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Leeds Food Tour

With the whole leaving Leeds and moving down south thing going on, I planned a mini food tour to visit some of my favourites in and around the city. The massive choice I had at my disposal made whittling choices down a difficult one, but don’t me wrong, it’s a ‘hardship’ I was happy to take on!! An all day feed calls for a little restraint and careful pacing, especially when you eat as much as I do, the last thing I wanted was to be full to bursting after lunch!

So Friday I dragged a friend round with me to kill two birds with one stone; firstly it gave me a great excuse (not that I really need one) to go visit my faves, secondly I could introduce her to a few spots I constantly talk about.

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For breakfast it was a toss up between The Grub and Grog Shop at Northern Monk Refectory and The Greedy Pig; the Pig’s full English is my go-to breakfast (over their pancakes which are also top notch) when I visit, but knowing what the day entailed pushed me towards something smaller. I’d been banging on to the point of exhaustion to my friend about Grub and Grog, so put my money where my mouth was. Their breakfast menu definitely spoils with every dish – my homemade crumpets were made even better by beautiful fermented wild honey and they soon won over my friend with buckwheat blinis with all the trimmings and North Star coffee. I think they’ve won a new fan and she’s vowed to be back.

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Buckwheat blinis with cinnamon, fruit compote and yoghurt

Homemade crumpets with fermented wild honey

My love for Leeds independent coffee scene has been well documented on the blog, so it was inevitable there’d be a mid-morning caffeine stop, the last few years has seen the rise of independents above the many chains scattered across the city and with local roasters, such as North Star and Maude it continues to grow from strength to strength. Of the big four (Laynes Espresso, La Bottega Milanese, Mrs Atha’s and OppositeLaynes is my absolute fave and I’m gonna miss ordering my regular; a piccolo and relaxing even for a short time in the tranquility of the shop, all whilst people watching; whether it be the beautifully attired baristas do their thing or Leeds folk go about their daily business outside.

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Lunch called for great food in relaxed surroundings, so for me The Reliance fitted the bill! This indie’s been a fave since the early days of my life in Leeds, some 14 years ago and we’ve celebrated many events here – birthdays, Christmases and reunions, it’s always drawn me back basically because they do a great job full stop! Its laid back, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service puts you at ease, they understand the use of local, seasonal ingredients and produce great dishes. It doesn’t cost the earth either! 

It surprised us both that we’d unwittingly gone for a veggie lunch and absolutely beautiful it was too – chargrilled courgettes with fettle cheese, chilli and mint, alongside some greens with a knock out hazelnut butter laced with a touch of chilli. I could’ve eaten a double portion of my herb tabbouleh with aubergine, brought it to life with pomegranate seeds – it was pretty damn awesome! An obligatory side of fries was no surprise choice as far as I was concerned, as they’re always good. 

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Chargrilled courgettes, fettle, mint and chilli

Herb tabbouleh with grilled aubergines, Harissa yoghurt and pomegranate

Dinner wasn’t booked till after 7pm, so we had a few leisurely hours to kill – what better way than spending them with cocktails and a mini feed to keep us going?! I wanted to pop into Roland’s for one of their fancy cocktails, but we’d got there before opening time, damn shame, so went back up the street to Neon Cactus for a caipirinha and a lagerita. For the mini feed I suggested Red Chilli, even though their originally from the other side of the Pennines it was the ideal place as I’d developed a hankering for dumplings. Of course one portion of dumplings is never enough, so we also shared salt and pepper chicken wings and sesame pan fried dumplings because lets face it, it had to be done!  Of the few Chinese restaurants my parents have tried in Leeds, even they liked it so that can only be a good thing, especially with their exacting standards. 

Caipirinha and Sammy’s Lagerita

Guotie – shallow fried Beijing dumplings with minced pork

Salt and pepper chicken wings

Pan fried minced pork dumplings with sesame, ginger and spring onion

For dinner my first choice was to revisit Zucco, this Meanwood Italian has established itself amongst the best restaurants in the city. I’m so glad I booked as it got busy quickly and for good reason too – glorious food and friendly service. We settled for two plates each, I predictably went for dishes I’d enjoyed before – beef pappardelle and zucchini, my friend thought her choices in particular the smoked haddock and scallops were beautifully cooked. It was probably a good thing we weren’t really sharing as perhaps that dish didn’t really lend itself to it unlike the others. Regardless, the dishes were cooked faultlessly and it was another place my friend would definitely be keeping in mind for the future. 

Bellini

Smoked haddock and scallops

Deep fried zucchini

Braised beef pappardelle

Flash fried verdura

Originally the plan was to make Bundobust my last stop for a spot of old school supper and join in their 1st birthday celebrations, but however tempting the idea was I just couldn’t manage anything else!!

If you had a day to eat your way through Leeds or anywhere else that matter, where would you go?

http://www.grubandgrog.co.uk

http://www.laynesespresso.co.uk

http://www.the-reliance.co.uk

http://www.neoncactus.co.uk

http://redchillirestaurant.co.uk/leeds/

http://zucco.co.uk

http://www.bundobust.com

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The Swine That Dines – small plates! 

‘The Swine That Dines’ – the alter ego of The Greedy Pig, you know the place…the one that makes arguably the best breakfast in Leeds, does wonders with nose to tail dining, make incredible scotch eggs and knows a thing or two about pies? Well they’ve started serving up a menu of small plates, just on Friday evenings for now; the first one being last night. In their own way The Greedy Pig quietly announced their new menu on social media a few days ago, alongside a brand spanking new logo – which somehow shows a knowing simplicity, it’s to the point and possesses an unfussiness which suits their style down to the ground. This is something they’ve been wanting to do for ages and now seems the right time to set their stall out.

The Swine That Dines

So what about the menu, with Stu’s background in Modern British cuisine he’s developed a seven plate menu that follows this train of thought. The menu’s written simply with core ingredients listed, I love how they don’t play it safe with the choice of meat (ox tongue, goat and rabbit), I also loved some of the terminology they’ve used like Penny Bun, which Jo informed us was the English name for a cep or porcini mushroom and instead of using the word boudin, they’ve stuck with the humble sausage!

With each dish being comparable to a starter portion, it was suggested 2-3 plates per person which probably sounded about right. Even though I’d looked at the menu on Instagram countless times, I was still finding it hard to narrow my chosen few down, so fortunately for me I was joined by a fellow food lover I’d met before at different events. This gave us both the perfect opportunity to try most of the dishes – picking 6 of the 7, leaving out the ox tongue as we’d eaten that before. I won’t go into all the details of each dish as I think it may ruin it for you, but here are some shots of the plates we enjoyed. 

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Rabbit/Penny Bun/sausage
Goat/fennel/green sauce
Halloumi/marinated beetroot/walnut
Bean/fenugreek/tomato
Wings/avocado/sumac
Asparagus/courgette/lemon

I implore you to go and try it for yourself because the food is great, admittedly I’m a fan of The Greedy Pig, however just see for yourself and I hope you’ll be thanking me. For six plates and some bread setting us back £31.50 between two of us, it was pretty bargainous, and as always service is warm and friendly. Their honest approach just shines through and after having already missed all of their themed suppers, I really wanted to make it this time!!

For now it’s a BYOB affair and while they are settling in they aren’t taking bookings at the moment, so just turn up and expect a good feed. 

The Swine That Dines will be serving small plates every Friday 6-9pm, with the possibility of a Saturday service and a wider menu choice in the future too. 

The Greedy Pig

58 North Street 

Leeds

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Greedy-Pig/101684753228381

The Swine That Dines, Leeds

The Greedy Pig needs no introduction in Leeds, with a name that’s synonymous for serving great plates for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Whether you go for their famed full English (arguably the best breakfast in Leeds), the fluffiest pancakes, the most amazing scotch eggs, burgers and nose to tail tapas – you always walk out utterly satisfied. It may be a little out of the way, located in the outer reaches of the city’s northern quarter; but with neighbours The Reliance nearby, and of course the Belgrave Music Hall (as well as other well known haunts) literally just up the road, they’re in esteemed company. And anyway, who really cares about the distance when the food and people make it totally worth it!!

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The last few months they’d quietly fundraised; their aim, to build a toilet so they could open in the evenings. Many people supported them in the efforts, especially through their pie and mash nights, with profits going towards their toilet fund. Although they’re well known in these parts for their cafe menu, the long term plan was always to offer more formal dishes, where they could use their knowledge and skills to full use. 

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Now even though I try my best not to accept free invitations, there was NO way I was going to decline this one! I’m not sorry on this occasion!! They’d given a teaser of what may be on the menu with a snap of pigs trotters, so I was dying to know what else would be on offer, especially after knowing their penchant for offal and lesser used cuts of meat. I was up for anything so ‘game on’. 

On a cold chilly evening, a few of The Greedy Pig supporters were treated to some dishes from their up and coming themed menus, and it was nice to see some friendly faces; Lil Dix (Whip Until Fluffy), Amy Elizabeth, Ewan Mitchell, Leeds Pop Ups, Gary the Food Nut and People of leeds. 

Here’s a series of photos from the evening: dishes were from different supper club events, including Nose to tail, Roots to Shoots, Pig ‘n’ Squid and McSwines Night.

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Mock scotch broth
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Pigs trotters
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Butternut squash, aubergine, pepper, seeds and pomegranate – part of Roots to Shoots
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Crispy pigs head , black pudding, apple sauce and samphire
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Pork belly, razor clam, chick peas and samphire
Crispy porridge
Crispy porridge

Out of all the dishes, from six good plates my highlights were the crispy pigs head with black pudding, crispy porridge which was a completely new one on me and finally the scotch broth. All in all it was such a lovely evening with lots of chatter, giggles and good food provided by great hosts!

The Greedy Pig’s aim is to host a series of super clubs every Friday and a themed night monthly; this month sees them celebrating Burns Night, which happens to be sold out!! NO surprise that their then. Keep your eyes peeled for their upcoming events!

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The Greedy Pig

58 North St

Leeds

West Yorkshire

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Greedy-Pig/101684753228381

Yorkshire Food & Drink Show 2014, Leeds

The three-day finale to the Leeds Food & Drink Festival – Yorkshire Food & Drink Show 2014 was in Leeds city centre across 6th-8th June. The name and status of the event suggested it would showcase Yorkshire based producers whether they be restaurants, bars, cafes, street food vendors, bakers and so on.

Squeezing in a quick after work visit on Friday, I headed straight for the Handmade in Yorkshire area of the festival. To my surprise they were perched off the Headrow on Victoria Gardens, I was expecting them in Millennium Square.

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It was great to see a good mix of stalls offering a varied range of cuisines. These Yorkshire based food purveyors included many regulars on Leeds’ food scene, such as The Greedy Pig, Asfaneh Kaviani and Le Petite Banh Mi, El Kantina. I’d expected it to be much busier and wondered if that was due to lack of publicity, but also the fact that these local establishments hadn’t been included in the main festival space. Did people even realise this was going on just a few minutes walk from Millennium Square!!

The following images show selection of goodies from Handmade in Yorkshire:

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Oat Cuisine

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Asfaneh Kaviani
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Little Yorkshire Pie
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Pudsey Pickles
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Stickey’s Honey
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Blue Sky Baker
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Home Foods
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Hepworth’s Deli
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Cafe Moor
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Nachos Amigos

Whilst wandering around I fitted in a mini feast from the charming lads at Le Petite Banh Mi, the lovely ladies at Pitta Palace and multi-talented Mario at Gusto Italiano. Le Petite Banh Mi are a duo combining Vietnamese and French influences, marrying the bread from Garforth’s star baker Dumouchel with the ingredients and flavours of Vietnam.

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I tried the five-spiced pork and the beef, I liked both, but definitely preferred the beef with it’s punchy flavours from lemongrass, garlic, pepper and chilli which were all very evident. These guys have only been doing this a short time so I look forward to seeing them at many more events.

I also got to meet the ladies who run Pitta Palace, using locally sourced ingredients to make great tasting fillings for their wraps. A quick taste of their yummy slow cooked Piri-Piri chicken and their flavourful Thai-style beef was enough to make me remember them for next time!!

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Pitta Palace

A quick hit of caffeine in the form of a lovely Cappuccino from Gusto Italiano and I was good to move onto find more local food heroes. 

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Gusto Italiano

I didn’t have to wander far to find some, lined up just around the corner on Cookridge Street were well-known street food vendors Fish&, Indie Ices and Señor Churro amongst others, who’d been relegated onto the side street. 

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Senor Churro
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Fish& and The RoadHog Diner
The Crepe Escape and The Mexican Pilgrim
The Crepe Escape and The Mexican Pilgrim

A quick chat with Mike from Indie Ices and a few minutes to savour one of his delicious Kulfi, gave me enough time to see many people just using the street to get to Millennium Square, most walking passed the street food vendors.

Indie Ices
Indie Ices

Nearing Millennium Square I could tell it was busy, just from the noise and entering it I found the place absolutely rammed. My aim was to hunt for more Yorkshire based establishments, and even though there were some I was a little perturbed to see chains and businesses which weren’t even from Yorkshire. Maybe it shouldn’t bother me so much as they are probably using locally sourced produce etc, but local businesses do that just as well. Such a shame as Leeds and its surrounding areas has plenty to offer to satisfy people, shouldn’t the festival be championing these a lot more? I literally scooted around as quickly as possible taking these photos along the way:

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The Yorkshire Hot Dog Company

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Puckett’s Pickle
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Puckett’s Pickle, The Crusty Pie Company and MorRon Wine
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Sukhothai, Stew & Oyster and Soul Kitchen
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Zouk
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The Porkery and Cafe Parisien

I didn’t really want to get sucked in, so headed back to The Greedy Pig for a Bone Marrow Slider that was just as good as the first time I tried one at Belgrave’s Street Feast.

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The Greedy Pig
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The Greedy Pig’s ‘Nose to Tail’ tapas

Yeah, it was great to have Millennium Square heaving with people, but the festival could have been so much better. If only the organisers had really made the most of showcasing what’s great about Yorkshire’s food and their producers. I hope for something better next year! Did you visit the Festival, what were your opinions on it?

Manjit’s Kitchen Fundraiser @ Slung Low, Holbeck

Have you read about the ordeal much-loved Manjit’s Kitchen have been through over the last month or so? For those of you who haven’t,  Michael and Manjit were victims of an awful crime, where their new vehicle was COMPLETELY trashed!! After setting up a Crowd Funder appeal, through the generosity of people £4000 was raised in a staggering 5 days! So with 21 days still remaining they increased the target to £8000. As part of the fundraising Culture Vultures‘ Emma Bearman and Northern StrEats came up with the fundraiser to celebrate Culture Vulture’s 5th birthday and help boost Manjit’s campaign. It was like it was all meant to be as Slung Low gave them Holbeck Underground Ballroom (The HUB) as the venue for the event. Things had come full circle as it’s where Andrew Crichett first started his ‘twisted fish & chips’ at a Culture Vulture event, some three years ago, and where Manjit is also held dear to the place’s heart with her street food.

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As always street food and collaboration is at the heart of this, and it was indicative of how well loved Manjit and Michael are, that people just pull together and do what they can to contribute. Drafted in on the food front where obviously Fish& and Manjit‘s, but also The Greedy Pig and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium‘s collaboration with Noisette Bakehouse. For the evening a ‘pay as you feel’ policy was used – a nice touch, with all monies going to Manjit’s appeal.

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Fish& had their famous ‘twisted fish & chips’ on the go, my friend Alice and I shared one of their taster cones – filled with chips and fish cooked with three crisp batters (chill, pepper and traditional). As always the fish was well cooked with a light, crisp, well seasoned batter. A great way to start our evening.

After all the difficulties, Michael and Manjit’s attitude and outlook hasn’t wavered, wanting to turn something wholly negative into a resounding positive, so typically they were getting stuck in cooking up a storm with their new ‘Chapasty’.

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Manjit showed us street food at its best, rolling out the chapatis to order, filling them with a mixture of masala marinated paneer and beetroot, and finally topping it with a sprinkling of spring onion and coriander before their final transformation into a ‘Chapasty’.

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Here it is in all it’s glory, Manjit’s Chapasty! Great name! Very tasty indeed, I shared one with my friend Alice, but like her wished we’d bought one each as they were very moreish. It had the perfect combination of paneer and beetroot, possessing a heat, the kind that slowly builds, I’d probably like a little more heat next time. An inspired idea, I think it could be a game-changer, hopefully Manjit keeps it on the menu as it certainly went down a treat with the crowd.

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As if that wasn’t the only treat in store for us, Jo from The Greedy Pig brought some of their homemade Scotch eggs. Oh my they looked superb and it was almost a crime to cut into these bad boys, which are were as big as my fist!! 

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These were YUMMY!! Cooked to perfection, just look at that yolk….golden and runny, whilst the filling of pork and chorizo makes this delight a carnivore’s dream. The best Scotch eggs I’ve ever eaten! I showed the other half a photo and there was definitely a hint of green eyed monster going on. 

As the evening was drawing to a close everyone was rounded up for the raffle, where a number of prizes which had been generously donated from many sourcesBeacons, Sheffield’s Fancie, Patty Smith’s, Dough Boys, Belgrave, El Kantina, French Connection and British Street Food.

I even won a prize in the raffle to my surprise/joy, the first thing I can remember winning, maybe ever – I couldn’t choose with lots of foodie goodness being offered up, so I shut my eyes and pointed – Afternoon Tea for 2 at Fancies! Great, it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to try for ages, a perfect end to what had been a perfect event.

Huge thanks need to go to Emma Bearman, Culture Vulture and Andrew Critchett  for coming up with this gem of an event!

If you’d like to contribute to Manjit’s Crowd Funder appeal there is still time to be a part of it, click on the link below.

Manjits Kitchen
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/Manjits-Kitchen