Unusual Fact: In 1894, The Times estimated that by 1950, London would be 9 feet deep in horse manure
I am scared to write some of these posts. Especially for the famous countries. Sometimes I have dreams that an angry Canadian Grandma will knock down our front door and force me to cook from Canada again (I would happily oblige because Canada was delicious).
For entrée we had broccoli and stilton soup. I was a little apprehensive about putting cheese in soup, but it really works. It cuts through the stock and shines. It with the broccoli makes a super creamy soup! This is a great vegetarian meal, it can be fancy or comfort food.
We then had shepherds pie. This is a lot more traditional that your every day run of the mill shepherds pie. Well, I like to think so because we don’t normally put this much time and this many ingredients into our shepherds pies. Instead of mince, which contains all the funny end bits, you use diced lamb which has less fat. Or alternatively, you could use whatever cooked meat you have around. This shepherds pie has lots of extra flavour in it as well, ingredients you wouldn’t normally think would go in shepherds pie – soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mace, lemon zest and apple cider. There’s no way I can explain this beautiful pie to you; you’re going to have to make it yourself!
The roast vegetables, I have to say were a bit of a fail. We didn’t have all the types of vegetables we needed, I didn’t cook them for long enough and then I forgot to make up the creme fraiche sauce to go with them. If I had of done all these things they I’m sure they would have been quite pleasing.
There has been one learning experience though. I would rather wash my mouth with soap then eat another turnip.
This pudding though; mmmmmmm. It is packed with flavour, it has vanilla, cinnamon and orange. I forgot to butter each piece of bread and layer them properly, so next time I would definitely do that because doing it this way and stuffing the bread and forcing as much to fit as possible meant that it came our a bit dry. But honestly, when the custards this good, I don’t think anyone will notice.
Also, the recipe says to add dates, but I felt that they were un-English (this is the part where the English grandma knocks down our door) so I left them out.
I just want to say a massive thank you to my friend Claudia. Claudia moved from the Cotswolds (I think that’s where the picture above is from) to Australia five years ago, but her accent would suggest that she just moved yesterday! She gave me lots of help when it came to choosing the menu for England.