A collection of fascinating and delicious recipes from every corner of Britain featured in Around Britain, one of our most popular cookbooks
For a small nation, the topography of Britain is immensely varied. This fertile land yields the ingredients that have influenced our gastronomic heritage. From the orchards of the South East to the lochs of Scotland, each region harvests its own food and creates its own dishes.
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Wet Nellie is the local ‘affectionate’ name for a Liverpudlian speciality – Lord Nelson cake: a pastry case enclosing a mixture of cake crumbs, dried fruit and golden syrup – a bit like golden syrup tart.
This ice-cream extravaganza originated in New York and was named after its original Dutch settlers, the ‘Knickerbockers’. However, its popularity here in Britain is due to an Italian, named Pacitto, who opened an ice-cream parlour in Redcar – where he introduced the Knickerbocker glory to the British.
Malvern, in Worcestershire, is famous for its mineral water, for being the birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar and for this light Madeira-style cake. Serve it on a Royal Worcester plate if you have one!
Formerly know as Bakewell pudding, this tart was apparently created by a cook working at the Rutland Arms Hotel, Bakewell. The cook was making jam tarts but used puff pastry by mistake, so he decided to use up some leftover ingredients, creating this delicious dish.
Hazelnuts, also called filberts, are grown in Kent. The nuts have a creamy, earthy flavour, and are popular in chocolate recipes. Here they give a real nuttiness to these burgers.
In 1946, as a thank you for what we had gone through in the war, the British Columbia University Berry Farm on Lulu Island in Canada offered a box of 80 blueberry plants free to any grower in Britain. David Trehane of James Trehane and Sons Limited, nurserymen near Wimborne, Dorset, took up the offer and the bushes flourished.
Dewi Sant, or Saint David, was a Celtic monk who lived in the 6th century. He was one of the early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan tribes of western Britain. Celebrate St David’s Day on 1 March with traditional roast lamb.