Traditional English Cuisine
You are what you eat!
National and local cuisine is a significant part of identity. Most people in England, nowadays, eat a wide variety of food styles from around the world and this is pushed as a way of reinforcing multiculturalism. Unfortunately many of our traditional recipes, some very good, have been forgotten.
There is no doubt that this disconnect with our traditional cuisine is part of a wider loss of identity. So any identarian movement, such as the English Folk Church, needs to address this.
This section of the website therefore aims to present some of the traditional cuisine of England. It is not a collection of recipes as such and it is not meant to be exhaustive. Instead it aims to showcase some of our typical dishes and hopes that people will remember long forgotten meals and try them again or simply experiment with our national cuisine.
Many of these dishes, or versions of them, are commonly eaten in other parts of the UK and in the wider Anglo-sphere. There is also as much regional variety within England as there is between the different nations of the UK. I have concentrated on what is sometimes called ‘North Country’ cooking of northern England which is my own background.
I tend to regard something as traditionally English if it has long been part of our cuisine, is seen as part of our national cuisine rather than an import and which, if it is an import, blends in with the style of traditional English cuisine and doesn’t clearly feel too alien.
I don’t say you should not eat ‘foreign food’. To do so is a part of enjoying life. But we should focus on our native cuisine and be aware of what is traditionally English and what is not.