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francesann
Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Sat, 24th May '08 5:47 AM

MEET THE 'BRITS'

How much do you 'non-Brits' know about us? What do we eat that is typical to 'Brit Land'. Please Brits give some examples of what you feel is truly British. And if anyone out there across the water does not know what we mean - just ask.

Some of the things you discuss are 'foreign' to us, Al, what are peppermint patties, I thought a pattie was a meat pie!

Some of my examples of Brit stuff are

Deck Chairs
Privet hedges
Pie, Mash and Liquor

Over to you.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 24th May '08 6:07 AM

What a shame our Surreyman is off to "foreign parts"!
I am sure he'd love to join in the discussion.

As an Australian, I have often been mystified by all sorts of weird stuff that people eat, not just the British!

I think the British are responsible for chip butties, mushy pea floaters, bloaters, bangers, spotted dick and deep-fried Mars bars...not to mention warm beer!!

It's just as well the Scots lay claim to haggis, no-one else would want it! (sorry, Alistair and Martin)

~Bev

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sat, 24th May '08 7:14 AM

Brits don't like to complain and they spend a lot of time queuing

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 24th May '08 8:05 AM

Bev,

If I ever have the opportunity to meet you, don't feel hurt if I go to Mickey D's.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 24th May '08 8:07 AM

I think of roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, yum yum
Primroses & hosts of golden daffodils

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sat, 24th May '08 8:09 AM

Americans don't like to queue, if they even know what it is! Standing in a line is cause for both good natured and not so good natured grumbling (that is if queuing is the same thing, hope it is).

A peppermint patty is candy made by a company named York. That's why Al's all over it! It's chocolate covered soft peppermint, and round like a patty. They're very good!

I'll never understand the warm beer thing. A cold beer is so satisfying to me. Is it all about the taste for you? The taste is important as well but it MUST be cold.

francesann
Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Sat, 24th May '08 8:19 AM

I live very close to where Wordsworth saw the daffodils (or I think it was his sister who spotted them) they are smaller than normal ones.

We don't like warm beer either but not all beers need chilling, my husband drinks beer not out of the fridge

My family also love Roast beef and have 'Sunday Dinner' every week.

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sat, 24th May '08 9:40 AM

Not celebrating St Georges Day, that is typically British

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 24th May '08 10:48 AM

Actually chilling beer to COLD inhibits the flavor. A cool basement is the best refrigerant for "Nut Brown". Bass ale and Whitbread are best consumed at 45-50 degrees. Go ahead and chill domestics as cold as you wish. They have no flavor to destroy anyway.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.1 - Posts: 7560)
Sat, 24th May '08 11:25 AM

Thanks to Maureen/ Mplaw51 for your description and endorsement of peppermint patties.
Francesann- you need to try a peppermint pattie- if they aren't available in your area- I owe David [davidf] some and he can share with you [I hope].

I come from "Pennsylvania Dutch Country" and even though my last name [Vandersloot] is Italian , we have some really interesting cuisine/ food items that defintely taste good-------but also can expand your waistline.

Examples: fastnacht doughnuts; shoo fly pie; pork and sauerkraut; hog maw; chicken pot pie, etc.

Check this link for more information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuisine_of_the_Pennsylvania_Dutch

Oh, just kidding about my Italian last name!

Al



spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 158.6 - Posts: 667)
Sat, 24th May '08 12:33 PM

I know a lot about the British. Not only have I visited there a few times but for 12 years my wife and i lived in Victoria BC. My wife's grandmother had immigrated from Cornwall. Personally i could go for bangers and mash or fish and chips. There was a place near here (Ottawa)that specialized in British cuisine. Unfortunately the went out of business and replaced by a sports bar.

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 24th May '08 1:42 PM

Did your wife's grandmother ever hear you describe her as 'British'?
Cornwallians can be a mite particular about that...

Bev - as you well know, Haggis is a joke foodstuff we give to tourists (much like your own ocker 'meat' pies). It's never made out of the actual Haggis these days, as sadly they have been hunted almost to the point of extinction. They've been a protected species for some time now, along with the Tumshie and the Bogle.

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sat, 24th May '08 2:38 PM

Does that go back to the mythical Haggis Beast?

And what about the bird that lays Scotch Eggs?



rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 24th May '08 10:09 PM

Tripe and onions
Egg and chips
Beans on Toast
Cockles and Mussels
Tongue....UGH !!!!

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 25th May '08 7:33 AM

There is nothing can beat COD and CHIPS with MUSHIE PEAS, with CURRY SAUCE on the FISH and CHIPS. Lovely grub.

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 25th May '08 7:55 AM

We have such delicacies as :
Chitterlings-the small intestine of a pig prepared as a dish
Lites-the lungs of an animal
Brawn-Pigs head and ox feet boiled and pickled
Pigs trotters
Sweetbreads- the thymus and pancreas



oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 25th May '08 8:05 AM

Headcheese, properly made is tasty, not that slimy sliced stuff you get here. I like liver & heart too, just like eating oysters, close your eyes & don't think about it Besides, gawd only knows what they're using in wieners, chicken patties, etc. I'll pass on brain, though

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 25th May '08 8:56 AM

Martin......our Aussie meat pies are REAL, and quite yum, but a bit unhealthy.

As for the other stuff I wrote about above...all that is British, don't expect an Australian to be seen eating any of it!
No self-respecting Aussie would touch warm beer either!


~Bev



achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 25th May '08 11:02 AM

Ah, but Australian 'beer' has to be drunk cold so that one can't taste it! Anybody tried warm Fosters?

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sun, 25th May '08 11:50 AM

How about the "tube".
We call it the subway here.

francesann
Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Sun, 25th May '08 11:52 AM

How about elevator - we call it lift

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 25th May '08 12:00 PM

in the US, we wear boots and bonnets.. but in England, a boot is the trunk of a car and the bonnet is the hood..

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 25th May '08 12:46 PM

And the word Americans use for a small ruck-sack that sits upon your sit-upon can have you excommunicated, if said aloud over here.

chender
Chender  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 160)
Sun, 25th May '08 3:39 PM

Our suspenders are more interesting!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 27th May '08 3:27 AM

Soon after I "crossed the Pond"
I was writing with a pencil and
asked if anyone had a "rubber"
to lend me....
Lots of giggling....

joee
Joee  (Level: 155.9 - Posts: 255)
Tue, 27th May '08 9:23 AM

Who was rubbishing us (Australia) about Fosters.....


"One fine day in 1887, two yanks of Irish extraction William M. Foster and his brother Ralph R. Foster stepped off a boat in Melbourne. They had sailed from New York, USA with the dream of starting a successful brewery on the other side of the world. They set up the Fosters Brewing Company on Rokeby Street in Collingwood. The first Fosters was brewed in 1888."



achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Tue, 27th May '08 10:43 AM

You'd think that after 120 years they'd have come up with a beer that tastes OK!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 27th May '08 10:45 AM

No beer tastes OK....

ricksdusa
Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Tue, 27th May '08 10:53 AM

This thread struck a real chord with me.
Things 'British' that I really miss are:
A proper bacon butty - with white bread that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it and not to forget HP sauce
fish and chips
Heinz baked beans ( I bought some once from a store that imports such delights - $5 )
A good pint of bitter ( a 20 floz pint.... not 16!)
A real, not having to make it myself curry....Chicken tikka massala with the fake red dyed sauce.
The rain (only joking I DO NOT miss the rain)
Not having air conditioning (again - joking....AC is great..... I know there's only two weeks of summer in the uk.... but come on guys.... get an a/c unit or two)
Wharburtons crumpets
Dinky little cars that give decent gas mileage - My Pontiac GP is THIRSTY
There's lots of others, too numerous to mention....On the whole though...WOO HOO I'm glad I made it over here.


achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Tue, 27th May '08 10:57 AM

Hey Rowlanda,
They've just started brewing Higsons bitter again! Very tasty!

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 27th May '08 11:10 AM

I am forever grateful to the Brits for the new Doctor Who series, and have incorporated "tea" and "brilliant" into everyday Pennsylvanian life here, because of it.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Wed, 28th May '08 1:55 AM

Oh Poor Rick....
You'll have to ask Achad to send you a Care package
Lancashire lads and lasses stick together....
Don't you have British shops like we do in Canada????
We can get HP Sauce in almost any supermarket here.
Please ask Achad to send some "real" fat Black Puddings
for me, so I can eat them with lashings of butter....
Yummymmmm....

ricksdusa
Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Wed, 28th May '08 9:51 AM

What a great idea - a care package! - Any takers?
Unfortunately Rowlanda, here in sunny South Dakota I fear a British shop would open and close within the space of a few rainy heartbeats. We DO have a 'celtic' shop in Rapid City...he carries a few odds and ends, nothing really good and/or affordable though. So, if anyone wants to post a few home comforts.....

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 28th May '08 10:14 AM

No HP Sauce in the States, I'd never be able to cook. That is my secret ingredient in stews, spaghetti sauce, etc

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Wed, 28th May '08 10:30 AM

I love Brits because so many Americans think they are stodgy and conservative and so proper....bullcrap. All the Brits I have known are extremely funny, easy-going, relaxed and have quite a naughty sense of humor. And lemme tell ya, a British accent automatically makes any man sexier.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 28th May '08 11:36 AM

Right on, Redwing

joee
Joee  (Level: 155.9 - Posts: 255)
Wed, 28th May '08 11:48 PM

I think the anomaly that arises over the temperature at which beer should be "drunk" has to do with the term "room temperature", because room temperature in Britain is pretty similar to our fridge. (no offense intended; after all your queen is our queen)





kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 28th May '08 11:52 PM

I used to have a fridge like that.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 29th May '08 1:45 AM

Lol Joee....clever analogy

Randy....Wot--no Wocestershire Sauce!!!!

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 29th May '08 3:16 AM

I use Worcestershire sauce too

redroxy
Redroxy  (Level: 4.9 - Posts: 12)
Thu, 29th May '08 3:46 AM

What about Cornish Pasties, those savory little meat pies made with chopped meat and onions and swede (rutabaga) and tiny diced potatoes? They were a special treat when I was growing up.

I'm not British but I love British people and the BritComs on television. And I love British humor. Oops, that should be humoUr!

ricksdusa
Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Thu, 29th May '08 9:48 AM

Redroxy - Cornish pasties are GREAT. Incidentally, did you know that they were invented by the wives of cornish tin miners? The crust was crimped so that they could hold them with dirty hands. They were originally divided into two compartments too. One with the meat/onions/carrot or swede combo, the other with a sweet filling, apple or whatever was in season.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 30th May '08 4:50 AM

Well, I'm now back in Surrey, so Bushy can prepare all her slings and arrows!
Most Brit projectiles seem to be thrown at me around here ...
But what's 'Brit'? These days we all seem to be becoming Scottish, Welsh etc. again, with Scotland possibly planning to depart for good!
Which probably accounts for my own split personality - I'm half English & half Welsh - two VERY different nationalities!
Having been brung up when the Empire was still around, I'm probably guilty of many of those Brit trait insults - we're not extinct yet, although the time must be approaching ...... But that Brit flag is still flown by many - including Oz and Hawaii - so there's hope yet!
But when talking about beer, one does have to get serious. I love travelling, but the main penance is being away from our 'warm flat' bitter! No - it's not warm - a touch cooler than room temperature is about right. And it's not flat - flat bitter would close a pub - but it's most certainly not full of bloody bubbles! And, of course, it has to be draught. Bottled beers simply show where civilisation has not yet reached.
(Duck!).



bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:16 AM

Awrighty, I'll admit it: the Brits have had some danged funny comedy shows over the years.

I could quote a joke or two from Warren Mitchell (a.k.a."Alf Garnett") that would probably get deleted by the editors....so I will just shuddup for now.
I totally loved "Monty Python's Flying Circus", but my ex-husband never quite understood it.....only ONE of the reasons he is "ex-" ....haha.
John Cleese in "Fawlty Towers" had me giggling for days after. The movie "Life of Brian" was a riot.

So there...I've paid my compliments, just don't make me each the food, okeedokee???

~Bev






francesann
Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:25 AM

I thought our humour was very 'British', we have a channel here called UK Gold and it is mainly old sit - coms. My husband loves them as do many others here - he must know every script of Dinner Ladies and Vicar of Dibley and Dads Army. I don't find them that funny. (The only thing I have watched more than once is the film Airlplane - I just love it and it makes me laugh every time even though I know what is coming.

By the way what are 'Grits', think they ate it on Beverly Hillbillies.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:29 AM

BTW, most Aussies don't drink Foster's beer...we save that'un for the tourists who THINK we drink that.

On the central east coast, the preferred brew is Toohey's New or Victoria Bitter (VB)....all icy-cold, whatever time of year. Although there are some premium beers at premium prices that some folks go for on special occasions. (Fridays, Saturdays etc etc)

I gotta confess that I don't like beer, and don't drink any of 'em!

.......Anybody got a spare Bundy'n'coke???

~Bev




sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:34 AM

So what is HP sauce? When I think of Brits, I think of authors. I'm stuck on one right now, Nicolas Freeling who was born in London but wrote crime novels set all over Europe, written mostly in the 1960s Darts anyone?

francesann
Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:45 AM

HP Sauce (Named after Houses of Parliament) is a brown sauce that you put on chips and sausage butties etc.Made from vinegar and mollasses, sugar, dates and stuff. Now made bt Heinz. See it on Wikipedia.



sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:51 AM

Sounds yummy. But butties?

francesann
Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Fri, 30th May '08 6:56 AM

A sandwich - can be made with chips, bacon, sausage, fried egg or all of them! yum yum

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 30th May '08 7:01 AM

See ya, headed for the fridge!

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.6 - Posts: 1088)
Fri, 30th May '08 7:49 AM

Francesann, grits are (is?) cooked ground corn -- somewhat like polenta. In the southern states, it is commonly served as a breakfast food, but could be used at any meal.

More specifically, hominy grits is (are?) made of hominy -- that is, corn that has been soaked in lye-water (or some other alkali) which sounds toxic, but actually is said to be more nutritious and tasty than untreated corn.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 30th May '08 9:07 AM

Working the lye is actually a hallowed rite of passsage in the Deep South, hence the old saying, "Hominy roads must a man walk down before you call him a man."

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Fri, 30th May '08 9:12 AM

Ha ha

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Fri, 30th May '08 9:15 AM

Hominy Houyhnhnms have had a hand helping Jonathan Swift

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 30th May '08 11:15 AM

Francesann....
I'm glad you reminded me of "DinnerLadies"
The cast of that show was almost all from
"Coronation Street"
I LOVE Corrie and have watched it since
it started....about 48 years ago!!!!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 30th May '08 11:21 AM

P.S. Was "Airplane" British????
If so, they all had some
very odd accents....

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 30th May '08 11:26 AM

Zeedee....
I think the makers of lye must have hand in starting
the rumour that "it's more nutritious....etc" UGH !!!!

Ken....
Working the lie....sorry....lye
Does sound like something the men would do

francesann
Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Fri, 30th May '08 2:16 PM

Hi Rowlanda - no Airplane was American, its just that it is my sort of humour, I love all the quotes and as a family we often repeat them in certain situations. There is not much on British tv that makes me laugh, my husband falls about at Faulty Towers and I cannot see why. I also really liked Police Squad, that made me laugh too.

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Fri, 30th May '08 9:38 PM

Little Britain...Now THAT'S funny stuff, I don't care who you are.

redroxy
Redroxy  (Level: 4.9 - Posts: 12)
Sat, 31st May '08 5:29 AM

Ricksdusa, yes I knew the history. We never put a sweet in one end - it was all one filling, but just for the fun of it I might make some 'authentic' ones soon. It's been too long!

Kaufman,

>> Working the lye is actually a hallowed rite of passsage in the Deep South, hence the old saying, "Hominy roads must a man walk down before you call him a man."

LOL! That was a good one!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 1st Jun '08 4:40 AM

This whole thread's a hoot....

I agree....some British humour, like Fawlty Towers,
is pure vaudeville and only good for a little giggle.

Some people don't like Coronation Street because they
don't understand why a Soap Opera would be FUNNY!!!!
But Life IS a mixture of funny, sad, happy etc.


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