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National Yorkie Pud Day, Tithe Barn and Vanishing Eyebrows !

It’s wonderfully cold and its February, dreaded January is behind us and we are looking forward to a very busy year.

One of our favourites venues the Tithe barn in Ditcham ( www.tithe-barn.co.uk_) held their open day on Saturday. We met with lots of potential bride and grooms. If you missed this do not worry if you want a quote for your Big Day please feel free to drop me  a line or e mail and we will get one organised .

February is the month of love with valentines day falling on the 14th but I am most excited about the fact that February 5th has been designated British Yorkshire Pudding day !

As an aside did you know ?

Yorkshire pudding, also known as 'pockets', is a dish that originated in Yorkshire, England. It is made from batter and usually served with roast beef and gravy.

A Yorkshire pudding isn't a Yorkshire pudding if it is less than four inches tall, says the Royal Society of Chemistry"; true Yorkshire people would disagree - the modern trend has been to aim for Puddings of almost Souffle proportions - but back in 1737 they had ranges and not modern fan assisted ovens of today.

The Yorkshire pudding is a staple of the British Sunday lunch and in some cases is eaten as a separate course prior to the main meat dish. This was the traditional method of eating the pudding and is still common in parts of Yorkshire today. Because the rich gravy from the roast meat drippings was used up with the first course, the main meat and vegetable course was often served with a parsley or white sauce.

It is often claimed that the purpose of the dish was to provide a cheap way to fill the diners - the Yorkshire pudding being much cheaper than the other constituents of the meal - thus stretching a lesser amount of the more expensive ingredients as the Yorkshire pudding was traditionally served first..


As a Yorkshire lass I can say that my mum makes the best Yorkshire puddings in the world, forget the fancy chefs at Vanilla, Betty Pickles makes pudding to die for. We do indeed have huge Yorkie Puds as a starter at home with lashing and lashings of gravy. If you are every passing Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales (Nora Batty land !) you should look up Betty and I am sure she will be delighted to knock up a few puddings for you.

Here are a few tips for the Perfect Yorkshire Pudding;

Top Tip from Lee our wonderful Head Chef: The perfect Yorkshire pudding is equal amounts by volume of ingredients, cook at 192 degrees and don’t add any salt !

Betty’s Tip is add a small amount of diced white onion and let the mixture stand for at least 1 hour before making.

My Tip is get someone else to make them !

Here at Vanilla HQ we are very pleased to welcome John to our team of chefs. John worked with us part time last year but enjoyed himself so much he has signed up to be a full time member of Lee’s brigade. All the Vanilla girls are very happy about this as John tends to change into his chef whites in full view of everybody !

The weight loss challenge continues with Kit v Ben, weigh in day is Friday so will let you know then how the competition is going. Emily,our event Manager is threatening to join the challenge.

Other News, Lisa one of our lovely waitresses, has shaved off her eyebrows. Last Month Lisa shaved her head in solidarity with her friend, Hayley, who was diagnosed with Cancer. Lisa’s next step was to threaten us with the loss of her eyebrows. I decided I would pay her not too and she could give the money to cancer research, she still shaved them and yes of course I am still going to donate, Lisa you should be a politician not a waitress !

Kit and I are in training for walking the South Downs Way in March, we figured we spend enough time walking around on a Saturday at weddings so why not walk the South Downs way. Training is great as it involves spending our days off walking in the New Forest, I never knew there were so many wonderful pubs there…..I am also in training for the Solent way cycle Challenge, 66 miles, 6 ferries and no doubt one sore bottom !

This weekend we are at Farbridge for Katie and David’s big day, Thankfully we are providing Complimentary Mulled wine for their drinks receptions as its looking like it will be a cold day. The service and food from the Vanilla team should warm them up.

Don’t forget For every guest at you wedding party or event we will donate 20p to the EllenMacarthur Trust ( www.ellenmacarthurtrust.org) so we hope that a happy occasion such as a wedding or party will bring a little happiness for young people aged between 8-24 by allowing them to sail to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness.

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 Have a good week and speak soon

Sally and the team

Thursday 2nd February 2012

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