- Food and Cooking
Top British food
Here's a growing collection of recipes gathered from this site - all in one place for your convenience.
We take our food very seriously in Britain and yes, we still cook some traditional recipes but the British Isles have been multicultural for hundreds of years and our cooks have been greatly influenced by that too.
If you're not from the UK, or if you've never lived there, there are a couple of things about this collection that might surprise you.The first is the number of meat-free recipes. I have no handy statistics but adopting a vegetarian diet is very popular in Britain. The second is the number of curries and the use of Indian-sourced spices and flavourings. With our large, long-established Asian population, the British love curries and spicy food.
Do you have a great recipe for this page? Let me know. Enjoy!
Meat & fish
Let's start with main meals. If you're looking for meat-free, scroll down the page.
Desserts and treats
Simply yummy goodies!
Oh, how we love our traditional pancakes. Click the link below to learn the difference between the British and American versions. Learn the all-important tossing technique and see how even the royal family have it to a fine art.
This super-simple dessert (it truly takes two minute to make) is perennially popular and uses delicious Irish Cream liqueur, ice cream and the best British chocolate. It's perfect for St Patrick' Day or at anytime of year.
When we were kids, our mums used to send us our to gather blackberries from the hedgerows and the result would be delicious and cost-almost-nothing desserts. Here's one example that uses a variety of berries.
Almost everyone's mum used to make this dessert in the 1960s because it was so easy. It uses convenience foods so our mums appreciated how quick it was to make and we loved just how tasty it was - and still is.
Meat free meals & side dishes
Many of these are great as meat-free meals, sides or appetisers.
This is a recipe that was devised in a health food store in Yorkshire as a way of using up left-over takeout sandwiches and other bits and pieces. It was a huge hit with customers and I still make it to this day.
Cheddar cheese is known throughout the world and some people might not realise that it originates from Britain. This recipe uses this cheese and one of the symbols of Wales - the leek, a beautifully tasty vegetable.
This is a quick and easy Anglo adaptation of an Indian dish. Over the years in the UK, Indian and Pakistani food has been adapted and in some cases, what we consider 'Indian' food was actually developed in Britain.
Another meat-free dish with a strong Asian influence. It's perfect as a meal in itself, especially served with chapatis and a salad, but it's also lovely as an accompaniment or a side dish to serve alongside roasts or grilled food.
This recipe unashamedly uses ready-to-cook sauce that is manufactured in London. I've been making this dish for many years and although it contains no meat or fish, everyone seems to love it.
Ah, Guinness! This beverage features a lot in traditional British food, especially to make the gravy for meat pies. But if you don't eat meat, you can still enjoy the yummy Guinness flavour using this pie recipe.
Using a ready made sauce (manufactured by an Indian company in London) you can make an authentic meat-free meal in minutes. If you have non meat eaters coming for dinner, you can whip up this easy meal in less than ten minutes.
Beef Wellington is a traditional dish from the United Kingdom and very good it is too. But what to do if you don't eat meat or need to cook for non-meat eating friends? Here's a meat free version that is quick, easy and delicious.
Many British people were virtually force-fed cabbage as children and for many, me included, that put us off cabbage for a long time. Yet the vegetable is cheap and nutritious. Even cabbage haters will love this.
Lots of us,especially those from the north of England, grew up eating meat and potato pie. That's obviously out of bounds for those of us who no longer eat meat but this is a totally delicious alternative.
Arguably, according to my mum, you can't make Yorkshire puddings properly in America. If you don't eat meat, then you can't use the dripping and meaty onion gravy that's required either. This recipe is the answer.
© 2014 Jackie Jackson