Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Y: is for Yorkshire Tea & Delia'sYorkshire Pudding.

I should imagine that not many of my US followers know too much about the Wars of the Roses?
No, not the movie with Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner!

The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1487 between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

The name Wars of the Roses is based on the badges used by the two sides, the red rose for the Lancastrians and the white rose for the Yorkists. Major causes of the conflict include: 1) both houses were direct descendents of king Edward III; 2) the ruling Lancastrian king, Henry VI, surrounded himself with unpopular nobles; 3) the civil unrest of much of the population; 4) the availability of many powerful lords with their own private armies; and 5) the untimely episodes of mental illness by king Henry VI.Source:
The end result of the Wars of the Roses was that Henry Earl of Richmond killed Richard
Of Gloucester at the Battle of Bosworth, became Henry VII and went on to found the Tudor Dynasty.
Now, (or nethin as we say in Lancashire) that was a few hundred years ago and I have to say that there is still some slight rivalry between the two counties.

However, on our recent trip back to the UK we stayed in a great little gastro pub with rooms, the New Inn, in the village of Marsden situated in the West Riding of Yorkshire, just a few miles outside of Saddleworth, where my family now reside. It was lovely.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marsden like this:
MARSDEN, a village and a township-chapelry in Almondbury and Huddersfield parishes, W. R. Yorkshire. The village stands on the river Colne, adjacent to the Manchester and Huddersfield canal and to the Manchester and Leeds railway, under the backbone of England, 4¾ miles E of the boundary with Lancashire, and 7¼ SW by S of Hnddersfield; is a large place; and has a station on the railway, a post office under Huddersfield, and fairs on 25 April, 10 July, and 25 Sept.
Source: A Vision Of Britain Through Time.

Although I am a born and bred Lassie from Lancashire, (that is not me in the vt! I just wanted you to hear the tune) I have to admit that there are some things that the folks over in Yorkshire have done well, and one of them is to produce Yorkshire Tea!
If you like your tea strong, this is the one for you.
Check out this fabulous website to find out all about it.

Another very special foodstuff to come out of Yorkshire and one that I think everyone knows about, is Yorkshire pudding and if I say so myself the ones that I make are Historic! In a good way!
Helping to make Yorkshire puddings, a traditional part of the family Great British Sunday Roast when I was growing up, was a treat for a young girl and over the intervening years I have tried and tested many different recipes.
However, I always come back to Delia's classic Yorkshire pudding recipe, (well, we do share the same family name: Smith).

I hope you've enjoyed our little virtual visit to Yorkshire, England, now head on over to Mrs Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday Class for more Y posts from around the globe.
See you at break time (recess)!


  1. Us southerners love Yorkshire tea too!!! Jackie in Surrey, UK.

  2. Your Yorkshire puddings look DELICIOUS.

    Back in the day when I was a newly wed I actually used to make them - - - we LOVED them with gravy.

    Haven't done that in ages, but yours are making me wish I would do it again!

  3. Fabulous Y post. Love yorkshire pudding!

  4. Interesting and informative post, Maggie. I have a great recipe for Yorkshire pudding and my children love it! This reminds me to make it!


  5. oh i love me some Yorkshire pudding!

  6. Such a good Y post. I would love to visit over there one day.

  7. What an interesting 'Y' post, Maggie. I'd love to visit Yorkshire and Lancashire someday - so much history.

  8. Very interesting and informative Maggie. I had to laugh about your reference to the movie. I've never made Yorkshire pudding. I might just try making it soon. laurie

  9. When I linked, I thought I was seeing double! I'm right behind you and I chose Yorkshire too. I was up there visiting a friend on Saturday :)

    Which part of Lancashire do you originate from? I was at college in Lancaster and lived many years in Manchester.

  10. I am stopping by from Alphabe-Thursday. Enjoyed the tour of Yorkshire. Would love to visit one day. The tea and pudding sound delicious!

  11. The pudding and the tea sound wonderful. Served during my son's naptime would be grand.

  12. I never even knew what Yorkshire Pudding looked like. It doesn't look like pudding.

  13. Terrific ‘Y’ post – Yorkshire tea is my favourite tipple!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday!


    PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

  14. Hello beautiful! Blogger won't let me leave a comment on your French Post. Thank you so much for linking up. Always a delight to read your posts. Gros bisous

  15. My husbands favorite....great job --- York --- a stately name....bkm

  16. VerY interesting "Y" post Maggie! I enjoYed the historY lesson as well as the tea and puddings! Hope your alphbe thursday was a good one!

  17. You are after my heart with this Yorkshire post. I posted about it several months ago - puddings, terriers, the people...I love it. I found out about the war of the roses when I started noticing the (friendly) rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire. Also, I love Yorkshire tea.

    WELL DONE. :)

  18. Oh Maggie...I adore Yorkshire Pudding. My mother used to make it with sausage!
    Loved this post!

  19. Hi well I am familiar with all your comments have to disagree on one tho and that is the tee, Twinnings Gold is the best ( in my opinion) My daughter is now in Yorkshire with her partener.
    I was in Quimper last year stunning place if you ever want a lodger would love to come over . My holidays are over since husband left after our fab Quimper holiday last August

  20. Enjoyed my visit today. Thanks for the History. Will stop by again sometime soon. Debbie

  21. Your "Y" post is so interesting Maggie. I love learning new things. I've only eaten Yorkshire pudding once, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  22. I don't think i ever had Yorkshire pudding before...
    I have to tell you before i forget! I never got your address for last month give away you won. You won the bag. I don't know if you wanted it or not. Email me at

  23. Hello, English rose transplanted in Normandy, nice to "meet" you, I'm a Normandy rose transplanted in Japan !
    And so glad to find your blog !!!
    I'm going to visit it.....

    Have a good weekend in Normandy, I wonder wich part of parents live in Cherbourg.

  24. cute and lovely y post.
    the waterfall is very beautiful.

  25. Thank you for the history lesson and visit to Yorkshire. You're correct...the only War Of The Roses I was familiar with was the movie.

    I'm not sure about Yorkshire Pudding. Is it considered a dessert or a side dish with the meal?

  26. When will you be serving the Yorkshire Pudding next? And can I garner an invite???
    Thanks for the history lesson, I had no idea about the War of the Roses (besides the movie).

  27. Love the virtual visit! Wonderful Y post!!!
    Have a great day!

  28. I have a Yorkshire Terrier.. :) Lol tee hee Sory, I just couldn't resist.

    I adore a good strong tea and thank you for the recipe!!! Oh how I love these little puddings! I always say I will one day buy a proper popover pan and never do. Makes me hungry for these morsels now. Lovely village and I do remember studying about this war, but have not thought of it in so long. So happy you had a nice visit.

  29. What a deliciously informative and tasty sounds stop on our little journey through alphabe-Thursday's letter "Y"!

    I love the name of the towns and the food. They always sound so quaint. I doubt that our American translations have the same allure.

    Stopping here is always one of my favorite things each week. Yippee for me!

    A+ for you!

  30. what a great history lesson! i have to one does a sunday lunch with yorkshire pudding better than the just doesn't taste the same on this side of the pond!

  31. Yorkshire tea is my very favorite......and I am a yankee....


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