British Recipes & Food Ideas
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So, What Exactly Is Figgy Pudding, Anyhow?Recipes
And why do carolers always want some?
Dec 24, 2019
Recycled Wine Box Kitchen CabinetsKitchen
Marianne’s Paris apartment didn’t come with cabinets. “I didn’t want to get an IKEA like everyone else,” Marianne says. A DIY kind of gal, she started collecting empty wooden wine crates from supermarkets and wine stores, and drilled them into the wall as open storage in her kitchen.For the full house tour, go here.– Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy .
Dec 19, 2019
What Is Boxing Day? How to Celebrate This Perfectly Sensible British Holiday.People
Christmas falls on a Monday this year, which means we get it off from work. Hooray! But across the pond, the day after Christmas — or more accurately, the weekday after Christmas — is always an actual holiday. It’s call Boxing Day and it has nothing to do with pugilism (or the “unboxing” phenomenon, which I admit to not understanding one bit). There are many theories as to how Boxing Day got its name. Some posit the name comes from church donation boxes.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Brilliant Kitchen Storage Ideas to Steal from This British Design Firm’s Instagram AccountKitchen
As you probably know, Instagram can lead you down quite the rabbit hole. A rabbit hole of fancy, high-end kitchens that can make you feel even worse about your own kitchen. We discovered this first-hand recently, while Insta-stalking DeVol, a UK-based kitchen design firm. We don’t even know how we got to the account, but once we started, we just couldn’t stop. The good news, though?
Dec 17, 2019
Recipe: Blueberry Breakfast TrifleRecipes
Here's how to eat cake for breakfast.
Sep 12, 2019
Recipe: Coconut Cream Fool with RaspberriesRecipes
What better duo to illustrate the ease of simple-yet-sublime summer desserts than berries and cream? Here, sun-kissed raspberries are enveloped in whipped coconut milk in a modern twist on the traditional British fool. And despite its classification as a vegan dessert, it’s every bit as luxurious — and light — as its dairy-filled counterpart. This dessert comes to us from Yossy Arefi, the creator behind Apt 2B Baking Co.
Jun 4, 2019
Bake Like a Brit: 5 Cakes Every English Baker LovesSkills
When a Brit tells you they're baking, you can generally assume that a cake is about to come out of the oven.
Jun 3, 2019
Look! A Peek into Nigel Slater’s New Cooking Show KitchenPeople
Nigel Slater fans in America, this post might frustrate you! Unfortunately, it’s still not possible to watch Mr. Slater’s cooking shows in the US. (I don’t understand why they’re not distributed here, but that’s another post.) Ahem. OK, so moving on, we can at least take a little peek at the set of his latest show, Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking, which premiered in the UK last week.
May 30, 2019
Discovering (or Rediscovering) the Lardy CakePeople
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.
May 30, 2019
20 Words and Phrases to Know Before You Watch The Great British Baking ShowPeople
You say cookie, we say biscuit; you say plastic wrap, we say cling film; you say sponge and mean the thing you clean with, and we mean a lovely cake. The differences between American English and British (aka proper) English are myriad — and if you’re planning to tune in to season three of the Great British Baking Show (which airs on PBS tonight), it’s worth brushing up on a few key words and phrases. A rolled, frozen dessert made from ice cream and sponge cake.
May 30, 2019
Where Can I Find British Back Bacon?Skills
Does anyone know of a source? Sent by JeniferEditor: Readers, do you know of any reasonably-priced online or mailorder sources for British back bacon in the U.S.?
May 30, 2019
Where I Cook: Mallika in London, EnglandKitchen
Who cooks and eats here: Mallika Basu, her husband, and two young children Where: London, England Rent or Own? Own Entering Mallika Basu’s southwest London home involves a moment of transition, and then surprise. From the entrance, her home looks quite the same as its neighbors in a long row of Clapham townhouses. The front hallway and staircase signal the Victorian heritage of the home, down to the carefully restored tile in the entryway.
May 24, 2019
The Best Place to Buy Quality Copper Cookware in ParisTools
Everyone is always asking me where to buy copper pots in Paris. And while internet shopping and the fallen dollar mean that buying copper cookware in Paris is not the bargain it once was, the act of buying copper pots is still a cherished errand for foodies on vacation who want to bring back a souvenir that will last a lifetime (and beyond).You can find copper pots in department stores, second-hand shops and brocantes. But for brand new copper cookware, your first stop should be E. Dehillerin.
May 24, 2019
8 British Condiments and Sauces You Need to TryGroceries
Branston Pickle might look strange, but it's actually delicious.
May 24, 2019
10 Food Souvenirs I Always Bring Back from BritainPeople
When I traveled abroad as a child, my favorite part was picking out a souvenir. Thankfully, I seemed to steer clear of the mass-produced knickknacks, and ended up with quite a few timeless keepsakes from around the world. Maybe my 12-year-old self was cooler than I remember. (But probably not.) The souvenirs I pick up these days don’t last as long. I love roaming the aisles of foreign supermarkets, selecting consumables to bring home like jams, cookies, and hot sauces.
May 24, 2019
The Airport Breakfast I’m Trying to Recreate at HomePeople
I have been in and out of Manchester, England several times this spring and I can say, with 100 percent certainty, that the staff at the Manchester airport will always ensure that you’re having a pleasant experience — even when a uniformed stranger is searching through your suitcase for a full-sized tube of toothpaste you forgot that you packed. There’s also a better-than-average restaurant called The Lion and Antelope that is always busy (even at 6:45 a.m.
May 24, 2019
The Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel SlaterPeople
Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries II has not yet been published in the US, but I’m sharing this review anyway because I know I’m not the only non-UK citizen who’s a big fan of Mr. Slater and his gorgeous but quite useful cookbooks. You can find copies of the UK edition here and there, and it will be published in the US this fall. But if you’re like me and can’t wait that long, read on for a peek into this beautiful, inspiring volume.
May 24, 2019
Elizabeth David’s Sensible British ChristmasPeople
Where’s the voice of moderation this holiday season? We’ve got the Martha Stewart and Co. on one side of the aisle calling for elaborate homemade holiday spreads. On the other side, Rachael Ray and her ilk are encouraging us to assemble “fake-out” holiday foods like a croquembouche made out of donut holes.
May 24, 2019
Jamie Oliver’s New Cookbook is the Definition of “Scrummy”People
The book: Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver The angle: It’s the weekend. Make something tasty. Recipes for right now: Giant Sausage Roll, Chicken Shawarma, Double Whammy Toad in the Hole, Insanity Burger, Gnocchi & Squash Sauce, Huevos Rancheros, Steaming Ramin, Bolognese Ravioli, Mighty Greek Moussaka Who would enjoy this book? You would.
May 24, 2019
3 Things I Love About This Modern Vintage Kitchen in LondonKitchen
When this sweet and sunny kitchen popped up at Apartment Therapy, I knew immediately you all would like to see it too! It’s practically a paragon of modern vintage, in London of course, where that style seems to grow most naturally. Here’s a peek — the tea kettle is one of my favorites! This flat belongs to Caroline and Simon, who live there with their baby, Ruby. Caroline has a blog that covers the thrifty, vintage, and handmade: Patchwork Harmony.
May 24, 2019
High Tea Isn’t What You Think It IsPeople
When Brits talk about tea, they could be talking about at least three, possibly four, different things. There’s high tea and afternoon tea, as well as the curious cream tea. Do you know how to decipher the language of English tea rituals? “High” is often mistakenly used by non-Brits to mark the most formal tea affair, but high tea is actually more of a simple hearty dinner than a sophisticated sweet spread.
May 24, 2019
3 Women Who Made England Mad for TeaPeople
When the heads of the G20 nations gathered in London in 2009 to grapple with the economic crisis, angry British protestors demonstrated in front of the Bank of England … by taking tea. Their concern was not bloated bankers’ bonuses, the lending crisis, or the mortgage scandal. To them, the disappearance of time for a nice cuppa represented everything that is wrong with modern capitalism.
May 24, 2019
Marmite Is Better than VegemitePeople
Marmite is a magical and delicious yeasty spread. It is not the only one — copycat versions of it exist around the world — but it is the original, and it is the best. I lived in Australia for a while, where one of its competitors thrives. You know the spread that shall not be named that I speak of. It pales in comparison! My Aussie friends tried to get me to change my mind about it by using love, persuasion, and outright threats.
May 24, 2019
In Defense of Curry PowderGroceries
I’ve heard it said that curry powder — that deep yellow blend of spices you can find premixed and on offer in almost any grocery store’s spice rack — is not for serious cooks. And there’s some truth to that. Curries are a complex category of dishes, and a true curry will have a specific blend of spices to match the ingredients and methods used. There are thousands of curries and to apply one generic powder to all of them is frankly insulting.
May 2, 2019
The Picnic Cookbook by Annie BellPeople
When the days are long and the sun is shining, eating outdoors just feels like the right thing to do. If you’re looking to take your picnics beyond the usual sandwiches and pasta salads, British food writer Annie Bell has over 100 recipes for simple yet elegant dishes that are made for eating outside, plus tons of helpful tips for packing a better picnic.
May 2, 2019
One: A Cook and Her Cupboard by Florence KnightPeople
Florence Knight became head chef of Polpetto, a popular restaurant in London’s Soho, when she was just 25 years old. When the tiny 23-seat restaurant closed a year later while its owners looked for a larger location, Florence took the opportunity to write One: A Cook and Her Cupboard, a cookbook featuring ten of her favorite home kitchen ingredients.  Now, at 27, her book has been released and Polpetto has found a new home. Hurray for both!
May 2, 2019
Pie by Angela BoggianoPeople
Here in the US we generally think of pie as something sweet, but in the UK there’s a rich tradition of hearty, savory pies like meat pies, pasties, turnovers, and samosas. Whether savory or sweet, humble or noble, pie is serious comfort food, and British author Angela Boggiano covers the spectrum in the newly revised edition of her cookbook Pie.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Chicken Tikka MasalaRecipes
Although chicken tikka masala is more British than Indian, you’d be hard-pressed to find an Indian restaurant that doesn’t have this creamy, bright-orange dish featured prominently on its menu. But if you do, you’re welcome to come to my house, where chicken tikka masala is on our regular monthly meal rotation. It’s surprisingly easy to pull together, and I promise it’s just as good as anything ordered off the take-out menu.
May 2, 2019
Home Cooked by Donal SkehanKitchen
Here’s some Friday afternoon eye candy for you! I mean, have you ever seen such a good-looking skillet of homemade paella? Seriously. It’s all I can look at.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Sticky Toffee Pudding SundaesRecipes
If you’d told me ten years ago that sticky toffee pudding was made with dates of all things, I would have told you I didn’t like sticky toffee pudding, take it away. It took a few more years to figure out that toffee pudding doesn’t actually taste like dates and even if it did, that dates are, in fact, quite amazing. Thank goodness my eyes (and stomach) saw the light: now the over-the-top English dessert remains at the top of my hedonistic hall of fame.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Skillet Beef & Ale PieRecipes
With a luscious ale gravy and a hearty filling of beef and vegetables, it’s no wonder this pie is well-loved by my friends and me. This is comfort food at its finest — a dish that’s easy to assemble and can feed one for days, or a whole crowd for the evening. While eating meat on a student budget can be difficult, pies work wonders at stretching that package of beef into a satisfying meal for six.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Ham Welsh RarebitRecipes
If you haven’t already heard of it, let me introduce you to a non-traditional sandwich that is well worth adding to your repertoire: Welsh Rarebit. This classic British dish is made of toasted bread covered in a fondue-like sauce of melted cheese and dark ale, and we’ve taken the liberty of adding a few slices of ham to it too. There are many versions of Welsh Rarebit, and some throw the whole thing in the broiler to get browned on top.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Shortbread CookiesRecipes
A fast and fancy cookie made from pantry staples with no mixer, rolling pin, or cookie cutter required.
May 1, 2019
Starbucks U.K. Just Released a New Latte and We’re Very JealousGroceries
A trending latte is now going mainstream across the pond. Starbucks is selling the popular turmeric latte, also called “golden milk,” in 200 stores across Britain starting August 28. As the name of the beverage suggests, it’s going to have an added ingredient that will offer an extra kick of flavor: turmeric. Starbucks describes the drink as a “warming latte made by steaming milk with aromatic turmeric powder and spices poured over an espresso.
May 1, 2019
The Bizarre British Sauce I Convince Americans to Put on Their Thanksgiving TurkeysRecipes
With a history going back to the Middle Ages, and traditionally served as an accompaniment to fowl of all kinds — chicken, turkey, and game birds — bread sauce is to a British Christmas dinner what a green bean casserole is to an American Thanksgiving.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What a Costco Food Court Looks Like in BritainGroceries
You can get "jacket potatoes" for just $2.
May 1, 2019
10 of England’s Most Scrummiest NibblesSkills
Every country has its own particular foods, and you can get as much of a local sampling by hitting the grocery store as you can from a street food vendor. I haven’t been to London in almost 10 years, but I remember the thrill of discovering that “crisps” were potato chips — and that they came in an array of flavors I’d never heard of before. These days, you obviously don’t even have to take a flight if you want to try out the fun snacks from any given country.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Victoria Sponge Sandwich CakeRecipes
Before the Victoria sponge, British sponge cakes were leavened only by eggs hand-whisked with sugar until foamy and thick. Sometime in the mid-1800s, an unheralded genius realized that the recent invention of baking powder meant butter could be creamed in with the sugar, resulting in a firmer, longer-lasting, less temperamental sponge. And that’s how we ended up with cake we know today: a toothsome, bouncy sponge that is comparatively easy to whip up and has a rich, buttery flavor.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Lemon Drizzle CakeRecipes
A lemon drizzle cake is more of a concept than an actual recipe. Although there is a time and a place for Madeira-type plain lemon sponge, sometimes just a bit more pizzazz and sugar is required. A drizzle cake is just a lemon sponge cake that’s soaked while still warm with a glaze made of lemon juice and sugar, which adds a crisp crust as it cools.
May 1, 2019
Netflix Is the New Home of Great British Bake Off in the United States, Starting Next FridayPeople
The Great British Bake Off is coming back to U.S. television — but this time around it will be without Mary Berry (we’ll miss her kindly fibs!) and the original hosts, Mel and Sue. Paul Hollywood (oh he of goateed glory) and new co-judge Prue Leith will be joined by comedian hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig. None of this is new knowledge — after all, this all-new cast already aired last fall when the beloved show moved from the BBC to Channel 4 in England.
Aug 24, 2018
Here’s Where All the Great British Bake Off Winners Are NowPeople
One of the oddest things for an American watching British television competitions is how small some of the prizes are. U.S. shows tend to feature high-stakes drama and contestants battling over things like a Tesla full of diamonds or, at the very least, a novelty check for $100,000. The winners of The Great British Bake Off get a cake stand. People enter The Great British Bake Off because they love to bake, not to win a huge pile of prize money.
Jun 1, 2018
5 of the Best British Kitchen Brands Americans May Be Missing Out OnKitchen
Continuing the love-fest for all things British, we reached out to our Brit friends to see what kitchen brands we may be missing out on. Fortunately, thanks to the wonders of the world wide web and international shipping, most British and European brands are fairly accessible Stateside. But there are a few that are pretty rare over here. Here are the five brands that came up the most in our informal poll.
May 27, 2018
7 Organizing Tricks We Learned from These British AirbnbsKitchen
My favorite way to use Airbnb has nothing to with actually booking trips: I just like to peek into people’s perfectly styled homes and see how people live. You can almost always get a good idea or three just from looking at photos. Here are seven organizing tricks we learned during a recent trip through some British Airbnbs. Open shelves full of food packaging look messy — but put dry goods into containers (either glass or opaque) and, all of a sudden, they become artful.
May 25, 2018
How the Great British Baking Show Inspired Me to Give Baking Another TryPeople
I’ve always loved to cook, but for a long time I felt restrained by the rigidity of baking. To me, cooking allowed for more creativity and improvisation (and I could add extra garlic or hot sauce to almost everything without serious consequence).
May 21, 2018
10 Ways British and American Weddings DifferPeople
Royal weddings have always fascinated people around the world, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding has been no different. Wedding experts, historians, “sources close to the palace,” and Instagram sleuths alike have been speculating on the details of the nuptials since the engagement was announced last November. This particular royal wedding is extra special, considering the British-American union.
May 18, 2018
5 Scrumptious British Baking Shows That You Might Not Know AboutPeople
The Great British Bake Off can be a portal into a magical world of British food shows. My British television journey kicked off with years of Nigella and Sophie Dahl wandering through spiffy kitchens, making squidgy sweets, and introducing me to a universe of treacle and golden syrup and self-deprecating British humor.
May 17, 2018
5 British Food Mags Every Royal Newlywed Should KnowPeople
Perhaps you’ve not heard, but it seems there’s a royal wedding this weekend. It’s rather a big to-do, as Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Miss Rachel Meghan Markle prepare to walk down the aisle. As the happy couple gets ready to settle into a lifetime of marital bliss, there’s one question we’re all undoubtedly dying to know the answer to: What will Harry and Meghan cook for dinner?
May 17, 2018
Recipe: Coffee and Walnut CakeRecipes
Between the rich coffee essence and toasty walnut flavor, this sophisticated layer cake is what to turn to when a celebration is in order.
May 12, 2018
Nobody Has Ever Loved Food as Much as This Man Loves TeaPeople
Britain is known for being a nation of tea-lovers, but nobody in the U.K. loves tea as much as Yorkshireman Nathan Garner. In fact, nobody has ever loved any food as much as he loves tea. I’m serious! This dude loves his tea more than Proust loved Madelines and Monty Python loved Spam, and he just proved it by legally changing his middle name to “Yorkshire Tea.” Nathan Derek Garner is no more. Long live Nathan Yorkshire Tea Garner.
Oct 9, 2017
9 Delightfully Weird British Dishes You Need to TryRecipes
Did you know there's a popular sandwich in the U.K. that's just white bread, butter, and french fries? Dreams do come true.
Aug 17, 2017
Why the English Muffin Is Vastly Superior to the BagelPeople
As an Englishman living in New York, I confess to being befuddled, if not outright outraged, by the obsession with bagels. Regular bagels, everything bagels, rainbow bagels, Canadians bagels — enough! Can we get over the bagel please? Here are five reasons — actually, there are many more than five, but life’s implacable clock ticks on — why the English muffin is vastly superior to the bagel. Bagels have holes in them. You know this already.
Sep 7, 2016
What Is Clotted Cream?Skills
If you’ve ever had the chance to enjoy afternoon tea at a fancy hotel or tea room, you may have been lucky enough to be served clotted cream. Piled high on scones along with jam, it’s so decadent that it’s practically dessert. But what exactly is it? Clotted cream originated in the counties of Devon and Cornwall in southwest England. It’s made by indirectly heating full-fat cow’s milk in shallow pans over steam or a water bath.
May 2, 2016
Favorite Fall Snack: Branston PickleSkills
What is Branston Pickle you might ask? Only one of the greatest condiments to come out of a jar, that’s what. After acquiring the taste for cheese and Branston pickle sandwiches while studying abroad in college, I’m officially an evangelist for how great this sweet and tangy chutney is on practically everything. There’s nothing quite like Branston Pickle in the mainstream American market.
Dec 2, 2013
Nigel Slater’s Dark and Sticky Fruit ChutneyRecipes
Earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to share the UK edition of Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries II with you, even though the book was a little hard to pick up here in the United States. But now things have changed. As promised, Ten Speed Press has just released the US edition, titled Notes from the Larder, making it a little easier to find, and if you’re not up for messing with conversions or if you don’t have a kitchen scale that reads in grams, a little easier to use.
Oct 8, 2013
Downton Abbey Premiere Recipe: Kitchen Garden CakeRecipes
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!
Jan 4, 2012
Easy Summer Sweet: Scottish Cranachan with Toasted OatsPeople
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.Cranachans belong to that family of layered summer desserts that also includes triflesparfaitsfoolsAny seasonal fruit can be used in this dessert, though raspberries are traditional.
Jul 6, 2011
Simple Pleasures Recipe: Cheese and Onion SandwichRecipes
Recent posts highlighting the pleasures of the ploughman’s lunch and the hotly-debated mayonnaise led to our intense craving for a British-style cheese and onion (and mayo) sandwich. To the uninitiated, this combination might sound odd or, at the very least, like a breath killer. Well, we can’t promise you won’t want to brush your teeth afterward, but we do urge you to give this humble yet satisfying sarnie a try.
Mar 12, 2010
Treat Yourself To A Ploughman’s Lunch!Skills
A friend gifted me a jar of Branston pickle when she returned from a recent trip to England, and I knew that I had to have a Ploughman’s lunch.This mainstay is a cold snack or meal commonly found in pubs in England. It’s a hearty platter of pickle, crusty bread, cheese, sometimes meat, and ale.Here’s how you do it:• A spoonful of Branston pickle – click link to buy online at amazon.
Mar 4, 2010
Easy Shepherd's Pie
Easy Shepherd's Pie
Sep 21, 2018
Easy Blender Lemon Curd
Easy Blender Lemon Curd
Jun 5, 2018
Pressed Flower Shortbread Cookies
Pressed Flower Shortbread Cookies
Apr 26, 2018
Lemony Blueberry Scones
Lemony Blueberry Scones
Mar 9, 2018
"Banoffee" Banana Toffee Pie
"Banoffee" Banana Toffee Pie
May 11, 2017