If you are planning to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, Philippa Davis has the best selection of food and drink to make you the star of the village street party
There are many celebrations planned this month to celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but none are more enjoyable, fitting and inclusive than the street party.
The tradition of street parties in the UK is said to have begun after World War I as communities gathered together to enjoy ‘peace teas’. They were especially put on for the children, many of whom were orphaned and malnourished due to the war and the 1918-19 global flu epidemic.
Over the years, they have evolved and marked many great occasions, including King George V’s Silver Jubilee, the coronation of King George VI, The Queen’s 90th birthday and, of course, royal weddings.
If you are planning to take part in your local street party or the Big Jubilee Lunch on 2-5 June (visit bit.ly/BigJubileeLunch), this month’s recipes are perfect for such an occasion. They will transport well, can be made in advance and look and taste delicious. Now all you need is the bunting and sunshine.
VENISON AND CHUTNEY PASTY
Makes 8 pasties
Packed full of delicious venison, ale and sweet, tangy chutney, these pasties are ideal for a picnic or street party.
4 tbsp olive oil
600g stewing venison, cut into small pieces
3 medium red onions, chopped
3 tbsp plain flour
200g waxy potatoes, thinly sliced
200g swede, finely diced
8 tbsp chutney
1kg strong bread flour
250g chilled salted butter, grated
250g chilled lard, grated
½ tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
10 to 12 tbsp iced water
You will need two large, flat baking trays
- Preheat the oven to 160°C fan/ gas mark 4.
- Place a casserole dish on a medium to high heat and add the oil. In batches, season and brown the venison.
- Once browned, return all the venison to the dish and add the onions.
- Sauté for another five minutes, then sprinkle over the flour and mix well.
- Pour over the ale and bring to a simmer, then cover with a cartouche and lid.
- Cook in the oven for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, stir in the potatoes and swede, season again and return, covered, to the oven for approximately 1 more hour.
- Once the meat is soft and the vegetables are cooked, check the seasoning, then leave to cool completely.
- Chill in the fridge overnight.
- In a large bowl rub together the flour, butter, lard, salt, pepper and rosemary.
- Add enough iced water to form a dough, then roll into a log.
- Divide into 8 equal-sized discs, wrap individually and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 170°C fan/ gas mark 5.
- Remove the pastry from the fridge and leave for 10 minutes.
- Lightly beat 1 egg.
- Roll a pastry disc into a 20cm circle, then use a plate to cut around and neaten the edges. Brush with beaten egg.
- Place 1 tablespoon of chutney near the centre and spoon 1/8th of the venison filling on top.
- Fold over the pastry and crimp the edge to seal. Brush with beaten egg.
- Repeat the process with the rest of the ingredients.
- Spread the assembled pasties across two flat baking trays lined with baking parchment.
- Bake in the oven for 55 minutes. The centre of each pasty should be piping hot and the pastry golden.
- Serve hot or cold.
PLATINUM JUBILEE PUNCH
Makes 8 Servings
The Queen has wisely been rather secretive about her favourite foods for fear of being served them wherever she goes. However, her enjoyment of Dubonnet, a French aromatised wine-based aperitif, is widely known and has even been given a royal warrant.
130g granulated sugar
120ml lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
Zest from 2 lemons
400g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
800ml chilled soda water
8 sprigs fresh mint
200g strawberries, sliced in half
Plenty of ice
HOW TO MAKE
In a pan on a low heat add the granulated sugar, water, lemon juice and lemon zest.
Heat gently for a couple of minutes so the sugar dissolves.
Pour the mix into a blender and blitz with the strawberries.
Stir in the gin and Dubonnet.
Divide the mix into two large jugs, top with the soda water and gently stir.
Pour into tumblers over ice and top with fresh strawberries, mint and a straw.
Recipe note: omit the alcohol to make a refreshing strawberry lemonade.
LEMON AND VANILLA BUNDT CAKE WITH DUBONNET ICING
Makes 14 to 16 slices
This glorious crown-shaped cake will make an excellent addition to your feasting table.
330g salted butter, room temperature, plus 25g extra for greasing
330g caster sugar
5 medium eggs
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
200ml yogurt 2 lemons, zest only
330g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
50ml elderflower cordial
250g icing sugar
40ml to 50ml Dubonnet
A handful of edible flowers or herbs
You will need a 2.4-litre Bundt tin
- Preheat the oven to 160°C fan/ gas mark 4.
- Thoroughly grease the Bundt tin with the extra 25g butter.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Crack the eggs into a jug and lightly whisk with the vanilla, yogurt and lemon zest.
- In a small bowl stir the selfraising flour, baking powder and cornflour together.
- Add the egg and flour mixes in two stages into the butter and lightly beat to combine. Pour into the cake tin.
- Bake on the middle shelf for approximately 55 minutes.
- In a jug, mix 50ml elderflower cordial with 50ml Dubonnet. Pour over the warm cake and leave for 15 minutes before turning out on to a rack to cool.
- Stir the icing sugar and Dubonnet together in a small bowl – it should be quite thick – then drizzle over the cake.
- Place the cake on your chosen serving platter, then scatter over the flowers or herbs.