Thursday, September 17, 2009
I don't normally do this, and I promise not to make a habit of it, but I was recently sent a copy of the brand new "Taste Britain" magazine and I couldn't resist sharing.
It's a beautiful looking thing, with photos that make you want to try all 54 recipes. (West Country souffle, Cornish Crab Soup, Pancakes with Kippers, and Cheddar Crumble to name but a few.) You'll find information on what's in season, an update on the Campaign for Real Ale's activities, a piece about brown crab (yum), together with profiles on the Isle of Man, Eckerington Manor in Worcs, and a gourmet guide to Padstow.
Alas for us expats, there's a tantalising list of "tried and tested" sausages, available from Waitrose, Morrisons etc, but not the USA. (Sigh!) Indeed, a few of the recipes, though tempting, list "good-quality sausages" or "pickle" (presumably the Branston-type) which are both a bit of a pain to procure here.
The US special offer is $45 for 6 issues, which isn't cheap but you'll get around (50 x 6) 300 recipes and serious gourmet kudos if you leave it lying around your kitchen. (Subscriptions are also available worldwide and obviously in the UK). An even better idea is to give a subscription as a gift either to someone leaving the UK or to a friendly, neighbo(u)rhood Anglophile.
(PS. To satisfy whatever disclosure rules are currently being discussed over here, I received nothing other than one free issue of Taste Magazine, and in return did not promise a positive review or any review at all.)