Roast beef is classic British fare. It's the centerpiece of a traditional Sunday dinner, and the hearty main course for a holiday celebration. Chef Anne Willan has drawn on her own family's techniques for cooking and serving a standing rib roast for this recipe, which is served with roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.
The flavor of fresh sage counterbalances the sweetness of apricots. The dough for scones, like that of biscuits, should be handled as little as possible. Cut out scones by pressing straight through the dough with a bench scraper. Brush the tops with heavy cream, then sprinkle with sanding sugar so scones glisten when they come out of the oven.
Striped gelatin, known traditionally in Britain as "ribband jelly," tastes as good as it looks with a mix of raspberry and blancmange flavors. The recipe comes from the "Jellymongers" book, by Harry Parr and Sam Bompas.Also try: Champagne and Summer Fruit Wedding Jelly.