Most traditional English recipes have a long and eventful history.
Some were passed down through generations of cooks, others were chance
inventions that were so well liked that many cooks took them up and made
them classics. This section of the site is my collection of things I've found and tried and loved.
There are recipes for an English breakfast, which is much more than bacon and eggs or toast on the run.
Soups are true soul food. They can be uplifting or soothing, calming or
invigorating. They are easy to make and
can feed a crowd, while Salads can turn a
summer afternoon picnic into a stylish eating experience.
Sandwiches are a great English invention that's sadly been overtaken by
the supermarkets. But make your own and you will really know the
wonders of a good sandwich, whether you eat it at your desk or outside
on the lawn as part of a picnic.
Tasty, warming, comforting ... a good dinner should be all of these and
we have a vast number of traditional English recipes that fit the bill
Puddings are an English love affair. Summer desserts are light, fruity and just right for being eaten outside in the sunshine. And come winter, we look for more warming, comforting fare, to steamed puddings, baked puddings, warming crumbles and apple pie.
Drinking tea is an institution in England. And for most people, just a
cuppa just won't do. There has to be something alongside it: a biscuit,
a slice of cake, a bun or a scone. And just like baking, jam making, pickling and preserving are real kitchen pleasures, because
the results of your labours are around for weeks if not months to be
While everyone can name at least three English drinks, what about all the others? The old-fashioned tried and tested ones? What about mulled wine, shandy gaff, claret cup, sloe gin, mead, a bowl of punch or a glass of cherry brandy?
Christmas without its myriad of traditional recipes just wouldn't be Christmas. Check out all the traditional favourites like mince pies, christmas pudding, mulled wine, chestnut soup and more in my Christmas food section.
And finally, there are sections for apple recipes, mincemeat recipes, asparagus dishes and recipes for the most maligned of all vegetables: Brussels Sprouts. Over time, I'm sure there'll be more. I love researching recipes - unusual ones, traditional ones and local ones - and I'm frequently adding new recipes to this list. Click on the images to move right to the section you're interested in ... or browse at leisure through this tasty selection of traditional English recipes.
Traditional English recipes are a boon for any cook. They're tasty, thrifty and - mostly - not too complicated. You don't need cupboards full of specialist equipment and even with modest kitchen skills you can achieve results that will have family and friends beg for seconds and thirds.
So grab your apron, a pot and a wooden spoon and get cooking - I'm sure you'll love it!