British (Britain) Recipes

British (Britain) Recipes

British Meals:

What they are and when they are eaten ?

Breakfast - The "traditional" British breakfast is cereal (not porridge or cornflakes etc.) with milk and sugar. Then fried bacon and eggs, or scrambled eggs on toast, or boiled eggs and toast. Lastly, toast and butter with marmalade or jam. Tea or coffee is usually drunk. The "continental" breakfast is becoming more popular. This is just toast and butter with marmalade or jam. Tea or coffee is drunk.

Lunch - This may be a big meal with 2,3 or 4 courses: a starter, e.g. soup; then the main course, e.g. meat or fish with vegetables; then a pudding or dessert, e.g. apple pie and custard sauce; then perhaps cheese and biscuits. Lunch may also be a snack, e.g. some soup, a salad of some sandwiches. In some parts of Britain, the midday meal is called "dinner", especially if it is a big meal.

Tea - The traditional "tea" is usually bread with butter and jam, scones, cakes (small and large) and biscuits. Tea is drunk with milk and sometimes with sugar. Some people do not have milk. They have a slice of lemon instead. Today many people do not eat much at teatime, but they still drink a cup of tea in the afternoon. "High tea" , in the North of England and Scotland especially, is the big meal at about 6pm. There is usually a meat or fish course, then a pudding or dessert. Tea is drunk throughout the meal.

Dinner / Supper - Dinner is the big meal in the evening and it is like a large lunch with 2,3 or 4 courses. People who eat a big meal at midday often have only a small meal in the evening. This is called "supper", and there may be only one course, e.g. cauliflower cheese.

Stuffing - These are very good because they stop meat becoming dry. They also mean that people eat less expensive meat! But, above all, they taste good. Remember that if you fill a chicken or a piece of meat with stuffing, you must roast it for 10-15 minutes longer than usual.

Hot Puddings and Desserts - Different people give this course different names. For some people any sweet course at the end of a meal is called a "pudding". For others, a hot sweet course is called a "pudding", but a word "sweet" for everything. The names often change in different parts of the country. It is all very difficult!


  1. Arnold Bennett's Omelette

  2. Northumbrian Potted Kipper

  3. Pickled Red Cabbage

  4. Potted Beef

  5. Tomato Soup

Main Courses : Fish

  1. Abergwaun Swper Mecryll

  2. Fish and Chips

  3. Fish Pie

  4. Sole with Cider

Main Courses : Meat and Poultry

  1. Cornish Pasty

  2. Lancashire Hot Pot

  3. Shepherd's or Cottage Pie

  4. Steak and Kidney Pudding

Main Courses : Accompaniments

  1. Apple Sauce

  2. Bread Sauce

  3. Onion Sauce

  4. White Sauce

  5. Gravy

  6. Yorkshire Pudding

Snacks :

  1. Bacon and Eggs

  2. Cauliflower Cheese

  3. Welsh Leek Pie

  4. Welsh Rabbit or Rarebit

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  1. Almond Paste

  2. Apple Charlotte

  3. Apple Pie

  4. Bread and Butter Pudding

  5. Christmas Cake

  6. Custard Sauce

  7. Pancakes

  8. Parkin

  9. Rice Pudding

  10. Royal Icing

  11. Scones

  12. Sherry Trifle

  13. Sponge Cake

  14. Shortbread Petticoat Tails

  15. Syllabub

Stuffings :

  1. Chestnut Stuffing

  2. Sage and Onion Stuffing

  3. Thyme and Parsley Stuffing

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