New family friendly recipe book cooks up support for Sheffield farm

A new cookbook featuring family-friendly recipes has been created to mark the 40th anniversary of a Sheffield institution.

Thursday, 24th October 2019, 1:34 pm
The beef massaman which features in the cookbook

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is the latest organisation to be captured in a book by city firm Meze Publishing, also behind two Sheffield cookbooks and a Henderson’s Relish one.

It has released the new book to celebrate its four decades of welcoming young people, particularly disadvantaged and vulnerable ones, to the working farm in the city for educational programmes.

The new title features recipes by restaurants such as new opening the Australian inspired Noosa of Kelham Island, Michelin-recommended Rafters in Nether Green and Brocco on the Park at Hunters Bar.

Sausage rolls at Whirlow Hall Farm

Other organisations and supporters across the city have also contributed, and dishes include Whirlow Hall Farm’s very own green eggs and ham, a selection of handmade sweets, fudges and fruit pastilles from new Sheffield United executive chef Seymour Millington and slow cooked beef massaman from the team at Ant Marketing.

The foreword has been written by Diana Bright, the mother of Noah who has been diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance, and is one of the children the trust helps.

She said: “We were drowning and Whirlow Hall Farm Trust threw us a lifeline when we needed it most.

“In a world where the odds are stacked up against you, mostly due to a lack of awareness when it comes to non-visible disabilities, that phone call was the beginning of our new chapter.

The Whirlow Hall Farm cookbook

“The farm has given Noah a non-judgemental setting to develop his social abilities and sense of self.

“It is Noah’s retreat from the manic pace of the world around him, allowing him the time to learn and grow amidst the beautiful setting of the Sheffield countryside and working farm.

“Whirlow’s people are accepting, inclusive and understanding and have shown us a new way to nurture our fledgling who would otherwise continue to battle life’s everyday demands without respite.

“This is something that Pathological Demand Avoidance children and adults struggle with daily, while the condition goes unrecognised.”

The farm has been supporting young people for 40 years

The Whirlow Hall Farm Cook Book is being launched today.

It costs £13.50 and is now available to buy at the farm, as well as all the places which feature in the book, Waterstones and local shops.