Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

ABOUT ME

  

I am not married to a cowboy and I do not live on a ranch out in the middle of nowhere.  I'm not young, nor am I beautiful.  You will not find tips on here concerning how to take the best food photographs in the world.  You may not even find the best food photographs in the world.  What I can promise you though is good food and great recipes.  These are my tried and true's . . . my experiments and successes, and maybe even a few failures . . . both as a home cook and through my experience as having worked as  a personal chef for many years.  I am not fancy.  But I am good.  There won't be anything here that I don't think anyone can cook, and I will endeavour to show you how to cook whatever it is I am cooking in the very best possible way, and hopefully we can all have some fun, and a few laughs along the way.  Simple ingredients, simple methods, fantastic flavours.  That is my promise to you.

80 comments:

Marthanna said...

Just found your blog today looking for a candied peel recipe...absolutely amazed at the amount of great recipes and information. Just bought your Christmas booklet...keep up the great work, can hardly wait to start cooking up a great holiday season! Thanks Marie! :)

Martha Clark
Buda, TX

Karen said...

I just love your blog and would love to pin it on Pinterest but I don't see a link. Great and interesting recipes.

Marie said...

Not sure what you mean by that Karen. If you have Pinterest, you should have a Pin it button on your browser which would enable you to pin anything you want to pin???

Thanks for your kind words! I do put a lot of work into my page and I am always happy to hear that people appreciate it.

Marthanna, I hope you enjoyed the cook-booklet!!

Anna Marie Tang said...

Hi Marie.
I stumbled onto your blog this evening and am enjoying it thoroughly! I very much admire England (I am from America.) There are so many good looking recipes that it is hard to know where to start.

AnnaMarie

Al said...

Hi Marie,

At last! A very useful blog about the GREAT English kitchen. I have lived in in the UK for over 20 years (now back in NL) and I've been missing all the lovely pies, chutneys, cakes, and roast foods,. I don't know where the myth of the English kitchen being less than others comes from but let me say there is no kitchen which gives such a comfort feeling as the english kitchen,. The dutch do have a bad kitchen and most do not know how to cook (everything comes out of a packet).
Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

KandS said...

Hi Marie,

Thank you for all your wonderfull recipes.

KandS from Belgium

Angel Coker said...

I was just browsing your blog... can't wait to try some recipes (I especially am keen on the lemon ones.) I noticed that someone asked about how to pin something from the internet onto Pinterest. Here's the link from their site on how to add it to your bar: http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/
Now... back to browsing!

Jane said...

What a lovely introduction!

Sandy Edwards said...

Love love love your blog

Sandy Edwards said...

Love Love Love your blog

cherrybob1 said...

Was searching for orchard images for a catalog cover and came across your blog/website. Just wanted to congratulate you on creating such an authentic place in a medium that is difficult to do that! All my best to you.
Bob Sutherland, Glen Arbor

Christina Conte said...

Greetings from California, Marie! I just found you this morning and LOVE your blog! You are a woman after my own heart: trying to change the myth of "bad" British food! I grew up in Scotland to Italian parents, so I loved that you wrote about your misconception about English food before you went was totally blown away after you tasted the food the UK has to offer! Have you travelled to Scotland yet? Brilliant food there too! I hope you check out my blog too, however I've only been doing it about a year: http://christinascucina.blogspot.com Christina :)

Homebird said...

I was wondering if I could include one of your recipes for banana and date muffins in my blog- you would get all the credit obviously!! They were AMAZING!!

Marie said...

So glad you enjoyed Homebird! Happy for you to share! They are pretty amazing, I agree! xx

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Linda said...

I'm really glad you're who you are and I look forward to trying some of your recipes. I'm an Anglophile to the core even though I'm a Texan! I hope your Mom's doing well.

KSheLady said...

I cyber walked over here from Welcome Home. I now follow you on Pinterest! Love that place. My name is Karen Brightwell if you want to follow me. I am looking forward to trying out your recipes! Loved your introduction and I hope your mom is okay...see you in May!

evelyn1954 said...

I too had the same question that Karen had. I am kinda new to Pinterest and don't/didn't know how to "pin" a recipe with the pin button on the recipe.
Thank you Angel for explaining and the link I just tried it and now have a "pin" button on my toolbar :) I'm learning new things every day.
I do want to saw I do love your blog I just found it this morning and am still reading.
Hope your Mom is doing well I'm a 5 year Stage III BC survivor I wish her good health. I am also a care giver for my 93 year old Mother (she has lived with us and is total care for 6 years) that had 3 major strokes 6 years ago. So I also know the care giving side also.
Well wishes coming from Ohio USA

kanaboke said...

Your About Me made me smile!! Blessings for your mom and for you as a caregiver!

Johnny Parker said...

Really enjoyed your blog lovely photos too ,I started a little blog last year so taking lots of inspiration Johnnys Kitchen blog

Colette Just for Foodies said...

Marie, you ARE beautiful and I so enjoy your blog.

Wishing the very best for your mom. I'm currently undergoing chemo for breast cancer and can relate. Get her a fun & cute wig and push forward! oxo, Colette

Marie said...

Thanks Colette, that is so kind of you to say. I am glad you enjoy my blog. I do put a lot of work into it. Mom's cancer surgery went well, but there were some complications afterwards which mean she is still in hospital. Mom is a breast cancer survivor of 31 years. She opted for complete radical mastectomy and then reconstruction. We are hoping that she will soon be able to come home. It is discouraging for her to still be in hospital. Xxoo

The Twilight Chef said...

Hi Marie - I have just been looking at your blog and it is brilliant, I really love it. i have just started my own food blog and have got a lot of ideas and inspiration from your one. I am also based in the UK so can really appreciate your celebration of British foods. Thanks and looking forward to seeing your next post. I hope all is ok with you and your Mum. Best Wishes to you both.

Marie said...

Thanks Twilight Chef. Mom has had a few complications, but is doing better now. It was a bit touch and go for a while. Hoping we have turned a corner now! Welcome to the beautifully addictive world of food blogging!

Colette Just for Foodies said...

Hi, Marie.
That's a huge surgery your mom just had. But, she's in good hands and will be home before you know it.
Sending you best wishes. oxo

Krissy said...

Hi, I am so excited to find your site. I saw one of your recipes on Facebook and it was linked to you on the Internet. Based on the brief look, I can't wait to visit often.
We are actually going to use one of your recipes for tonight's dinner.

BBFN
Krissy

Marie said...

Welcome Krissy! Glad you found us. Hope that you enjoyed your dinner and come back often! You're always welcome!

Ina said...

Hi Marie
I just made some quince jelly, but after 2 days it is still slightly runny - not jelly-fied, even though the taste and colour looks perfect. Is there anything I can do to make it firmer? (One jar has been in the fridge for 48 hours with no improvement.)
Thanks for your lovely blog!
Cath

Marie said...

Hi Ina, without actually seeing your recipe I can't answer your question directly, but I can tell you what it says in my Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving about soft jelly . . . it could be one of any of the following:

1. Undercooking results in too little evaporation of water (Solution - cook until it reaches the gel stage ie. spoon test- using a cold metal spoon, dip the spoon into the boiling mixture and let the mixture run off the long side of the spoon. At first the mixture will be quite funny and will drip off the spoon. As it cooks and becomes thicker, the drops will become larger. The jelly is done when the drops sheet together off the spoon.

2. Too much jelly made at one time - Solution (Use only 4 to 6 cups of juice for each batch of jelly. Do not double recipes.)

3. Incorrect amounts of juice and sugar - Solution (Follow a reliable up to date recipe.)

4. Not enough acid - Solution (If the fruit is low in acid, lemon juice may be added (Acid test - mix 1 tsp lemon juice, 3 TBS water and 1/2 tsp sugar. Taste this mixture and compare it to the taste of fruit juice. If the juice is sweeter, adjust taste by adding 1 TBS strained lemon juice for each cup of fruit juice.))

5. Use of overripe fruit which contains less pectin and acid. - Solution (Use just ripe fruit. One quarter of the fruit can be slightly underripe.)

Not sure if any of this helps you Ina. I would be tempted to cook it for longer myself, using the sheet test. Hope this helps!

Gina cooks said...

Just found your blog today and SO happy I did. I lived in England for a year and I Miss the food. The cheeses were divine and I think your produce is better than where I live in the US. And finally a whole nation that loves custard as much as I do! LOL I cannot wait to browse through your recipes.

Marie said...

Welcome Gina! So happy to have you on board. The cheeses ARE divine and the produce is exceptional to say tht least. I think that the reputation that the UK has earned in the past for having bad good is very undeserved!

The Happy Larder said...

Hi Marie! I came across your recipe for a jam tray bake on Pinterest a couple of days ago which led me to your blog. Wonderful stuff on here - thank you for the inspiration! I have since made the slices and they are lovely - would you mind me sharing the recipe on my blog (obviously crediting you)? Many thanks! Kirsten x

Marie said...

Hi Kristen, don't mind at all as long as you credit me. Thanks for your kind comments!

The Happy Larder said...

Thank you so much! Kirsten x

marilyn r said...

Marie- You don't need to be married to a cowboy, be a photographer, etc. I love your blog, and have learned a lot about British cuisine from you. Keep up the good work!! By the way, are you from England?

Marilynr

Marie said...

Hi Marilyn! Welcome! I am a naturalized British Subject and yes, I live in the UK. But I was born Canadian. SO I'm afraid my cooking has a bit of a North American influence on it, but I love the traditional stuff as well and often cook it! Thanks for your kind words! You made my day!

Unknown said...

Hi Marie! I've just found your blog now while I'm searching what toasted tea cake is!! I like your blog and I'll fallow you daily! Happy to find your blog:)
Aylin x

Marie said...

Hi Aylin! Welcome to The English Kitchen! Glad to have you onboard!

vic said...

I recently happened upon your blog and love it. Have printed out so many recipes. Have made a few so far and they have been wonderful and just as advertised!

Victoria in Indiana

Marie said...

Victoria thank you so much for your lovely words! It always makes my day when I know that someone is making my recipes and enjoying the results! I love it when you take the time to let me know this. You have made my day! xx

Sheila said...

I have followed your delicious blog for awhile now. I read each and every every wonderful post.
Please blog on : )

Marie said...

Thank you Sheila! I love it when my regular readers make themselves known to me. I do work very hard on this page and it's nice to know it is appreciated!

Vic Deacon said...

Hi Marie, Have just printed your Chelsea Bun recipe for my better half to try.
How about a recipe for Bread Pudding (Nelsons Pudding) or a Sussex Pond pudding, both most definitely English.
Vic, from snowy Manitoba, but originally Sussex.

Marie said...

HI Vic, I think you will find I am ahead of you there. YOu will find a Sussex Pond pudding here: http://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/sussex-pond-pudding.html
and the bread pudding is here:
http://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/days-out-and-bread-pudding.html

Thanks for your kind comments. I have lived in Manitoba. I Lived in Gimli for about 7 years when I was a child and then in Winnipeg as an adult! I remember the snow well!!

Vic Deacon said...

Hi Marie, thanks for the reply, sorry, obviously did not check your site properly, have had a look and would only add that in the bread pudding I always add a grated, cored apple, some marmalade and always used whole slices of old bread rather than crumbs. Soaked in the milk and then with the other ingredients squished with the fingers, mucky but fun as a kid. Squeezed most of the milk out then pack into a large (13x9)pan and bake. Whichever way it tastes great and ours was devoured almost straight from the oven or left to cool to eat cold.
LLangollen is a gorgeous place but can be a traffic nightmare.
Haven't been to Gimli but my better half has on quilting retreats.
Vic

Marie said...

Marie, forgot to mention that the Readers Digest "Farmhouse Cookery, Recipes from the Country Kitchen" is a great book for traditional meals. ISBN 0 340 25486 6
Vic

Theresa Greco said...

Oh my God! I just tried the spicy baked chicken and it was amazing!Here's the story: whole cut-up chicken was on sale today, so I bought one. Didn't know what to do with it, though, because I'm fighting the flu and didn't want to spend a lot of time in preparation or cleaning up the kitchen. So I searched for a recipe that I could just throw in the oven. I absolutely loved it. Printed it and added it to my recipe binder. I've been cooking since I was nine and have become quite good at; unfortunately, that also makes me rather picky when evaluating recipes. I would definitely give this four stars. Plan on trying the onion tarts next!

Marie said...

Thanks Teresa. I hope you feel better soon. I think you will love the Onion Tarts too!

Sherrylr said...

A friend told me about your blog this morning and said what wonderful recipes you have. I love your introduction to yourself! Down to earth and no frills. I love it! Can't wait to try some of these. I am an avid baker and I have already seen to many things I want to try. Think I may get started this afternoon. :)

Marie said...

Thanks so much for your kind words Sherrylr! I hope you enjoy what you make!

Mary Agnes Goldwire said...

Do u have recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding? Have been searching since had it in a pub when visiting London several years ago. Think had treacle sauce on it. Delish.

Marialena_F said...

Hi Marie,
My mom e-mailed me your blog last night and I have been thinking about it all day today. I looked over the tips you have and I am so excited to try them out! I just started looking at the recipes and they look and sound just like the food I grew up with, I can't wait to try. Every time I ask my mom for her recipes she has a hard time explaining because she doesn't use regular measurements. I am excited to keep reading and start trying! Thank you for the time you have taken to put this together, it is amazing!

Marie said...

Welcome to The English Kitchen Marialena! So happy you found me. I hope you enjoy what you find as much as I enjoy showing it to all of you! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! xxoo

Marie said...

Hi Mary Agnes, here is the link to my recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. I hope that you enjoy it!

http://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/sticky-toffee-pudding.html

Warran said...

Hi,

I was doing a new years clear out in the kitchen, found some desiccated coconut and thought i'd make a cake.
Goggled for English cake recipes and ended up here. Excellent blog full of great recipes.
I'm an Englishman from Wiltshire, I'm well traveled and admire and appreciate many cuisines but feel our own is underrated. your doing a great job dispelling the negative myths about English cooking.
Many thanks Warran.
ps the raspberry and coconut pudding hit the spot, the wife and girls loved it.

Marie said...

Hi Warran, thanks so much for your nice comment! I really appreciate the feedback! I love the food over here in the UK and think our poor reputation is largely un-deserved! Glad you enjoyed the pudding! It's a real favourite of the Toddster's too!

Wendy Heckman said...

Hi Marie!

Found your blog a few months ago and as I am British & living in the USA I am really enjoying your receipes :)
We have a church group that we meet with weekly and I am proudly bringing your receipes along each time :)
Just tried the Sour Cream Banana Loaf today, it is in the oven as I write! I did notice though that in the method there was no mention of adding the Vanilla and sadly I omitted it & didn't realize until it was in the oven. Hopefully it will still turn out yummy and our group will enjoy the newest creation tomorrow.
Looking forward to what's next on the menu....

Marie said...

Oh dear Wendy. I will have to fix that! It should go in with the sugar. Sorry about that! I hope that you enjoyed it anyways!

thecraftyimaginationstation said...

What an inspiring blog you have, Marie! I pin many of your recipes, and plan to put one on next week's menu. I'm a mom that loves to cook good food for my family... It's so important to me. Thanks for inspiring my culinary tastes and journey, in cooking for my loved ones. Your blog is perfect, don't change a thing! :) Blessings!

Marie said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment craftyimaginationstation! You have made my day get off to a fabulous start! xxoo

eightpotatoes said...

Your blog is so lovely, and your photographs look as lovely as your recipes; I can't wait to have a proper look round :)

Marie said...

Thank you eightpotatoes! I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy working on it. Win/win all around!

kaitycookson said...

I am so excited to have found your blog! I'm an American girl dating a British man--and though he has been in the states for nearly half of his life, I'm betting some of these recipes will really bring back some memories! Thank you for using American measurements in most of your recipes, I'm still working on the conversion math, haha! I can't wait to try out a few of these dishes!

Marie Rayner said...

Welcome Kaity! YOU just got to love those British Men!! I adore mine. You should really buy yourself a set of kitchen scales. The usefulness of them cannot be underestimated! xxoo

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Sharon Markey said...

Love your site, and thank you for all of your fine recipes that you so freely share. My son and his family lived on Clifton Hill for a few years until they returned to the states. Love England. My grandchildren attended the American School of London, getting a fabulous education. Kudos to you and to the UK.

Marie Rayner said...

Thank you so much for introducing yourself Sharon! I love it here in the UK. It has truly become my home. It's a lovely country to live in, and of course I think the food is great! xx

Barbara West said...

Does anyone have a good recipe for Victoria Sandwich that works with the US flour? I always make it when I go to the UK, but after 40 years of living in the US I still have not mastered it with the US flour.

Marie Rayner said...

Hi Barbara, I think the closest cake that you can create in America to a Victorian Sponge, is the Hot Milk Cake. While technically not the same, it is the closest in flavour and texture. This is a very good recipe: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Cake/HotMilkSpongeCake.htm

Linda Michaud said...

I just discovered your site and it's marvelous! Thank you so much!

Marie Rayner said...

Hi Linda! Welcome to the English Kitchen! I do so hope that you stay around and enjoy your time here. I'm very happy to have you! You're more than welcome! xxoo

Jim said...

Thanks for sharing, I really like the rhubarb custard pie. My grandmother used to make it and finally found it on your page :)

Marie Rayner said...

Jim I am so happy that I was able to help you! I hope you like the pie!

Elaine Sipos said...

Hi Marie,
Buttercup recommended your blog and so glad she did! Can't wait to try some of your recipes!

Marie Rayner said...

Hi Elaine, thank you so much for saying hello! I look forward to hearing from you again and I hope you enjoy the recipes which you try out! Thanks so much!

Lizzy Liz said...

Hi Marie, I'm Liz from Italy. I really love cooking and really love England (it is my home now) and it's great cuisine. I'm in love with everything that is British and I think that your blog is fantastic! I've found it right now searching for a Spam fritter recipe and I'm absolutely amazed. Thank you so much for all the things that I'm going to learn with your blog I just love it <3
Liz

Marie Rayner said...

Hi Liz from Italy! Welcome! You will love Spam Fritters. Maybe not so healthy but they are very tasty! I really appreciate you introducing yourself to me! xx

Marie Rayner said...

PS - Liz I am off to Florence next spring!

Lizzy Liz said...

aww Marie thank you so much for your answer, it means the world to me :)I'll try them as soon as I can and I'll let you know :)
Hope to keep in touch xx

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Liz! I like to stay in touch with my readers. I must say I like your icon! Very British! xx