Monday, April 23, 2007

English Cooking, English Produce, English Recipes, English Chefs

To Celebrate St George's Day, Over 65 entries from all over the world insist that English Food is Not A Joke Because...

picture photograph by shane gilman at http://tshane.com/
Fish & Chips 'Samanda'-style: Malt vinegar marinated local sardines, modern mushy peas and hand-cooked potato chips. Photographed by T.Shane Gilman

...there are so many other things we can pick on [the English] for: Food's not one of them!
Bacon Press in San Francisco declares "Rule Baltannia" and guides us through Balti Cuisine: "Originating in the 1970s, Balti cuisine is an Anglo-Asian culinary phenomenon relatively unknown in America and on the Indian Subcontinent. It's birthplace centers in what now is referred to as the Balti Triangle of Birmingham, England; a one-mile area comprising over 50 restaurants, or balti houses." Read more...



...[English] regional produce is seriously good
Ian from Yorkshire Deli
in Yorkshire, England shares his virtual Yorkshire Dinner Party Menu using only ingredients that can be sourced from the county of Yorkshire, and most from within just twenty miles or so of his front door. Anyone who thinks eating locally is only possible in Northern California will be deliciously surprised by this post.
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...it's interesting not insipid, brilliant not boring and yummy not yawnsome!
Freya
from Writing at the Kitchen Table based in Colchester, Essex is a woman after my own heart when she says "A well made, well flavoured Kedgeree made with undyed smoked haddock, heavily scented with a hot curry powder, enveloped with cream and parsley is a wonderful thing. I agree.
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...I am fond of all British, including the food
Ulrike
from Küchenlatein of Kronshagen/Kiel Germany
tells us "I have good memories when I had a language stay as teenager in Bognor Regis. There I had, for the first time in my life, Baked beans on toast with sausages and fried egg."
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...Irresistable Traditional English puddings.
Margaret
who blogs at Kitchen Delights in the West Midlands, England, wants everyone to know about her Syrup Sponge and The Pudding Club: "In the Cotswolds way back in 1985 The Pudding Club was set up for pudding lovers and is still going strong today. The Club meets at The Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton, Chipping Campden. The Club's philosophy is 'A little bit of what you fancy does you good'. Wonderful words of wisdom."
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...the food is practical and timeless
Allen
of Eating Out Loud in San Jose, Ca, notes some language barriers between English and American: "In researching my entry for Fish & Quips, I was determined to make the funny-named, Spotted Dick, an English pudding creating giggles here in the US. However, I accidentally stumbled upon a food that I am all too familiar with -- the pasty, pronounced past-ee *not* paste-y (those are something entirely different and not food blog appropriate!)"
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...I learned an English cup of tea can solve almost any problem
Andreea
has a blog called Glorious Food and Wine in Brussels, where she declares "I love Colman's Mustard!" "...I helped myself to a generous serving of mustard at the above mentioned party. Little did I know the host was English, and well, the mustard too. Let's put it this way: no party food ever made such a long lasting impression. There was very little talking after that. But I fell in love."
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...Any culture has its quirks - and some English food is truly great I am fond of Anne's Food in Sweden and she is fond of cucumber sandwiches. "When I think of English food, I think of Afternoon Tea. And there's certainly nothing funny about that. (Or is it?) I think it's a rather lovely tradition, and I much enjoy the ritual of it."
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...when isn't life better after a hot cuppa?
On her blog, A Veggie Venture, Alanna in St Louis, Missouri makes English peas with fresh mint:"I've had plenty of good food in England, in pubs along the Inland Waterways, in restaurants and hotels in London, in country hotels further north, but especially in the home of my grandfather's cousin, our family's much loved Lyla, and her now-deceased husband Vic , who were married for a few days short of 62 years and were still giggling with stories about their wedding night the last time I saw them..." Read more...





...we have open minds, embrace new cultures/food as well as having our own great foods I was very excited to discover the Little Foodies blog written by Amanda in South East England who shows us a fascinating attitude to English food through the eyes of a five year old. Brilliant perspective! "Mummy - did we invent ice cream? 'No I don't think so - shame though or we'd have it in the bag darling and nobody would think English food is a joke!'" Read more...

...Marmite and Custard, but maybe not at the same time Looking at Englishman Andrew's entry over at Spittoon Extra, Nigel Slater's Delightful Trifle, makes me rightly proud of our cuisine. "Really though when attention is turned to great English food it is the pudding that eclipses all. My up-bringing is littered with memories of fabulous desserts - steamed treacle sponges, Queen of Puddings tied with a warning that the jam is 'really, really hot', gorgeous Blackberry and Apple pie with lashings of custard, Elderberry ices made from garden harvested fruit, clove scented Apple pies, strawberry tarts topped with whipped cream and rhubarb crumble." Read more...



...it's a serious matter and yet fun to discover more and more of them. I'm excited! Arfi from Homades in New Zealand makes Toffee Apple Cup Cakes and declares "I particularly love English afternoon tea. A batch of scones or ginger gems, still warm and fragrant which are served with butter, butter and jam or jam and clotted cream, how good is that? Now do you say that an afternoon tea ritual a joke? How those people who think it's a joke do their afternoon tea, I wonder."Read more...



...I don't find it funny My sister, Beccy, English but living in Ireland, had rather exotic plans for Fish & Quips which culminated in a simple but always delicious Ploughman's Lunch: "The authentic ploughman's lunch consisted of stale bread or a crusty loaf, and an English Cheddar or Stilton, and some variety of pickle. An apple would be included with the lunch to take away the spicy taste of the pickle and to provide a sweet finish, perhaps to be complemented by cider. Ideally, the apple would be of the same variety as that the cider was made from." Read more...



...when done right, it can actually make you forget about the weather Brandon who Eats in Virginia chooses to highlight a recipe using purple asparagus from Rose Gray and Ruth Rodgers' The River Cafe Cookbook. "English food is not a joke. Most of the time it can even make you forget about the appalling English weather. Judging from all of the recipes I've been posting lately, from British cookbooks by Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater, Rose Gray and Ruth Rodgers, I've developed a bad case of anglophilia this spring" Read more...



......world class chefs like Fergus Henderson and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are not to be trifled with! Brett from In Praise of Sardines, a chef who will be opening his own restaurant in San Francisco later this summer, is better known of his love of Spanish cuisine. His entry about Trifle contains so many choice quotes, it's difficult to whittle it down to just one: "The docteurs du spin hatched a plan. 'From this day forward, on our side of the Channel we will call Trifle la Verrine. Heh heh heh. We will convince the world the the Verrine is our invention! With a sexy name like Verrine, no one will realize that she is simply English Trifle in a little black Chanel dress.'" Read more...



...Every nation has some dishes you prefer and you dislike. And it is the way you prepare the dishes that makes the difference Brigitte in Singapore makes fish and chips her way. "I don't know if there is an English proverb for this, in Germany I would say this was a kind of 'What the peasant doesn't know he won't eat'." Read more...



...puddings!!!!!!!!!!!! and custard! Bron Marshall in New Zealand goes all out with a mouthwatering feast of Roast Beef with “all the trimmings! and Plum Jam Roly-Poly Pudding. "Every other weekend without fail, he and his family would drive several hours from Dinas Powys near Cardiff in Wales to a small village near Colchester in Essex, to his Grandparents home where his Grandmother would have a Grand Roast and Yorkshire pudding waiting to be served when they arrived and it was all cooked on an old coal range no less, with no ‘recipe’. It’s not a surprise then he has fond memories and a bit of a soft spot for anything like his Grandma used to make, including a nice roast followed by a nice pudding with custard!" Read more...



...the Queen has been eating it her whole life, and she never laughs I bumped into my friend Catherine from Food Musings at the market where she was buying the ingredients for her Shepherd's Pie. Here is her version of the story. "We walked on towards the market and he appeared to be lost in thought. A few minutes later, he announced, 'I'm going to make Shepherd's Pie.' You could have swapped the spaghetti noodle for a saffron thread. Mr. FM does not cook much. He is great with coffee and toast, as well as a sandwich" Read more...



...Keith Richards eats it. Meanwhile over at Cerebellum Blues, Jeff, more commonly know as Mr Food Musings in food blogging circles, has an entirely oppsite view of how the Shepherd's Pie came to be. "I fed the pie to our fire breathing beast of a stove, while Ms Food Musings stood back and commented that her daiquiri had run dry. "In a moment," I shouted, over the roar of the gaseous fireball before me. Outside, the sun had begun to set over the treacherous waters bordering our bit of high ground, and as the pie attained a Img_3737 touch of golden brown in the maw of the beast, I ventured into the wine grotto to choose a bit of grog" Read more...



...because nobody does biscuits (cookies) better Clare of Rainy Days and Sundays in LA likes English biscuits so for this challenge she made a nice box of Shrewsbury biscuits to give as a bribe gift. "If you ever need to bribe me for any reason, just present me with a tube of chocolate-covered digestive biscuits and you can have whatever you want." Read more...



......beans on toast is comfort food of the simplest (and therefore highest) degree Californian Cookiecrumb is Mad and she Eats English food from time to time. Baked beans on toast.
"Anyway. I'm not English. I have no excuse and no excuses.
I don't even have any English food traditions. I will make a roast beef for Christmas, but Tiny Tim might cringe. I've done a few Yorkshire puddings that pleased me, but the Queen might disagree. I'm competent with shortbread, and I've stewed up oatmeal... Oh, wait. I do love Lyle's Golden Syrup. Ummm. What else. I drink tea?" Read more...




...Who can turn down a true afternoon tea? My inverse - a Californian transplanted to the UK - the Culinary Cowgirl celebrates the art of Afternoon Tea. "Some of my earliest foodie memories are of afternoon tea. As a little girl, I was told/read stories about life in England and it's colonies. At the time they were such far off places that sounded too beautiful or too exotic to be real. And in these stories, the people always enjoyed afternoon tea." Read more...



...the desserts alone! And English breakfast, AND everything that goes with a proper tea. Deinan from Helsinki in Finland blogs at the beautifully titled Cloudberry Quark where she can be found making Cottage Pie. "Not to mention trifles, and fools, and crumbles. (I've even tried to make my own clotted cream, with, erm, interesting results.) Oh, and custards. Homemade custard is so good... In fact, I think I've solved my what about Sunday's dessert problem, or rather, replaced it with its opposite: how to choose from all of those" Read more...



...that close to France who taught who? A Humble Housewife, in Ireland, celebrates with a Sticky Sausage, Bacon and Apple Bake and and one of my favourites, a Victoria Sandwich. "...a classic Victoria Sandwich probably the quintessential British cake. And it's named for Queen Victoria now... not posh spice... it's a really simple cake to make and the recipe is one you can never forget since all the measurements are the same! I made this yesterday and half of it was gone before dinner with the rest dying a quick death following dinner!" Read more...



...it has evolved beyond the days when French Presidents could scoff and smirk Anna from Morsels and Musings in Sydney, Australia has made a chocolate bread butter pudding for this event. "Some of the best restaurants in the world reside in the UK, which says something about a well developed English palate. The mass influx of migrants from spice-rich regions means British folk have moved beyond “steak and three veg” and I think it’s about time we recognised and celebrated this fact."Read more...



...well, frankly, it's my food heritage and I'm proud of it
Catherine
of Albion Cooks here in California is often to be found tinkering with vegetarian versions of classic recipes. This time she turns her attention to Cornish Pasties. "I was very fortunate to have a grandmother and a grandfather who were both excellent and thoughtful cooks. They cooked with fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients (often from their garden), had good relationships with the butcher, baker, and green grocer, and just plain really cared about feeding their family and friends well." Read more...




...It has had bad press in the past, but now we all see it for what it is, a truly great cuisine ... just different Dianne in Southsea, England, shares some of her favourite local food suppliers at A Gluten-free Journey.. "how about an A - Z of English food suppliers, and I promise there will not be a whiff of a supermarket anywhere near it. Just good reliable farm shops, the odd delicatessen, suppliers I have found at Farmers Markets and from other sources. All good .. all reliable, and some suprising!" Read more...

...English restaurateurs are making waves in America and overseas Doug from Blogsoop in New York City scooped an interview with Nicky Perry, owner of British Restaruant Tea & Sympathy who is campaigning for a Little Britain in NYC - please pop over and sign the petition. "Many Americans had their first taste of England in the years following World War II. At the time, food was in short supply. Even staples like sugar and eggs were hard to come by - I feel a lot of the negative opinions originated then." Read more...



...English Food has the best sweets...puddings, scones with jam, Victoria cake, trifle Elle in Northern California is Feeding Her Enthusiasms for Sticky Toffee Pudding. I can't argue with that. "It was Sticky Toffee Pudding, a sponge pudding that has a lot of dates in it, along with molasses and Golden Syrup. Well, the Golden Syrup in the recipe decided it. Golden Syrup is a golden pure cane syrup and is a British treasure." Read more...



...Scouse is a way of life... says Elsbeth of San Antonio Valley, CA on her Vineyard Diary. "Brit food has long had a reputation in the US for being bland and unimaginative, but that's simply not the case. English dishes, such as steak and kidney pudding, may seem a little quirky, but they're delicious, satisfying and full of flavor, and there's a fascinating story behind every regional dish." Read more...



...Because strawberries-and-cream is seriously good Emily of I Smell Food gives us the run down on Strawberries & Cream. "in just the way that hot dogs are sold at American sporting events—strawberries and thick Devonshire cream are sold for five shillings the dish from stalls on the Tea Lawn and in the Court Buffet.” How terribly classy! It’s the British equivalent of ballpark food and there’s nothing I don’t like about that. Let’s raise a cuppa (and keep those pinkies up) to strawberries-and-cream".Read more...



...British breakfast buns are best! Eva in Basel, Switzerland, blogging at The Golden Shrimp has a thing about English breakfast carbs and I can relate to that. In her post she actually makes crumpets. "Give me a crumpet, english muffin or potato scone for breakfast any day. They are lovely just toasted with some butter or if you feel like it with jam or more." Read more...



...it prevailed against the curse of geography, survived the war and rationing and most importantly, today it has evolved by embracing other cuisines A Faustian Bargain has gone to town with many posts about English Food. "I came back with a genuine fondness for English food tinged with puzzlement over the inferiority complex that the British seem to nurture carefully about their food heritage. These posts are being reconstructed from thoughts noted down a while ago and the words themselves are grateful to the Brits who fed me GOOD FOOD with equal parts of pride and embarassment."Read more...

...it's comfort cookery at its best - roasts, cakes, scones, stews, and the all important cuppa Gemma at Dressing for Dinner in Scotland makes her very own, un-posh version of a cream tea. Makes me want to go and bake scones right now. "The scones were as good as only freshly made scones can be, the clotted cream was rich and yellow with that gorgeous crust on top, and the jam was superb. And to wash it down I made my perfect mug of builders' tea."Read more...



...it may be similar to ours but it sounds so much classier with the accent! Glenna from Missouri seems to have had a lot fun making crumpets and sharing her experience on A Fridge Full of Food. "First off, I have to say that making these was a hoot. It was simply fun and so much easier than I imagined. I'd looked at making crumpets before but got psyched out when I read all about the special pans or rings to be used, yada yada yada" Read more...



...of two words..clotted cream Haalo from o stunning blog, Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once, bakes an Apple Crumble. "You've got to love a nation that turns having a cup of tea into a fine art, a cuisine that's resplendent in lard and dripping and real butter and not to mention clotted cream. A cuisine that turns stale bread into heavenly bread and butter pudding or can turn simple cake and jelly into the Trifle of your dreams - this is a cuisine to be saluted." Read more...



...they've had 3,000 years to get it right Sean from Hedonia here in San Francisco makes Fish Cake but no mushy peas. "But once there, I discovered something altogether different. For one, we lucked into ten days of unbroken clear, sunny weather. For another, we ate like kings. 'Beautiful weather and delicious food,' I emailed friends and family back in the States, 'Why have we been lied to all these years?'" Read more...



...it is food from the heart to comfort and soothe Hester in Genva is a Brit who like me sometimes has to battle Against French and American criticisms to defend her native cuisine. Today she has made a heavenly-looking Deconstructed Trifle. "Unlike the Italians and the French, who closely guard and protect their regional specialties, the English are very open to always try out new things and cuisines, which has also led to an over-hasty discarding of our own local traditions in terms of food, and a belief in our own bad press about our food. One of the great things happening in England at the moment is a resurgence in interest in local produce and traditional, artisanal methods. There is a move towards redisovering the heritage of local dishes, and this can only be a good thing!"Read more...



...Nigel Slater. He's the man - 'nuff said Jeanne in London writes for Cooksister where she made a lovely Rhubarb Crumble. "The recipe I used was Nigella Lawson's from Feast which was easy and worked well - my only complaint was that she reckoned this quantity serves ten - but to my mind that would be pushing your luck. Six seems far more reasonable - and I am vaguely embarrassed to say that four of us actually polished this off..." Read more...



...A cup of tea and a bun To go with her cup of tea, Joanne from Fork & Bottle in Santa Rosa has made a lovely batch of London Buns. Read more...



...British television chefs and food writers are showcasing English food more than ever Julia of A Slice of Cherry Pie lives in Kent, but I wished she lived next door to me so I could go round for dinner on Toad in the Hole nights. I love Toad in the Hole. Mmmmmmm. Read more...



...We like the old dishes, yes we do, and now we are making them really well with good stuff June of Bread, Water, Oil and Salt in Somerset, England made the Queen of Puddings for her entry. "I found myself remembering with delight the wonderful school puddings that nobody eats any more. All the chocolate stodge and custard, the lemon steamed puddings, the rice puddings… And oh god the sago, let’s not go there, and the semolina and the tapioca, only made palatable by the jam." Read more...



...scones, steak & kidney pie, tea cake, kedgeree...excuse me I need to go cook Kazari, from I think I have a recipe for that, lives in Australia where she made some sticky Hot Cross Buns. "When we had a birthday afternoon tea at my aunt's house, there was always sticky bun. Sometimes iced, sometimes glazed, always with fruit" Read more...



...British people have become very demanding when buying ingredients or eating at restaurants Kevin in Worcestershire is a Wannabe TV Chef who made a lovely light version of Bakewell Tart using puff pastry. "British food and British Ingredients have gone through a complete metamorphous in the last 10-15 years. Great award winning restaurants have sprung up all over the country. The country is awash with farmers markets selling quality grown and produced ingredients to a very savvy British public. These markets are more than just a place to buy great food; they are vibrant social gatherings where foodies can swap information and ideas."Read more...



... the cooked breakfasts, cream teas and puddings can't be beat In Seattle, Kimberly of Music and Cats joyously recalls wonderful pub meals, picnics, teas and other food she has enjoyed in England. It is, however, the English Breakfast, that wins her heart. "And yet… when I consider the meal that has kept me on my feet, hiking English hills or wandering English museums or tripping on English sidewalks because I’m looking up at buildings yet again, I think of breakfast. The English cooked breakfast. The full breakfast. The fry-up." Read more...



...deep-fried candy is pure genius Krista at Project Me in New York stunned me by making a beautiful Stargazy Pie. "Then I stumbled upon stargazy pie, which totally sounded up my alley. The recipe I found in British Regional Food had no photo so I was trying to imagine if fish heads truly did stick out of the top of the crust. To me, that’s not creepy but adorable." Read more...



...the dishes that have survived are the ones that really work Louise who lives in West London and blogs at Using Spoons decided to make Bangers & Mash for her entry. "Choose really good quality pork sausages. I went for Lincolnshire sausages from Tesco on this occasion, but my favourite is Duchy Originals Pork and Herb. British sausages have a particular spice blend which is not always present in other countries, and can't really be replicated by an Italian sausage, for instance." Read more...



...I lived on it for 5 years of my life and survived, even thrived Maki from Swiss-based Just Hungry muses on rhubarb, stewed fruit and England with a recipe for Rhubarb berry trifle. "I first saw this curious plant called rhubarb during the time we lived for 5 years in Berkshire, England. I was 5 when we moved there. The rhubarb grew like a small jungle in a corner of the vegetable patch of the house we were renting, alongside some equally puzzling gooseberry bushes. Neither existed at all in Japan at the time, and my mother was at a loss as to what to do with them, until our next door neighbor lady told her how to stew them." Read more...



...nose to tail eating is serious business They are Married with Dinner, here in San Francisco and they are making Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad. "Here I found what I adore about English cuisine: naked love for animal fat, roasted flesh, organ meats, connective tissue, and wild things from the hunt. Pig tails, venison, game birds, sliced roast beef, Yorkshire pudding." Read more...



...Shakespeare would never have written all those plays on an empy stomach Only MizD and Chopper from Belly Timber could come up with a post like this one about Black Pudding. "Turns out our local Asian market sells pig’s blood by the pint, and when Chopper made this discovery, I knew we were left with only two choices: Black Pudding or a reenactment of the prom night sequence from Carrie. Since the latter would mean a Chopper impersonation of John Travolta, we opted for the Black Pudding." Read more...



...any culture that can invent afternoon tea has got something Sticking with the bard for a second, Mommy Cooks in Southern California has made some Jumbals. "A librarian friend of mine was once asked what might have been Shakespeare's favorite cookie. She decided to write to the Folger Library, that bastion here in America of all things Shakespearean, and she received in return a copy of a page from The English Hous-wife, containing the inward and outward Vertues which ought to be in a compleat Woman, dating from 1653, with this recipe" Read more...



...it's got some delicious, crunchy- sheperds pie-and-yorkshire puds-and-custard tarts in it. Myriam of Once Upon a Tart in Switzerland makes some cute looking Yorkshire Puddings. "I remember the concerned looks I got, when I told my boss I wanted to take a time-out from the radio and move to england for 2 months - to cook! why would I wanna go to england to cook? Why not italy or france? - at least that's where good food comes from. Why on earth would I wanna learn more about cooking in the land of fish and chips and baked beans? becaaaause - was my answer. And booked my flight." Read more...



...As Gordon Ramsey might say..."English food a joke, fuck off out of my kitchen." Neil, At My Table in Melbourne likeme, is fascinated with the idea of making Clotted Cream. "Wonderful, thick, rich, clotted cream, a by product of those old days when farmers would sterilise their unpasteurised milk slowly on the stove top in order to improve its keeping properties and discovered a layer of cream with a crust on top that was really flavourful, with a hint of caramel." Read more...



...nearly all of my favourite food writers are English. That can't be a coincidence Canadian Rebeca of Dinner in the Yellow House makes Toad in the Hole as she recalls journeying on a trip to England "It was a very cool train, with little compartments like they have on the Hogwarts Express, and a fancy dining car and everything. We had tea in the dining car, but we weren't hungry or wealthy enough for a full meal. That was a shame, because the smells coming from the other tables were quite tantalizing." Read more...



...English food is not a joke unless we're talking Marmite, though that's tragedy, not comedy The always adventurous Rob and Rachel of Hungry in Hogtown never do things by halves. This even is kno exception as they search for the perfect Fish & Chips. "I was unable to resist two items novel to me: Marmite, as English as a stiff upper lip; and frozen pizzas topped with baked beans, which Steve labeled "British fusion cuisine.""Read more...



...it's too practical to crack a smile TriniGourmet Sarina Nicole made some lovely oatcakes for her entry. "I ran several recipes by my friend, that I had located online, for his approval and finally settled on the one listed below. It was a huge hit with my mother and me. She loved it especially because it was sugar-free and healthy. I loved it cos it was flaky and crunchy." Read more...



...what Seriously Good is -- Pasties to come Seriously Good in Knoxville, USA has rather an addiction to Cornish Pasties. "I was addicted from my first bite and ate them frequently while I was in England. In fact, if I had pictures of my time in England you would probably have a shot of me at Buckingham Palace, pastie in hand; wandering up the lane at Windsor Palace, brushing pastie crumbs off my shirt; surveying Stonehenge, mouth full of pastie." Read more...



...for us local really is local! I've laughed to myself about the mileage boundary of eating locally (compared to the UK) here on Becks & Posh and Sophie in Oxfordshire is saying much the same thing, on her blog Mostly Eating. Oh, and she's also making some Boozy Damson and Venison Casserole at the same time. "One of the things I think we Brits/English do really well is this local eating and reducing food miles business. One of the advantages of living on such a small island is that when we try to eat local it really can mean local. Not for us a 100-mile radius like those Bay Area people I keep hearing about - no disrespect intended if any of you are reading :-) Nope, over here local is often very local indeed (100 miles is after all, a quarter of the length of England). From where I live at the edge of a reasonably large city (Oxford) I can get artisan cheeses, an impressive choice of organic veg, melt-in-the-mouth sustainably farmed lamb all within the 18 miles from my house." Read more...



...crisps/chips in flavors like roast beef and mustard and mature cheddar and burgundy! Stephanie from the Grub Report just returned from a trip to England and I can tell you, she is loving pretty much everything she eats there. That's my girl! "Not for the first time have I gazed through the cold panes of a chilly, wet world and longed to be embraced by a full English breakfast. What could be more comforting than got fried eggs, bangers, bacon, fried bread (FRIED BREAD!), grilled tomatoes, and mushrooms? I'm pretty sure it's what they serve in Heaven, where cholesterol and heart disease are no longer a worry." Read more...



...fantastic range of fresh produce, wild game, artisanal cheeses... The Old Foodie in Brisbane shares some history and a recipe for Hare Soup. "There is nothing ridiculous about oysters from Chester, cheese from Wensleydale, bacon from Bath (especially that from the cheeks or chaps of the local pig), apples from Somerset, and roast beef from just about anywhere. Sure, the names of some English puddings are good for a laugh – Spotted Dick comes to mind – but a laughing stock they are not." Read more...



...The home of scones...that's all I need to know Vanessa from What Geeks Eat in Wisconsin was in London only last month and today she shares a recipe for Cottage Pie. "I tasted a cheese called The Stinking Bishop…the name is appropriate and I think I showed good sense in not buying that particulary pungent fromage given the small size of our hotel room." Read more...



...Any cuisine that combines meat with ale gets gold stars in my book The adorable Yumsugar who I met for the first time last week makes a Steak & Ale Pie. "I lived there for almost a year and had plenty of amazing food (I have crazy fond memories of the cheese guy in my local outdoor market)." Read more...



...chefs like Jamie and Nigella can't be wrong says Zorra in Spain who chooses to cook one of Nigella's recipes for Slow-Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken Legs. "Do you want to know the truth? I never have eaten real English food on my trips to England." Read more...



...I can think of plenty of examples of delicious English goodies - many having to do with Maltesers and Afternoon Tea Alice Q - in San Diego is a girl after my own heart, making herself a nice Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Puds. "I prepared a variation of my favorite English meal - the traditional Sunday lunch of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding." Read more...



...Please don't laugh. Not at this stage. Bear with me Aidan Brooks, Trainee Chef in London shares news of the end of a culinary era. "Owners Heinz said: "HP sauce will continue to taste the same", but trade unions at the Birmingham factory responded by organising a mass protest and claiming The "swines" are taking away a great English icon that the company's decision "left a bad taste in their mouths"
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...Toast is the best food in the world, let alone England Marmite Breath Slept Here says "Oh yes, one of my favourite toast combos is Marmite on Toast. I believe it cures hangovers. I believe it can make a bad day good. I believe it can make your husband not want to kiss you. But God, it's just soul-pleasingly good." Read more...



...I am keen... to promote English Cuisine My mum, Chris, blogging at Ms Cellania wouldn't officially enter my event, but I saw she did a lovely St George's Day post including homemade Fish & Chips so I have added her in anyway. "I have not cooked my own fish and chips for many years and I had forgotten just how nice it is to have homemade chips and fresh cod; for Embee mushy peas are a must." Read more...



...From clotted cream to crumpets and crumble, English food makes the best tummies rumble Last but not least, here at Becks & Posh I also made a traditional Sunday roast, with lamb, mint sauce and roast potatoes followed by pear crumble."The best roast potatoes I have ever eaten, have been made by English women. My mum's spuds can't be beat and my English friend Penny, here in San Francisco, is a dab hand with the roast tater too. The Americans and French do great potatoes, but they don't do great Sunday Roast potatoes." Read more... And check out the 'Samanda' Modern 9 Course English Dinner Party too.

picture photograph how to make recipe for traditional english sunday roast 2007 copyright of sam breach http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/

Brilliant! Thanks to everyone who bravely embraced the new-fangled google databse and helped in the creation of this mega-post for my Fish & Quips event.. I am pretty certain that anyone who reads through all these entries will be left with a positive impression that there are more than a few good things to celebrate about English food.

And just to give you plenty of warning, I'll be back on St George's Day next year with an event called "Bangers & Sass" where entrants will engage in describing English food with as much British cheekiness as they can muster. It'll be saucy, it'll be fun and I'm giving you a whole year to prepare so no excuses next time!




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48 Comments:

  • At 23/4/07 01:23, Blogger Bron said…

    You're one crazy lady Sam, staying up working on this ALL night!
    What an EPIC EFFORT!! You've out-done yourself! Thanks HEAPS for hosting and inspiring such a FANTASTIC event, I can't wait for next years!!

     
  • At 23/4/07 02:02, Blogger Pille said…

    I just got back from a 10-day trip to London, and enjoyed lots of lovely meals (incl fresh asparagus and pink forced rhubarb), so English food definitely isn't a joke!

     
  • At 23/4/07 02:37, Blogger Jeanne said…

    Oh wow Sam - what a great roundup!! And what a fantastic collection of recipes... I think anybody reading this will see pretty quickly that England is the home of the best puddings and the best breakfasts - definitely no laughing matter ;-) Can't wait for Bangers & Sass next year!

     
  • At 23/4/07 04:53, Blogger Tony said…

    Sam, as a longtime Brit lurker, who spent five years in The City, I think this is just brilliant; a recognition of the wonderful British food heritage and so many great blogs to read and recipes to try.

    From Kuala Lumpur...

     
  • At 23/4/07 05:42, Anonymous Ivonne said…

    What a round up, Sam! I'm overwhelmed with cravings for clotted cream, Yorkshire pudding and all sorts of other goodies.

    English food is definitely NOT a joke!

    Well done!

     
  • At 23/4/07 05:53, Blogger Gemma said…

    Sam, thanks for the amazing round up - I want roast beef and yorkshire pudding followed by steamed syrup sponge and custard right now!

     
  • At 23/4/07 05:56, Anonymous Doug said…

    incredible! the best source of english fodder this side of the atlantic.

     
  • At 23/4/07 06:37, Blogger Culinary Cowgirl said…

    Well done Sam!

     
  • At 23/4/07 07:17, Blogger Allen of EOL said…

    Thank you for hosting, Sam -- great job!

     
  • At 23/4/07 07:23, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Wow Sam what a brilliant round up, I now regret not entering but what a wonderful response from everyone who appreciates English cooking.

     
  • At 23/4/07 07:58, Blogger Beccy said…

    Wow, Sam that is some post, well done you've really excelled yourself!

     
  • At 23/4/07 08:38, Blogger Dive said…

    Sam,

    You're setting the bar pretty high with this one! I don't see how the rest of us will be able to follow this mega-post!

    :)

    Seriously, I think it's great that you did this and I certainly enjoyed being part of it. Thank you for the opportunity....and I hope your hand is better!

    Happy St. George Day!

    k.

     
  • At 23/4/07 09:55, Blogger Clare said…

    Thanks so much for hosting this, Sam! Great roundup - so many fantastic ideas, too. I am officially craving pasties and bangers now...

     
  • At 23/4/07 10:01, Anonymous Ash said…

    Wonderful wonderful round up! I made Cornish Splits but forgot the date to enter! Gah!

     
  • At 23/4/07 10:03, Anonymous Sophie said…

    Fantastic job Sam - the round-up must have taken you hours! This better have convinced "them" - I can't think what else we can try if this hasn't worked :-) We might have to kidnap "them" and force feed them Yorkshire puddings...

     
  • At 23/4/07 10:29, Blogger Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic said…

    Sam -- this was so much fun and now I'm thinking of even more British foods to write about. (Maybe I'll even tackle the deliciousness we had on our Scottish honeymoon!) Thank you for doing this!

     
  • At 23/4/07 11:45, Blogger cookiecrumb said…

    Fan-frickin-tastic, Sam. You make us all feel so, so... special!

     
  • At 23/4/07 11:49, Anonymous sabrina said…

    Wow! That is such an incredible roundup! If anyone is not convinced, they are fools! I am drooling all over my keyboard right now... although I must admit I did a little recoil at the fish heads sticking out of the pie (and this is coming from a girl who has no problems with fish heads).

     
  • At 23/4/07 12:34, Anonymous Jenny said…

    I'm seriously drooling here in San Diego. You've got me really homesick for a good brummy balti with a table nan. MMMM

    One of my other favourites I have to have when I go home is an egg and cress sandwich, preferably from marks and spencers.

    Thanks for this, it made me feel very patriotic for my homeland!!

     
  • At 23/4/07 13:16, Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said…

    Oh my gawd, Sam, thanks so much, this is amazing. I promise to read ever one of these.
    Since I was tardy I will just link to my F&Q post here.

    English food is not a joke because the English air is the perfect medium for making the world’s greatest cheeses, breads, preserves, pickles, and beers and ales
    Happy St. George's Day all, and be kind to dragons!

     
  • At 23/4/07 13:18, Blogger Julia said…

    What a fabulous round up!!! Well done Sam, what a great effort. Thanks so much for hosting this fantastic event.

     
  • At 23/4/07 14:38, Blogger Astrid said…

    Bravo! On so many counts. First off, I confess to having had in the past my share of prejudices about English cuisine, and this post single-handedly dispelled whatever traces of it I still had. Secondly, it makes for very entertaining reading. Third, it's a reference post, one I'll turn to whenever I need good comfort food or breakfast or tea recipes.
    I'm impressed, by your post and by your country's cuisine!

     
  • At 23/4/07 15:35, Blogger Barbara said…

    Like Cookie said fan-frickin-tastic. There's a little something in the post for you.

     
  • At 23/4/07 16:08, Blogger neil said…

    Happy St George's day, Sam.

     
  • At 23/4/07 16:37, Anonymous Brett said…

    Sam, you are the Queen of Round-Ups. Excellent job! And happy St. George's Day!

     
  • At 23/4/07 16:41, Blogger Janice said…

    I am a procrastinating wolly; my post was too late to be included in the roundup, but I'm glad to see it's a smashing success! I'm looking forward to reading everyone's entries.

     
  • At 23/4/07 17:43, Anonymous Chris said…

    Holy Moly! This is an amazing round up! I am going to be a busy bee clicking through all the links. Thanks for all your hard work! Happy St. George Day!

     
  • At 23/4/07 18:20, Anonymous C(h)ristine said…

    That's it. I'm salivating. I'm licking my screen, pawing at the monitor, going crazy with the imagined smells and tastes!

     
  • At 23/4/07 20:14, Blogger Catherine said…

    Dude! What a totally fabulous round-up! Talk about salivating! Next time, I'm going to do something egg and "bacon"!

    luv u,
    C.

     
  • At 23/4/07 21:26, Anonymous kudzu said…

    Sam, you did a brilliant job, even when wounded in combat. I will try some of these but the problem is that I want to eat all of them. Now. Everyone was inspired.

     
  • At 23/4/07 23:25, Blogger Freya and Paul said…

    It's great to see people from all over the world sharing in the beauty of British cooking! Well done Sam for rousing everyone to produce such wonderful food!

     
  • At 24/4/07 01:00, Anonymous EmBee said…

    Congatulations Darling, That was fantastic, your mum's fish and chips were pretty good too. Love

     
  • At 24/4/07 01:31, Blogger Marona said…

    I'm totally an anglophilic and I wanted to participate with a "jacket potato with cottage cheese" but I miss the deadline!! :-(
    But now I can cook lots of diferent delicious english dishes!!! Thank you for the great work!!!!

     
  • At 24/4/07 01:53, Blogger hellojed said…

    Amazing photos - I love English food, it's so hearty.

     
  • At 24/4/07 06:35, Blogger Pamela said…

    I could totally eat Baked beans on toast with sausages and fried egg for breakfast.

    I did't like the looks of the fish dish...
    or the bloody looking sausage thingy.
    But my saliva glands and fat cells were all alive and kicking through the rest of the stuff.

     
  • At 24/4/07 07:14, Blogger Sally Lomax said…

    Great post Sam!

    No-one will ever be able to say that we can't cook again!

    Happy St. George's day!

     
  • At 24/4/07 07:22, Blogger Sam said…

    Thanks to everyone for all the encouraging comments. I am so proud to be English today. There is nothing here that doesn't look delicious to me. The stargazy pie is one of my favourites - it looks like it should be served up in a fairytale and although I have never tried it, I feel a stargazey pie experiment coming on.

    Creating this post burnt me out (it took about 15 solid hours - poor Fred trying to have a conversations with me on Sunday was just met with ignorals) so I am going to leave it up on the front page another day so as many people as possible can enjoy it.

    Tomorrow I hope to have the Samanda English Dinner party post up to keep the theme going a little...

     
  • At 24/4/07 09:15, Blogger Rachael said…

    Dodgy Meat Pies and Spotted Dick are too funny. And that's the point isn't it? A whole national inside joke. It almost breaks my heart that it's changing.

    Fantastic breakdown. Cheers Britiania.

    -Rachael

     
  • At 24/4/07 11:47, Blogger sfmike said…

    That post is longer than "Middlemarch" and in addition has pretty pictures. I'm totally impressed.

     
  • At 24/4/07 19:06, Anonymous krista said…

    Ha, I knew the poor fish heads would turn some stomachs but I couldn't help myself. The stargazy pie tasted pretty good, I swear.

    I'm amazed by the breadth of posts and the effort that went into compiling them. Wow.

     
  • At 25/4/07 02:43, Blogger Little Miss Moi said…

    dear sam. Firstly, thanks for these delicious treats to the eye. Seriously, it's lunch time now and this has made me hungrier. Secondly, thanks for stopping past my place on such a busy week! Thirdly... I think fish and quips could be made into an annual publication. I'm not familiar with USA or UK, but in Oz, AWW published the occasional book inhouse and they were great quality, very professional-looking (usually tacked onto the back of a mag as a promo so great distribution). I just want to cook all of this stuff, and wish it was in a book (I don't have a printer so Mr Moi is bringing home a few each day).

     
  • At 25/4/07 14:15, Anonymous kimberly said…

    Wow, Sam, what a labor of love this roundup is. Gorgeous photos, lovely text, all beautifully put together. So much lovely English food, I may still be working my way through these recipes when Bangers and Sass comes around next year.

     
  • At 27/4/07 21:05, Blogger Garrett said…

    Way to go Sam. I wish I could have participated, we're still recovering from moving and cup o noodles and spaghetti has been a very common meal here the past few days. This is almost a full on cookbook you have here, and I can't wait to try some of it out!

     
  • At 30/4/07 09:31, Anonymous cherry menlove said…

    A more generous blogger I am yet to meet. You rock; you're fantastic, generous, beautiful, both inside and out, and all those other superlatives!

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful post. It is one that I know I will be referring to time and again and makes me very proud to be British.

    Love Cherry xx

     
  • At 30/4/07 16:35, Blogger Bad Home Cook said…

    Brilliant! The run-through of English food made me long for a nice cup of tea and a bap. Your picture of the fry-up...sniff. Married to a Brit for 10 years and all I have to show for it are two kids who love spag bog, pickle, and Cadbury Flake.
    Ta very much delish round-up.
    Cheers,

     
  • At 10/9/08 23:22, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    its alright actually its gay it told me nothing it was about 20 recipes of crap
    sorry

     
  • At 25/10/08 19:16, Blogger Tara said…

    This is fantastic! Thanks for the work so I could read up on it in one nice, concise enty! You rock.

     
  • At 20/8/09 12:29, Blogger ilona fordham said…

    I stumbled on this late in teh game but better late than never!! I'm sitting here drooling at my desk watching the yummy food scroll by. I'm a dietitian in CA but I'm originally from the UK and the family still all live there. I was very happy to see my favorites be included in the list - cornish pasties and rhubarb crumble. I didn't see Marmite or Branston pickle any where though...are we not fans of these 2 delicacies???

     

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