Marmite

There’s a joke by English comedian Peter Kay that goes like this: “I’m in a great mood tonight because the other day I entered a competition and I won a year’s supply of Marmite……… one jar.” As long as Marmite has been around the problem for its marketeers has never been awareness – who doesn’t…

Chutney preserves

Homemade chutney is nostalgia in a jar. Cooking and bottling was part of our industrious grandmothers’ seasonal workload while glistening jars sold at summer fairs represented little beacons of community spirit. But it’s chutney’s Anglo-Indian roots that cast it as fusion food from the days of Queen and Empire.     Chutney comes from the…

Scottish oatcakes

‘A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people.’ So went the definition for oats in Samuel Johnson’s first English dictionary in 1755. Is it any wonder the Scots have been wanting independence for centuries? These days oats are enjoying a superfood moment in the healthy…

Lancashire hotpot

If English soap Coronation Street had a signature flavour it would be the homely savouriness of Betty’s Lancashire hotpot. In the fictional redbrick town of Weatherfield the Rover’s Return pub has provided a gossip-filled sanctuary from modern life for 50 years. Betty’s hotpot was the lunch that got Coro residents through another afternoon sewing knickers…