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What you need to know about England´s culinary traditions.

Apple Puddings star
England has always had plentiful crops of apples, from shiny green Bramleys to small, sweet Cox’s. Abundant apple harvests have given the English satisfying puddings for centuries.

Cheddar Cheese star
Cheddar, a hard cheese, is made and eaten in many parts of the world. A staple English food, Cheddar originated in south west England in the twelth century and carries the name of the place that gave it birth.

Christmas Dinner star
In England Christmas dinner – which can range from a meal served close to noon to one served after dark – is a meal which can draw family and friends together for feasting and celebration. Over the years the centrepiece of the food laden Christmas table has changed, and is still changing...

Cornish Pasties star
A Cornish pasty is a meal in itself - meat and vegetables encased in a half moon case of golden pastry.

Cucumber Sandwiches star
Cucumber sandwiches are an English tradition. They are usually eaten over the summer months, often at outdoor events. There is an art to making the perfect cucumber sandwich...

Dinner for One star
Dinner for One is a short, very English film which is a cult hit in Germany, Denmark and Norway yet most English people have never heard of it!

Eating for England - Book Review star
Niglel Slater has a sensual love of food that oozes through his writing. Eating for England takes time honoured English classics and celebrates their glory. Entries are generally short (often no more than a page), making this a book of bite-size writing which can be devoured in bite-size pieces.

English Cheese star
England is home to a wide variety of cheeses, some of which have been made for hundreds of years, many of which take their names from the village, town, city or county where they originated.

English Puddings star
English puddings include some classic recipes which have stood the test of time, from Apple Snow to Summer Pudding; more stodgy counterparts include Bread Pudding, Eton Mess and Queen of Puddings.

English Tea star
Tea is a British tradition, even though tea was first discovered far, far from England. Tea first became popular in England in the seventeenth under the influence of Charles II’s Portuguese wife, Catherine of Braganza.

Fast Facts About Cider star
Cider, a traditional English drink, has evolved over centuries. England's rich glut of apple crops has encouraged cider making, whether it be scrumpy solad at a farmhouse gate or large scale commercial cider available from city to village throughout the land.

Gift Ideas - Books by Cooks star
England has a huge array of celebrity cooks and chefs, many of whom have brought out recipe books which often accompany popular television shows. Books by England’s top cookery celebrities can make great gifts.

Hot Cross Buns star
Hot cross buns - golden, glazed buns containing fruit and spices and topped with pastry crosses - are traditionally made on Good Friday. They are good to make with children who can get involved in all or part of the bun making process.

Marmite - You Either Love It Or Hate It star
“You either love it or hate it” is a classic slogan associated with Marmite, a strong, salty spread which has held the English nation captive for over a century. Find out more about Marmite – origins, history and some suggestions for perfect Marmite moments...

Queen of Puddings star
Queen of Puddings is a feast of custard, jam and meringue. Rumour has it that the pudding was created for Queen Victora in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace...

Real Fast Food - Book Review star
Nigel Slaters’s book Real Fast Food is a delight – a cookery bible for the modern world. The recipes focus on fresh ingredients and meals that can be made (mostly) in half an hour or less.

Real Fast Puddings - Book Review star
Real Fast Puddings by Nigel Slater concentrates on puddings which are quick and easy to make. The book focuses on seasonal recipes, many of which use fruits and thus are not very heavy or calorie-laden.

Summer Citrus Drinks star
Long summer days with warm, light summer evenings are a feature in England. This article offers a few suggestions for cooling summer drinks using citrus fruits that are refreshing and easy to make.

Tea Links and Information star

The Colman's Mustard Cookbook - Book Review star
The Colman's Mustard Cookbook contains easy to make, inventive recipes that will ensure you get that jar of Colman's out of the back of your storecupboard...

The Marmite Cookbook - Book Review star
Love marmite? If so, you will adore this cookbook. The book contains fifty-two flavoursome recipes – imagine, you could try a new marmite dish every week! There are pictures from old marmite adverts, contributions from people who love and people who hate marmite and sprinklings of marmite facts.

The Ration Book Diet - Book Review star
The Ration Book Diet is a book brimming with social history, food facts and recipes based on ingredients available during the Second World War.

Winter Salads star
A lot of vegetables are in season in England in winter. They are ideal for making creatvie and colourful salads, for use either as accompaniments to hot dishes or as meals in themselves.

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