Odd British Recipes – Where are They From?
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Odd British Recipes – Where are They From?

Last Updated on 15/04/2022 by richard

In Grandads Cookbook I like to showcase traditional British recipes like Fish and Chips, Pie and Mash or Toad in the Hole. While these recipes have unusual names they use basic ingredients like beef mince, sausages, potatoes, suet, fruit and eggs.

Their names often have historical origins, usually from a British county so I thought it would be interesting to show where they came from. I believe food is always more interesting when it has a historical context. It preserves its heritage and often its links to locally produced ingredients.

After a bit of research, it appears that the rest of the world believes that we have produced some world-renowned chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver who create beautiful food but that historically British food is plain.

It doesn’t help matters as we have a habit of making recipes with names that bear no relation to what’s in them. Take for example the earlier mentioned Toad in the Hole. I can categorically state that it does NOT contain any toads.

Let’s be honest navigating British menus can be confusing, especially if you are one of our cousins from across the pond in the USA.

For our US cousins here in the UK:

  • Chips are crisps
  • French fries are chips
  • Ground beef is minced meat
  • Mincemeat has no meat in it
  • Black pudding is not a dessert
  • Spotted dick is not a medical condition.

So where in the UK do our oddly named recipes originate?

Try one of these recipes from my cookbook …

Fish and Chips with Mushy Peas
Proper old-school battered fish, chunky chips and comforting mushy peas – homemade heaven!
Check out this recipe
fish chips and mushy peas on a plate
Sunday Roast Beef
A simple way to roast topside of beef to ensure it's super succulent, every time
Check out this recipe
roast beef

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