Happy 4th July to my dear friends in the US, I hope you have a fabulous day. I always fancied 4th July celebrations, from a clam bake to a peach cobbler.
Whilst there are many things (well, honestly, one thing) coming out of the US that are most definitely not on my favourites list (not even my mild dislike list) then there are a great many things in food and drink that I do love. So in tribute, these are the things I’d be celebrating:
Proper fluffy American pancakes at breakfast
Love these, favourite breakfast ever. I would be hard pressed to pick between those at the Clinton St Baking Co and Kitchenette as my absolute favourites, but many places do a reasonable pass at this classic breakfast dish.
Because if I could go to anyone’s clam bake, I’d love it to be Martha’s. I think all I know about American traditions I had my first lessons in from Martha.
The Tom Collins
I don’t mean a McD’s, but I do love a really good burger. But it has to be a good one. If I was heading out locally, then I love Annie’s Burger Shack in Nottingham, and for the full on US aluminium clad diner, then the OK Diner just outside of Stamford is brilliant.
Sorry to keep with a meat theme, but I love pulled pork, or slow cooked brisket…really any of those really long, slow cooked Texan BBQ style dishes. That said, my favourite recipe is by Heston, and comes with an Asian style slaw, so a bit off the original, but delicious.
Because I love her food economy manifesto of “good, clean, fair”. When I’m not eating burgers and pulled pork, I want to cook from Alice’s books. And maybe one day eat at Chez Panisse.
I think I might opt for a cheeky Monday night burger, or possibly even pancakes and bacon at dinner time. Still works with a Tom Collins for me.
Are you celebrating 4 July? I’d love to know if so, and what you’re doing.