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Great British Classics

Slowly bit by bit Autumn is on its way. At first you’re fooled by beautiful sunny days in September, days with temperatures in the high 20-ies (C that is), days that still make you bring out the barbecue or sit on a terrace.

However it’s all a clever deception!! For one, leaves are starting to fall. Secondly it’s quiet around the house as the kids have gone to school. Thirdly you’re starting to need that sweater or coat in the evenings when walking the dog.. but what really gives it away is the occasional shower, which in combination with the lower temperature is starting to feel chilly rather than refreshing.

Yet no need for the autumn blues it is great news from a culinary perspective… It means that some great British Classics, which had been temporarily suspended due to the heat, are back on the menu. That’s what this week’s theme is about.. Beautiful hearty British fare!

The recipes we have in store for you this week are for sure no stranger to your homes, yet we still urge you to have a look at them as our chief taster has provided laser like critiques on our old recipes and has pushed the chief recipe developer to the limit to improve the recipes for this autumn. (note that there is a bit of a conflict of interest as the chief taster and the chief recipe developer are pretty much the same guy. That said he has been awfully strict on himself)

So without further ado, we consider the following recipes really testable by your families and friends.

Toad in the Hole: This dish is guaranteed to conjure a smile on your family’s faces, it is such a yummy combination of sausages, pastry and mushy peas that no one in their right mind can resist. It’s made from scratch, even the gravy, so you know what goes in and can make it as you like it.

Shepherd’s pie: If the temperature drops only a few degrees that is enough of a reason to make this satisfying British classic. It’s really easy, even from scratch and the work is mostly done by the oven while you read your paper.

Cornish Pasty: again a British cooking superstar; what sets it really apart from other pastries is the subtle soft flavor of the suede. A must try recipe, also terrific in combination with home-made gravy and mushy peas.

Scones: with clotted cream…sweet strawberry jam and a nice cuppa, this combination sneaked out from heaven and made its way to Britain. All you can do is try it really.