the farm is entirely organic. They have 220 acres of mainly arable land, 12 acres is coppiced willows grown on contract for Drax power station to be used as a carbon neutral fuel; 20 acres are wooded on the farm, which is the site of an ancient settlement. The wood is home to many wild animals including badgers, deer and foxes and many species of birds. The farm is in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and Higher Level Stewardship Scheme providing areas of land dedicated to wildlife by the planting of crops suitable for winter feeding birds. Thank you Hawthorne family for being so generous and such good sports.

Hawthorne Organics, Weeton Lane, Dunkeswick, LS17 9LP

Tel: 0113 2886637 or 07779 140120

Fax: 0113 2886754

Email: info@hawthorneorganics.co.uk

 

Or visit the farm shop: Weds – Sat, 10am – 4pm (open till 6pm on Thurs)

  http://hawthorneorganics.co.uk/

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Water Buffalo Bourguignon

I really wanted to use something a little more exotic than beef.  I chose to promote a local farm that bred other cattle, that didn’t do as much damage to the environment as commercially farmed cows.  I was recently in the Amazon and I was dismayed to see swathes of precious forest cut down for grazing cattle. One could drive past miles and miles of cows en route to anywhere, bred for mass production of hamburgers!  Buffalo produce far less methane and the meat is far sweeter and less fatty. 

The water buffalo was generously donated by the Langthorne family, doing a fantastic job rearing special breeds such as buffalo, highland cattle, wapiti, longhorn, pere david, emu, boer goat, yak, white park, bison, red deer, soay sheep, dexter & ironage pigs.  The whole family Paul, Kate, Jennifer, Diane and Andrew help care for the animals, staff their farmer’s market stall and run the family farm tours.  They brought their first two buffalo, Fleur and Georgina, approximately 10 years ago to supply buffalo milk for Andrew who suffered severe dairy allergies. He also has Cystic Fibrosis and the home sourced meat, milk and cheese are extremely good nutrition for him.  The herd has grown to over 300 in the last 10 years. The deer, wapiti, emu, ironage pig, sheep & goats have arrived over the years and are lovely to see in the fields. They do not ship their animals out to be slaughtered. They have their own abattoir to ensure the most humane of practices which minimises stress to the animals.  Jennifer, Diane & Andrew will answer any questions you have whilst on the ‘farm tour’.

Langthorne’s Buffalo Produce, Crawford Grange, Brompton, Northallerton, DL6 2PD

Tel: 01609 776937

Visit or collect from the farm or at local farmers’ markets. Please telephone in advance

 www.langthornes-buffalo-produce.co.uk 

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Baileys Brûlée

with Drunken Foraged Fruits

  The recipe for the Baileys Brûlée and sound advice is courtesy of Nick Ellam, my friend and top chef of Harrogate.  Thanks for letting me pick your brains and for your helpful hints, tips and especially the ‘6P’s…

 “Planning & Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance!!”

– thanks Nick!!

  The Blackberries picked from local hedgerows. Thank you Nature again for providing what I needed!

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The Honey

The honey was donated by my friend Mary of Wakefield – her husband keeps bees.  A very important job considering the shocking decline in the bee population over recent years.

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 The Bush Tucker Challenge

I am an avid traveller with a keen interest in anthropology and I learn as much as I can about indigenous peoples, how they live and cook, new & raw ingredients, and the impact they have on the environment and our health.  I also seek out the weird and wonderful, be that ‘Cuy’ in Peru, ‘Fugu’ in Japan or deep fried crickets in Cambodia… I love anything unidentifiable on a stick and have even licked termites directly off the trees in the Amazon Jungle!  Lol.  Mmmmm, minty!  I absolutely ADORE all food.

The end of the meal as an unforgettable experience for my diners and something that is very typical of my personality.  Whenever I come back from travelling, I always bring back some culinary delicacy or oddity for my friends to try.  This year it was a selection of Japanese ‘Otsumami’ – beer snacks!  These can be anything from peanuts and baked baby sesame seed crabs to fish spine crisps and shredded dried squid. Of course I brought back the strangest thing I could find. My Bush Tucker Challenge was very generously donated by two EDIBLE.com stockists.

The winner of my BUSH TUCKER CHALLENGE won a small prize relating to the theme of the meal that evening – a Collins Gem FOOD FOR FREE!  I keep a copy of this in my little motorhome at all times.

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 Civet Coffee

  Kopi Luwak, as it is known, is considered to be the world’s finest coffee by Native Sumatrans. This coffee has an intense, but delicate flavour and no aftertaste, which is unique in coffee. This flavour is due to the fact that the coffee has been partially fermented by passing through the digestive system of the Civet (a small, lithe-bodied, mostly arboreal mammal native to the tropics of Africa and Asia).

 Extremely exotic petits fours

The coffee, chocolate-coated scorpions, leaf cutter ants, BBQ worms and thai curried crickets by edible.com were generously donated by Kevin Hadlow, Head of Retail at ‘The Food Company Anglia Ltd’, Essex.   Thank you Kevin. You have been a real star!

The Food Company Anglia Ltd, 86 London Road, Mark’s Tey, Colchester, Essex, C06 1ED

 Tel: 01206 214000, Fax:01206 214019

http://www.thefoodcompany.co.uk/

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Gift Bags

I wanted to give each contestant a gift to open in the taxi on the way home.  I thought a genuinely edible scorpion encased in a mouth watering hard candy lollypop would do.  Mmmmmm

These edible.com gift bags were very generously donated by the incredibly friendly & professional Neil Setterfield, Store Director, FENWICKS in York.  Thank you Neil for the Vodkalix Scorpion lollies.

Fenwick Ltd, Coppergate Centre, York. YO1 9WY

Tel: 01904 643322

Email: neilsetterfield@fenwick.co.uk

 http://www.fenwick.co.uk/

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The Fancy Dress Costume – Dead Fred Elliot 

Thank you Asda Harrogate for the loan of the hat and smock.

Thank you Country Butchers on Leeds Road for the loan of the apron.

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