Mostly I have no problem being an expat southerner in Yorkshire but there are two flies in the ointment. It isn't the beer, I like a nice Yorkshire bitter, even if it does on occasions mean asking them not to murder a southern guest beer with a tight sparkler. Or the people, they are friendly and the atmosphere is good. But the food; for the most part I enjoy it, but there is one area where I am considered a heretic and have to tread carefully to avoid being outcast.
That there should be such depth of feeling and holy war over the humble fish cake is as much of a mystery as how this normally sensible people got such a wrong idea about what one is ;-)
I can't quite put my finger on quite why the "Yorkshire Fish Cake" is so utterly wrong, I suppose food is just one of those inescapably subjective areas, but I can't be doing with their battered fish and potato sandwich when I crave a fish cake, I need the real thing.
It isn't even a difficult food stuff to get right, I will normally use haddock for mine and there is an easy variation in using a smoked fish and of course many other fish are suitable, I have on occasion even given into the modern temptation to use salmon.
The recipe is simply this: Combine ½lb haddock, steamed or poached then flaked off the bone and skin, ¾lb potatoes, coarsely mashed and knob of butter in a bowl. Season well, this is a good place to vary according to taste, a little chilli or some sweet paprika, a little dill, parsley or water cress for example, I could go on for hours at this point.
Shape into four cakes, dip into each into a beaten egg then cover with dry breadcrumbs (you'll probably need an ounce to cover each), chill until required (at least 10 minutes if to be used strait away) fry in a light oil.
The other? Well that isn't really an issue with Yorkshire, but where in it I chose to settle and quite how bloody far it is to find a nice bit of seaside.