Paella in Spain, spaghetti in Italy and Feta cheese in Greece, every nation has its traditional cuisine and none more so than England. English cooking has many distinct attributes but also shares the wider concept of British cuisine, which is largely due to the importation of ingredients and recipes from North America and India during the British Empire.
From eating fish and chips out of newspaper laced in salt and malt vinegar, which was traditionally seen as street urban food, to sausages and mash potato, there are certain types of food that are wholly synonymous with the unique lands of England.
Take a look at three of the most traditional English foods
The smell of the beef being slowly cooked in the oven as Mum prepares the deliciously thick gravy and gets Aunt Bessie’s roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding cooking alongside the beef is an association England has been proud of for many years.
Our love for the Sunday lunch can be traced back centuries as the English have been well-known beef eaters since the 15th century. In 1698 the French author Henri Misson stayed in London and wrote, “It is common practice, even among People of Good Substance, to have a huge piece of roast beef on Sundays, of which they stuff until they can swallow no more, and eat the rest cold.”
Today, roast dinners aren’t solely confined to weekends though and with a little help from Aunt Bessie’s, the midweek roast is now a popular tradition. The latest advertisement from this well recognised brand shows nosy neighbours Margaret and Mabel striving for the perfect roast tatties – with Aunt Bessie’s goose fat basted variety proving a success once again.
With these great ingredients featuring alongside an extensive selection of vegetables, Yorkshire pudding options and other roast dinner favourites, Aunt Bessie’s have helped us Brits get the most out of our dinners everyday of the week.
Fish and chips
Similar to the good old Sunday roast, fish and chips are also a stark symbol of England and its unique cuisine. Fish and chips became a staple part of the working class Englishman’s diet as a result of the rapid development of trawl fishing in the North Sea during the second half of the 1800s. Today fish and chips are as popular as ever and the industry employs a whopping 80,000 people across the UK.
Bangers and mash
You can travel the world but you will be hard pushed to find sausages quite as tasty as those found in England. Bangers and mash typically comprises of Cumberland sausages, light and creamy mashed potato, served with onion gravy.
Alongside pie and mash and jellied eels, bangers and mash became an iconic part of England’s cuisine for the working class in the North in the nineteenth century.