As the weather turns and the nights draw in, we’re hankering after some hearty meals to enjoy in the colder evenings. After all, the clocks go back on Sunday 25th October and it will certainly feel more like winter!
To satisfy our cold weather cravings, we’ve put together some of our top seasonal foods to go with your Vale of Mowbray pork pie.
Ampleforth Beer Fruit Chutney
You can’t beat a pork pie and chutney, and at this time of year fruit chutney is in order. Traditionally, people would preserve their summer fruits for the rest of the year, so Autumn is the season of jams, chutneys and all things delicious.
One of our favourites is Beer Fruit Chutney from Ampleforth Abbey. Made with dried fruits, allspice and the famous Abbey Beer, it has a wonderfully deep flavour and goes perfectly with our pork pies. It’s available to buy online from Town End Farm Shop.
Swaledale Goat’s Milk Cheese
Did you know that cheeses have seasons, just like fruit? The mass-produced cheese you’ll find in the supermarket is the same all-year round, but traditional cheeses are actually best eaten at certain times of year. Goats cheese, for example should be eaten between March and October, as this is when the animals are naturally milking.
It’s nearing the end of October, so it’s your last chance to have goats cheese in ‘season’. We recommend a lovely natural Swaledale cheese, available from their online shop.
A Tipple From Ossett Brewery
Beers have seasons too – you might have heard of the famous ‘Oktoberfest’ festival in Germany. Oktoberfest beers were brewed in the spring and stored until autumn, to be enjoyed at the end of the harvest season. There are also festive beers with seasonal herbs and spices, to be enjoyed in the winter months.
One British brewery doing a lot with seasonal beers is Ossett Brewery. They showcase British and New World hops, with a beer for every month of the year. In October, it’s a red ale called ‘Victoria’, brewed with Australian hops and in November it’s ‘Bosbury Bitter’, showcasing British barley, wheat and hops.
We hope we’ve whet your appetite with these seasonal food suggestions. Coming soon, we’ll be posting up some heating instructions so you can enjoy your Vale of Mowbray pork pies nice and hot!