A Look at Shrove Tuesday

Elizabeth Cleland's 'Common Pancakes'

A Look at Shrove Tuesday with a Very Old and Decadent Pancake Recipe Where does the tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday come from? And for how long has this been going on? The popular theory goes that in the past people would make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday as a good way to use up all the remaining eggs,…

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Homemade Hot Sauce

Homemade Hot sauce

Homemade Hot Sauce Here is an excellent recipe for a homemade hot sauce. This one is made with dried red chillies, sugar, salt, garlic and lime juice, and nothing else besides water. There you have a blood red, spicy homemade hot sauce that tastes so good it will ruin your palate for everything else. There are so many hot sauces…

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Mrs Watson’s Brown Sugar Pie

Mrs Watson's Brown Sugar Pie

Mrs Watson’s Brown Sugar Pie Here is a recipe for brown sugar pie, another gem from Mrs Watson’s recipe collection. There are many pie recipes in the book I want to try, such as the southern classic chess pie, and the wonderfully named Lulu’s Ky Pie. I love the idea of using brown sugar as a main ingredient and key…

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Mrs Watson’s Peach Cobbler

Mrs Watson's Peach Cobbler

Mrs Watson’s Peach Cobbler If you have ever travelled through rural Georgia in summer you will understand why so many people fall in love with this green and fertile landscape. Driving along a highway you will pass the enormous pecan groves and peanut fields; you will see Kudzu everywhere (the invasive plant that smothers entire forests) and Spanish moss which…

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A History of Fried Chicken

Hannah Glasse' 1747 Recipe for Fried Chicken

A History of Fried Chicken Fried chicken is still enjoyed as it always has been in the southern states of America – at its best in Mom and Pop style restaurants, preferably fried in the traditional lodge skillet. But until recently the rest of the world saw fried chicken just as an alternative to McDonalds. In the search for new…

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The Origins of Kedgeree


The Origins of Kedgeree Kedgeree is just one of many wonderful British dishes for which we have to thank India. Without the influence of Indian cookery we wouldn’t have favourites such as chutney, as well as of course, the classic ‘British’ curry chicken tikka masala. India has ultimately transformed British food and now Britons are devoted, as well as totally…

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Nettle Kail (i.e. Nettle Soup

Nettle Kail (i.e. Nettle Soup)

Nettle Kail (i.e. Nettle Soup) Nettles are often thought of as a hippy food, or as a plant to be feared for its sting; however, nettles have been eaten in Scotland for as long as anyone can remember. William Gardiner notes in The Flora of Forfarshire (1848): ‘Plentiful by hedge-sides and in waste places, particularly near the habitations of man….

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Empire Biscuits, A Hateful History

Empire Biscuits

Empire Biscuits, A Hateful History The Empire biscuit, old-fashioned and sickly sweet, must qualify as a children’s treat – two shortbread biscuits glued together with jam, on top a layer of fondant icing, and for decoration a glacé cherry on top, or what is usually preferred – a jelly tot. The air of nostalgia around Empire biscuits, and other fancies…

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Dried Broad Beans from Hodmedod’s

Dried broad beans from Hodmedod's

Dried Broad Beans from Hodmedod’s Dried broad beans were once a common ingredient in Britain, and have been eaten here since the iron age. Broad beans are one of Europe’s oldest and most important crops, having been cultivated by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The dried form was valued for its high protein content, especially at times when there…

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A Galician Inspired Fish Pie

A Galician Inspired Fish Pie

A Galician Inspired Fish Pie The inspiration for this pie comes from the Empanadas they make in Galicia, which are baked in huge rectangular trays and made with an olive oil rich bread dough. They are usually filled with some sort of seafood, whether that be cod, sardines, tuna, or even cockles, along with favourite Spanish vegetables such as green…

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