Hello, and welcome back. After a small hiatus, I created a project within a project. I’m taking the scenic route, and I call this detour, “A Tour of the United Kingdom.” It will be four dishes for the four regions that comprise the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This post features a classic English dish, the stately Roast Beef, accompanied by Yorkshire Pudding and roasted potatoes with garlic and thyme.
As Handel played in the background, I worked for several hours in the kitchen to make this meal perfect. The Yorkshire Pudding batter was the first thing to do – ideally I would have done it the day before and let it sit overnight. Yorkshire Pudding is not a pudding, but a popover. Buttery and filled with air pockets, Elizabeth Taylor’s voice (as Amy March) sang in my head as I mixed the batter: popovers… Popovers! These were a treat for the March women, and they were a treat for the little Niebur women, too.
The roast was covered in a mustard paste, seasoned generously with salt and pepper, then seared on the stove before spending time in the oven. I was missing the gravy, which I intended to make, but the juices from the meat were so few, it would not have made a sufficient portion. Next time.
The small potatoes were carefully peeled, boiled, and roasted with cloves of garlic and several stems of fresh thyme. Perfectly cooked, this is easily one of my favorite to eat potatoes, though they still cannot beat those Wenner-family mashed potatoes…
This recipe is simply classic. It wasn’t stretching my cultural norms and perspectives, but it was my first time making popovers. Besides the meal and listening to Handel, I also enjoyed looking through my books and finding all of the English authors, many of whom have written some of my favorite books. The evening ended with the film, Love & Friendship, based on Jane Austen’s novella, Lady Susan. I highly recommend it (and this meal.)
- A roast
- Mustard powder + a little water
- S + P
- Vegetable oil or duck fat
- Vegetable oil
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh thyme
- Duck fat
- Sea salt
S: “This dish did indeed tickle my English fancy.”
T: “A wonderful dish and evening. Excited for what’s ahead!”
- Much thanks to the English for the following inventions & theories:
- the jet engine, the first industrial spinning machine, the first computer and the first modern computer, the World Wide Web along with HTML, the first successful human blood transfusion, the motorised vacuum cleaner, the lawn mower, the seat belt, the hovercraft, the electric motor, steam engines, and theories such as the Darwinian theory of evolution and atomic theory; Newton developed the ideas of universal gravitation, Newtonian mechanics, and calculus; other inventions include the iron plate railway, the thermosiphon, tarmac, the rubber band, the mousetrap, “cat’s eye” road marker, joint development of the light bulb, steam locomotives, the modern seed drill and many modern techniques and technologies used in precision engineering.