This week, we're talking about special occasions and how we celebrate them in the UK with special food. But before we get to that, we need to talk about something really important. Sweet things. People in the UK love puddings or desserts, cakes and biscuits. Listen to the people we interviewed talking about their favourite sweet food. Which one sounds best to you?
No, I can't answer that. There are so many. Right, sweet tooth, what do I like? Everything. There is not a sweet thing I will not have. So, I like fruitcake, I like a nice Genoa cake, I like your big, fat, Christmas really rich, I like biscuits. My biscuits, I like Garibaldis, I like bourbons, political ones obviously. Fig rolls I could eat by the dozen. Biscuit.
Yeah, I do have a sweet tooth. And it's actually more my family kind of insist on having something sweet after a meal, so if I cook a meal and there's no pudding at the end of it, I do get complaints. So, yes.
We usually have something sweet after the meal, ice cream or a steamed pudding or rice pudding. Or tonight I'm making clafoutis, which I think is actually a French pudding with eggs and flour and sugar and prunes soaked in brandy.
Biscuits, cakes, baklava I like, in India we like gulab jamun. I like lassi, you know, rasmalai.
Yes, we do. We often have stewed fruit which we have gathered in the correct season, like picking blackberries or elderberries and then cooking them and freezing them. So over the winter we can just collect them out of the freezer and then put some breadcrumbs or crushed biscuits on the top so that you have a fruit crumble. And so we often have that after a meal.
I like for Christmas. What else do we like? We like Christmas cakes, yule logs. When I was in Slovakia going over to Vienna, sachertorte. There is not – a torta della nonna, a plum tarte aux prunes is absolutely gorgeous.
So again, if I'm home, I almost inhabit this more kind of Indian lifestyle where we will go to town and we'll definitely have something sweet. My family have a huge sweet tooth. And yeah, that can be things like gulab jamun, which is these kind of like dough balls that are soaked in sugar and my granddad loves making them. So there's always some of those. Or it might be, my dad likes making this dish called semiya that he knows I love and he'll make it especially when I'm home. Which is to do with milk and like these vermicelli noodles that you like cook in milk for a long time with cardamom and things.
Bread and butter pudding, rice pudding. There is not a thing I will not eat. I love sweet things, so yeah. And savoury. A cheese board, a wonderful cheese board to finish off with.