In England, 1960s school dinner mince was grey and eaten with boiled potatoes. But at Montemalaga Elementary in Los Angeles it became sloppy Joes, tacos, enchiladas, hamburger and chili. Columbo is often seen eating a bowl of chili at his friend's bar. Despite the LA location, it is Mid-West chili, garnished with Saltine soda crackers. …
Sausages and mash
One of those foods we used to eat before chicken korma and pulled pork ... probably ever since Sir Walter Raleigh/ Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to the British Isles from the New World. (Sausages came with the Romans.) A bit warm for midsummer but comforting, nonetheless.
Maylay mince, Will
The precise origins of this dish are lost in the mists of time. However, about 25 years ago I began to be more acutely aware of the cuisines of cultures further afield than those of Old Albion or our Gallic cousins across the Channel. Although not exclusively, the vim and vigour of the food of …
Mrs McCulloch’s baked chicken with sea salt – Mary
42 years ago at our wedding one of my uncles gave a speech, during the course of which, as a resident of Golders Green, he presented my husband with a copy of what must have been one of the early versions of a community recipe book, The Hampstead Cookery Book. There, along with Dame Peggy Ashcroft’s Boo-Loo-Gai and Miss Judi Dench’s Carrot and Orange soup (chilled) was his contribution
In this post I return to pancakes, this time English ones. Traditionally served with lemon and sugar, always good, they are a very adaptable backing for savoury and sweet fillings and can be eaten at any time, all day long. The 70's (Hippy) version would have been stuffed with leeks and baked in a cheese sauce. Here I have made one savoury and one sweet version
Barbecue pork and beans
My first cookout was in the Girl Scouts. We cut a door in a Crisco can and lit a fire inside then cooked a hamburger patty on the top (bottom). Tasted wonderful. And in a single stroke Mrs Sampson taught me the basic human right of cooking outside.
Sometimes it's good to have your favourite breakfast! For me this would always include bacon and potatoes and eggs. This recipe is a halfway house between patatas bravas and huevos rancheros. It can be made with or without any of its ingredients but I would miss the cilantro/coriander/धनिया
Covid comfort cooking 2, Catharine
Strangely, during our recovery, we found that our wholesome, vegetarian diet was not enough to get us back to full walking and cycling fitness. After 14 days of isolation, it was time to venture out to buy fresh food in Sedbergh again. First stop, minced steak from Peat’s and next, the essential bulb of fennel …
Lambs liver and mash, Judith
"In normal times I might cook this only twice a year, mainly because it is no longer fashionable. This week I cooked it up on Easter Monday and ate the leftovers again for dinner on Tuesday. When I was growing up we often had liver and onions for our main evening meal. My parents ran …