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(BBC)   Seven questions on British food. Your dick wants spots   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 68
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2012-03-07 09:25:55 AM  
Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?
 
2012-03-07 09:40:24 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?


There's a reason you see Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Indian restaurants, but never a British restaurant. No one wants to eat British food, not even the Brits.
 
2012-03-07 09:45:09 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?


Everything on that list is perfectly edible, and tasty. You've obviously never tried any of them.
 
2012-03-07 11:24:34 AM  
1 Question: Do you want some British food?
1 Answer: No.
 
2012-03-07 11:25:00 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-03-07 11:25:22 AM  
British food comes in three categories: cakey bread things, beer and stuff that tastes like pot roast.
 
2012-03-07 11:26:24 AM  

BurnShrike: SecretAgentWoman: Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?

There's a reason you see Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Indian restaurants, but never a British restaurant. No one wants to eat British food, not even the Brits.


'Scuse me? This week is British pie week:

mm pie (clickity pop)

Made me a lovely chicken, mushroom and leek pie last night. We've got loads of great food, most people are so small minded they never bother to find it.
 
2012-03-07 11:26:34 AM  
Cor blimey. I got 5 out of 7 correct. My ranking was Farking Southern Faerie.
 
2012-03-07 11:28:56 AM  
Brit food ain't all bad....We have shepherd's pie or fish and chips at least once a month.
 
2012-03-07 11:30:12 AM  
I've had laverbread (cooked seaweed), it tastes exactly like you'd imagine cooked seeweed might.

Quite disgusting. Few people eat it twice out of choice.
 
2012-03-07 11:30:52 AM  

BurnShrike: There's a reason you see Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Indian restaurants, but never a British restaurant. No one wants to eat British food, not even the Brits.


beeradvocate.com

This is in Portsmouth, NH, just south of the parking garage. Fish and chips, scotch collops, shepherd's pie, scotch eggs, etc. Plenty of beer selections to wash them down with, too.
 
2012-03-07 11:31:20 AM  

Maud Dib: Brit food ain't all bad....We have shepherd's pie or fish and chips at least once a month.


Shepherd's pie is nice... but some good mushy peas & crisp chips is where it's at.
 
2012-03-07 11:31:28 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-03-07 11:31:52 AM  
I got 1/7 and feel like a winner.
 
2012-03-07 11:32:15 AM  

verbaltoxin: British food comes in three categories: cakey bread things, beer and stuff that tastes like pot roast.


Have you ever had scouse? It's kind of a mixture of all three of those things....

/husband is a scouser
//but has never been in jail.
///no, really!
 
2012-03-07 11:32:40 AM  
I will say that during my stay in the UK, I did get take-away from a pretty good Indian place. Their flat bread was fantastic.
 
2012-03-07 11:34:07 AM  

Koalaesq: verbaltoxin: British food comes in three categories: cakey bread things, beer and stuff that tastes like pot roast.

Have you ever had scouse? It's kind of a mixture of all three of those things....

/husband is a scouser
//but has never been in jail.
///no, really!


I always figured that all three of those combined makes what the British call a pie.
 
2012-03-07 11:35:28 AM  

verbaltoxin: I will say that during my stay in the UK, I did get take-away from a pretty good Indian place. Their flat bread was fantastic.


There is naan flat bread better than Indian flat bread.
 
2012-03-07 11:35:56 AM  
I like their beef tongue and pig wart pies
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-03-07 11:38:39 AM  

BurnShrike: SecretAgentWoman: Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?

There's a reason you see Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Indian restaurants, but never a British restaurant. No one wants to eat British food, not even the Brits.


Ever heard of Long John Silvers? Most British food is unknown to Americans because they think it is American food. No one in the USA thinks of roast beef as British, it is so associated with Britain that French call Brits "Rosbifs" the way that Frenchmen are called "Frogs".
 
2012-03-07 11:39:04 AM  
lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-03-07 11:45:47 AM  

Koalaesq: Maud Dib: Brit food ain't all bad....We have shepherd's pie or fish and chips at least once a month.

Shepherd's pie is nice... but some good mushy peas & crisp chips is where it's at.


Amazon.com sells canned mushy peas by the case.
 
2012-03-07 11:49:38 AM  
British foods are great, most British (home) cooks aren't. That's why you see so many restaurants: nobody knows how to cook at home.
 
2012-03-07 11:53:10 AM  
 
2012-03-07 11:54:01 AM  

mainsail: British foods are great, most British (home) cooks aren't. That's why you see so many restaurants: nobody knows how to cook at home.


I could cook you a beef wellington that would easily beg to differ with your opinion, sir.
 
2012-03-07 11:56:15 AM  
In my time in Cornwall, I lived with what must've been the last great home cook in the whole place. Other than her kids, everyone my age I met lived on take-away and frozen shiat.

And warm scones with clotted cream and fresh butter and homemade jam are amazingly good. Insanely good. They put you in a food coma that lasts a few hours, and I never understood how anyone could move afterwords, but there you go. We'd have them for a fast breakfast before the kids went out, then she'd take me out shopping and we'd stop at a local little bakery place on the way back and do it again, just we girls.

/gained weight the whole time, despite walking everywhere
//rest of the family is rail thin. I think they have tapeworms.
 
2012-03-07 11:59:47 AM  
Is all British food invented with the phrase, "I dare you to eat that"?
 
2012-03-07 12:01:54 PM  

BurnShrike: SecretAgentWoman: Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?

There's a reason you see Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Indian restaurants, but never a British restaurant. No one wants to eat British food, not even the Brits.


That's because a lot of what passes for run of the mill, American food IS British in origin.

Ever had thanksgiving dinner?

Roast dinner, gravy, vegetables, all the trimmings = British food - standard Sunday lunch.

Ever had a sandwich? British food

"American" "cheese" = poor version of Cheddar, which is British food.

Apple Pie = British food


The reason you don't see too many "British restaurants" is because the US (and most of the world) was colonized by the Brits and so the influence on local cuisine is very evident. It's a 2 way street, obviously.


British food is tasty.
 
2012-03-07 12:05:47 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?


These are somewhat-extreme regional specialities. You wouldn't judge all American food based on Prairie Oysters, or Chinese food based on fried chicken feet, etc.

(And, actually, some of the items in TFA are quite delicious).
 
2012-03-07 12:12:33 PM  
Every meal I had in Britain was served with mushy peas. I don't understand the appeal. Are they served that way on purpose?

/don't get me started on Marmite
 
2012-03-07 12:15:41 PM  
verbaltoxin:
I will say that during my stay in the UK, I did get take-away from a pretty good Indian place. Their flat bread was fantastic.

Indian food from Britain rocks. That is why they have places in India bragging about their chef from Bradford, UK.
 
2012-03-07 12:18:55 PM  
I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts. Theoatmeal reminds me of Seinfeld. "What's the deal with recipes?"

As for British food, it's a mixed bag. There are yummy pies and stews and things, but there are also jellied eels. I prefer my meat and seafood unjellied, tyvm.
 
2012-03-07 12:21:00 PM  
Shepherds Pie or Cottage Pie Link (new window)

The Great British Crumpet Link (new window)

The Great British Cornish Pasty Oooo-arrr Link (new window)

Great British Fish and Chips Link (new window)

Toad in the Hole with Onion Gravy Link (new window)
 
2012-03-07 12:30:39 PM  
Square sausage on a buttered bap. Scotch pie made with hot- water pastry. Melton Mowbray pork pie. It's all good.
 
2012-03-07 12:31:04 PM  

fo_sho!: "American" "cheese" = poor version of Cheddar, which is British food.


To be fair, America did invent the concept of cheese that comes in a spray can, which really just shows how much their opinion of foods from other cultures counts for.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-03-07 12:35:09 PM  

Secret Polish Boyfriend: I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts. Theoatmeal reminds me of Seinfeld. "What's the deal with recipes?"

As for British food, it's a mixed bag. There are yummy pies and stews and things, but there are also jellied eels. I prefer my meat and seafood unjellied, tyvm.


His drawings are pretty funny. Link (new window)
 
2012-03-07 12:37:37 PM  

alkhemy: SecretAgentWoman: Good lord nothing edible was in that quiz.

WTF is wrong with Brits?

Everything on that list is perfectly edible, and tasty. You've obviously never tried any of them.


What? Even Richard Burton...?
 
2012-03-07 12:38:25 PM  
There's a reason you see Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants, Thai, Greek, Mexican, Indian restaurants, but never a British restaurant. No one wants to eat British food, not even the Brits.

Nope.

www.trespassmag.com
 
2012-03-07 12:43:01 PM  

Secret Polish Boyfriend: I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts.


Ick.

Honestly, the 'crust' is sooooo easy to make. Self raising flour, water with a bit of oil and salt. Add salt and oil to flour, add water and mix until it feels like dough. If you add too much water, add some extra flour to compensate. It takes about a minute when you know how.

PS: Start mixing with a fork or it sticks to your hands too much.
 
2012-03-07 12:55:56 PM  

Secret Polish Boyfriend: I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts. Theoatmeal reminds me of Seinfeld. "What's the deal with recipes?"

As for British food, it's a mixed bag. There are yummy pies and stews and things, but there are also jellied eels. I prefer my meat and seafood unjellied, tyvm.


Much of the Oatmeal's comics can be summed up thusly: the artist is a fat lazy-ass who suffers from first world problems.
 
2012-03-07 12:55:57 PM  

Joce678: Secret Polish Boyfriend: I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts.

Ick.

Honestly, the 'crust' is sooooo easy to make. Self raising flour, water with a bit of oil and salt. Add salt and oil to flour, add water and mix until it feels like dough. If you add too much water, add some extra flour to compensate. It takes about a minute when you know how.

PS: Start mixing with a fork or it sticks to your hands too much.


But see, this is the problem; if you think "I've got to make everything by hand or it won't be good," then you will just give up. I've made my own bread, pasta, pie crust, etc., but I don't think people who don't do it themselves are cheating, and if you can't find ready-made crusts that don't make you say "ick", you aren't looking hard. Most grocery stores around me carry fresh refrigerated dough, and it's fine and cheap. If I'm going to make my own dough, I'm certainly not going to use self-rising flour (another example of an ingredient you never need).

I don't have sugar, salt, or flour in my house; I just CBA to make anything with them.
 
2012-03-07 12:57:12 PM  

vpb: Secret Polish Boyfriend: I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts. Theoatmeal reminds me of Seinfeld. "What's the deal with recipes?"

His drawings are pretty funny. Link (new window)


Yeah, wow, I suddenly get it. His drawings are funny. Thank you for this thoughtful explanation.
 
2012-03-07 01:00:35 PM  
A friend of mine once told me one of her favourite foods was 'Mum's chip butty (new window)' because it reminded her of home. In North American english that is 'a french fry sandwich just like Mom used to make.'

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-03-07 01:07:04 PM  
Fish fingers and custard?
 
2012-03-07 01:17:20 PM  

LabGrrl: And warm scones with clotted cream and fresh butter and homemade jam are amazingly good. Insanely good.


Scones with clotted cream and butter? Now that's just overkill.
 
2012-03-07 01:25:02 PM  
British food I've had and liked:

Warm scones with clotted cream and jam
Sticky toffee pudding
Bakewell pudding
Fish and chips
Miscellaneous curries (even the microwave ones from Mark and Spencer are better than a lot of American restaurants)

Dislike:

Most savory pies, anything with sausage or offal
 
2012-03-07 01:25:07 PM  
Secret Polish Boyfriend: Joce678: Secret Polish Boyfriend: I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts.

Ick.

Honestly, the 'crust' is sooooo easy to make. Self raising flour, water with a bit of oil and salt. Add salt and oil to flour, add water and mix until it feels like dough. If you add too much water, add some extra flour to compensate. It takes about a minute when you know how.

PS: Start mixing with a fork or it sticks to your hands too much.


But see, this is the problem; if you think "I've got to make everything by hand or it won't be good," then you will just give up. I've made my own bread, pasta, pie crust, etc., but I don't think people who don't do it themselves are cheating, and if you can't find ready-made crusts that don't make you say "ick", you aren't looking hard. Most grocery stores around me carry fresh refrigerated dough, and it's fine and cheap. If I'm going to make my own dough, I'm certainly not going to use self-rising flour (another example of an ingredient you never need).

I don't have sugar, salt, or flour in my house; I just CBA to make anything with them.


I read that comment and just had to laugh: "Oh yeah, making it yourself is super easy: just start with self-rising flour..."

I'd never even heard of the product, but how many uses can it have? Does it only get used when you'd have to proof yeast? Which takes, what, 10% of the actual rising time? Or can one use it in muffins and stuff, leaving out the baking powder? Regardless, it's, as you say, an unnecessary ingredient.

/Now I want fresh salty, yeasty pizza dough...
//"CBA"?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-03-07 01:35:54 PM  

Secret Polish Boyfriend: vpb: Secret Polish Boyfriend: I have never understood what people find funny about theoatmeal. This is a good case in point; all I can think of is that if you tried to cook something reasonable, you might succeed. In fact, you can easily make pizza at home using ready-made crusts. Theoatmeal reminds me of Seinfeld. "What's the deal with recipes?"

His drawings are pretty funny. Link (new window)

Yeah, wow, I suddenly get it. His drawings are funny. Thank you for this thoughtful explanation.


No problem. It's always a pleasure to help someone overcome their shortcomings, especially when they are so simple. The problems I mean.
 
2012-03-07 02:00:28 PM  
For Aubrey/Maturin fans, I'd like me a boiled baby. Probably not really.
 
2012-03-07 02:02:48 PM  
Along those lines, check out Lobscouse and Spotted Dog. Interesting, indeed.
(Grossman/Thomas)

Gastronomic tales from the golden age of sail (my sub title)
 
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