The UK is an island nation, and over the many years of inhabitation, many peoples and cultures have settled here, bringing with them food and flavours from home. As a result, British food is diverse, tasty and inventive (even if some dishes are not healthy at all)!
Let’s start with the obvious one. Fish and chips. Fish and chips is known worldwide as being the quintessential British dish. How it should be served is deep fried in batter, with mushy peas and thick cut chips. Traditionally, it’s also served wrapped in newspaper, and the use of vinegar, salt, lemon, ketchup or any other condiment is optional.
The Sunday Roast is next. Usually served with beef or lamb as the main part, along with roast potatoes, peas, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. I’m not sure, but I believe that it’s called a Sunday Roast because in the past, Sunday was the most important day of the week, and Sunday lunch the most important meal, so it had to be big and filling! It still is, and I love it.
Toad in the Hole is the next dish I’d like to talk about. What is it, and why the strange name? Toad in the Hole is a traditional British dish consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter, normally served with onion gravy and vegetables! In the past, other meats, such as rump steak and lamb’s kidney, were used.
Finally, I’d like to talk about chicken tikka masala. But that’s Indian! I hear you all cry. Wrong. It may be based on an Indian recipe, but it was actually invented in Glasgow, Scotland, when a customer asked for gravy with their curry and the chef had to improvise. I believe there is no set way of making tikka masala, it can be as spicy or as mild as you want, the only ingredient that’s important here is the chicken! As with traditional Indian food, it’s served with naan bread, rice and lentil daal.
I’d like to know if you’ve tried any of the above dishes, or want to try them. As always, please don’t forget to book your Free Trial Lesson with us here at Crown Academy.
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