Lancashire has some world renowned local food and drinks.
Classic black puddings are great fried and served as part of a full English breakfast. Black pudding can also be used in a variety of other dishes: as stuffing in special roasts, and it’s fried and served with a parsnip and potato rösti, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
A proper Lancashire hotpot should be made with the best end and middle of lamb neck. , it should have a sliced potato lid, that’s finished off in the oven just before serving. It’s got to be served with spiced braised cabbage and mint jelly.
Corned Beef Hash
A thoroughly tasty and sustaining meal for any time of the week. Top with a fried duck egg to make it extra filling.
Chorley cakes are a real thing of beauty, and a delight to eat, flattened, fruit filled pastry cakes,. Very much like an Eccles cake Chorley cakes are significantly less sweet. Spiced currants and sugar are enveloped in buttery, flaky pastry and baked, and a glaze of egg white and sugar gives them a satisfying crunch.
A short crust pie filled with potatoes and onions, Also known as Friday Pie. Created by Lancashire’s Catholics in Preston who did not eat meat on Fridays and chose to substitute their beef with butter. Normally found in traditional bakeries, farm shops and supermarkets.
Proper Parkin is a scrumptious, gingery cake, made with oatmeal and is the ultimate cheering, wintry treat. Top tip: try it with homemade custard for a delicious pud.
Mushy Peas are mushy and thick; pea wet is the water that's left behind after the peas are made.
Shrimp from Morecambe Bay
Lancashire is flanked by 137 miles of stunning coastline and is known for its abundance of glorious seafood. This includes cockles and shrimps; highly regarded for their delicate, sweet taste, they are cooked in clarified, spiced butter to make the prized delicacy that is Morecambe Bay potted shrimps.
Available in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but bets of all is the traditional lettered rock. The raw materials are sugar syrup, glucose, and some flavouring oil, generally peppermint, but sometimes orange and other more obscure oils are employed. The lettering is assembled in a great thick version of the thinner end product, and this bulky original is rolled and pulled until it is thinner and longer, when it is cut into the required lengths.
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