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12 essential English foods and drinks to try

12 essential English foods and drinks to try

A melting point of cultures, the food scene in England is rich, diverse, and creative. Home to London, the 6th most Michelin starred city and one of the foodie capitals of the world, it’s evident England has a lot to offer when it comes to modern cuisine. After taking a look at the Scottish cuisine, we now head South to take a look at some traditional dishes and drinks typical of the English national cuisine.

1. Fish and Chips

The most popular of all British meals, fish and chips is found nationwide throughout pubs, restaurants and specially dedicated shops. The go-to Friday night takeaway for many Brits, battered cod or haddock is served with chips doused in vinegar, mushy peas, and a dollop of tartare sauce.

2. A Sunday Roast

Having a roast with family on a Sunday is a deep-rooted tradition for the English. The roast itself is served with vegetables, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire Pudding topped with some thick gravy. Whether it be roast chicken, lamb or beef, the result is always delicious!

3. Yorkshire Puddings

An essential in any Sunday roast, Yorkshire pudding is not a ‘pudding’ in the sweet sense. Made from a batter of eggs, flour and milk, the pudding is cooked in the oven, resulting in a golden brown, crisp yet fluffy savoury accompaniment to the main meal. Often accompanied by thick gravy, its circular shape is perfect for soaking up the gravy and mopping up any remaining morsels on your plate!

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Meliz Cooks Yorkshire Puddings. I honestly can’t believe how many of you have made and frozen my Yorkies this year – I’ve loved it. If you haven’t made them yet, you can still get ahead by making them today and freezing them. Just take them straight out of the freezer and pop in the oven for 4-5 mins to heat up just before serving your Christmas dinner tomorrow. Crispy, light, perfect, and as if you’ve just cooked them. MAKES 12 200ml milk 4 medium eggs 100g plain flour Good pinch salt METHOD Preheat oven to 230C (fan). In a large measuring jug, whisk together the milk and eggs, then add the plain flour. Whisk until no lumps are visible, then pop in the fridge for at least an hour. When the oven is hot, fill each round of a muffin tray with 3/4 tsp sunflower oil making sure you also grease the sides so that you can easily pop out the Yorkshire puddings when they’re cooked. Pop the tray in the oven for 15-20 mins until oil is smoking – leave a little longer if necessary. Take the pudding mixture out of the fridge, give it another whisk, then carefully take out muffin tray and quickly pour in equal measures of the mixture into each round – the batter should really sizzle. Quickly pop back into the oven on the middle shelf, turn down to 190C (fan) and DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR until the Yorkshire puddings are cooked, which should take 25-30 mins. Take them STRAIGHT out of the muffin tray as soon as the tray is out of the oven and serve immediately or allow to cool, pop in freezer bags and into the freezer for when you next cook a roast, and just take out and reheat (no need to defrost), at 190C for 8-10 mins, while everyone is getting ready to sit down at the table. – – – #familydinner #yorkshirepudding #yorkshirepuddings #yorkshirepuds #homecooks #homecook #comfortfood #roastdinner #melizcooks #imsomartha #familyfoodtribe #sundaydinner #lovetocook #foodislife #feedfeed #recipeoftheday #todayfood #foodislife #familydinner #buzzfeedfood #londonfoodie #foodie #thenewhealthy #foodwinewomen #inmykitchen #foodstories #f52grams #melizcooksyorkies #familyfood #melizcooksyorkies

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4. Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash, also known as sausages and mash, is the ultimate English comfort food. Sausages on a bed of creamy mash potatoes with a thick gravy poured on top. This dish is simple but oh so satisfying!

5. Chicken Tikka Masala

Known to have some of the most authentic Indian dishes outside of India, the Indian influence on British cuisine has been immense. A subtly spiced creamy curry, this dish is now recognised across the country as one of England’s national dishes.

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I really fancy Chicken Tikka Masala tonight, but I’m just not in a cooking mood 😱Here’s my recent recipe if anyone fancies doing the honours?! Chicken Tikka Masala For 4-6 Ingredients For the marinade 750g chicken thigh fillets cut into large bite sized chunks 150ml full fat Greek yoghurt 1 tbsp garlic paste 1 tbsp ginger paste 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 tsp lemon juice 1 heaped tsp ground cumin 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika 1 heaped tsp ground coriander 1 heaped tsp garam masala 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp salt For the curry: 3 tbsp rapeseed oil 50g butter 1 finely chopped onion 1 tbsp garlic 1 heaped tbsp ginger 1 tbsp sweet or smoked paprika 2 tsp ground turmeric 1 tbsp garam masala 1/2 tsp cayenne or chilli powder 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin Seeds of 8 green cardamom pods 400g tin chopped tomatoes 400ml chicken stock 125ml double cream 1 heaped tsp brown sugar 1 tsp salt Method: 1. Put chicken pieces in a bowl, add the remaining marinade ingredients, mix well and put in the fridge (for at least 2 hours) 2. Heat up a large heavy bottomed pan or a griddle to the highest heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and sear off the chicken in 3 batches for a couple of mins. Set chicken aside. 3. If you are using the same pan to make the curry, wipe the bottom of the pan with some kitchen towel. Add 2 tbsp oil and the butter to a medium high heat, add the chopped onion and ginger and fry off, stirring regularly until the onion is translucent, add the garlic and fry off for another 3 or 4 mins, add all the dry spices for the curry sauce and cook off for 2 mins stirring regularly. 4. Add the tinned tomatoes, stir and let the sauce simmer lightly for 10 mins. Remove the pan from the heat and blend the contents with a stick blender until smooth. Place back on the heat and add the chicken, stock, cream, sugar and salt to the pan, bring back up to a med simmer for 15 mins, add the lemon and season to taste. #bagsynotit 🙋🏼‍♀️ #foodobsessedgirl

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6. Full English Breakfast

No trip to England would be complete without trying one of their infamous ‘fry-ups’. This calorific breakfast consists of fried eggs, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, and a slice of toast. You will need to loosen a couple of notches on your belt for this one!

7. Sticky Toffee Pudding

The sticky toffee pudding is one of the most popular desserts in England. The moist sponge cake is made with treacle and sweet dates and covered with a toffee sauce. Best served hot alongside some cream or ice cream.

8. Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is one of the most quintessentially British ways to enjoy an afternoon. Consisting of cakes, pastries, (crustless) finger sandwiches, and scones with jam and clotted cream. Everything is served on a tiered cake stand with a pot of English breakfast tea to wash it all down.

9. British Scones

British scones are slightly sweet and usually accompanied by butter, jam and clotted cream—or you can enjoy them just plain as they come. Best enjoyed alongside a cup of freshly brewed tea, a scone is the perfect afternoon teatime treat!

10. A cup of tea

Britain’s most popular drink, a cup of tea is an essential daily staple in the United Kingdom. The most popular variant is a black tea coined ‘English Breakfast Tea’ and is commonly taken with fresh milk and, for those with a sweet tooth, a teaspoon of sugar or two!

11. Cider

Orchard rich England is the world’s third-largest producer of cider and also drinks the most per capita than any other country in the world! Available from a wide variety of producers, regions and in numerous different flavours you will be able to find an array of ciders in any pub, restaurant or supermarket. The perfect pint to enjoy whilst sitting in the summer sun.

12. Pimm’s

A gin-based liquor, Pimm’s is often mixed with lemonade and chopped up fruit to make a refreshing summer cocktail. England’s answer to an Aperol Spritz, you will find this sweet concoction served at weddings, Wimbledon, or any summer soiree.

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