I love eating and I love food. I find it kinda weird because before I became a wife and mother, I used to not like food so much. To me eating was not something to be enjoyed – I only ate when I was hungry. I know why of course. In my former life, when I had a job, I was always too busy to eat. But now that I’m a wife and mother and have learned to cook, really cook and bake – I enjoy eating more. Even though I’ve gained a lot of weight and haven’t lost much of my post-pregnancy weight, I eat and don’t even really care whether I gain more weight or not. Well, I do. But don’t really do much about it except moan about it to my husband. I just love eating now, especially eating with my little family.
Here are my favourite British Food and I didn’t even include the cakes! Oh my, I am in deep trouble. But I’ll worry about that later. Life is too short. For now, come and have a British meal with me.
1. Fish & Chips
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This must of course be first on the list! You cannot imagine how much I love Fish & Chips, I can probably eat it all day, preferably of course by the beach! Of course to health aficionados, this might be frowned upon. It is after all covered in batter and deep fried. If you are health-conscious or on a diet, I’d say, just unearth the delicious fish under all that batter! Although honestly, eating the batter is part of the fun of eating Fish & Chips – you don’t need to eat it all. As I’ve mentioned, this is best eaten by the beach or sea-wall. Just be mindful of the greedy seagulls hovering by. I tell you, they are scary birds!
2. Cornish Pasties
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I love Cornish pasties, preferably the Pengenna Pasties in Tintagel, North Cornwall and not because I’m biased because I live in Cornwall. If you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why. Imagine a pasty filled with delicious beef and vegetables. Yummy! Plus, it’s huge! One pasty is enough to fill you up, although some may even eat it with chips.
3. Cream teas
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A cream tea is a scone with jam and cream on top. Actually, this depends whether you have the cream tea in Devon and Cornwall, famous for its row over the correct way of eating a cream tea. Devonians will say that a cream tea should be eaten with the cream first, then topped with strawberry jam. Since my loyalty lies with the Cornish, I chose the photo above which shows the strawberry jam first and then the cream. Don’t forget, a cream tea won’t be a cream tea unless you use clotted cream and not synthetic cream (as my husband calls them) which is the long-life, squirty cream and others. Actually, in all honesty, it doesn’t really matter (except for the cream) whichever way you eat it – it still tastes delicious.
4. Sunday Roast
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My husband’s specially is cooking our sunday roast. He makes a really lovely and fluffy Yorkshire pudding. Now some of you, (especially of course if you’re not British or haven’t been to the UK yet), might not know what a Yorkshire pudding is. I didn’t know what it was when I had my first taste of a sunday roast. Anyway, a Yorkshire pudding is a batter pudding made of eggs flour and milk poured into hot fat. I know it sounds a bit icky, but when eaten with a sunday roast, it just goes so well together with the slices of roast beef (pork, lamb with mint sauce or maybe even chicken) with seasonal vegetable, roast spuds and gravy – preferably lots of it!
5. Full English Breakfast
And of course, must end this list with a Full English breakfast. If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you must have seen this picture on another blog post. The photo above is actually a Cornish breakfast. According to my British husband, the core of a full English breakfast is eggs, bacon and fried bread. He usually orders his full English breakfast with black pudding (which is like a sausage made of pork blood). I don’t.
If you happen to be from another country and visiting the UK for the first time, you can’t leave the country without at least trying one (if not all) on my list!