Great British Cooking, an ‘English’ Rarebit and a Giveaway

Carolyn and Chris Calidcott have travelled the world in pursuit of delicious food.  In this book they come home to explore the long-overlooked delights of traditional British Cooking. Tried and tested recipes, some with a twist, combine with a stylish evocation of the nation’s style: pubs, country lanes, sweet peas in a jar and bracing Sunday walks.

A potted history of English cooking:  A very accessible history running through from the Roman settlement of Britain through to the twentieth century.

The Full English: includes recipes for ‘The Fry-Up’, Bubble and Squeak, Marmalade, Tomato Ketchup. Coddled Eggs and Kedgeree.

The Pub Lunch: some tasty recipes for a perfect lunch including Rhubarb and Apple Chutney, Pickled Onions, Raised Pork Pie, Piccalilli, Cornish Pasties, English Rarebit (see below) and Bangers, Mustard Mash and Onion Gravy.

The Sunday Roast:  We all love a roast and this chapter, not only provides you with the recipes for the roasts but also for the accompaniments, so with the Roast Beef there is Yorkshire Pudding and Horseradish Sauce, with Roast Pork, Apple Sauce and Sage and Onion Stuffing, not to mention that very popular crackling (not popular with me,  I might add).  Roast Lamb comes with Apricot Stuffing and Mint Sauce.  Recipes for Roast potatoes, gravy, clapshot and various vegetables complete your meal.  There are even instructions for cooking your Christmas Turkey with the accompaniments of Chestnut Stuffing and Cranberry Sauce.

The Nation’s Favourites: Stroll, or eat your way, down memory lane with Lancashire Hotpot, Shepherd’s Pie, Steak and Kidney Pudding, Toad in the Hole with Onion Gravy, Chicken and Mushroom Pie, Beer Battered Cod and Twice-Cooked Chips served with Mushy Peas and Tartare Sauce, and finally a Poached Salmon with Samphire and English Butter Sauce.

The Queen of Puddings: Starting with a recipe for a creamy home made custard which would go very well  with the Jam Roly Poly or a lovely fruit crumble.  A traditional favourite of Bread and Butter Pudding, or a Treacle Tart with a twist – a Gingery Treacle Tart! Rice Pudding, Raspberry and Banana Trifle, Spice Baked Apples, Queen of Puddings and for the grand finale a Christmas Plum Pudding with Brandy Butter.

Who is this book for?
I think this would be a good book to give to a visitor from another country, as it covers a good selection of traditional English (I’ll come on to that in a moment) recipes.  It would also be ideal for someone who is relatively new to cooking and would like to recreate traditional comfort food recipes.

Pros 
A neat little book packed with recipes and excellent photographs.  As well as the history, each recipe has an introductory paragraph of interesting information.  The recipes are simple and easy to follow.

Cons
This book is called ‘Great British Cooking’, however I could not find a single recipe for a traditional Scottish, Welsh or Irish dish. So I feel that the title does not represent the content.  Even the Welsh Rarebit has become English Rarebit, although it was extremely good!

English Rarebit
Serve 4

1 tbsp plain flour
1 generous teaspoon English mustard powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper
6 tbsp strong beer, dry cider or milk
1 heaped tablespoon butter
250g/9oz strong Cheddar cheese, grated
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper to taste
4 thick slices of good bread
A small glass of red wine

1. Combine the flour, mustard and cayenne in a bowl and gradually pour in the beer, stirring untl smooth.
2. Place the butter in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat, Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the beer/flour mixture.
3. Add the cheese and gently warm, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the cheese has completely melted and a thick sauce forms.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and season to taste.
4. Toast the bread, sprinkle with a little red wine (I didn’t do this and it was fine without) and spread with the cheese mixture, taking care to cover the crusts.  Grill until brown and molten. Serve immediately.

The rarebit was really delicious and I would definitely make it again.

Great British Cooking
By Carolyn Caldicott
Photography by Chris Caldicott
Published by Frances Lincoln
RRP Β£12.99

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Lynsey Buchanan
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Lynsey Buchanan

You can't beat a sunday roast

Tracy K Nixon
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Cornish Pasty!

Jo m Welsh
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Jo m Welsh

I love toad in the hole if that counts πŸ™‚

Jane Willis
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Tough choice! Steamed steak pudding, Lancashire hotpot, cottage pie – lovely comfort foods. But there's one thing that stands out from all other cuisines – BREAD SAUCE.

Richard Randall
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Yorkshire Puddlings

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Scott Walliss – Steak and ale pie with lots of veg.

Jean
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Looks like an interesting book, but it's a shame if there are only English recipes in it.
I could eat that rarebit right now, it looks delicious! My favourite "British' recipe would have to be shepherd's pie, but I now realise the French have something very similar. Which just goes to show that either there are no truly original recipes, or that anything good will have an international version.

JaniceFGK100
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That's very true Jean.

Claire Nutman
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Claire Nutman

Cottage pie x

Eric Gruntfuttock
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Beef Wellington

Tracey Peach
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Cottage Pie xxx

Leanne Masters
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Leanne Masters

Cottage Pie!

Paul
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Paul

I love a Sunday roast!

kasza
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My Grandmas recipe for Lancashire Hotpot

Elizabeth Hinds
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Elizabeth Hinds

You can't beat a good roast dinner! X

Kristy Brown
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Kristy Brown

So much choice but I think I would have to go with Fish and Chips or Yorkshire pud!

rugmaker
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rugmaker

Steak pudding

Simon Childs
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Shepherds pie simple dish but morish

Heather Haigh
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Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, and all the trimmings.

Georgia Norton
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Georgia Norton

Roast dinner! πŸ™‚

laura banks
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has to be toad in the hole

staceytrip
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staceytrip

Can't beat a Cornish pasty!

Claire Blaney
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Claire Blaney

for me its beef steef πŸ™‚

dorsetsgem
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dorsetsgem

cauliflower cheese

fozia Akhtar
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fozia Akhtar

Biryani

Steve
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The Cornish Pasty. Easy to eat and tasty at the same time

Caroline
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I think it would be Eton Mess for me (I know, not much "cooking" unless you make your own meringue!).

Sarah Pybus
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Sarah Pybus

Gotta be a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings πŸ™‚

Louise A
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Louise A

roast beef and all the trimmings

kj19
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steak and kidney pudding

Hayleyhay733
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Hayleyhay733

Steak and ale pie with mash and veg!

mummy24
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mummy24

Shepherds pie!

Ashleigh

Nadia
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Nadia

Genuinely …. Rarebit – closely followed by a Roast Beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding.

winnie
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winnie

sausage and mash

Allan Smith
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Hot pot

Heidi Roberts
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Heidi Roberts

A great review of this book. I have it coming in my book reviews for April.

JaniceFGK100
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Look forward to seeing what you make of it Heidi

lucyrobinson
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lucyrobinson

Sausage and mash. x

Amanda Hart
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Amanda Hart

Roast beef dinner

Tammy Tudor
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Tammy Tudor

yummy steak and ale pie

Sarah Montgomery
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Definitely sounds like a good started book! Like you said though, it's surprising there isn't more scot/welsh or northern irish recipes in there.

Nosebag NI | Food & Lifestyle – http://www.nosebagni.com

Anonymous
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Anonymous

My favourite British recipe is Cottage Pie. Donna Loxton

Chloe King
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Chloe King

I too am wondering what makes this rarebit more English than Welsh, but either way, you can't beat a good one. Is there an English cullen skink in there too?

JaniceFGK100
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ha ha! No, Chloe there isn't. I can only think that the rarebit uses English Cheddar, it does seem a strange title though.

Alison
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I am not sure I have a favourite, I am currently investigating lots of regional recipes. I know yorkshire puddings is my sons.

geezerbird44
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geezerbird44

Lancashire hotpot

Bethan Vincent
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Bethan Vincent

Well I have to say that for me, there is nothing better than Yorkshire Pudding / Toad in the Hole (I may be biased though, as Yorkshire is my adopted home…)

Bethan, Audacity of Food

Nayna Kanabar
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I would have expected some old fashioned British recipes in it, does it have many vegetarian recipes in it???

JaniceFGK100
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not much in the way of veggie dishes Nanya. Cauliflower Cheese and English Rarebit and bubble and squeak, but not much in the way of main course dishes.

Kerry Edwards
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Kerry Edwards

Fish pie! The rarebit looks delish!

frances hopkins
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Toad in the hole

Charlottep
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Charlottep

Yorkie puds – could eat with anything (and I do)

Jacqueline Meldrum
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Oh I am craving this Janice. I have bashed my grill too often when putting pans and trays in the oven, so it's not working and no roasted cheese or rarebit for me. So sad πŸ™

JaniceFGK100
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It really is a good recipe, tastes a bit like what my Mum used to make. Oh no, that a tragedy! my grill is in the top oven so doesn't come in for any ill treatment. I know I would be lost without my grill.

Clare Bluett
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Since seeing the rarebit recipe I can't think of anything else! Love a good fry up or roast too but that rarebit has stolen my taste buds!

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