The British Connection

British Food & Gift Shop

Month: February 2013

Fancy a fry-up?

If you’ve been craving a full English breakfast with all the traditional fixings, look no further than The British Connection.

Brits and true Anglophiles will know that it takes more than streaky American bacon and some eggs to hit the spot, so The British Connection is here to supply you with the proper ingredients that you won’t find in your typical American supermarket.

You may already have eggs and bread for toast in your kitchen, but stop by our store and we’ll fill your fridge with pork back bacon, bangers, and black pudding.

And it doesn’t stop there. Yes, we sell Heinz Baked Beans in the traditional 13oz can, but if you plan on cooking breakfast for lots of friends or family, why not purchase our giant 2.62kg can of beans? It contains the equivalent of 6.7 normal sized cans and, at $12.99, is better value for money (six small cans will cost you $13.50).

The British Connection also sells white pudding and canned haggis (no judgement).

So gather your friends and family around the kitchen table one morning and tuck into a good ol’ fry-up!

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If you want to know more about making a full English, visit the following sites for more information:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/apr/11/how-to-eat-full-english-breakfast

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-recipes/the-full-english

http://britishfood.about.com/od/faq/f/breakfast.htm

 

Recipe of the day: Ploughman’s Lunch

The Puget Sound region has been experiencing some much-needed sunshine as of late. As usual, though, the sun doesn’t promise to stick around for long, so sitting outside a pub with friends, food, and a couple pints would be the perfect way to take advantage of our numbered days of good weather. You’d almost think you were back in the UK, relishing a break from the rain.

However, we’re not in Britain, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat like we’re at a British pub. If you want to spend some time outside, either on your deck or in the park, why not prepare a traditional ploughman’s lunch to eat with friends or family?

Generally consisting of crusty bread, cheese, pickled onions, chutney, and occasionally fruit, the ploughman’s lunch is great for sharing. This meal was traditionally packed for ploughmen to take out into the field for their lunch and has been around for hundreds of years. While most people today enjoy this dish at their local pub rather than the field after a hard day’s labour, the ingredients have remained true to the original concept.

So pick up a thick loaf of bread and some apples from your local supermarket and The British Connection will take care of the rest (butter, cheese, pickled onions, and Branston pickle).

What you will need:

  • Crusty loaf of bread
  • Apples (sliced)
  • Butter (The British Connection carries Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter)
  • A selection of British cheese (Clawson’s blue stilton, Belton Farm’s red leicester, Kerrygold’s aged cheddar, and Cahill’s porter cheese)
  • Haywards traditional pickled onions
  • Branston pickle (chutney)

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Simply place everything on a large plate or chopping board with knives for cutting and spreading and let everyone pick and choose from the selection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe of the day: Victoria Sponge Cake

The British Connection has plenty of pre-made goodies for you to buy for loved ones for Valentine’s Day, but we also sell ingredients to help you make your own Valentine’s Victoria Sponge cake!

You may already have some of the basic ingredients, such as butter and eggs, but The British Connection has a traditional sponge mix, along with Hartley’s strawberry jam, to help make baking your cake a little easier!

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Here’s what you will need for the cake:

  • 2 x 18cm (7″) round sandwich/cake tins
  • One box of sponge mix
  • 100ml cold water
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 50g butter

For the filling (as suggested by BBC Good Food):

  • Strawberry jam
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 140g icing sugar, sifted
  • a drop of vanilla extract (optional)
  • icing sugar, to decorate

Directions:

  • Follow instructions on sponge mix box to make the cake mixture
  • Pour the mixture equally between your two cake tins
  • Bake at 400F for 10-12 minutes until cakes have risen and are golden brown
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool
  • For the filling, begin by beating the butter until creamy, then gradually beat in the sugar (and vanilla extract if you choose to use it)
  • Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of your sponge cakes, top it with jam, and sandwich the second sponge cake on top of it.
  • Dust with icing sugar to finish it off

Perfect for sharing with friends or baking for a loved one. Enjoy!

 

Valentine’s Day

The British Connection's Valentine's Day gifts

The British Connection’s Valentine’s Day gift

Valentine’s Day is approaching rapidly, so don’t wait until the last minute to pick up a gift for your special someone.

If you’re looking for chocolates or knickknacks, The British Connection is here to help. We have a variety of gifts available, perfect for a husband/boyfriend, wife/girlfriend, parent, child, friend, or crush (if you want to go the secret admirer route).

Choose from our “keep calm” collection, fun mugs, chocolate truffle boxes, soaps, stuffed animals, and chocolate selection baskets to create the perfect gift for your loved one.