It's now more than twenty years ago that a very aggressive little Scotsman expressed his view of my family background or indeed the lack of knowledge I had as to who was my father. This I have to say was after a great win by the English rugby team over the Scots at Murray field and all took place in a very full pub in the Grass Market in Edinburgh. The fact that he then managed to set fire to two corners of a St Georges flag really focused my thinking as I charged into battle.
Skirmish over it was brought home to me that of the four home nations we are the least nationalistic especially on the day of our patron Saint St George so I decided to do something about that and indeed have cooked for or feasted well on at least three St Georges Day functions in the week of St Georges Day since then!
This week is a perfect week for supporting all that is good in England food wise. English asparagus is now showing its early season head, wonderful flavours and simple to cook. Then of course English beef on the bone is as always superb. A great roasted rib of beef with Yorkshire puddings and English vegetables follow the asparagus well and then allow us to be tempted by a traditional jam roly poly or even a warm treacle tart and clotted cream!