Dinner In Britain

An easy guide to making tasty & traditional British feasts!

Introduction

Everybody knows that a big breakfast is the most important meal of the day but so is a filling dinner. Here is a short and sweet recipe book with recipes for a delicious and traditional British meal including a tasty dessert.


Main Course Option 1: Cottage Pie

What Is It?

Cottage Pie is a great-value family favourite and is guaranteed to please a crowd. Also, the vegetarian is just as delicious as the original version.


What Will You Need?

1. 3 tablespoons of olive oil

2. 1 and a quarter kilograms of beef mince

3. 2 finely chopped onions

4. 3 chopped celery sticks

5. 2 finely chopped garlic cloves

6. 3 tablespoons of plain flour

7. 1 tablespoons of tomato purée

8. 850ml of a beef stock cube

9. 4 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

10. A few thyme sprigs

11. 2 bay leaves

Time For The Cooking!

Step 1: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan and fry the mince until browned. Set aside as it browns. Put the rest of the oil into the pan add the vegetables and cook on a gentle heat until they turn soft, for about20 minutes. Add the garlic, flour and tomato purée, increase the heat and cook for a few mins, then return the beef to the pan. Add the stock cube, Worcestershire sauce and herbs. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 45 minutes. By this time the gravy should be thick and coating the meat. Check after about 30 minutes - if a lot of liquid remains, increase the heat slightly to reduce the gravy a little. Season well, then discard the bay leaves and thyme stalks.


Step 2: Meanwhile, make the mash. In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes in salted cold water, bring to the boil and simmer until tender. Drain we'll, then allow the potatoes to steam dry for a few minutes. Mash the potatoes well with milk., butter, and three-quarters of the cheese, then season with the nutmeg and some salt and pepper.


Step 3: Put the meat into 2 ovenproof dishes. Spoon on the mash to cover the meat. Sprinkle on some cheese. Heat the ocean to 200C - gas 7/220C fan and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is golden.

Main Course Option 2: Toad In The Hole

What Is It?

Toad-In-The-Hole is a popular dish made in Scotland mainly. This dish is similar to another popular British dish, Yorkshire Pudding but with sausages placed in the batter before cooking.


What Will You Need?

1. 12 chipolatas

2. 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil


For the batter:

1. 140g of plain flour

2. Half a tablespoon of salt

3. 2 eggs

4. 175ml of semi-skimmed milk

Time For The Cooking!

Step 1: Heat the oven to 200C gas mark 7/220C fan. Put the sausages in a roasting tin with the oil, then bake for 15 minutes until they turn brown.


Step 2: Meanwhile, make up the batter mix. Tip the flour into a bowl with the salt, make a well into the middle and crack both eggs into it. Use an electric whisk to mix it all together, then slowly add the milk, whisking at the same time. Leave the batter until the sausages are nice and brown.


Step 3: Carefully remove the sausages from the oven - watch out because the fat will be sizzling hot! - but if isn't , put the tin on the stove for a few minutes until it is. Place the sausages in the batter mix, transfer to the top shelf of the oven, then cook for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Serve with gravy and a side of your choice.

Main Course Option 3: Fish And Chips

What Is It?

Fish And chips is an insanely popular meal in Britain. This meal contains a piece of fried fish and chips with the topping of your choice with salt and vinegar.


What Will You Need?

For The Fish

1. 50g of plain flour

2. 50g of corn flour

3. 1 teaspoon of baking powder

4. turmeric

5. 75ml of sparkling water

6. 1 litre of sunflower oil for frying

7. cod, hake or haddock halved


For The Chips

1. 750g potatoes peeled and sliced into thick chips

2. 2 tablespoons of plain flour

3. 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil

Time For The Cooking!

Step 1: Combine the flour, corn flour, baking powder and turmeric in a large bowl, add seasonings on your choice, then spoon 1 tablespoon onto a plate and set aside. Gradually pour the water into the bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon until you have a smooth, lump-free batter. Leave to rest for 30 minutes while you prepare the chips.



Step 2: Heat the oven to 200C fan/180C gas mark 6. Boil a large pan of water, then add the uncooked chips and boil for 2-3 minutes until the outsides are just tender but not soft. Pour out the water, then tip onto a large baking tray with flour, oil and some salt. Gently toss together until all the chips are evenly coated and the flour is no longer dusty. Roast them for 30 minutes, turning them occasionally, until the chips are golden and crispy.


Step 3: To cook the fish, heat the 1 litre of oil in a deep saucepan until a drop if the batter sizzles and crisps up straight away. Pat the fish dry with kitchen paper, then toss it in the reserved turmeric flour mix. Shake off any excess, then dip into the batter. Carefully lower each fillet into the hot oil and fry for 6-8 minutes - depending on the thickness of the fish - until they turn golden and crispy. Using a spatula, lift out the fish, drain on kitchen paper, then sprinkle with salt. Serve with the chips and a side of your choice.

Dessert: Apple Crumble

What Is It?

This dessert is an all-time favourite of those craving something quick, easy, and sweet. To make an apple crumble you can use green apples, which are considered the best apples for cooking.


What Will You Need?

1. 3-4 cooking apples

2. 100g of granulated sugar

3. 150g of plain flour

4. 75g of unsalted softened butter

Time For The Cooking!

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180C gas mark 4/350 fan.



Step 2: First, you need to prepare the apples. Half fill a large saucepan with water, and peel, core and chop the apples into chunks. Place them in the saucepan to stop them from ruining.


Step 3: Drain all of the water from the saucepan, add another 2 tablespoons of water and 50g of the sugar, and place on a medium heat on the stove. Stew the apples until the apples become soft. Once the apples are soft, put the apples into an ovenproof dish.


Step 4: Place the flour and the remaining sugar in a mixing bowel. Add the butter and use your hands to mix everything together until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs. Pour this evenly on top of the stewed apples.


Step 5: Place the crumble in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Don't worry if the crumble doesn't look cooked properly, it most likely is! Eat hot from the oven.