Ploughman’s Lunch is a a very British and extremely popular pub lunch item. A meal consisting of cold meats, cheeses, bread, pickle and of course, beer. It’s like a picnic on plate. This is a fun way to eat. A little of this, a little of that. Make it gourmet or casual.
All week I’ve been bringing you the recipes that make up this Smörgåsbord of British food. First this week was pickle relish, then pickled onions. As you can see, there’s been a lot of pickling going on around here!
Ploughman’s lunch history only dates back to the 1960’s (which is really new by British standards!), it is said that it was devised as a marketing tactic by the English Cheese and Milk Marketing Board to promote the sale of cheese in pubs. However, it was also mentioned in the 1837 book Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott by John G. Lockhart, but it was a very vague reference as ‘a lunch for a ploughman.’ So nothing really ground-breaking for the history books, but historic nonetheless.
The components are quite specific. There must be a couple of semi-hard cheeses, English of course, some Ploughman’s chutney (pickle), pickled onions and sometimes either Scotch eggs or a pork pie and some bread if you feel like it.
This versatile meal a perfect lunch idea to eat on a warm Summer day sitting outside of the pub on picnic benches enjoying the rare warm sun and drinking a nice cold (yes, we do drink it cold) beer to wash it all down. Cheers!
Peppery radishes add a nice fresh crunch as well as celery and cherry tomatoes for a sweet colorful bite. You could also add English mustard.
The Ploughman’s is a perfect lunch idea to eat on a warm British ummer day sitting outside of the pub on picnic benches enjoying the rare warm sun and drinking a nice cold (yes, we do drink it cold) beer to wash it all down. Cheers!
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