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Autumn Cooking: The Day the Husband Invaded My Kitchen

While summer is undoubtedly my favourite season, I do like autumn too.  I love the way the colours of the leaves change, from orange, gold, brown, taking long walks, bundled warm in our scarves and hats and hearing the crunching of the leaves under our wellies.  Then coming back home to a warm fire and maybe a mug of hot chocolate.

I think we’re settling well into autumn now, although you’ll never know we might just have an Indian summer … One can still hope.

I’m usually the main cook of the family.  But a few days ago, a close friend of ours gave us some vegetables from a relative’s garden which included marrow and beetroot and gave my husband ideas.  He loves marrow you see, and decided to try his hand at “stuffed marrow” last night.  Apparently, marrow is a winter vegetable.  I never knew that.

He absolutely enjoyed it.  As for T and I?  Let’s just say we ate the stuffing 😉  To be fair though, I’m not familiar with this vegetable at all.  To me it looked like a giant cucumber.  T actually called it a “snozzcumber” (from the BFG), The Historian wasn’t impressed at all.

Still on a roll, today, he baked us a beetroot-chocolate cake.

This time, T and I loved it.

He still has a couple of recipes up his sleeve, hopefully T and I will manage to eat it.  What I meant to write was, I’m sure T and I will absolutely without any doubt lick our plates clean 😉

Our word of the week is Autumn.

What’s yours?

Caprera: A Food Lover’s Delight

I love the idea of helping out small start-up businesses, independent producers, rather than the big names in the food industry or any industry for that matter.  I can imagine how difficult it is to start a business especially when the market is saturated with big names, household names one has grown up with and naturally continue to support or consume.  It is understandable why some people like to stay safe and stick with brands they know and have tried and tested all through out the years.  The problem with sticking to the same kind of food or brand is that one gets bored with it.  You know what you’re getting even before you taste it.  Life gets a bit too boring and sometimes our palette craves for something different. And for those who like to try something different, this one may just be for you.

Caprera is a small company that aims to deliver artisan hand-made products to your door.  They have a variety of products from cold meat, locally produced cheese, healthy and organic snacks, confectionary, beverage, and even jam, honey and other preserves.

What makes them different from the rest of the supermarket brands?

They care about food and their costumers.  They believe that “food is so much more than just fuel, it’s an experience”.  

Caprera also offers a whole range of gift suggestions for that special someone or occasion.  They have a range of different hampers from the Best of the British, to BBQ essentials (perfect for the coming summer), or even just a simple birthday hamper.

It’s nice to indulge in something different isn’t it?

What about you?

Would you be willing to try something different, or do you like sticking to something you know and have tried already?

Do share.

*This is a collaborated post.

Dining by the Sea: Elements (A Sort of Review)

It’s lovely to have meals out once in a while, although we don’t do it often.  We prefer to cook and eat at home, which makes eating out even more special when we do.

And as mentioned on this post, we decided to have a meal out last week and since our favourite restaurant by the beach isn’t open on a Monday we chose a different restaurant which we’ve always driven by, but never manage to drop in and give it a try.

This time we thought it’s about time we did.  Elements is a Boutique Hotel and Restaurant that serves Italian Food (Yes I know, there’s nothing Italian about the name.  I wondered about that too.)  It’s located along the beautiful stretch of Widemouth Bay on the way to Bude, North Cornwall.  It has a lovely setting which is along the coast, overlooking the Atlantic ocean.  We’ve never been to that part, when we visit, we usually head for the beach and walk along the cliffs that is closest to it.

Before our dinner, we decided to go for a short walk, especially since we brought Doc along with us.  It was a lovely one, but after a while we reluctantly left the hills and headed back to the restaurant which was empty save for another family of three, who was dining there with their daughter who appeared younger than little T.

The husband always asks if they have any local beer.  I think it’s nice the way he likes to support the local brewery around Cornwall or any place we visit.

And here’s little T looking over at the menu – she decided on their kiddie pizza specials.

I opted for the lobster tail and king prawn linguine.

The husband ordered an antipasta platter

Did we enjoy it? Let the photo speak for itself.

As mentioned, it’s a lovely location and a great place to watch the sunset while you eat your dinner.

Time for little T’s favourite part of any meal – dessert.  She ordered a chocolate indulgence sundae complete with a candle.  While her dad and I had affrogato (a scoop of ice-cream, topped with a shot of espresso and liqueur) which I forgot to take a photo of, and that’s the reason folks, why I can never be a food blogger.  I’m lucky that I actually remembered to take photos of our meal, most times I gobble it up a before even remembering anything.

Imagine sitting at this table for two with you husband. wife, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend or even by yourself, watching the sunset and eating a lovely meal while sipping a glass or two of wine.

Verdict:

Food was okay. It wasn’t mouth-watering or anything unforgettable.

Service was superb.

Setting was perfect.

Very family-friendly.  In fact, it seems to be popular with families with little ones.  While eating, another family came in, this time with two small boys (younger than T).  It’s obvious that they do cater to families with young children, since there are children’s books in hand, complete with crayons you could use to keep the little ones occupied while waiting for the meals to be served.

Our bill was reasonable too.

Would we go back? Definitely!

Would we recommend it?

Yes, but don’t expect the meals to be superb.  To be fair though, we wouldn’t know what the other dishes tastes like.  But Elements is definitely worth visiting, especially for its setting and service and if you have your little ones in tow.

What’s your number one priority when choosing a restaurant to have a family-meal out?

Do share.

The Vegetable Wars: Fresh V Frozen

I have to admit, I’m not the healthiest eater.  I wish I could say I’m vegetarian or eat nothing but organic food.  But the truth is I like crisps and KFC too much for my own good, although having said that, I don’t eat them too much either, or at least not as much I would want to.  For one, we don’t have a KFC nearby, and as for the crisps I never buy big packs, just to make sure we don’t have much of it and when it’s gone, it’s gone.  We shop monthly and do little top-ups for milk and other essentials (and they don’t include crisps) either in the nearest Coop or our local garage.

When it comes to my daughter though, I make sure that she always has vegetables and fruits to eat.  I used to give her some biscuits when she comes in from school and complains about being hungry.  But then I noticed, when dinner time came, she would hardly touch her food.  So I’ve banned snacks during school days, when she’s hungry, I give her a bowl of grapes, apples, pear or a banana.  I’m glad to say she now eats her dinner.

We eat mostly home cooked meals prepared from scratch.  I used to buy loads of fresh vegetables, but noticed that most times, I’d end up throwing half of them away. They get mouldy or too wilted and sad-looking.  The one downside of buying fresh vegetables is that they never last long.  They end up being thrown away.  Does anyone know any trick to make them last longer?

“Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes.  We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten” –  Source: Love Food Hate Waste

Can you imagine, 7 million tonnes of food and drink?  I can’t even begin to imagine how much that pile looks like, only that it’s probably enough to feed the hungry from all parts of the world.

So I thought, maybe instead of buying fresh, I should opt to buy frozen vegetables instead, that way I don’t throw any waste.  At least I won’t have to worry about using them before their sell-by-date or at least before they turn mouldy.  But then I always worry about its health benefits.  Am I feeding my little family junk by giving them frozen veg instead of fresh ones?

It turns out that frozen vegetables are healthier, because they are first blanched to kill germs before being frozen, the whole process actually locks in the nutrients.  How cool is that?

I didn’t know that fresh vegetables sold in the stores, especially the ones that are imported from abroad are less nutritious than the frozen ones.  Why?  Simply because they are picked and packed before they are ready and by doing so their nutrients are arrested.

Who knew that frozen vegetables are healthier than fresh ones?  I certainly didn’t.  But having learned all that, I’m still in favour of buying fresh vegetables, but in smaller portions (and buy them more needed), to make sure I don’t waste them or that they will end up in the bottom of our bin.  And also our bet is to buy local fresh vegetables, where we know where they were grown from.  You wouldn’t want vegetables that were picked and packed even before they were ripened, would you?  Or better yet, plant your own vegetable patch.  If we had the space, that’s the first thing I would do.

What about you? Do you buy fresh vegetables or frozen ones?

A Food Post: When the Finished Product ends up looking like …

turd.

Or I could also call this post

“How to fail as a Food Blogger”

I don’t watch a lot of television, except when I’m ironing.  A few days ago, while trying to tackle a mountain of newly laundered clothes, I was watching James Martin’s cooking show on BBC.  He was demonstrating how to make chocolate eclairs and it looked so, so, so, so good and easy!  So I thought to myself, that looks like something I could do.

So when I found some quiet time, instead of picking up my book, I decided that this was going to be a Chocolate eclair day and that I was going to document the whole process.  You’ll never know, I may just be the next big Food Blogger (yeah right), so I grabbed my camera and set up my ingredients the way food bloggers would do it, except that I forgot to include one ingredient in the photo, but thankfully not while I was making it!

(Note:  I only halved the ingredients since I only made do with what we had ready in our kitchen cupboard.)

Chocolate Eclairs:  Ingredients

250ml/9fl oz water
115g/4oz butter
200g/7oz plain flour
1 tsp caster sugar
pinch salt
4 free-range eggs
50g/2oz dark chocolate, chopped
150g/5½oz fondant icing sugar
2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
450ml/16fl oz double cream

– Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

– Heat the water and butter in a saucepan until the butter has melted.

– Beat in the flour, sugar, salt until the mixture is smooth, then continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth and glossy.

I know it doesn’t look glossy to me either.  At this point I was seriously doubting myself already.

– Set aside to cool, then spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a medium size nozzle.

I used a medium-sized nozzle, but when I first piped out my line, it looked too thin.  So I piped another line next to it, hoping it will look fatter.  But nope, as you can see from the photo above, mine still looked starved!  Nothing like the ones James Martin did on TV.

– Pipe 12.5cm/5in lines onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.

Well, the recipe did say golden crisp and brown!  When I first took it out of the oven, I muttered “Oh dear Lord, my eclairs look like turd!”   But then I remembered the chocolate and cream and hoped that once it’s covered in that, it won’t look turd-like.

– Remove the éclairs from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.Meanwhile, heat the dark chocolate and two tablespoons of water in a saucepan until the chocolate has melted.

– Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, then add the melted chocolate and water and beat until the mixture is smooth and thickened.

– Spoon the mixture into a piping bag.

– Whip the double cream in a bowl until stiff peaks just form when the whisk is removed. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small nozzle. Carefully insert the nozzle into the base of the éclairs and fill with cream.

– Pipe the fondant chocolate on top of the éclairs and set aside until set.

Recipe source here.

I was wrong.

In spite the chocolate and cream on top, it still looked like turd.

Doc’s turd.

Dejected.

I offered my turd looking chocolate eclairs to the husband.

He said they looked delicious.

He’s either biased or blind.

Then he tasted it.

He said it was definitely delicious.

Liar!  I thought.

And went back to the kitchen and had a bite, then another.  Then decided to have another eclair to go with my tea.  Then ate another.  I think I had about three.  The husband had six.

Not bad I thought.

But it still looks like turd.

I sighed and checked the clock.  It was time to pick up little T from school.  She was whingy.  Wanting to cheer her up, I said I had a surprise for her.  She brightened up and immediately thought it was a new toy.  I disappointed her by saying “Nope, mummy baked you something special!”  And prayed that she won’t mention the similarity to something smelly.

Once home, I presented her with my turd-like chocolate eclairs.  She said nothing.  Phew.  Took one bite and at this point, I’m going to change the title of this post to:

HOW TO EAT A CHOCOLATE ECLAIR IN LESS THAN A MINUTE:

1. Hold eclair in both hands as pictured above.

2. Take one small bite just to see if you like it.

3.  Having established that the said eclair is indeed, yummy, take another bite.  This time as big as you can possibly can without ramming it in your mouth in one go.  That would be piggy!

4.  Put the final bite in your mouth.  Try not to gag.

5.  Lastly, don’t forget to chew with your mouth shut.

I was so pleased that when she asked more.  I actually gave in.  She had nine in total.  Yes, I know, bad mothering, and all this before dinner.

I guess my husband wasn’t lying after all even though it still looks like turd to me.

Do you think food bloggers also have this problem?

Their end product always looks perfect!

How on earth do they ever manage that?

They probably only post the perfect ones.

I guess I should stick to writing posts about life in the country then – oh well.

All About Food

This week it’s been all about food for me and my little family, specifically what I’d refer to as comfort food.  And this simple meal composed of a must-have winter warmer, delicious squash soup, a few slices of salami, freshly baked bread, (not in the photo), cheese, and butter would make my day anytime, especially in dreary, wet and grey days in depressing months like January.

For those who are on a diet, this winter warmer Butternut Squash soup with a lovely hint of chilli is a must-try for you.  It’s easy to make, although you’ll have to make sure that you have ample time to do it, as this recipe requires you to roast the squash for about 30 minutes.  But once you’ve got that one done, it will be an easy and fast dish to prepare.  If you  haven’t tried it, you simply have to.

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In other news, I’ve finally caved-in and have an Instagram profile.  Just like twitter and other networking sites, I was really slow on getting connected.  I just didn’t want to be addicted to any additional site, you see folks, I don’t need another extra one to be addicted too.  Yes, I’m weak.  So if you’re over there, let’s connect!  If you leave a comment, thank you!  And if you’re up for it, please don’t forget to also leave your instagram profile, and I’ll add you up 🙂

What’s your favourite winter-warmer recipe?

Do share.

And yet another Small Joy covered in Cream Cheese

I love cinnamon rolls!  They are also on my list of small joys.  Serve me up some lovely cinnamon rolls with tea or coffee is an instant lift-me-upper, well at least for me.  While most people are thinking or writing about their game-plan on how to lose weight at the beginning of the new year, it’s all about comfort food for me and what makes me and my little family happy.  (I’ll think about my weight when winter is gone and spring has sprung, or maybe next year! 😉  If you’re on a diet now I’m really sorry, do avert your gaze and skip this post.

This recipe I am about to share with you is aptly called Clone of a Cinnabon.  Have you ever tasted Cinnabon rolls?  In my past life, when I had a career and wasn’t just known as little T’s mother, they sold them in a stall in the lobby of our office building.  I absolutely loved them.  I used to buy those delicious Cinnabon rolls A LOT.  

Anyway, as mentioned this recipe here, definitely reminds me of the those heavenly rolls.  Though admittedly I cheated and used a bread machine to make my dough.  If you’re hardcore and want to make it yourself, just click on the link and it has a step-by-step guide on how to make it.

Ingredients for the filling:

1 cup brown sugar

2 1/2 tbsp of ground cinnamon

1/3 cup softened butter

For the cream-cheese frosting:

1 (3 ounce) package cream-cheese

1/4 cup softened butter

1 1/2 cups of icing sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

Get moving!

– First, mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small ball.

– Then roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.  If you check the recipe, you’re supposed to let it rest for about ten minutes, but I skipped all that.  It’s up to you, whether to do it too.

–  Once rolled out, spread the butter on the dough.  Then ….

– Slowly roll up the dough into a roll.  Then …

– Don’t worry too much if they aren’t even.  It doesn’t really matter, especially if you’ll be eating them as soon as they’re done!

– Preheat oven for 400 F or 200 C, for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.  While it’s baking …

Keep checking, especially if you have a fan-oven  It browns up really quickly.

– Serve up while warm, with a generous helping of cream-cheese frosting.

Best served with tea or coffee.

I can eat three of these rolls/buns in one sitting.  After the third I have to haul myself off the couch and if everyone is done, quickly clear away to avoid further temptation.  These rolls never last long in our little household.

Try it, you’ll know why!

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Do share, especially if you have a recipe for it!

Nakd: Healthy Snacks for Little T

Before little T arrived in our lives, my husband used to have a “secret” stash of chocolates in his bedside table drawer.  I don’t really know why he referred to it as his secret stash when I of course knew of its existence.  But ever since little T was born,  that is a thing of the past now.  Like all ehem responsible parents,  we try not to have a whole load of it in our house, or if we do, we make sure that it is hidden, away from the prying eyes of a three-year-old.

Actually it’s mainly for our sanity too, no sane parent would want to be plagued with the incessant maddening whinge of I want chocolate NOW!  So to avoid any meltdowns, keep those chocolates/sweets hidden.

When little T was younger, I never really had any problems with her diet.  She ate everything I gave to her.  My sister was really impressed when I told her that she ate broccoli, carrots  and other vegetable nary a complaint.  Sadly, those days are gone (along with the hidden stash of chocolates).  As soon as she sees something that resembles a vegetable she’ll wrinkle her little nose and say I don’t want that!  My only saving grace is, she still loves her fruit and can consume a bowl full of grapes, strawberries, apple or pear slices in one sitting.

We have the following rule in our house: No snacks or sweets unless you’ve eaten your main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I’m proud to say that yes, we do adhere to them, however, I always feel guilty and think that I have to be a more responsible parent and give her healthy snacks instead of chocolates and her beloved Lola (party rings) biscuits.  The good news is, I think I’ve found the answer.  While searching for health food online, I  came across Nakd Health foods – a British company that makes healthy but delicious snacks, which we were excited to try.

When this box of goodness arrived on our doorstep, little T was so excited.  The look on her face is priceless!  I bet if she had her way, she’d gobble everything up in one sitting!

I let her have two and then hid the box of goodness away from her sight.

It’s a good alternative to chocolates, crisps and other lovely but unhealthy snacks, best left for the grown-ups to consume when the little ones have gone off to bed.  So now when she asks for chocolates, I’ll gladly give her a protein crunch bar.  Instead of crisps, I’ll make her choose among the different flavoured raisins (cola, lime or cherry raisins) or flapjacks just to name a few.  We’ve shared them with little F and his parents and they absolutely liked it too, especially F’s dad who happens to be a vegetarian.   So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to chocolates and crisps, do try them out, they’ve got a variety of delicious and healthy snacks to choose from.

Do you know any other healthy alternative snacks for young children?  Do share.

 This post is linked-up with #PoCoLo.

This is a sponsored post, however, all photos and words are by Yours Truly.

A Book Review: Michael Roux, Eggs

We are an egg family.  We love our eggs.  The husband buys a whole tray from the butcher, 24 eggs about twice a month.  Did I mention that we are only a family of three, discounting our cat and little pup?  There are two adults and one child in our little household.

That’s where we put our eggs, and it’s not even filled-to the brim anymore.

What do we do with all those eggs, you make ask?  I bake a lot you see.  My husband being the morning person, cooks most of the breakfast and I do the dinners mostly.  Little T loves boiled eggs with soldiers, my husband likes poached eggs and I love omelettes.

So imagine my excitement when I received Michael Roux’s Eggs book in the post.  It felt like Christmas has suddenly arrived early!  For those who are not in the know (like me), Michael Roux is a French born Michelin chef who opened a restaurant in the UK which later became the first three starred Michelin restaurant in Britain.

At first though, I was a bit worried that the recipes in this lovely hard-bound book (Did I mention I love books?  Our whole house is filled with books!) would only have posh recipes with ingredients I wouldn’t know how to pronounce let alone know where to purchase.  But no, all the recipes are doable even for a simple cook like me.

And it’s not all about breakfast recipes either, it’s got everything! From dessert, cakes recipes to how-to-make your own fresh pasta, would so love to try that.  For our first try, I asked my husband (he’s the breakfast cook remember?)  to try the following recipe:

Spanish Tortilla with Chorizo

100 ml olive oil

400g Desiree potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 red onions, roughly chopped

salt and freshly ground pepper

200g chorizo sausage, skinned

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 tbsp chopped flat parsley leaves

6 eggs

1.  Heat two-thirds of the olive oil in a frying pan, 20-22 cm in diameter and about 4 cm deep.  When it is hot, put in the potatoes and cook over for a medium heat for 10 minutes or so.

2.  In the meantime, cut the chorizo into 2 mm slices.  Add to the frying pan with the garlic and parsley.  Mix well, without crushing the potatoes, and cook for another 2 minutes.  Tip everything on to a plate and leave to cool slightly.  Wipe out the frying pan with kitchen paper, ready for cooking the tortilla.

3.  Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Heat the remaining olive oil in the frying pan.  Using a spoon, mix the eggs delicately into the cooled potato mixture, then pour into the pan.  Start cooking over a medium heat, stirring gently every few minutes with the side of a fork, as if making an omellette.

4.  As soon as the eggs are half-cooked, stop stirring, and cook over a very low heat for 2-3 minutes, until the underside of the tortilla is almost cooked.  Slide it on to a lightly boiled platter, then inert it back into the pan and cook for another 2 minutes, until both sides are cooked the same and the middle of the tortilla is soft.

5.  Slide the tortilla on to a plate and serve it whole or cut into wedges.  It is equally good served hot, warm or at room temperature, but not chilled.

NOTE:  We made-do with the ingredients we had at home.  On his way home from work, I asked the husband to buy some Desiree potatoes at Morrison’s, but they didn’t have them.  He told them what they were for, and was advised to get baby pearl potatoes instead.  On hindsight, they probably only said that to get rid of him!

Here’s my husband’s version:

He did say that the blog-post ought to be called “How to ruin a Michelin Chef’s Recipe”.  But I disagree, it was yummylicious and very filling.  I’m a happy bunny! 🙂

I’m drooling over this Mussels and Chive recipe:

We are going shopping tomorrow, must make sure all the ingredients are on our list.  I love mussels!

I am so loving my Michael Roux book, another one to add to my collection:

Click on the link for those who are looking for a simple recipe on how to make an omelette.

Do you have a favourite egg recipe?

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My Top Five Favourite British Food

I love eating and I love food.  I find it kinda weird because before I became a wife and mother, I used to not like food so much.  To me eating was not something to be enjoyed – I only ate when I was hungry.  I know why of course.  In my former life, when I had a job, I was always too busy to eat.  But now that I’m a wife and mother and have learned to cook, really cook and bake – I enjoy eating more.  Even though I’ve gained a lot of weight and haven’t lost much of my post-pregnancy weight, I eat and don’t even really care whether I gain more weight or not.  Well, I do.  But don’t really do much about it except moan about it to my husband.  I just love eating now, especially eating with my little family.

Here are my favourite British Food and I didn’t even include the cakes!  Oh my, I am in deep trouble.  But I’ll worry about that later.  Life is too short.  For now, come and have a British meal with me.

1.  Fish & Chips

Photo credit here.

This must of course be first on the list!  You cannot imagine how much I love Fish & Chips, I can probably eat it all day, preferably of course by the beach!  Of course to health aficionados, this might be frowned upon.  It is after all covered in batter and deep fried.  If you are health-conscious or on a diet, I’d say, just unearth the delicious fish under all that batter!  Although honestly, eating the batter is part of the fun of eating Fish & Chips – you don’t need to eat it all.  As I’ve mentioned, this is best eaten by the beach or sea-wall.  Just be mindful of the greedy seagulls hovering by.  I tell you, they are scary birds!

2. Cornish Pasties

Photo credit here.

I love Cornish pasties, preferably the Pengenna Pasties in Tintagel, North Cornwall and not because I’m biased because I live in Cornwall.  If you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why.  Imagine a pasty filled with delicious beef and vegetables.  Yummy!  Plus, it’s huge!  One pasty is enough to fill you up, although some may even eat it with chips.

3.  Cream teas

Picture credit here.

A cream tea is a scone with jam and cream on top.  Actually, this depends whether you have the cream tea in Devon and Cornwall, famous for its row over the correct way of eating a cream tea.  Devonians will say that a cream tea should be eaten with the cream first, then topped with strawberry jam.  Since my loyalty lies with the Cornish, I chose the photo above which shows the strawberry jam first and then the cream.  Don’t forget, a cream tea won’t be a cream tea unless you use clotted cream and not synthetic cream (as my husband calls them) which is the long-life, squirty cream and others.  Actually, in all honesty, it doesn’t really matter (except for the cream) whichever way you eat it – it still tastes delicious.

4.  Sunday Roast

Photo credit here.

My husband’s specially is cooking our sunday roast.  He makes a really lovely and fluffy Yorkshire pudding.  Now some of you, (especially of course if you’re not British or haven’t been to the UK yet), might not know what a Yorkshire pudding is.  I didn’t know what it was when I had my first taste of a sunday roast.  Anyway, a Yorkshire pudding is a batter pudding made of eggs flour and milk poured into hot fat.  I know it sounds a bit icky, but when eaten with a sunday roast, it just goes so well together with the slices of roast beef (pork, lamb with mint sauce or maybe even chicken) with seasonal vegetable, roast spuds and gravy – preferably lots of it!

5. Full English Breakfast

And of course, must end this list with a Full English breakfast.  If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you must have seen this picture on another blog post.  The photo above is actually a Cornish breakfast.  According to my British husband, the core of a full English breakfast is eggs, bacon and fried bread.  He usually orders his full English breakfast with black pudding (which is like a sausage made of pork blood).   I don’t.

If you happen to be from another country and visiting the UK for the first time, you can’t leave the country without at least trying one (if not all) on my list!