Making breakfast – rusk

One of the more important ingredients for a British breakfast is rusk. What, you’ve never heard of it? That’s because you most likely have never eaten it! It’s an ingredient in bangers which helps them achieve that certain mouthfeel. Without rusk you can make great sausages… just they won’t be bangers. Ingredients 1 lb (450 […]

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Making breakfast

One of my weekend pleasures used to be having a sausage sandwich (bangers with brown sauce or ketchup) for brunch. One of the downsides of moving to another country is the lack of the stuff you are used to. Brown sauce, if it is available, tends to be ridiculously expensive. Bangers are eye wateringly expensive. […]

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Piccalilli

Ah, piccalilli. Condiment, relish, essential ingredient to ploughman’s lunches, and really hard to find at a semi reasonable price in the USA. So, as usual, I make it myself! Before I go any further, I want to say a word about cleaning your produce. If you are anything like me, you want to use organic […]

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Lime marmalade

This is the divine lime marmalade that the munchkin is loopy about! 12 limes 5 cups / 1.2 litres water 6.5 cups / 1.3kg sugar Slice the limes thinly, saving any pips. Tie the pips in a cheesecloth bag and place the bag in a large non-reactive pan with the finely sliced lime. Add the […]

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Crumpets

So, what is the point of making all these tasty fruit preserves if you don’t have something to put them on? Yes, you can do toast, but crumpet is a uniquely British institution that is perfectly designed to soak up phenomenal quantities of butter and sweet toppings. Ah, crumpets. As British as tea, the Royal […]

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British food

I would like to deal with an ongoing perception that British food is bad food. This perception seems to be largely based on the state of British food seen by GIs during World War 2, when rationing was in effect. Food supplies were erratic, quality and freshness were erratic and sub-optimal, and this lead to […]

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Sausages

Ahh, sausages. You’re not a real country unless you have a sausage. And a beer. And a cheese. Moving swiftly on, bangers are simply British sausages. Bangers are as much a staple of British cuisine as baked beans on toast, but unless you’re in Britain they are hard to find. To make bangers you need […]

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