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Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by rik_uk3, Feb 2, 2009.
Pie floater, reit nice:You_Rock_
You know, just about every nation of the world (except America) has a better cuisine than the UK. The whole world looks down on our palates, sneers at our culinary abilities, cocks-a-snoot at our meagre cooking.
But you know what, when it comes to high-tonnage, ocean-going filfth, NO ONE does it better than the UK.
Tastes bloody good as well, and they all know it.
I still remember the look on my ex-wifes face when really enjoying some black pudding and ask what it was, and was told (she was Dutch)
Any buttie combination as long as its got Hendersons Relish on it does it for me
Here it comes ,it goes quark ,quark.
replying to yourself with Hawkwind lyrics......... are you feeling ok ?
What a fascinating read! Am out of work for a while and spending my time catching up.
Well I thought we had it tough, nine kids in a 3 bed council house and hand me down clothes, then there was mention of stuffed hearts, ox tail stew, herring roe on toast, fried scab... i mean black pudding. This is what my childhood thrived on, dad went fishing at weekends when not working and also obtained rabbits from friends to stretch the purse strings a bit. We grew veg ( had no lawn space to play on) and got sod all in tax credit type help from the gov'nmt, mum cleaned house for a doctor and worked in a factory.
As a kid i would have fought for a tin of sausages in lard..mmm dripping on toast.. but now, with my more educated mind and a predeliction for roasted parsnips with honey, I'd have the 'snips instead.
In fact if I don't get some more work soon I will be getting the fishing gear out and setting snares for a tasty bunny! .....Bunny and prunes....(Rick Stein recipe, never mind the turkey incident, this one is very tasty!)
Don't forget the mint sauce
I had forgotten the mint sauce, but now you mention it I remember it!
Sunday's snack - mug of tea, pie, peas and mint sauce sat outside White Wells cafe on Ilkley Moor in the snow. Don't get that in your fancy Alpine apres ski bars.
Food in the UK has improved immensely over the last 20 years or so, we not only have some of the finest meat and vegetables in the world, but also some of the greatest cooks.
I talk from time to time with an American (fellow stove collector) who has been visiting the UK since around 1975 on business trips and his early visits in terms of food were grim even on the very good budget his trips provided, put simply, good food was just hard to find. Now however he looks forward to coming here, he noted the vast improvement in eateries here and the range of fresh produce is second to none. People go on about the high quality of food in France for instance, how good the markets are etc, but take off your rose tinted glasses and LOOK at the quality of what is on offer and the days of the French being able to sneer at what we offer are truly over.
Ye gods and little piscapalean things! I'm getting awful hungry! Stop it please you lot. Now I've got mint sauce added to my mental Smorgasbord!
Wifey come home soon and cook dinner, Puuulllleeeeaaase.
Rik_uk3, Good food has always been available in the UK...It's just that fashion used to dictate what was served in restaurants and hotels. In recent years with the input of celebrity chefs and the like we have (thankfully) gotten more diverse and jo/joe public are more educated in what is out there and adventureous in tastes. ( although I have not seen Pig's trotters on the menus in this area's restaurants as yet, served as a starter in Burgundy in some restaurants)
Must stop talking food now.
Sort of agree with you, but I think much of the UK population was prepared to put up with poor food and service, and lacked an adventurous streak and education with regard cooking in general years ago, plus what was offered for most was limited to say the least.
My dad was a good solid cook, great stews and roasts, wonderful Sunday lunch and a glass of beer, then at age 13 I moved with my mom to live with my step father (another great bloke) and was introduced to traditional French and Italian cooking and a glass of wine. I remember reading an Elizabeth David book given me as a birthday present by my step father and thinking how good the food was, and it was, it was the sort of thing I had gotten used to eating in my new home by then.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...ds-recipes-stand-the-test-of-time-452811.html Any of her work is still valid and worth reading.
Totally agree. I am big Elizabeth David fan, I think English Bread and Yeast cookery has to be my favourite, its not just the recipes, its the stories, the history the feel for the food. How can anyone write a whole chapter on salt that is still worth reading?
Also agree at the improvement in food in Uk in the last 20 years. Top and bottom of the heap may not have changed but the huge mid range pub food has changed hugely. Even 10 years ago everything was bought from mass caterers frozen and reheated, the same dull gray food everywhere, as Crockodile Dundee said, you can live on it but...
There are still plenty pubs doing the scampi and chips menu but there are also a great many doing decent home cooked food. Its even possible sometimes to go vege and not have vege lasagna.
I like Scampi!
The real thing is better than the pub version though!
It is a bit like the difference between cubes of fresh Organic, free-range chicken breast, pan fried in herbed breadcrumbs and sesame oil - and chicken nuggits!
I've been looking into these - rare as rocking horse wotsit and probably made of the same! Lets be honest, if you had to ask what was in them you simply weren't hungry enough!
Westlers make Sausages in Lard for B&M Stores but they only ever make them when MOD orders some - yes - they really are the same thing!
I located the Westlers website and used their Contact Us link. I got a reply the next day advising the above. You can order a case of 12 tins from them direct for £15 plus £5.75 (+VAT) postage (price as of 20 June 11). If you're familiar with the "density and low residue" of these things you'll agree that's pretty good value for money.
Contact Westlers and they'll even add you to an apparently quite long list of folks waiting to place their order and let you know when they're in.
I've not opened a can for two years lol, but for what they are they are very good, far superior to canned frankfurter type sausages. I've a load in my TEOTWAWKI stores. Very good for summer camping when away from shops for a few days.
Just wanted to add my approval of some of the items mentioned:
1 crisp sandwiches- my lunch throughout the sixth form
2 Chip butty- butter and tomato ketchup
2 Black pudding
4 Marmite and peanut butter sandwich- got me through University
5 Pie and peas with mint sauce.
All clearly the food of the Gods!
Tin sausages in lard, what a real good idea. I always like to take a tin of meat of some sort on solo trips. Spam is my first choice as its so versatile, you can cook it on skewers, fry it add it to stews etc.
Bigbear, Marmite and Banana.