It’s St George’s Day.
St George is the patron saint of England but do you know that we are not the only ones who celebrate St George’s Day?
Christian churches across the world, including Canada, Jordan, Lebanon, Hungary and Spain, celebrate the day in a different way by marking the feast of St George.
Given this is a food blog it’s very apt that it’s all do with a feast, but will you be eating anything special to mark the day?
If it’s all about celebrating everything great about being English than you really are spoilt for choice, but if you are need of inspiration, here are our recommendations:
Toad-in-the-hole with gravy – It’s sausages in Yorkshire pudding; what more can you say about this? If you want to try something different wrap the sausages in streaky bacon and make your own onion gravy.
Lancashire hotpot – There’s various regional variations of this dish, some using lamb and others various cuts of beef, but stick to lamb for this classic comfort food .
Roast chicken – Is there anything more English than a chicken dinner? Make sure you serve Yorkshire puddings with it though and roast the potatoes in the chicken fat.
Ploughman’s – Start with the basics of cheese, pickle, and bread and add items such as apple, boiled eggs, ham, and pickled onions, oh and don’t forget the beer!
Brummie bacon cakes – If you haven’t heard of these, they are similar to savoury scones, with cheese, tomato ketchup and Worcester sauce.
Steak & kidney pie – Comfort food at its best.
Shepherd’s pie – The beauty of dishes like these are they are easy and cheap to make and you will have loads leftover as well!
Spotted Dick – Steam a traditional fruity sponge pudding with suet and currants then serve in thick slices with hot custard; you can’t get more English than that!
Eton mess – This classic strawberry, clotted cream and meringue combination never gets old.
St Clement’s pie – This may be a new one to you, but it’s our version of Key lime pie – an indulgent, creamy tart with tangy oranges and lemons.
Yorkshire curd tart – This traditional tart makes a wonderful teatime treat.
If that has whet your appetite, here is Chef John’s homage to St George’s Day, using fantastic and seasonal English ingredients.
It’s duck egg with asparagus, mushrooms, crushed peas and granola, served on grilled bread.