British Food – what “foreigners” THINK we eat !!

As its Friday I thought we’d have a little run down of the facts and the fallacies of British Food and what our “guests” from overseas believe that we feed our faces with !

Please see and enjoy the photos below….all of which I have purloined from the NET – so thanks to those who have had their photos involuntarily used here by means of illustration ! This is not an exhaustive list…..but may interest some and stimulate the juices of others….particularly those of us who reside in a remote, nay obscure part of Kentucky……but not the north east state line area though (private joke!)!

Rob Little
Connoisseur of food with a waistline to prove it !
Lets Tour England !

Lets start with a

Lets start with a “Full English Breakfast”

Sometimes augmented by one or two slices of

Sometimes made more “hearty” by augmenting with one or two slices of “Black Pudding”.

For a snack we might have

For a snack we might have “Cheese on Toast” – sometimes known as “Welsh Rarebit”

.....or if we were more hungry

…..or if we were more hungry “Beans on Toast”…..

.....or if we were greedy (which we sometimes are) we might have the

…..or if we were greedy (which we often are) we might have the “Beans and Cheese on Toast”

“Cauliflower Cheese” is a meal in itself or part of the vegetable accompaniments

The Brits are supposed to eat

The Brits are supposed to eat “Bangers and Mash” ad-infinitum – I can’t remember the last time…..

“Bacon + Brie Baguette with Cranberry jelly” – not very British but a favourite of mine!

A traditional

A traditional “Sunday Roast” – very British – this is “Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Vegetables and gravy

.....or do the same with Lamb roasted with Rosemary and finished with Mint Sauce - my favourite mmmm

.….or do the same with Shoulder of Lamb roasted with Rosemary and finished with Mint Sauce – my particular favourite mmmm

.....or with Pork - eye LOVE the crackling !

…..or with leg of Pork – eye LOVE the crackling !

“Shepherds Pie” – minced (ground) lamb with veg and mashed potatoe on top. its called “Cottage Pie” when its made with Beef instead of Lamb.

“Steak and Kidney Pie” – you must have heard we British love our offal? Eaten with vegetables.

Mustn't forget our staple diet - good ole

Mustn’t forget our staple diet – good ole “Fish ‘n Chips” eaten on the street out of newspaper – we all do it almost every day!

Another delicious gift to our

Another delicious gift from the Sub-Continent to our “fast food” culture – Curry and Chips (well curry sauce) best eaten in the Cinema – very annoying!

“Cornish Pasty” – traditional lunch for Cornish Tin Miners who held onto the thick crust with their dirty fingers!

The

The “Ploughman’s Lunch” – warning…..if you want to avoid an international incident, do please ask the Ploughman nicely first!!

“Scotch Eggs” – eggs in sausage meat and coated with breadcrumbs – sometimes added to a Ploughmans Lunch

“Toad in the Hole” – link sausages in a batter – everyone thinks we eat them all the time but I certainly don’t !

And so to desserts -

And so to desserts – “Apple Crumble and Custard” (Americans call custard “pudding”).

“Spotted Dick and Custard”…..oh yes yes very funny !

“Christmas Pudding” – a heavy fruit desert laced with alchohol and set fire to with Brandy at Christmas – crazy, wasteful and dangerous!

Mince Pies - also often ate at Christmas

Mince Pies – also often ate at Christmas

“Victoria Sponge” a light cake made with self raising flour with jam and butter icing in the middle mmmmmmm

And finally the legendary English

And finally……….the legendary English “Cream Tea” – consisting of a Scone, Jam and heart arresting (and unfortunately named) Clotted Cream! Yes YES YESSSSS!!

3 Comments »

  1. Nicky Hughes said,

    March 30, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    You are one cruel man.

    NH

  2. Andy Curtis said,

    August 18, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    I am a food and beverage consultant in Hong Kong, about to set up an English Pub. Your pictures have jogged my very rusty memory! And yes, Victoria Sponge – yummy!!!

  3. Robert Little said,

    August 18, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Thanks for your comment ! Good luck with your pub, that’s a labour of love for sure ! Where is the pub ?

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