Spotted dick, Cock-a-Leekie, Welsh faggots! What names! Such nomenclature completely enchants the Anglophile. While we don’t always know what, exactly, such dishes are, we do know that we want to like them!
Traditional British Cuisine vs. Nouveau
Fortunately, British cuisine has changed dramatically over the past decade. Why is this fortunate? Because I love the British, and their traditional, artery-clogging menu staples were not good for their health. Or for mine. Known for sausages, deep fried fish and chips, and marbled roast beef, many Brits now embrace more healthful and even haute cuisine food. Stylish restaurants abound. But if you want traditional food, no fear! Traditional dishes and the establishments that serve them have not disappeared all together. And many newer restaurants may offer at least a few traditional choices—especially the “full English breakfast.”
What Gives with the Funny Food Names?
The daffy names the Brits use for many of their traditional dishes are music to the Anglophiles’ ear. “Rarebit,” “bubbles and squeak,” "toad in the hole." So utterly cute, they conjure up Beatrix Potter books in our minds! And then there are the British foods that are simply esoteric to Americans. What the devil is mincemeat…or trifle…or any of the other strange things?
Check out my GLOSSARY OF BRITISH FOODS to get the low-down on this mystifying aspect of British culture!
Zella's Comment:If you're in NYC and need a British grocery store, check out the famed Myers of Keswick in the West Village. (634 Hudson Street, between Horatio and Jane Streets.) Pasties, bangers, digestives--you name it, they have it! Enter MYERS OF KESWICK
To read about the traditional British Sunday roast, click HERE
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