“SPATULA FORCE” is a group of handful of bloggers who came together as a team to experience the various regional cuisines of both India and International. Every month a blogger comes up with a theme and host the challenge. This month the challenge was set by the very talented food blogger Binjal Pandya from www.binjalsvegkitchen.com
As you know this is the month of festival (Christmas) which is celebrating all over the world so Binjal decided to host British cuisine theme. British cuisine is the specific set of cooking traditions and practices associated with the United Kingdom. British cuisine has been described as “unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavor, rather than disguise it. However, British cuisine has absorbed the cultural influence of those who have settled in Britain, producing many hybrid dishes, such as the Anglo-Indian chicken tikka masala too.
Since appearing in Christmas dinner tables in England the turkey has become more popular, with Christmas pudding served for dessert. Even it is served with stuffing, gravy, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes and vegetables, even there is so many vegetarian and vegan main dishes also available. In addition to Christmas pudding, trifle, mince pies, Christmas cake or a yule log are also popular desserts.
As i had lot many options where i could incorporate Indian spices and make something scrumptious but still i wanted to try my hands on something authentic British. Battenberg or Battenburg cake is a light sponge cake with the pieces covered in jam or custard. The cake is covered in marzipan and, when cut in cross section, displays a distinctive two-by-two check pattern alternately coloured pink and yellow. If you wanna research more on Battenburg cake then you may find this interesting http://foodhistorjottings.blogspot.in/2011/08/battenburg-cake-truth.html
Battenburg cake is said to have been invented in 1884, in honour of the marriage of Queen Victoria’s grand daughter, Victoria of Hesse-Darmsadt, to the Greman prince Louis of Battenburg. Like Coronation Chicken, created for our Queen’s coronation nearly 70 years later, it was so popular that it never went away.