“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child
British Dinner “Tea Time”
“What do you want for tea tonight?” This was usually the most important question a mother would ask her family. Usually in the morning my mother would ask this very important question. As you read in the last post, Sunday is an afternoon meal. On a Sunday evening dinner is never a question. In the afternoon we eat a Sunday lunch and in the evening we eat whatever is left over.
Tea time means dinner time in the UK. Afternoon tea is very different to tea time. When it is time to eat (around 5-6pm) my mother would shout “tea is ready.” Since writing the first two blogs, lots of people have been surprised by British food. I do think that since the rise of fast food British food has become less eaten in the UK. These days more mothers are working late and not cooking food. This has helped the fast food industry rise because a lot of families eat takeaways on a regular basis.
The English meals below are only the ones that I have chosen to write about. Actually, there are many different kinds of British recipes to be chosen from. When writing the blog, these dishes stood out the most and brought the most memories. To be honest, it’s been over 10 years since I have lived at home. Writing this bring’s back a lot of nostalgic memories.
Bangers And Mash
Bangers is the most known name for this meal. Sausage, mash and gravy. Gravy is a sauce that is made from the meats when cooking. Usually gravy is very hot and added just before the meal is being served. Some families add gravy themselves at the dinner table. Gravy can have different thickness depending on the amount of milk used. These days gravy is made by a cube from a company called Oxo. Here below is a method that I took from google.
- STEP 1 Place the water into a pot and bring to a simmer.
- STEP 2 Add the stock cubes of choice and Worcestershire sauce while stirring.
- STEP 3 Mix the cornflour and milk together and stir until smooth.
- STEP 4 Add the milk to the gravy and continue stirring, until gravy thickens.
Shepherds pie has two different names. Cottage pie is another name that is used for this dish. The more I write these blogs about British food I start to understand how confusing British food is. I also wonder why these dishes haven’t become so famous outside of the UK. This is a very comfortable dish to eat. It is not heavy and it can be combined with vegetables.
Toad in the Hole
Again like many other dishes. Toad in the hole has another name known as sausage toad. This is a very traditional English and Scottish dish. In the past different meats would be used instead of sausages. This dish is a mix of sausages in Yorkshire pudding. Toad in the hole dates back to 1762. The original name was actually “meat boiled in a crust.” From 1900 the dish then started to pick up the name “hole in the pudding” that then was named toad in the hole.
Spag bol is my favourite of all British dishes, especially made by my mum. When eating this at a restaurant the taste was never the same. Like I mentioned in the previous article, British people like to put their own unique spin on things, different chef’s or cooks will do it different and in their own way. Spag bol has a big influence from Italian cruisine. Spag bol can be made with different shapes of pasta. Different pasta shapes are often used and cooked in a different way. An example of this is pasta bake.
To be continued…….