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British Recipes That Are Perfect for a Royal Baby Welcome Meal

While eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Royal Baby and placing our final gender bets Now that we know that Will and Kate have brought a little prince into the Royal family, Cooking Channel staffers have been thinking about the celebratory meals the Duchess and Duke will enjoy once they’ve returned home with the new babe. And though their dinners probably won’t consist of the most classic British recipes, it occurs to us how many of these silly-named foods would be fitting for any “welcome to the family” meal. (What can we say? We’ve got Royal Baby on the brain. We’re excited it’s a boy.)

Bubble and Squeak (shown above) is the perfect any-time-of-day meal to mimic the cooing and crying a newborn baby is bound to do. The dish —  given its name due to the silly sounds it makes while cooking — was originally made from the leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. But the fried root vegetable and bacon cakes are so delicious, they’re worthy of making from scratch. Top the savory assortment with a fried egg to make it a meal.

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British Food Doesn’t Suck

Tyler Florence's Fish and Chips

Do you worry about those poor pole vaulters and butterfly swimmers at the Olympics being forced to eat bland pub food after weeks of intense competition? Worry not; the British food scene has much more to offer than bangers, mash and various combinations of the two. Tonight at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel, Chef Ross Burden (winner on BBC’s MasterChef) hosts the special Tasting England. He’ll travel from London to a small town called Devlin to Yorkshire to find out what’s on people’s plates in the U.K. For starters, local and organic cooking has been the standard for many Brits long before those terms became vogue in the U.S.A. (we mean centuries before). Even many of the classics—like fish and chips — are rebounding with fresh and modern preparations.

You can experience the distinctive fare for yourself with some of our favorite classic British recipes after the jump.

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