Welcome to my site dedicated to, and in celebration of, British Food.
In the 20th century, British food did not enjoy a very flattering reputation, something that has persisted far beyond justification. This blog is my attempt to correct this view and to demonstrate that Britain’s rich, centuries-old food heritage is as varied, exotic and exciting as any popular modern cuisine.
There has been a rise in interest in food history in recent years and there are now many resources dedicated to historical food. With this site I aim bring to you something different than others with a similar theme. My background is in producing delicious food. I am not a food historian, neither am I a professional photographer, although I have a keen interest in both, but my main skill is making good looking, fantastic-tasting food.
I also believe it should be fun, which is reflected in my personal approach. The food you’ll find on these pages will be fascinating in historical detail, well illustrated and appealing to modern tastes. What it will also be is uncompromisingly delicious and achievable with the minimum of fuss in a modern, 21st century kitchen.
I’m a stickler for authenticity, but temper that authenticity with practicality: using modern methods and utensils to recreate dishes from bygone eras. Whilst I would love to bake in a wood-fired oven or roast meat before a roaring fire, it is simply not practical in my home. What I can do is take an old recipe and adapt its method to modern practices, whilst still retaining and celebrating the essential flavours of the past.
You can be confident that I have made, tasted and photographed every recipe on this website and can personally vouch for their deliciousness.
Elsewhere you might find blogs simply bursting with historical facts, or discover sites where dishes are styled and photographed with breathtaking attention to appearance, but nowhere else will you find better tasting food.
I have grouped some of my recipes together in the portfolios below, including images from my books. NB Book recipes are only available in the books themselves. Alternatively you may like to browse the recipes by the categories listed in the menus to the right.