In Memoriam: Spotted Dick

A story in the Telegraph suggests that the days of British home cooking may be numbered.

No more toad in the hole! No more spotted dick! No more beef Wellington!

In their place are curries and pasta meals, suggests a study by the grocery chain Tesco. Along with the decline in old-school home cookery comes a decline in the number of old-school butchers: “In 2000, there were 9,081 butchers in Britain, but last year there were only 7,186, according to HM Revenue and Customs,” writes the Telegraph.

That said, it’s probably only a matter of time before Britain’s booming culinary establishment circles back around and delivers haute cuisine interpretations of old family favorites, trickling down to popular recipes, resulting in a resurgence of whatever sausage/gravy/puff pastry indulgence was being mourned only months earlier.

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