Q: I'm hosting a party for the Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Each attendee has to bring a food and drink inspired by a country, and as the host, I'm in charge of England. I'm definitely going to pick up an ale or two, but any ideas for food? Thanks!
Lardy Cake. Just the name alone will cause some people to faint in horror as lard still has a bad reputation with many health-conscious eaters. But denizens of Great Britain might also smile a little, too, for Lardy Cakes are a traditional tea time treat and many Brits I know have a soft spot for this sweet, doughy, crunchy treat. And perhaps it will come back into good graces as we are rediscovering lard as a healthier fat.
Q: I'm hoping The Kitchn's talented readership can help me! My boss is British, born and raised, and although she's been in the States for more than half her life she understandably misses many of the things she grew up with that don't exist here.
Her birthday is coming up and I would love to make her favorite dessert, date and walnut cake. I had never heard of it before meeting her and I have no idea where to begin with recipes. I searched google.co.uk but there are predictably thousands and I would prefer one that can come personally recommended. Can you help a poor Yank out?
Is it time for your mid-day tea break? Then pour your self a cuppa and learn how to make authentic Cornish pasties in this short but entertaining video from The Guardian, a UK newspaper. Our cook today is Kay Bolitho and she's making her pasties as her mother and grandmother did before her in a delightfully eccentric manor house kitchen.
The second series of "Downton Abbey" premieres this weekend on PBS and if you're as obsessed as we are, you might be planning your very own viewing party complete with period-appropriate food and drink. Here's an Edwardian-era cake that we highly recommend. It includes several ingredients you probably have in your winter larder ... and don't worry, it's much better than Mrs. Patmore's salty pudding!
Ever heard of a cranachan? Neither had I before coming across a recipe for one in the new River Cottage Every Day cookbook. But now I can't get this layered dessert of toasted oats, fresh summer fruit, and boozy whipped cream out of my head.
I think we can all agree that marmite and vegemite can be considered an acquired taste. Personally, I love a thin smear of marmite on a piece of buttered toast, so pungent that it makes my tongue tingle. But love it or hate it, there are still plenty of ways to use this sticky paste in the kitchen.
I don't buy too many cookbooks (and when I do, there's a one in/one out policy), but a couple of times a year I log on to Amazon.co.uk and indulge in the pleasure of ordering new British cookbooks. Why on earth would one want cookbooks from the land of supposedly bland, unimaginative food? Because they're anything but! Lately it seems that some of the most colorful, flavorful, and inspiring cookbooks are coming out of the multicultural UK. Here are three that I've made room for in my collection…
Homemade English muffins are one of those things we whip out whenever we want something extra special in the morning - a birthday brunch, in-laws are in town, you name it! One guest recently asked about the difference between crumpets and English muffins, and we were honestly stumped...with good reason, it turns out!