5 Dishes You Should Know How to Make

Nothing tastes better than a home-cooked meal but finding the time to cook and bake isn’t easy. Between your daily commute, work, running errands, and the five million other things you have to get done in a day, cooking at home can feel like a luxury! Only 29% of Brits cook from scratch for at least one meal a day,1 and many people opt to eat out or sign up for meal kits or other dinner prep services.

When you do find the time to cook, we want to make sure you have some go-to recipes to turn to! It was hard to narrow down which recipes we thought every Brit should know how to make — favourite meals vary greatly depending on where you live — so we stuck with some perennial classics that made it onto the BBC Good Food’s 25th Anniversary survey.2 Hope you enjoy!


Sunday Roast

Nigella Lawson Recipe

What you’ll need:

For the Roast

  • 1, 3.8-kilogram beef forerib
  • 2 onions (peeled and cut into 1 cm rounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt flakes or ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons juice from the roast beef tin
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 125 ml ruby port plus 1 tablespoon extra
  • Cooked onions form the roast beef tin
  • 500 ml organic beef stock
  • 125 grams crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 teaspoon redcurrant jelly
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Extra juices from the roast beef tin


Steak Pie

BBC Good Food Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1-kilogram braising steak
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 2 beef cubes mixed with 600 ml boiling water
  • 375-gram sheet of pastry, thawed and rolled
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten


Toad in the Hole

Mary Berry Recipe

What you’ll need:

For the Batter

  • 125 grams self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 300 ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

For the rest of the recipe:

  • 400 grams pork sausage meat
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 300 ml milk
  • 250 ml chicken stock


Sticky Toffee Pudding

Mary Berry Recipe

What you’ll need:

For the Batter

  • 100 grams butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175 grams light muscovado sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 225 grams self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 tablespoons black treacle
  • 275 ml full-fat milk
  • Double cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve

For the Sauce

  • 100 grams butter
  • 125 grams light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black treacle
  • 300 ml pouring double cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Classic Scones

Mary Berry Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 450 grams self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 100 grams butter, softened, cut into pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • A little milk
  • A handful of sultanas
  • Strawberry jam to serve
  • Clotted cream to serve



1Marsden, R. and Grimes, L. (2017). BBC Good Food Nation 2017: How we eat now from Britain’s no 1 food media brand. Retrieved 01 Oct 2018, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/sites/default/files/editor_files/2017/09/goodfoodnation2017v11_1.pdf

2Williams, H. (2014). BBC Good Food Nation: How Britain eats. Retrieved 01 Oct 2018, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/bbc-good-food-nation-how-britain-eats


Babs is a content writer at Enova International, Inc. with a Bachelors in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Illinois (ILL-INI!). She loves binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! Find out more about her on Google+.


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