Huiyu suggested that the first blog of 2013 could be about dieting... I’m not quite going to write about dieting, but about food in general. What types of English food have you heard of? Have you ever eaten any? If so, what did you think of it?!
Let’s start with the first meal of the day, breakfast. The full English breakfast includes bacon, eggs (fried, scrambled or poached), baked beans, sausages, black pudding, fried bread and hash browns. I think it’s safe to say that hardly anybody eats a full English breakfast every single day!
Lunch during the week for most people is something quick: a sandwich, salad or some soup. What about on Sundays, though – have you heard of a Sunday roast? Usually eaten later in the day than a weekday lunch, a Sunday roast includes roast meat (often beef), roast or mashed potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy (do you remember “gravy” from the Christmas blog?)
For a special treat, we might have afternoon tea. This includes a pot of tea (of course!), sandwiches, cakes and scones served with jam and clotted cream. I definitely recommend trying this if you visit England!
As for the evening meal, most people think of fish and chips (served with mushy peas), but what about shepherd’s pie or toad-in-the-hole? Some examples of English desserts are apple crumble, sticky toffee pudding or treacle tart – and they taste best when served with custard!
I hope this post has made you hungry and given you a taste of English food! What are the typical foods from your country/region? Would you like to try the food I’ve mentioned above? Leave a comment!
scrambled eggs = eggs mixed together before cooking
poached eggs = eggs cooked in gently boiling water (without their shells)
baked beans = beans cooked in tomato sauce and sold in a can
black pudding = a thick sausage made from the blood and meat of a pig
hash browns = pieces of potato pressed together and fried
Yorkshire puddings = flour, milk and eggs mixed together and baked in the oven
scone = a small cake that often contains dried fruit
clotted cream = very thick cream
mushy peas = peas that have been cooked for a long time until they are soft
shepherd’s pie = mince (small pieces of meat) covered with mashed potatoes and cooked in the oven
toad-in-the-hole = sausages cooked in the oven in a mixture of flour, milk and eggs
apple crumble = apples baked under a layer of flour, butter and sugar broken into small pieces
custard = a sweet yellow sauce made from milk, eggs and sugar