Since the arrival of the British to Australia in 1788, their
cuisine has had great influence on what we serve at our dinner tables to this
day, as well as introducing us to the pub scene which we have adopted as a
prevalent cultural norm.
So, as we focus on celebrating all things British, we have
rounded up the troops and filed into order the most boastful recipes that will
have you eating big, bold and British in no time.
Why not master more than one of these recipes and host a
midyear British inspired Christmas dinner, embracing the cooler weather and serving
up a menu of classic dishes like veal wellingtons with a delicious Howard’s
Cantina mash and gravy on the side and a Yorkshire pudding, all finished off
with a sweet dessert of traditional spotted dick and English custard sauce.
Gravy with Sugar Snap Peas by Howard’s Cantina
Bringing a modern touch to the gastro pub scene, Howard’s
Cantina exudes a chic and trendy vibe, making this a local hot spot any night
of the week to sample a taste of traditional pub food with flair, sharing with
us this recipe for their ever so popular ‘Silky Mash and Gravy Their Way.’
After trying this recipe topped with crunchy chicken skin and podded sugar snap
peas, you’ll never serve up packet instant gravy again.
Braised Beef Pie by Dove & Olive
Offering Surry Hill locals an authentic pub vibe with a warm
and rustic interior and relaxed beer garden, the Dove & Olive’s popular
dish of Stout Braised Beef Pie is a highlight. Try their recipe in your own
home to create these flaky, tasty treats, served with mashed potato and topped
with mushy peas. Making eight servings, these pies are ideal for feeding a larger
dinner table when guests pop over.
Pea Soup with Smoked Ham and Crème Fraiche Dumplings by My Kitchen Stories
For a great cool weather, soul warming dish, try a
nourishing soup created with love by Tania from My Kitchen Stories. Incorporated
into a base stock are bay leaves, garlic and butter, flavouring this soup
beautifully, while shredded ham hock and tasty dumplings are floated atop, lifting
this usually humble soup to new heights.
Pie by Vie De La Vegan
British cuisine is one traditionally dominated with hearty meats,
however we have found a delicious recipe for the vegetarian and vegans out
there still craving a filling and comforting meal. With the addition of coconut
cream, the crunchiness of puff pastry and hints of lemon, this potato pie will
be devoured in minutes.
Toad in the
Hole by The English Kitchen
Toad in the Hole is an authentic British dish dating back as
far as the 1700’s, yet its name’s origin is still debated to this day. However,
most believe it gained its name by referring to the sausages peeking through
the gaps in the batter like toads in a hole, either way this delicious
invention is a great way to use up any left-over sausages from the weekend
barbeque and makes for a fun recipe the kids will love.
Wellington by Les
Any dish that is named after the first Duke of Wellington
has to be delicious, right?! Although the beef wellington has been refined
throughout the years (such as the use of veal in this recipe), it is still a
staple dinner time meal for many of the British. With succulent veal backstrap
wrapped in pastry and served with a rich mushroom duxelle, this veal wellington
recipe will have you eating as the royals do.
Chips and Minted Mushy Peas
It is a tradition of the British to take to the seaside when
they can to enjoy a newspaper wrapped meal of crunchy fish and chips, feeding
seaside holiday memories for generations, eaten with greasy fingers. Who first
had the bright idea to marry fish with chips remains the subject of fierce
controversy and we will probably never know for sure, but who’s complaining! Served
with mushy mint peas, try this oh so crunchy, beer battered recipe to create
the authentic British masterpiece at home.
Pudding by The Spruce
When wheat flour came into common use for making cakes and
puddings, cooks in the north of England used this new product to make use of
the fat that dropped into the dripping pan from a roast to cook a batter
pudding whilst the meat cooked, and so the Yorkshire pudding was born, now on
the plate of any honest British roast dinner.
and Raspberry Eton Mess by My Food Book
Making for a great way to get the kids involved and to
finish off a bold British meal, why not whip up an Eton Mess? With the addition
of sweet peach and raspberry, this recipe makes for a light and airy finish to
any hearty meal.
Dick by The Daring Gourmet
Snigger you may at the name, but the Spotted Dick dessert is
serious business to the British, dating back as far as the 1850s. Given its
name from the spotty currants or dried fruit which is used in the sponge, this cake
is served with an English custard pouring sauce, making for the perfect
afternoon tea accompaniment or dessert for any night of the week.