What you need to know about England´s culinary traditions.
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, 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.
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...
A Cornish pasty is a meal in itself - meat and vegetables encased in a half moon case of golden pastry.
Dinner for One
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Fish and Chips
Learn about one of the greatest English dishes there is - fish and chips.
Gift Ideas - Books by Cooks
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
The Marmite Cookbook - Book Review
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
The Ration Book Diet is a book brimming with social history, food facts and recipes based on ingredients available during the Second World War.
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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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