What are we having for tea tonight?

‘What are we having for tea tonight’ is one of the most commonly asked questions; what are you going to have for tea tonight? Full up with tasty Christmas treats we thought we would help by giving you an inspirational recipe to kick start the New Year. Local chef Steph Moon has come up with a recipe to break up the usual weekly meals.

BBQ North York Moor Partridge Butterfly Serves 4

Sykes house farm smoky bacon mash potato, collard greens, corn & chilli salsa


4 partridges (de-boned)
BBQ sauce
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
50g molasses
2 large oranges, zest and juice
1 tablespoon of soya sauce
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
4 star anise

Smoky bacon mashed potato

6 large red potatoes
4 rashers of smoky bacon
80g butter
100ml milk
salt and pepper


8 large green cabbage leaves (stems cooked separately)
Approx. 8 leaves of other greens


1 corn on the cob
4 plum tomatoes, skins removed
Yorkshire rapeseed oil
2 limes, zest and juice
1 large sprig of coriander, finely chopped
Maldon Sea salt
½ Chilli, finely chopped with seeds and top removed


For the partridge, melt the molasses and maple syrup together and add the star anise. Add the orange zest, juice, soya sauce and tomato puree. When cooled marinade the partridge. To cook place on the chargrill, skin side down and grill the bird gently until cooked, this will take between 8 and 10 minutes.

To make the mashed potato, peel and cut the potatoes into chunks and cook in cold water until soft. Drain and place back on the heat to cook out and remove excess moisture. Mash using a potato masher adding butter, milk, salt and pepper. Pan fry the bacon pieces and add to the mash potatoes. Mix well.

Blanch the leaves in boiling water and refresh in iced water. Reheat in butter and season.

For the salsa, sear the corn on the cob on a griddle in oil and a little butter until lightly cooked. Shave off the corn on the cob into a bowl. Remove skins from the tomatoes by blanching in boiling water then refresh in iced water. Cut the tomatoes into four, remove the seeds and discard the centre. Dice the tomatoes and add to the corn. Pour over Yorkshire rapeseed oil. Add lime zest and juice, coriander and sea salt. Add chilli and mix all together.

Place the partridge on the mash and the greens, spoon the salsa on the plate and serve.

Now that was easy and tasty! Tweet your pictures and let us know how you got on @ToYfestival. Don’t forget in June you can gather more tasty hints and tips from top chefs at Tastes of Yorkshire food and drink family festival 2014 on Saturday 14th June at Ripon Racecourse. Click here for details – or get your tickets here.