Monday, November 7, 2016

England

No new spices or exotic ingredients here. We tried our hand at cooking things we thought might be challenging, like authentic fish and chips and things we'd heard of but had never tasted before, like Spotted Dick. Lynn had to do the Spotted Dick twice because it didn't turn out the first time. I am trying to find pictures of the "fail".

Update: Apparently we needed a plum pudding pan, which my sister recently bought for Christmas dinner. She's going to try again using that.

Spotted Dick


Homemade Chips

The homemade fish chips were fantastic! We have done some deep frying for our feast before, but this time we had an actual deep fryer and it made all the difference. They were restaurant quality and we kept talking about how we were definitely going to make them again. Not that we want to get in the habit of weekly deep fried meals, but it might be fun for a Friday night treat instead of going out to eat.
Scotch Eggs 
The Scotch eggs were my daughter's favourite. It was actually really funny. She ate more of them than anyone, and she's having one for supper again tonight. She will try anything, but getting her to eat a lot of something is pretty difficult. Not the easiest things to make for a weeknight supper, and they had to be deep fried as well, but I'm wondering if there might be a simpler version?



Steak and Oyster Pie


I really enjoyed the Steak and Oyster pie. The oysters had a stronger flavour than I thought they would. If you don't love oysters, this isn't the pie for you and I would suggest the steak and ale version instead, but we really enjoyed it and there was only a tiny piece leftover which I just finished off for an afternoon snack.
Saxon Cheddar
And, as I always try to do, I managed to find something I needed for 50 percent off at the Superstore. This was a fantastic English Saxon cheddar that was perfect in the cauliflower cheese.