British Food Fortnight 2015

British Food Fortnight 2015, the biggest celebration of food in the national calendar, starts this Saturday 19th September. As I am someone who loves to support local, seasonal food as well as supporting the local community, British Food Fortnight is one of my favourite foodie celebrations! Britain deserves to celebrate our abundance of delicious, high quality fruit, vegetables, Read More…

Tasty Beef Recipes for Great British Beef Week

It’s Great British Beef Week and I have some tasty beef recipes to help you celebrate! Organised by Ladies in Beef, Great British Beef Week 2015 runs from 23 April to 3 May and put the spotlight firmly on the fantastic food that British beef farmers produce. In addition, it will raise vital funds for those Read More…

What is Mincemeat?

What is Mincemeat? While individual recipes may vary, normally mincemeat is a mixture of currants, raisins, sugar, apples, candied peel, spices and suet (a solid, shredded fat) all cooked together. Sometimes brandy, rum or other wines or spirits are added for flavour. More recently, cranberries or dried apricots may also be included. Mincemeat is a very Read More…

Beef and Beer Stew

Beef and Ale Stew, a delicious, warming stew with a lovely tang to it, is a classic British dish. However, I wasn’t sure if I liked it when I first came to England over twenty years ago. You see, ale refers to dark beers, stouts and ‘bitters’ many of which are, well, bitter or at the very least Read More…

A Very British Christmas

When I moved to England over twenty years ago I was surprised by how different the Christmas celebrations could be. To start with, Christmas lunch was, well, lunch – not dinner as I was used to. Oh, and we set fire to the dessert, but more about that later. Of course traditions vary family to family Read More…