English Food and English cooking… two very different things
Posted on December 3, 2008 by yankeebean
One things I LOVELOVELOVE about England is the national passion for cooking and preparing food. There’s this un-spoken mania for quality ingredients, experimental recipes, and food presentation. English people love chefs and watch shows like ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong‘, ‘Nigella Express‘ and ‘Ready, Steady, Cook‘ to keep in touch with the latest (and GREATEST) cooking tips.
Why-oh-why, then, does English food get such a bad wrap? I think I’m finally beginning to understand.
It’s regularly called bland (by nations that laden everything they make with heaped tablespoons of salt). Alot of people seem to focus on things like black-pudding (yes, it IS made out of blood… but most English people that I know wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot-yorkshire-pudding), or spotted-dick (which actually looks like it would be good, it’s just the victim of a strangely rude name), or bubble and squeak (I know that fried sprouts, peas and potatoes doesn’t sound good… but it SO IS…)
People seem to forget that England is just a hop-skip-and-a-cheap-airfare from the whole of Europe. Just think of how much excellent Mexican food there is in America… now think of how far away Mexico is from a lot of America. Well England has the happy-fortune of having a wealth of traditional, authentic, exciting recipies right on it’s doorstep.
Basically –> You want it? You got it!
Obviously it’s not true for everyone, but most English people I know have a real sense of adventure about food. Happy to try new restaurants or cook new recipes, it’s awesome!
I grew up in a casserole-home… not that I’m criticizing it! We had a lot of pre-prepared food and it was really good, and it got the job done. But in the States, there’s more interest in how big your portion is, not how fresh or interesting the ingredients are.
But when I landed in the UK, it was like a new chapter. Better yet, a new FOOD CHAPTER. God, I’m starving… I’m gonna go a raid the fridge…