Food: Favourite Food

100_4129Changes over time, I find. Favourite foods when I was ten were roast potatoes and trifle. I loved scraping the crusty, gravy drenched potato from the bottom of the roasting pot. Trifle – oh dear, what’s not to like? That hint of forbidden sherry in the sponge cake, and cream. Cream was a rarity in those pre-refrigerator days. The front door of our house had a vestibule behind it with another glass door onto a short passage. Between these two doors, the ambient temperature acted as a great larder for days when lots of food was needed and shops were shut.


Favourite food though has morphed. I’ve written before about spinach soup. Soups in general are among my favourites. Then again, I really enjoy starters. Smoked fish and seafood with a hint of tantalising sauce…

Favourite mains would again be fishy, but I like almost anything.


Cheese – yes, please.

Desserts. Well, as I said above, tastes morph. I now prefer starters to desserts when there’s a choice for two courses. If pud comes along, I enjoy old favourites like steamed pudding, anything with a hint of brown sugar or ginger is very acceptable.

Okay, you say, what is your favourite food?

It’s a smoked salmon paté copied out of the Radio Times magazine many years ago. It was created by two gentlemen whose names are lost in the mists. The secret ingredient really raises it above other smoked salmon patés. It’s staying secret.

Visitors enjoy it, too. If you’re around at one of my book launches, it looks like this

bella launch 007

It’s Thanksgiving over in North America and lots of other writers have things to say about food in this blog hop. You might start over on Heidi Thomas’s blog,

and then you could try a few others. Maybe they’ll be more generous in sharing their secret ingredients. Mariah’s Marriage amazon US

“Oh, Mariah, let us not quarrel. We will be married within the month. At least your papa’s house contains plenty of books. You may practise throwing them.” anne stenhouse Mariah’s Marriage UK Bella’s Betrothal US

 …a solitary figure ahead among some gorse and shrubs. Charles thought she made a beautiful picture in her riding habit with the exquisite hat Jenny Menzies wished to inherit. He thought the girl might get it sooner rather than later if he followed his instincts. At that precise moment, he wanted to shake Bella hard. Then he would lock her in the castle in Strath Menzies and hold her forever. anne stenhouse Bella’s Betrothal UK


Marci Baun
A.J. Maguire
Fiona McGier
Judith Copek
Diane Bator
Beverley Bateman
Skye Taylor
Ginger Simpson
Victoria Chatham
Margaret Fieland
Rachael Kosnski
Anne Stenhouse
Heidi M. Thomas
Helena Fairfax
Kay Sisk
Rhobin Courtright


16 thoughts on “Food: Favourite Food

  1. I, too, love anything fishy, Anne! I think mackerel is probably my favourite. My mum lived near Dublin, where mackerel is quite common. She used to call it “the poor man’s salmon,” and I agree! It’s just as tasty as salmon. And I loved trifle, too. Great post – brought back happy memories 🙂


  2. Ah, more fish lovers! One of the things I like to do when I visit the UK is to go to a fish market. And I hear you on choice of appetizers or desserts. The days when I could sit through a 7-course meal are long gone.


  3. We like a lot of the same foods. I’m big on starters but don’t make that many. Soup is a weekly occurrence at our house. Smoked salmon, yay! I have to confess I’m partial to wild not farmed salmon. We’ve smoked it ourselves and it’s awesome. Wracking my brain for a secret ingredient. Thanks for tempting us


  4. My Mom used to make steamed pudding because it was one of my Dad’s favorites. She got the recipe from his mother in Glasgow. It has dates and nuts, and is so thick and filling that you can’t eat more than a thin slice. Then they’d drown it in half and half…heart attack on a plate, anyone? My kids were kind of “meh” about it, and so am I. But I have the recipe from her. My kids prefer pies, and many of my homemade pies recipes, including the crust, are on the appropriately named “pies” page on my blog.

    I’m with Marci.. When I refused to eat fish, my Dad used to tell me I’d have starved in Glasgow, where he grew up. I told him I’d have eaten peanut butter instead. He told me he never heard of the stuff until he moved here, and he still “was nae ver fond of it.” But you can have all of the fish meant for me. I’ll take a pass.


  5. Anne,
    I’m a bit late…sorry but still wanted to stop by. We’ll have to have pate next time I’m in Scotland. Love it. We are enjoying soups this year because they’re quick and easy for me to make. Glad ‘trifle’ was one of your early favorites…I’ve lost a lot of dishes to the kids and Bob’s lack of fondness for them!


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