Today is the start of the first annual Anglophile Week here on Life With Dee! Francophile Week was so much fun and several of you contacted me to say how much you enjoyed it. I hope Anglophile Week will be just as popular.
Just as I did for Francophile Week, I’ve created a themed menu for this week. This week’s menu features a British influence. I searched out some of the most iconic British foods to include and I’m eager to try some of them myself. Full disclosure: We probably won’t be eating this exact menu this week for a couple of reasons. First of all, we won’t be eating at home a couple of nights. Second, we are trying to eat a more Mediterranean-style diet and those were the foods I bought on my grocery haul last week.
Still, I thought it would be fun to create an entire week of British-style meals to share with you. I found recipes for each of these to which I’ve linked in case you would like to try one or more. As an added bonus, one of these dishes is linked to a guest post a blogging friend wrote for me years ago. She is from Wales and now lives in England. So let’s get started!
Dee’s British Menu
For the sake of honesty I’m just going to admit that we were not impressed with the food we had during our admittedly very short time in London a few years ago. I’m pretty sure the burger we had at a pub was amongst the worst thing I’ve ever had. Truly, it was inedible and had me actually wishing for a McDonald’s. We did, however, have a very tasty Shepherd’s Pie.
Did you know the difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie?
I’ve been told that we really should have tried Indian food while in London. Fun fact: chicken tikka masala was created in Glasgow. This is one we will actually eat this week. I have all the ingredients and I bought pita bread which is an adequate substitute for naan.
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- basmati rice
- pita bread
My blogging friend, Tori, shared this very simple recipe with me several years ago.
- Bubble and Squeak
- Toad in the Hole
- mashed potatoes
- baked beans
- Lancashire Hotpot
- mashed sweet potatoes
- steamed broccoli
From what I read, most people in Britain don’t make fish and chips at home; this is generally a take-out meal. I’m not including a link to a recipe for this but since “mushy peas” is a common accompaniment which most Americans aren’t likely to be familiar with, I found a recipe for that.
- fish and chips
- Mushy Peas
As a child our family ate out quite often and one of my favorite things was prime rib. Back in the “olden days”, this was usually accompanied by Yorkshire pudding. I rarely see this anymore which is a shame. I just might have to give this one a try.
And since no British menu would be complete without tea, here is my guide to a perfect “cuppa”:
I had a lot of fun researching British food. Here are a few links and videos you may enjoy:
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This post is linked up on I’m an Organizing Junkie. For more menu ideas, check it out.