chicken tikka masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

    “Chicken Tikka Masala is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish. The Masala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of… 

    Scones

      “Were you busy yesterday, luv?” Mrs. Saltmarsh placed a cup and saucer before her young boarder. The aromas of freshly perked coffee and hot scones filled the breakfast nook. Before he could respond, Mrs. Saltmarsh interjected, “Now try these and see if they aren’t better than the scones from Taggert’s.… 

      Bubble and Squeak

      Bubble and Squeak

        “At home, everyone enjoys a good bubble and squeak. Bit of cold beef, a few sprouts, and some spuds all mashed together and fried up in dripping, and you’ve got yourself a dandy dinner.” Suzanne North, Flying Time “It was definitely cold meat and bubble-and-squeak for Gaffer Ford and his… 

        Leek and Potato Soup

        Leek and Potato Soup

        Leek and Potato Soup

        “Leeks cost more because fewer of them are grown and fewer of them are grown because there is less demand for them. And why is there less demand? Because despite their high price today, they have long been associated with and dismissed as the food of the poor and the powerless. In the seventeenth century, the gardener John Parkinson noted that leeks were the food of the impoverished in England and that leek pottage was ‘a great and general feeding in Wales for the vulgar [i.e., average] gentleman.’”
        Ina Lipkowitz, Words to Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language

        “Samantha had already told him that the housekeeper took care of the laundry and she had asked him to provide a comprehensive list of his favorite foods. He did put leek and potato soup at the top of it. Samantha said her husband, Clarence, loved leek and potato soup himself, so they should all be very cozy together.”
        Mary Breasted, Why Should You Doubt Me Now?

        While leeks are now considered more of a gourmet vegetable, it’s interesting to note that they were once considered “the poor man’s asparagus.” Combined with potatoes in a filling, hearty soup, they provided sustenance for generations of working people.

        Fish and Chips

        Fish and Chips

          Fish and Chips

          “…there was about fish-and-chips a sound democratic touch that no other food possessed; the poorest person could shop alongside the poshest…You were all one in the kingdom of fish-and-chips.”
          Bill Naughton, Saintly Billy: a Catholic Boyhood