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By Jove, British food isn't exactly the most popular kid on the culinary block.
Many associate the traditional fare with heavy roasts, bangers and mash, beans and toast, and lots and LOTS of puddings (sweet and savory) - with nary a salad in sight.
What You Don't Know About British Food: Chris Rendell
1. The joy of the local
No foams, no emulsions or deconstructed dishes. What we enjoy today has been fueling the population for centuries. Nothing can compete with a great Welsh rarebit, Lancashire hotpot and a good roast joint on a Sunday afternoon."
2. Good things come to those who wait
What started out as a mistake from two chemists, after a few years sitting in a barrel and fermenting at the back of a shop, became one of the world's most well-known and used sauces."
3. The sophistication of afternoon tea
Silky smoked salmon, coronation chicken, homemade piccalilli between two soft pieces of snow white bread (crusts removed, of course!) and a cup of boozy tea, takes you back to a simple time when conversation was all the rage and not ‘checking-in’ and updating your status every two minutes."
4. The Golden Age
From what started out as a workman’s fill has filtered its way across the pond into most pub and local restaurants menus. I believe that this is one British staple that cannot get a bad rap.
The evolution of the fish and chip shop from fat-filled environment to healthy oils and sustainable fish has hit leaps and bounds from its origins. A meal that can stand the length of time without any real change is a winner in my books."
5. Four seasons in one day
Before they even get a chance to finish, they are thinking about the wild birds and game about to hit their tables in a few months time. Home cooks are steaming Christmas pudding before the clocks are moved back for daylight savings and the short days of winter.
From pickling to salting, the seasons have dictated a culture rich in history, war and travel. That can surely not be classified as tragic."
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