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.
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!