First off, let me apologize to anyone I may have offended with that statement, but when I was growing up in New York it was common “knowledge” that British Cuisine was an oxymoron. Bangers and Mash, Salisbury steak, Toad-in-the-Hole, Steak and Kidney Pie; none of these are particularly appealing to me, and so I had written off British Cuisine as something that I wouldn’t partake of.I have recently changed my mind about that. While I can’t say that any of the dishes listed above could ever entice me to give up my vegan life, I have stumbled across a few cooking shows that have caused me to re-think my ideas on British Cuisine.
In my recent pre-vegan days, Nigella Lawson always had something tempting to offer on her TV show, Nigella Feasts; not to mention her sensual treatment of food. Her show always made me want to eat something. There are a few things I remember seeing her prepare which could be easily converted for the vegan diet, and some that were vegan. Nigella’s website (link above) has a recipe index, but it appears the recipes are submitted by visitors to the site. I haven’t gotten my hands on any of her cookbooks, so I can’t discuss whether her recipes cook up well. But everything looks enticing.
Yesterday I caught a program called “You Are What You Eat” on the BBC network. There is some considerable discussion on the web as to whether Gillian McKeith is legitimate… her science is suspect and she seems to be a snake oil peddler. BUT, the show is entertaining and inspiring. It starts with “Dr.” McKeith secretly watching the client for a week or so, then piling up what they’ve eaten for a week. It’s absolutely astonishing to see what people will put in their mouths. Then she barks at her clients and teaches them a bit about nutrition. And they live happily ever after by the end of the show.
I’m not sure that it’s something I would watch regularly, but it did inspire me to do some googling, and this link is what inspired me to write this post. I spent considerable time on this site, it’s clean and well designed and very informative.
And finally, they have vegan recipes (just click on the vegan option). So, who says the Brits can’t cook?