From Singin’ Hinnies to Pan Haggerty – DIY Geordie Recipes

One of the best things about modern life in the North East of England is that it’s just great to eat out. Here we can choose from the world’s finest cuisines and, without travelling too far, we can eat the best food the world has to offer. From Japan to South America, France to Indonesia, we are now blessed with some of the UK’s best eateries.


But it’s also great to eat in, as we all know, and there’s never been an easier or a better time to create some wonderful delicacies in our own homes. With the internet at our disposal we can get recipe ideas and step-by-step instructions for whatever we fancy, whenever we like, at the press of a button. Whether you’re eating out or in – how often do you think about keeping it close to home and trying to re-create your own traditional Geordie fayre?

This is a rich seam of recipes to tap into. You may even decide to try a few traditions out and let the rest of the world know how you created it – and what you thought of it afterwards, whether it’s good or bad. For example, Voucherbox recently published a free guide to low-cost recipes with the help of 22 food bloggers. The book, titled “Cook Box” covers some great dishes like mini Goats Cheese Frittata with roasted red pepper and onion to a slow-cooked Goulash main, followed by a Mango & Vanilla Swirl Pavlova. These recipes sound like something a bit different and are also budget friendly too.

If I try to continue this theme in our heartland; what about good old-fashioned Pan Haggerty? This is our take on the famous French dish of Potato Dauphinoise. A traditional Northumbrian dish, made using thinly sliced potatoes, fried onions and mature cheddar cheese is absolutely delicious as a main course or as an accompaniment. It is even possible to veganise it using dairy free alternatives!

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about a few Singin’ Hinnies? What’s one of these, I hear you cry! A Singin’ Hinny is a kind of scone that has been a favourite in Northumberland for many years. Made with flour, lard, butter, currants, milk and salt, with some baking powder for the rise, the hinnies are cooked in a frying pan/griddle. Their moniker comes from the singing noise they make while cooking as the fat melts. Any Geordie who hasn’t tried a Singin’ Hinny should rectify the situation at once – they’re delicious! If you don’t fancy making them yourself, you can always check out the aptly-named Hinnies in Whitley Bay, who also serve up this traditional dish.

There are hundreds of traditional Northumberland recipes you can try, and we have a wealth of fine produce in the region at our finger tips. These include things like Craster Kippers, our famous Pease Pudding, stotties, a saveloy dip (a favourite of my Mum when she returns up North from the Isle of Wight) and many more. Why not try these local delicacies out courtesy of a good Northumbrian recipe book or guide, then let the world know if it gets your seal of approval. Geordie pride! World cuisine is all well and good but nothing beats a hearty home cooked meal, and have some local dishes that are sure to excite.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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