The UK’s favourite foods: The North West

  • Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine

    Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine

    Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine

    The chief rabbi said the Jewish community was shocked after anti-Semitic leaflets were posted in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, though he dismissed claims that Jews were being targeted. (April 18) …

  • Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

    Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

    Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City

    A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties. (April 18) …

  • Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest

    Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest

    Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest

    A remembrance ceremony was held on the campus of MIT on Friday to honor Sean Collier, the young police officer shot and killed one year ago, allegedly by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects during the intense manhunt. (April 18) …

The UK’s favourite foods: The North West

It’s the fifth week of The Great British Menu competition and, after spending last week in Northern Ireland, we’ve hopped back over to England and the North West region.

Here's a reminder of what we’re doing. Each week we nominate five foods from a different part of the UK, roughly aligned with The Great British Menu episodes. We think these foods are either quintessentially linked to the area through history, or they are more modern staples that began in that region, with many subsequently spreading in popularity throughout the rest of the isles.

We’ll then invite you to vote for your favourite of our choices – and disagree vehemently with what we've come up with in the Comments section. Voting will remain open for each region until May 29. Then the top choice from each region will go forward into a national vote to decide the UK’s favourite food.

The North West

Blackpool, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester… take your pick of the big cities. Although let’s not forget the beautiful Lake District too.  Here are our top five favourite dishes.

Lancashire hotpot

The hotpot – traditionally made from lamb or mutton and onions, topped with sliced potatoes and cooked in a heavy pot – is one of England’s most famous dishes, thanks to Coronation Street’s Betty, who served her hotpot at t’Rovers Return Inn for decades. In fact, in 2007 the world’s largest Lancashire hotpot was created, based on Betty’s recipe! The actress Betty Driver died in 2011, and shortly after on screen, leaving her hotpot recipe to knicker factory worker Sean Tully.  

Chorley cakes

Another one for Lancashire. They’re flattened, currant-filled pastry cakes which are kind of like Eccles cakes, only less sweet and usually eaten with either butter or cheese. Apparently locals refer to Chorley cake as ‘fly pie’ – because currants can look like squashed flies, we suppose.

Cumberland sausage

The easiest sausage in the world to recognise, with its long and coiled shape. Do we find this attractive? The jury’s out. Always made from rough-cut pork, other ingredients include herbs and spices, although most butchers follow their own recipe. Alas a lot of food producers outside Cumbria have started to make their own, sometimes with as little as 45% meat content. Hence why the sausage in question is currently seeking PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status from the EU.

Scouse

What a compliment, to have such a famous nickname come about from a humble dish! Scouse is a lamb or beef stew, which is similar to Irish stew and was brought to Liverpool by Northern European sailors. The sauce isn’t thickened, and it can be served with beetroot or red cabbage, and buttered white bread.

Morecambe Bay Shrimps

Just to the south of the Lake District, Morecambe Bay is as synonymous with shrimps as Cornwall is with pasties. They (tiny brown shrimps) have been caught by local fishermen for hundreds of years – first by hand, then by a horse pulling a cart with a shrimp net behind, then a net-equipped tractor and trailer.

Cast your vote

Do you agree with our choices? What should have been nominated? Have your say in the Comments section.

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily entertainment updates.

Loading...
  • Kebaikan air kacang soya
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    Kebaikan air kacang soya 1 hour 58 minutes ago
    Kebaikan air kacang soya

    Ramai yang mungkin suka minum air kacang soya, namun ramaikah yang tahu akan khasiat atau kebaikan kacang soya ini? …

  • Tips penjagaan bawah lengan
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    Tips penjagaan bawah lengan 14 hours ago
    Tips penjagaan bawah lengan

    Di sini kami ingin berkongsi dengan golongan wanita di luar sana beberapa tips berguna untuk mendapatkan bawah lengan yang cerah. …

  • Ketahui kesalahan ketika bersolek
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    Ketahui kesalahan ketika bersolek Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:43 AM MYT
    Ketahui kesalahan ketika bersolek

    Di sini kami ingin berkongsi dengan anda tentang beberapa kesalahan ketika anda bersolek. …

  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'
    KEN THOMAS - Associated Press
    Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices' 1 hour 13 minutes ago
    Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. …

  • Dapatkah Pelat Dipulihkan?
    Yahoo Newsroom
    Dapatkah Pelat Dipulihkan? Thu, Sep 19, 2013 1:54 PM MYT
    Dapatkah Pelat Dipulihkan?

    Pelat bukanlah disebabkan oleh lidah yang pendek. Apakah punca pelat? …

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.