Add a local flavour to your kitchen with ‘Cumbrian Recipes’.
The local recipes are supplemented by a selection of ‘basic’ dishes that are well worth a try. And for the novice cook there is a ‘Store Cupboard Staples’ section at the back to help set up a kitchen with a regional feel.
Author Amanda Wragg is an experienced food writer with a huge archive of recipes to her name.
Cumbria is a relatively new county, established in 1974 and consisting of the ancient county of Cumberland along with parts of Lancashire and Westmorland, which no longer exists. It famously contains the Lake District, the largest National Park in the country and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It’s a landscape that sets spirits soaring and has been the inspiration for poets, painters and writers, not to mention climbers and walkers. Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, William Wordsworth and Arthur Ransome made it their home and drew endless stimulation from the stunning countryside. It’s been a draw for tourists for hundreds of years too, and these days there’s another very good reason to visit.
Towering mountains, lush arable land and a stunning coastline are the backdrop for some of Britain’s best food, with growers and makers providing top quality produce, from Ulverston in the south to Carlisle in the north. For years Cumbria’s had a reputation for good hotels, restaurants and great pubs and now we can add artisan food producers to the impressive list.
Much of Cumbrian cuisine is based on dishes suitable for a hard working community living in a bracing climate. Cheap, simple and tasty meals were designed to feed hearty appetites and keep working families nourished.
More sophisticated produce is available these days, and in towns and villages you’ll find great butchers, cheese and bread makers, fishmongers and impressive food stalls in street markets up and down the county. Local breweries are flourishing and small producers are finding national recognition; Kendal-based Demels chutneys, Holker Hall salt marsh lamb, Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread and Cartmel sticky toffee pudding can be found in shops all over the country.
So head for beautiful Cumbria safe in the knowledge that you won’t just encounter magnificent vistas, but that you’ll find fabulous food whether you’re eating in or out.
Pickled Red Cabbage
Simple Pasta Sauce
The Best Gravy in the World
Short Crust Pastry
Beetroot and Cheese Salad
Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup
Smoked Trout on Toast
Cumberland Tattie Pot
Herdwick Lamb Cobbler
Sweet Potato Bake
Salmon with Leeks & Cream
Steak, Kidney and Beetroot Casserole
Apple and Damson Tansy
Westmorland Pepper Cake
Lakeland Plum Bread Pudding
Cumberland Rum Nicky
Corned Beef Hash
Cumberland Sausage and Bean Casserole
Salmon with Samphire and Crab
Released: September 2013
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 180 x 120mm
Author: Amanda Wragg