RECENTLY ADDED RECIPES
Welsh rarebit is the older cousin of cheese on toast. Allegedly, it got the name because the Welsh were too poor to afford rabbit, so they ate this instead. If this is poor eating, give me more! Welsh rabbit is also known as Welsh rarebit, but nobody really knows why.
Chicken Parmos (Chicken Parmesan)
If you're not from the north-east of England, you're probably scratching your head and wondering what a parmo is. Well, it's a flattened out chicken breast, coated in breadcrumbs and smothered with bechamel sauce and cheese. Parmos are very popular in the area around Middlesboro and are frequently consumed late at night after a drinking session.
Beef and Guinness Pie with Kale Colcannon
This rich and tasty pie is the real deal. It's a real pie, not a bowl of stew with shop-bought puff pastry on top! And to go with it, an Irish classic, colcannon with kale.
This tasty British classic isn't really a pie (in my book, that involves pastry), but the savoury minced lamb base topped with creamy mashed potato and cheese is certainly delicious. If you want to use beef instead of lamb, that's called Cottage Pie, and I'd suggest using parsley instead of rosemary, and beef stock instead of chicken stock.
Oat Biscuits - HobNobs
These delicious oat biscuits are sold commercially under the name of Hob Nobs. They are seriously easy to make, and it's impossible to just eat one!
Clootie dumpling is a traditional Scottish fruity suet pudding - an ancestor of the British Chistmas pud. It gets its name from the 'cloot' or cloth that it's cooked in.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala is probably the most popular dish in British Indian restaurants, even though it's not strictly an Indian recipe. While tikka (marinaded and grilled chicken or lamb) exists in India, the idea of putting the grilled meat into a curry sauce is, apparently, a British one. Wherever it came from, it's certainly delicious!
It might seem heretical to call this a haggis, but it looks and tastes similar to the real thing. This vegetarian haggis contains the same grains, along with a vegetable base of onion, carrot, split peas and mushrooms. It's really tasty, and well worth trying, even if you're not a veggie.
Ever since Indian restaurants began opening in Britain, curries have been modified to suit local tastes. Some, such as Chicken Tikka Masala and Baltis, were invented here. Now there's another one, from Glasgow this time. Chasni has been described as 'Indian food for people who don't like Indian food'. It really is the blandest thing on the menu, but you'll love it.
Bagels are a form of bread roll particularly associated with Jewish cuisine. They have a delicious chewy texture that comes from the addition of honey to the dough, and poaching them before baking. They can be a bit tricky to get right, but the learning curve is worth it.
The name Teriyaki refers to a process of cooking meat or fish by first marinading it in a thickish savoury/sweet glaze, and then cooking it under a grill or broiler. It's very quick, easy, and delicious.
Roscón De Reyes
Traditionally, the Spanish celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January, when the three Kings arrive and give gifts to the children. Roscón De Reyes is a bread / cake that is eaten at this time. It's similar to brioche, but made in a ring, like a crown, and decorated with candied fruit, like jewels. Roscón De Reyes is also popular in Latin America, where it is known as Rosca De Reyes.
Christmas Mince Pies
Mince pies are the essence of Christmas for me. Little tarty things, crispy buttery pastry containing a dollop of fruity, boozy mincemeat (mincemeat recipe here). The name, misleading though it is, possibly comes from a time when all food was called 'meat'.
One of the great traditional foods of a British Christmas is mince pies. You might think this involves meat of some kind, but you'd be wrong. Yes, mince pies contain mincemeat, but there's nothing minced in it, and no meat. Dried and fresh fruit are cooked up with nuts, spices, fat and booze, and the result is delicious.