A taste of England

The National Trust Cookbook sitting on a blue and white check teatowel, with a wooden rolling pin and vase of yellow chyrsthanthemums nearby.

A few weeks ago I received an email reminding me I had a voucher to spend an online retailer specialising in books, music and films. I’d totally forgotten I’d received the voucher, so it felt like a real windfall – a chance to treat myself to something new to devour.

Scrolling through the pages of items on offer, I came across a National Trust cookbook and was immediately sold.  I ordered it and a few days later it arrived…

I’ve got a heartfelt soft spot for the National Trust. The first birthday I celebrated in the U.K., Adam bought us National Trust membership.  We made full use of it, exploring grand houses and immaculate gardens all over the country,  like Croome in Worcestershire, Tredegar House in Monmouthshire, and Lyme Park in Cheshire. We almost always made use of the restaurant and cafe facilities on site and I have very distinct memories of enjoying a delicious Devonshire tea in the gardens of Tudor House in Worcester one summer’s afternoon and of silky leek and potato soup in the servant’s quarters in Croome on a chilly December day.

The National Trust Cookbook on a blue and white check teatowel with a wooden rolling pin nearby.

The book is hardback, which handy when you’re in the kitchen and trying to follow a recipe for the first time, and is divided into seasons.  Seasonal eating feels a lot more prominent in the U.K, than it does in Australia, probably because most of Australia doesn’t really have four distinct seasons.  Even here in Wagga Wagga where I live, our autumn and spring weather can often be just a fleeting few weeks in that transition from cold to hot.

A page in the National Trust Cookbook feature the Bateman's property.

The recipes are interwoven with beautiful colour pictures of various National Trust properties and gardens, ingredients and finished dishes.  It’s got pining for my home in England and Adam and I are eagerly counting down the weeks until we fly back for our wedding in November.

I haven’t had an opportunity to try out any of the recipes yet, but I’ve got the following spring recipes bookmarked to try over the coming weeks:

  • Goat’s cheese and spinach quiche
  • Steamed rhubarb and ginger sponge pudding

Goat's cheese and spinach quiche recipe in the National Trust Cookbook.

Steamed rhubarb and ginger sponge pudding recipe in the National Trust Cookbook.

Given Adam and I will also be England during late autumn and early winter I’m also keen to give a few of the heavier dishes a go while we’re in the U.K., including:

  • Autumn chestnut salad
  • Cragside hodgepodge pie (isn’t that name fantastic?! – it’s a meat and vegetable pie)

Autumn chestnut salad recipe in the National Trust Cookbook.

Cragside hodgepodge pie recipe in the National Trust Cookbook.

Have you made any dishes from the National Trust cookbook?  Would you like me to share some of the recipes I have success with?

Have a wonderful week. x

6 thoughts on “A taste of England

  1. Those recipes look and sound divine. We will have to swap some recipes as I was gifted a hardback copy of the National Trust Book of Scones from my best friend for Christmas!

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