Before I moved to the United Kingdom, lots of well meaning folks warned me that British food tends to be a bit bland (at least to American mouths). And I can definitely testify that salt and sugar are not quite as popular here (remember that sweet potato soup that managed to be plainer than plain sweet potatoes?). However, lemme just say that there are a host of British treats that I wish all my American friends could gobble up this instant. AND… this is a bit scarier, the longer I stay here the more I like the bland stuff. Perhaps the British can taste real flavor because tey are not dependent on the enhancement of sickening amounts of sugar and salt?
It is basically a pig in a blanket deluxe, cause instead of croissant dough you’ve got legit pastry and instead of a lil smoky you’ve got niiice sausage. Woot woot.
I think there are few things more comforting than brothy meat and vegetables cooked under a layer of cheesy mash potatoes.
These look like potato chips, are nearly as thin as potato chips, and are as crunchy as potato chips, but they are made out of chocolate. They are light, thin, crisp, and so dangerous. My favorite flavor is the one with a hint of mint, but the orange one is delish as well.
Peri Peri Chicken
This isn’t really British food per say, but it is REALLY popular around here. Nandos is a restaurant that sells rotisserie chicken with a special creamy spicy sauce. You can buy the peri peri sauce in lil bottles in every food store or get a massive liter bottle at costco if you so fancy. I’ve never been to Nandos, but I know it is really popular amongst my uni friends. I love peri peri chicken and rice and have been slowly adding peri peri sauce to more and more of my evening meals.
Marmite on Toast
I’m gonna go ahead and assume that you’ve heard of the infamous marmite. This black gooey substance is the favorite of BuzzFeed videos and the UK vs. USA region of YouTube. The frustrating thing is that in many of those videos they do not properly serve the marmite. Marmite is not meant to be dumped on bread like Peanut Butter. It is certainly not, heaven forbid, meant to be eaten by the spoonful. Marmite is meant to be spread conservatively over buttered toast. When prepared correctly it makes for the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea and a rainy day. Vegemite, the New Zealand/Australia version, is even better!
Full English Breakfast
I’ve only really had this one time, when my mommy and I stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before I moved here. It is really a nice treat for tourists that I hope to treat each one of my friends who come to visit me. Just don’t tell them which one is blood sausage until they’ve finished digesting.
Hi, I’m an American and I’m obsessed with pie. Yes, I totally fit the stereotype on that one. The sad part about moving to the UK is that dessert pies are not quite as popular around here (although they do exist). However, the British do love their meat pie. While I still prefer a homecooked southern Chicken Pot Pie to just about anything in this world, the British pastry covered meaty deliciousness is a close runner up.
It is basically like an open faced extra-rich grilled cheese. We all know that if it involves bread and cheese, it is usually a good thing. Particularly because both bread and dairy products are just unexplainably yummier here.
A traditional Welsh stew of lamb, potatoes, and vegetables. It is a perfect hearty finish to a day in the rain.
If you read this blog regularly, you probably knew that this was coming. It is no secret that this girl loves her digestive biscuits. All biscuits (or hard processed cookies that you eat with tea) are amazing. Digestives are my personal favorite, but there is a biscuit for every kind of person.