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Peter Sidwell – Embrace the Yorkshire summer

Author and presenter Peter Sidwell takes us back to the summers of his childhood.

What a fantastic few weeks of warm sunny weather we’ve had in the UK recently. The strawberries are ripening, the raspberries are popping through on the canes and the gooseberry bushes are starting to bow down under the weight of the berries!

Pick-your-own days out featured heavily in the summer time when I was a kid. We would pack a picnic, the rug and bottles of homemade lemonade and trundle off in the car, exploring the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, before arriving at a pick your own farm and setting up for a day enjoying the outdoors.

We picked (and ate!) and filled our cardboard baskets to the brim with nature’s berry bounty. Yorkshire has so much fresh county grown produce to offer at this time of year.

Now I have my own children we are keen to replicate the fun times my wife and I both had growing up in Yorkshire. At the weekends we often go out for the day to enjoy the varied countryside the Yorkshire coast has to offer. The sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, fishing villages and seaside resorts have so much of interest to offer and all lay claim to have the nation’s best fish and chip shop. I have tasted my fair share of fish and chips in my time and I can confirm you simply can’t beat Yorkshire fish and chips.

If we are having a lazy day at home we will often invite family and friends for a BBQ. The kids are old enough now to have their own camping stove and be part of the prepping and cooking process. It’s so important to get them involved and enjoying cooking. Simple tasty food, served outside and straight off the grill or out of the frying pan is what the summer is all about.

Peter Sidwell is the author of Simply Good Taste, Simply Good Bread, Simply Good Pasta and Simply Good Family Food. He is the presenter of the Channel 4 cookery series, Lakes on a Plate, and his Simply Good Taste cookery school is based in Cumbria.

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