the great british pickle


An article in kitchn about cheese and onion sarnie led to another one about ploughman’s lunch. According to the people at AT, a ploughman’s consists of:

  • Branston pickle
  • a few pieces of your choice of English cheeses; Cotswold, Huntsman, Stilton, Shropshire Blue, English Cheddar, etc.
  • a hunk of crusty bread
  • a pint of good English ale
  • (optional) cold cuts or pâté
  • (optional) apples
  • (optional) hard boiled eggs or pickled eggs

I would normally not eat the pickled onions and no, the apple isn’t optional.

And now I have a craving for branston, even though I didn’t usually have it even in London. Sigh. It’s available in the US from amazon and other online british food places. What I find interesting is the “other customers also bought” bit which shows: HP sauce, marmite, golden syrup, piccalilli and ribena. Double, triple, quadrupole sigh. Major homesickness about to hit in 3, 2, 1….

p.s. Brits — did the packaging on the branston change? it’s different from before.