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17 August 2011

Beautiful British Food

 

Funnily enough, given that I was brought up by, and learned to cook from, an Italian woman and cook in a very Italian way myself, I have found myself being a bit of an unofficial ambassador for British food here in Seattle, where it’s as much maligned as it is everywhere else on the planet.

I tend to make classic British dishes for potlucks and gatherings (people are so surprised that British food can actually taste good) and really want the Minx to grow up understanding her culinary heritage in the land of mac 'n’ cheese and pumpkin pie.

New Zealander Joel Penkman moved to the UK and started painting beautifully detailed portraits of classic British foodstuffs which make me want to weep with nostalgia.

Every British kid grew up on these biscuits.

 

biscuits

 

No trip to the seaside was complete without a stick of rock to take home.

 

blackpoolrock

 

My favourite ice lolly.  At least until they invented Magnums.

 

fabs

 

No kid’s birthday party was complete without Fondant Fancies, though my mum had enough of a fear of food colouring that we never had them at home.

 

fancies

 

Custard tarts.  Always hated those.

 

custardtart

 

And pork pie. One of the top five things I miss most about the UK here in Seattle. I think I would cry if I had this picture on my kitchen wall.

 

porkpie

 

Joel’s website is here. Buy her prints here.

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Have you tried these people? I bought hubby some bacon from them and he seemed happy. They usually have a booth at the Queen Anne farmer's mkt. http://www.properbritishbacon.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=10&Itemid=2&TreeId=7

Hi K, we stopped off at their shop in Auburn at the weekend! Their bacon is OK, not the best, but the best we've found here. Their pork pies aren't authentic though sadly :( Show this blog post to hubby...

Aw, shame about the sub-par pies. Maybe let them know what they need to do to fix it; they might! Have you read Eating for England? Many of the items in the paintings are mentioned. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2007/sep/30/foodanddrink.shopping

Oh Paola, pork pies... custard tarts (I love 'em)... chocolate flakes... and Swiss rolls. You bring back childhood memories.

Oh Paola, pork pies... custard tarts (I love 'em)... chocolate flakes... and Swiss rolls. You bring back childhood memories.

K, thanks for the Eating for England reccy. I will definitely get it.

Susan, Swiss rolls. They would make beautiful paintings. Also Battenburg cake.

I miss pork pies too :(. I tried a homemade recipe, but it wasn't the same.

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