English recipes for St George's Day
This year St George's Day, the National day for England, falls on Wednesday 23 April 2014.
If you're thinking about celebrating England's daring dragon-slaying hero with a slap-up feast, we've rounded up a collection of ever-so-English recipes from the MN recipe archives.
- Stilton and walnut soup - a warming soup you can knock up in the microwave in minutes
- Roast beef sandwiches with mustard and horseradish - zingy and full of flavour, a great way to make the most out of leftovers from a roast.
- Cheddar and rosemary biscuits - you can use other cheeses, like Parmesan, but this version works best for St George's Day
- Tomato and apple chutney - a lovely chutney to put with your English cheeseboard
- Scones - a failsafe recipe for this classic English baked treat
- Sausage rolls - great for parties, and kids love them too
- Bubble and squeak - a handy way to use up leftovers although it's just as good made from scratch
- Shepherd's pie - there's often confusion between this and cottage pie. This is the one with lamb mince, although it's easy to swap it for beef
- Scouse - this stew goes way back in history - apparently the pilgrims enjoyed it on the Mayflower
- Beef wellington - a classic recipe using pastry, mustard, beef fillet and thyme for an impressive main course
- Easy fish pie - whip up this simple pie in just over an hour
- Coconut bakewell tarts - a child-friendly version of a regional favourite
- Dorset apple cake - there are many different ways to make this but all seem to feature that lovely, crunchy sugar topping
- Parkin - this ginger cake can taste even better when left for a few days after baking
- Sticky toffee pudding - an artery-furring but fabulous end to any hearty English feast
- Jam and gooseberry crumble - a great dish to serve up when gooseberries are in season
- Manchester tart - a variation on Manchester pudding first recorded by Mrs Beeton, says Wikipedia
- Lavender shortbread - the perfect gift to make ahead and give as a present on St George's Day
- Winter Eton mess - it might not quite be winter anymore, but this variation of the classic dessert uses rhubarb and pomegranate instead of strawberries
- Ginger beer - lashings and lashings, obvs
- Elderflower cordial - if you can't get your hands on any elderflowers, you might have to wait until the summer to make this tasty drink