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  • British Cuisine
    British Cuisine

    British cuisine has always suffered from bad press. The simple homespun fare and plain preparation of most traditional British foods pales when compared to French haute cuisine, and it’s not uncommon for food critics to sound almost apologetic when writing about traditional British dishes as if there were something shameful in enjoying a good, thick joint of beef with an accompaniment of Yorkshire pudding. If they speak in glowing terms of anything at all, it is a nod to the clever naming of British foods, where dishes like bubble and squeak and spotted dick appear on restaurant menus. And yet, for all the snickering and apologetic references, British cuisine at its best is hearty, delicious, simple fare on which to fuel the nation that influenced the entire world. There is no other nation in the world that does a roast of beef to such perfection, nor any better accompaniment to…

  • English Cottage Pie
    English Cottage Pie

    CLASSIC COTTAGE PIE You don’t have to be English to enjoy this traditional cottage pie, but if you are English then you’ll probably keep this recipe among your favorites. Ingredients: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 onion, diced 3 carrots, diced 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1 1/2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon tomato paste Salt and pepper to taste 4 potatoes, peeled and diced 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup milk 1/4 pound cheddar cheese, shredded Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make Meat Filling: In a large skillet, crumble the ground beef and saute over medium heat for 1 minute. Add in the onion and carrots; continue to saute until meat is brown (about 5 minutes). Stir in the flour, cinnamon, Italian seasoning and parsley. In a small bowl, combine the beef broth and tomato paste;…

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