With the Queen's birthday on the horizon, we've compiled our top English recipes so you can prepare a spread that's worthy of royalty. The English are very good at combining cheap, simple ingredients to
maximise flavours and make a little go a long way, but sophisticated
flavours are also very much part of this hearty cuisine.
"Comfort food" is much loved, and puddings are a highlight. No meal is complete without dessert, often a bread and butter pudding is all it takes. It’s a delicious winter warmer with the added virtue of being cheap to make – and, again, in this waste-not-want-not culture, it’s a handy use of stale bread. Chilled berry puddings, like the vibrant summer pudding, are a variation on a similar theme – again relying on stale bread to soak up the tart and sweet flavours of the fresh berry juices and coulis. Thrifty and delicious? God bless the English!