Foodie Round-up: Bangers & Mash, fish & chips and scones

foodie round-upWhen we lived in Copenhagen, we were part of an International Cooking Club, albeit a rather informal one. The members took turns to host, and cook dishes from their home countries – and it was great!

I was quite nervous when our turn came around.  With English food still having an unduly poor reputation in some parts, I am not sure our guests hoped for much!

Eager to dispel this myth, we “eased their nerves” with plenty of Pimms, accompanied by tiny Yorkshire Puddings stuffed with rare roast beef, horseradish and watercress. Then came a starter of home made Chicken Tikka Masala (apparently the UK’s most popular dish). Mr R did the home team proud next with some home made bangers (cooked on the barbecue), served of course with mash and an onion gravy.  And we gave everyone the choice of Eton Mess or Sticky toffee pudding for afters…  It could have been all that Pimms that we plied them with, but I like to think they went home pleasantly surprised…

And with everything still very much Red, White and Blue in the UK right now, what with the Olympics just around the corner, English Recipes take to the Podium in this month’s Foodie Round-up…

With a different take on an English staple, Vanesther at the aptly named Bangers and Mash Blog, starts us off with her Bangers and Mash Bake which looks really good.  Actually pretty much all of the recipes on this stylish blog do.

Karen at Lavender and Lovage dedicates a significant serving of her lovely blog to traditional English recipes, and what could be more English than a decent Fish Pie, the pinnacle of comfort food surely?  This time in Yorkshire Fish Pie with a Rosti Topping form…

Staying with the fish category, we revisit Alida at My Little Italian Kitchen who features a great looking recipe for  home made Fish & Chips… Thanks to her, I will be stocking up on malt vinegar and mushy peas on my next trip home!

What could be more synonymous with England than Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding? Cass and Jen at Frugalicious Food have a wonderful Yorkshire Pudding recipe in their archives, with results that even my Granny would have been proud of… And which would go perfectly with this delicious looking Six Hour Roast Beef from Reluctant Housedad’s back catalogue…

Gourmet Mum is serving up a good and easy Chicken in Cider (bound to go down well with all the family).   She also has some pretty wonderful looking Sticky Toffee Muffins that would go nicely for afters.

New to BritMums (but not to the kitchen), is the quite brilliant Recipe Junkie and The Attack of the Custard Creams. Her Jubilee Chicken Pie would be welcome in any picnic basket, and harks back to some traditional pastry creations of yore… Susan at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate makes a gorgeous looking Rustic Cornish Pasty Pie which is also welcome in the hamper… As is MamaCook’s delicious looking Sausage Plait with Hidden Veg.

We are well known for our beautiful strawberries, and Urvashi at The Botanical Baker has an amazing array of recipes for the things, including Strawberry, Hazelnut and Chocolate Canapés, Strawberry Meringue Cupcakes, and a Red, White and Blue Celebration Cake, perfect for celebrating all those gold medals we are going to win!

It’s the battle of the Pavlovas next with two beautiful looking specimens from Helen at The Crazy Kitchen with her Strawberry Icecream Pavlova, and another mighty fine example from Claire and Lucy at Crumbs – Recipes to Feed Your Family,  with their very Patriotic Pavlova. What better ways to showcase all the lovely berries we are famous for?

Next up with more magnificent English Puds is Evie at Saffron Strands, with her classic Bakewell Pudding. Then reaffirming our reputation for having “sweet teeth” is the fantastic English Mum,with some lovely looking Lemon Meringue Fairy Cakes, Ren Behan making the most of English cherries with her lovely Very Berry Cherry Sundaes, and The English Kitchen with some tempting Millionaires Shortbread.

And finally, the piece de resistance of all things sweet and English perhaps? Some good old English Scones, but with a twist on the traditional – a Vanilla Bean variety, over at Fold in the Flour

See. Who said we can’t cook, or eat amazingly well?  I need to go on a diet just reading about all this lot!

August is a Pot Luck month. Add any of your favourite recipes whatsoever to the linky below. Don’t be shy!


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About Emma Raphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children.
Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!


  1. 10 July 2012 / 07:42

    Thanks for including me! Wow – there are loads of good recipes to drool over here – I will be checking them out!

  2. 10 July 2012 / 10:23

    What a WONDERFUL round up and I DO love a good promotion of British recipes! THANKS so much for adding my Fish Pie, and the LOVELY mention too….this has made my day! Karen

  3. 10 July 2012 / 10:29

    What a great round-up! And very honoured to see my humble bangers and mash bake included – thank you Emma!

  4. 10 July 2012 / 10:51

    This is great! I will check out all the lovely recipes you have gathered. Thanks again!

  5. 10 July 2012 / 16:04

    Lovely roundup, thanks for the mention x

  6. 10 July 2012 / 17:17

    Have entered two on the linky – hope that’s allowed?! Couldn’t decide which to enter….
    Off to check out all the yumminess you’ve written about now….

  7. 10 July 2012 / 17:26

    Thank you for featuring one of mine!

  8. 10 July 2012 / 20:12

    Thanks for the mention. Bakewell pudding is a firm favourite here. Lots of others on your post to check out though.

  9. 10 July 2012 / 22:24

    How lovely to be included in your round up, Thanks very much 🙂

  10. Susie @ Fold in the Flour
    10 July 2012 / 22:52

    Wow! How incredibly amazing! Thank you for featuring me – feel very honoured to have been included amongst this great roundup! 🙂