Steak and Mushroom Pie

“I generally have a meat pie on Sunday; it is baked at a public oven, which is very properly allowed, because one man can attend it; and thus the advantage is obtained of not keeping …

Sardines on Toast

“The slices of bread and butter, which they give you with their tea, are as thin as poppy leaves. But there is another kind of bread and butter usually eaten with tea, which is toasted …

Scotch Eggs

“And what could be more quintessential to than the humble scotch egg? Extraordinary things. In the past, they went from rich man’s caprice to Victorian savoury. Now they inhabit a strange hinterland between pubby …

Fishcakes with Parsley Sauce

The British are famous for fish and chips, but another maritime dish, fishcakes, is every bit as British. Fishcakes represent two important characteristics of British life: proximity to the sea and frugality. Frugality because fishcakes …

Victoria Sponge Cake

“Queen Victoria, who presumably visited nobody, preferred bone marrow on toast, and is unlikely to have ever tasted the sponge cake sandwiched with jam that was named after her—a nursery luxury.” Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The …

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