June 07, 2005

British Peculiarities II: British Food

Following up on British Peculiarities I just felt interested about British breakfast and food culture in general. Poached egg, sausages (ok, I admit, I’m a veggie so here’s my bias) and beans on toast just don’t have that appeal to me. I feel many of the “continentals” share my views on this.

And seriously, have you ever seen a country before that devotes an entire pathway in the supermarket to different kinds of cereals? I think this is, sociologically seen, quite an interesting phenomenon.


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  1. It's a speed thing. Tin of beans, two mins in the microwave. Toast, three mins in the toaster. Hot breakfast, at most five minutes away.

    So what do you think of black pudding then?

    07 Jun 2005, 23:50

  2. Yuck! That must be nasty shite! Sometimes it feels nice & safe to be a veggie! shudder

    08 Jun 2005, 00:00

  3. if you think our cereal love is odd, whatever would you make of Americas?!

    08 Jun 2005, 00:53

  4. That's a fair point. Hehe, some generalisations extend to the USA and Canada too.

    Not, by the way, to say that the Dutch cuisine is much more exciting. Yum

    08 Jun 2005, 11:02

  5. Not a fan of black pudding? Try Irish white pudding, it's made of all the bits they can't put into black pudding…

    08 Jun 2005, 12:00

  6. Must be very chewy then? Nah I'll stick to triffle pudding (...is that what it's called…?)

    What strikes me btw is that the (post–)colonial foodstuffs are generally the best. Same for the Netherlands. Indonesian food is simply delicious. So is Indian curry.

    08 Jun 2005, 12:24

  7. You mean these?

    Mmm… trifle…

    08 Jun 2005, 13:28

  8. Listen! This might sound quite incredible to some of you I'm sure, but I JUST HAD BEANS ON TOAST FOR THE FIRST TIME! Jeeeej! (Is this a sign of cultural assimilation?)

    08 Jun 2005, 13:31

  9. Did you like it?

    08 Jun 2005, 14:25

  10. Yeah it wasn't too bad. I'm actually considering having it more often. Although it's not that imaginative it's quick. And I'm always out of time so it's quite handy.

    08 Jun 2005, 14:34

  11. I think you always have to add pepper to means on toast, otherwise its oddly sugary!

    08 Jun 2005, 18:13

  12. jenthewelsh

    beans on toast rock, spaghetti hoops on toast are even better, try adding a squirt of the old heinz saladcream to the mix and you really got a feast on your hands =) Im now livin in holland for a couple of years to study and i have to say i miss the british kitchen; I have even turned my german and danish flatmates into hardcore british breakfast eaters so it cant be all bad now can it?! lol

    28 Nov 2006, 19:37


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