Lancaster House – Flat Caps and Parched Peas

Lancaster House is proud of the region’s rich food history and heritage. Indeed, our Foodworks Restaurant pays homage to the tradition of good

The flat cap of the north

honest food eaten by the ordinary working class families of the area. The flat cap is synonymous with the workers of the north and can be traced as far back as the 14th Century. In 1571, an Act of Parliament, designed to stimulate the woollen trade, decreed that all males over 6 years of age (non-noble) were to wear woollen caps or pay a fine of three farthings per day. Needless to say, the fashion caught on.

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Lancashire’s Ginger Parkin

Served as part of the Lancaster House 8-Course Tasting Menu, Head Chef, Damien, is happy to share the recipe for you to try at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg) course oatmeal
  • 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg) plain flour
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) butter
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) dripping
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) black treacle
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) brown sugar
  • 1 oz (28 g) ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Splash of milk for runny consistency

Method:

Melt the butter and dripping over gentle heat. Add all other ingredients. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake in a low over for 1.5 hours, or until a skewer comes away clean.

At Lancaster House …

We serve this with a rich toffee sauce and a generous helping of Walling’s Vanilla Ice Cream Pearls … Delicious!

Five things Mums Really Want for Mother’s Day!

On Mother’s Day, Mums are presented with flowers, choccies, perfume or sometimes a thoughtful personalised gift. Don’t get me wrong, any and every gift is cherished, especially the glitter-laden home-made card. However, research has shown, and I can testify to most of these in various seasons of life, that the most-wanted list is really quite simple …

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