History Of The British Public House
The description “public house” was first coined in the 17th century. Ever since, the British public house has survived periods of extreme popularity and periods of regrettable decline. For Brits and for international tourists, the British public house is part of the endearing culture that helps the economy and welcomes guests hospitably.
Britain has a long history of taverns, alehouses and hospitable inns. Taverns served wine. Alehouses served beer and ale and inns provided much needed accommodations for travellers. The British pub borrows a little bit of all these institutions.
The British public house changed the landscape and usually had a strong local community presence. People came to the first pubs to conduct business or share results from a sporting or wagering event. Pubs had great flexibility and loads of local colour.
The Benefits of Freshness
Great Britain loves fresh, locally sourced foods. The first time you taste real, fresh produce that has been cultivated on your doorstep, you will realise why it’s so popular!
Aside from the environmental benefits, the first thing you will realise is that fresh foods taste great! You will notice juicier, fuller-flavoured fruits and vegetables. Locally sourced food has spent less time in storage and transit, and will often taste much better as a result.
Whilst it’s important to think about the aesthetic beauty of your kitchen when picking out your worktop, the effect of the materials on your day to day cooking and baking is also something that needs to be thought through. Different materials have different reactions to heat, staining and hygiene when preparing your meals and its these factors that are going to affect your decision more than the look and style of your interior design.
Granite is much lower maintenance than your traditional wooden worktop. It’s heat resistant for up to 200 degrees Celsius which makes it an excellent choice for worktops surrounding the hob or oven. It’s high heat resistance means that you don’t need to worry about the clutter of cooling racks or extra trays and can easily place hot pots and pans straight onto the worktop. If you tried to do this with wood, for example, there’s a high chance you would scorch the surface resulting in hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
Warming Winter Wonders
We love our soups and in the Winter, they are an important sources of nutrients while enhancing every meal with warmth and hospitality. Here are two recipes that are easy to make and guaranteed to please.
Broccoli and Stilton Soup
Here is a blended vegetable soup that is smooth and hearty that can be used as the centrepiece of a casual meal or at an elegant dinner party.
In Britain, Indian food has taken the country by storm. Indian restaurants are popular and the distinctive taste is tantalizing. But, Indian food is also fun to cook. One of our favorite recipes is Keralan Seafood Pies. The recipe is provided by Cinnamon Kitchen from The Cookbook by Vivek Singh.
The recipe is fashioned after a Keralan favorite, moily which is a fish curry made with coconut milk, curry leaves, green chilies and ginger. In many ways this is a simple recipe but one that relies upon the good preparation of all the working parts.
Great Christmas Sandwiches
These recipes are great for any day during the Christmas season. Plan ahead and inventory a few of these basic supplies and you will be ready to entertain at a moment’s notice.
The Christmas Club Sandwich
This club is better than a turkey sandwich on Boxing Day. Great protein and rich in flavour makes every bite a tasty treat. This stack sandwich looks as good as it tastes. The recipe below serves two.
Are You Listening To What Foods Are Good For You?
Most of us have come to understand that we are what we eat. We have been a little less willing to agree that what we eat may affect our moods and how we behave. Scientists have now built a strong case for the relationship between what we eat and our mood.
The British love curry, so much so that it is England’s national dish (alongside Fish and Chips ofcourse!).
- 85 percent of the curry houses in the UK are connected to Bangladesh (not India).
- The most popular curry dish in the UK is Chicken Tikka Masala.
- Chicken Tikka Masala has become so popular that is now a sandwich filling and pizza topping!
- Curry dishes received a huge boost when a curry-styled entrée called “Coronation Chicken” was used by Queen Elizabeth II at her 1953 coronation.
About Guineafow, Plus Two Great Recipes
Guineafowl has become a mainstay in UK pubs. Guineafowl are native to Africa but, in the UK, the Helmeted Guineafowl, has long been domesticated. The bird is similar to the partridge, another popular game bird, but is distinguishable by its featherless head and black crest. The Vulturine Guineafowl is distinguished by a downy brown patch on the nape of the neck. Most breeds of Guineafowl are identifiable by their dark grey or blackish plumage that contains striking white spots.
In the UK the larger species, like the Plumed Guineafowl are rare. They are about 40-71 cm in length and weight between 700 and 1,000 grams, bigger than the typical Helmeted Guineafowl.
Most guineafowl are monogamous for life but the Helmeted Guineafowl are the exception to this rule. In the UK, these birds are called “gleanies.” Newly born guineafowl are called “keets” and are very small at birth.
Buying locally sourced foods and organic is a hot topic and one that should be on the minds of every UK resident. In the wake of the country’s rising obesity rate and the general addiction of our young people to fast foods, our eating habits need to improve dramatically and sooner rather than later.
From the provider’s standpoint, the challenge is always to be price competitive. There are no guarantees with growing. The volatile weather patterns have affected British growers and therefore are affecting what we eat.
While most Brits prefer to buy locally sourced foods, there is a definite increase in imported goods, especially foods from China. What the UK needs is tighter food regulation and a pledge by consumers to do themselves justice and eat healthy foods only.