“I can’t bear fishing. I think people look like fools sitting watching a line hour after hour–or else throwing and throwing, and catching nothing.” – George Eliot, Middlemarch The humble fish finger sandwich is a much-loved part of English culture. This recipe tells you how to make your own fish fingers and tartar sauce, and when put together with some watercress in a brioche bun and … Continue reading The English Pear: Homemade Fish Finger Buns
In 2016, the vegan society estimated that there were over 540,000 vegans in Britain and going vegan was one of the biggest food trends in 2018. Having tried (and failed) at being a vegan myself, I understand the desire to reduce your impact on the planet and make a contribution to improving the treatment of factory farmed animals in this country. However, there are questions around its accessibility. Often dubbed as a food trend popularised by bloggers and influencers and associated with a moralistic middle class who can afford alternative milks and meat substitutes, it is important to ask how accessible veganism is and whether the movement alienates certain people. Continue reading The Accessibility of Veganism
This Pancake Day we have decided to stray from the norm and leave the maple syrup to one side (at least until after the savoury pancake round). The French galette, made with buckwheat flour, is one of our favourites and reminds us of holidays in France. We’ve got two fillings for you: one classic with ham and cheese, and the other Spanakopita-inspired with spinach and … Continue reading The English Pear: Savoury Galettes
Sweet Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways: Homemade baked beans and Tuna Avocado Salad “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow” – A. A. Milne We think it’s fair to say that the jacket potato has become something of a student staple, and rightly so. With this recipe we’ve reworked this go-to in … Continue reading The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways
‘“Very good,” said Steerforth. “You’ll be glad to spend another shilling or so, in almond cakes, I dare say?”
I said, “Yes, I should like that, too.”
Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
In celebration of Charles Dickens’ birthday on 7th February, we have put together an almond cake recipe good enough to tempt both you and David. Our orange and almond cake takes inspiration from Dickens’ food allusion but modernises it into something simple and yummy. Be sure to make this cake and host a Dickens-cake and book club this Thursday!
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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
This ratatouille recipe is super easy and really versatile. We have chosen to serve it with lemony salmon and green veggies, but it works just as well with grilled chicken or sausages, or even on its own with rice or a jacket potato if you want a vegan/vegetarian option. Plus, it’s a great dish to have in the fridge or freezer so you can have it to hand on a busy weekday night. Packed with flavour and nutrition this is guaranteed not to disappoint!
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It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘New year, New me’ mind-set that plagues the cool month of January. The beginning of yet another year appears to catalyse the need for self-improvement. It perpetuates an obsession with the toned and slender form which is constantly held up as the transcendental body image. Navigating this time of year can be a minefield; the feelings of … Continue reading Why the January Diet Culture Belongs in the Bin.