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Travel to UK during confinement. Through their gastronomy.

Swap Family invites you to travel to UK during confinement without leaving home. Travel through some of their typical gastronomy. Get the kids in the kitchen making these easy recipes and discovering other cultures. Another ideal plan for those confinement days.

This week we invite you to travel to United Kingdom. Do you want to come with us?

We share 3 typical recipes that we found interesting to try!

Would you like to prepare Fish and chips?

What do we need?

  • 225 g. flour.
  • 285 ml. very cold beer.
  • Yeast 3 teaspoons.
  • 500 g. of white fish fillets (hake or cod).
  • Potatoes, 1 medium per person.
  • Oil for frying.
  • Salt.

How to prepare?

  • For the Chips:
    • Peel the potatoes and cut into whatever size you prefer.
    • Wash well in cold water, drain and pat dry with a clean tea towel.
    • In a deep frying pan, put plenty of oil to fry and heat over medium-high heat. Wait until the oil is very hot (not yet smoked) to start.
    • Fry potatoes gently, until they are soft but still pale. Check they’re cooked by piercing with a small, sharp knife. Lift out of the pan and leave on greaseproof paper.
    • Fry the potatoes a second time to get them golden and crispy. Remove the excess of oil and salt before serving with the crispy fish.
  • For the Fish:
    • Put the cold beer in a bowl. Mix apart the flour with the yeast and mix.
    • Add to the beer the mix of the flour and yeast slowly and beating until we obtain like a cream.
    • Dry the fish pieces well with absorbent paper, salt them and dust lightly with flour
    • In a deep frying pan, put plenty of oil to fry and heat over medium-high heat. And wait until the oil is very hot (not yet smoked) to start.
    • We pass the floured fish pieces through the batter and carefully place them in the oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden.
    • As soon as they are fried, remove them from the oil and drain them on a wire rack or strainer to ensure they maintain their crispy consistency
    • Serve fish accompanied by fried potatoes and you can also add cooked peas and bread and butter. To enjoy!

Why don’t we prepare Shortbread?

What do we need?

  • 125 g. butter.
  • 55 g. caster sugar, plus extra to finish.
  • 180 g. plain flour.

How to prepare?

  • Heat the oven to 190ºC.
  • Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
  • Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste. Turn on to a work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm thick.
  • Cut into rounds or fingers and place onto a baking tray.
  • Sprinkle with caster sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Bake in the oven for approx. 15-20 minutes, until pale golden-brown.
  • Set aside to cool on a wire rack.

Let’s cook beef and onion cottage pie!

What do we need?

  • For the cottage pie mix:
    • 800 g. of lean beef mince.
    • 3 carrots.
    • 1/2 leek.
    • 3 garlic cloves.
    • 1 sprig of fresh thyme.
    • 2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced.
    • Oil.
    • 2 star anise.
    • 5 peppercorns.
    • 500 ml. of beef stock.
  • For the mashed potato topping:
    • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks.
    • 100 ml. of skimmed milk.
    • 50 g. of butter.
    • 2 pinches of salt.
    • 2 pinches of black pepper.

How to prepare?

  • Peel and roughly dice 2 of the carrots and peel and thinly slice the others. We’ll use them at separate times in the recipe.
  • Wash and dice the leek and bruise the garlic cloves. Pick the leaves from 1 sprig of thyme and leave the other sprig whole.
  • Place a pan over a medium heat and add a drizzle of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions to the pan and leave to caramelize (around 20 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, place a separate pan over a high heat and add a dash of oil. Add the carrot slices (reserving the diced carrot). Season with salt and add the star anise.
  • Cook for 2 minutes, then turn down the heat and continue to cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring regularly until the carrots just start to soften, remove and set aside.
  • For the mash, place the potato chunks in a saucepan of cold salted water, cover and bring to the boil. Once boiling, cook for approximately 20 minutes until tender.
  • In a separate saucepan, bring the milk and butter just to the boil.
  • Mash the potatoes with a masher then fold in the hot milk and butter and beat well. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  • Add a splash of oil to a very large heavy-based casserole dish and place over a medium-high heat until very hot.
  • Lightly season the mince with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and cook until lightly colored all over, this will take 5-10 minutes, as the mince will release moisture first and brown afterwards.
  • Add the diced carrots, leeks, peppercorns, garlic and sprig of thyme. Cook for 5 minutes, add to the stock and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Fold in the soft carrot slices and caramelized onions. Remove from the heat.
  • Divide the mixture between 4 individual cast iron or earthenware dishes. Pipe or spoon the mash on top as decoratively as you like. The pie can also be done in 1 large family-style dish.
  • Place the dishes in the oven and cook for 12 minutes or until the mash is golden.
  • Serve immediately

That one doesn’t look so easy…but delicious!!

If you dare to travel to UK during confinement cooking any of those recipes or if you know more typical and simple UK recipes share your experiences with us, please! Through Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #swapfamilycooksukwithkids or sending us an email to and we will share it in our stories on Facebook and Instagram.

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