Traveling and exploring the world may seem out of reach for now, but there are still so many ways to see the world, without ever leaving home. I spent the past month traveling to the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is comprised of the countries of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. I ate delicious meals, visited landmarks and monuments and learned about the history of the land.
With a single stop to my local Express Pick-Up location for a few key materials and the variety of online resources through the catalog, I was able to learn and explore from the comfort of my kitchen table.
Some of the meals that I cooked this month included:
- Shepherd's Pie
- Yorkshire Puddings
- Scotch Egg
- Apricot Scones
- Egg & Soldiers
- Irish Soda Bread
- Hot Cross Buns
The cuisines of any country tell as much of a story as any history book. From this project, there came many small bites of history and tradition with each meal that I explored. For instance, I learned that the Scotch Egg was invented by the luxury department store Fortnum and Mason for their wealthy customers. It is now a staple of family picnics. (A Scotch Egg is a hard-boil. ed egg, wrapped in ground meat, wrapped in breadcrumbs, then either fried or baked.)
I hope to explore more countries in the coming months. Where I will go depends on where my stomach and curiosity leads me. If you have any favorite cookbooks, please share in the comments!
Cookbooks of The United Kingdom
London Cara Frost-Sharratt
This cookbook takes you through several London restaurants and establishments with chefs sharing their most beloved recipes. The recipes are easy to follow, although some of the ingredients are not the easiest to find. Simple swaps can still produce wonderful meals.
The British Table Colman Andrews
This book, more than any other, is a culinary trip through Great Britain, featuring recipes from England, Wales, and Scotland. The recipes are both traditional and modern with simple directions and basic ingredients.
Virtual Walking Tours with Hoopla Digital
Hoopla Digital offers walking tours for numerous cities throughout the world. When you can't travel in person, it becomes a wonderful way to explore the sights and sounds of a new place.
- The London Walking Tour
- The Loch Etive, Scotland Jog and Bike Ride
- The Midsomer Villages Virtual Walk
- The Cotswald Villages Virtual Walk (Volume 1)
Mango Languages is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in another culture. With Mango, you can learn:
- Shakespearean English
- Scottish Gaelic
- Irish (Standard)