Gentleman’s Relish

I was watching reruns of the British TV cooking show, Two Fat Ladies (love the motorcycle with the sidecar) as recommended by daughter C3 to pass the time during a recent period of convalescence and ran across an interesting new taste sensation for moi called The Gentleman’s Relish.  I ordered some from and am anxiously waiting for the shipment to arrive from across the pond.  The two fat ladies used the secret ingredient in making some of those upper crust(less) sandwiches perfect for high tea using the relish, butter and watercress.  When my shipment arrives I promise to share with my Ashland friends when I host my first tea (as an adult and not a gentleman).  The relish has a strong, very salty and slightly fishy taste, and contains anchovies (minimum 60%), butter, herbs and spices. Today, the secret recipe is withheld from all but one employee at Elsenham Quality Foods in Elsenham, England, the licensed manufacturer.  Gentleman’s Relish has been depicted as an upper or middle class taste, for example Gentleman’s Relish is noted in Ian Fleming’s book For Your Eyes Only as it mentions that at the time of the visitors, Mr and Mrs Havelock were having Patum Peperium sandwiches. Try saying that out loud, three times, fast.  Patum Peperium sandwiches, Patum Peperium sandwiches, Patum Peperium sandwiches.  BTW…Daughter C1 highly recommends the afternoon tea in Big D at the Hotel Adolphus.  Check out the link below for menu.

Anchovy paste
Anchovy paste

2 thoughts on “Gentleman’s Relish

  1. I love anchovies almost as much as peas. High tea! Can’t wait! In the meantime, wE should do a field trip to the Adolphus.

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