Travel in England and Experience the Taste of Real England Food

Travel in England and Experience the Taste of Real England Food

Posted 6.7.2012 in Articles by Jess

Travel in England and Experience the Taste of Real England Food

To most travellers, one of the greatest and most satisfying ways to get to know a place or culture is to eat like a local. English cuisine is often labeled as tasteless, simple, or reduced to merely fish and chips and tea. Contrary to that unwarranted stereotype, England food is hearty and filling with traditional meals consisting of bread and cheese, roasted and stewed meats, meat and game pies, boiled veggies and brothes, freshwater and saltwater fish. With unique attributes of its own, England food also shares characteristics of a wider British cuisine. As a result of post-war immigration during the time of the British Empire, English food today incorporates ingredients and ideas from places like North America, China, and India. While it may not have the same reputation as French or Italian cuisine, don't write off England food just yet!


Breakfast is oftenly called the most important meal of the day to give you the energy you need to seize the day. In modern times, breakfast in England has downsized significantly and usually consists of a bowl of cereal, a slice of toast, orange juice or a cup of coffe. Instead of going for the usual, experience a traditional hearty English breakfast also known as the “Full English”. It consists of bacon, poached or fried eggs, sausages, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried bread or toast with butter, baked beans and mushrooms. In family homes, the Full English is followed by toast and jam and accompanied by a large pot of tea. Some even include black pudding, white pudding, devilled kidneys and lamb cutlets! While this traditional Full English is no longer an every day meal, most English still enjoy this on weekends, holidays, or when staying away from home.


If there's anything that the English are notorious for is their concept of afternoon tea, which originated in England back in the 1840s. It's a small meal snack typically eaten between 2pm and 5pm or at any time to fill a gap between meals. It's traditionally brewed in a loose tea form in a teapot and served with milk and sugar. It's accompanied by a small sandwich, customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, or smoked salmon. It can also be accompanied by scones, cakes, or pastries, muffins, or crumpets. Traditional afternoon tea was served in the garden, a day room, library or salon but today's Britons take a much simpler approach and may drink tea and occassionally a biscuit as one of many short tea breaks throughout the day.


The typical English lunch consists of a sandwich, some chips, and a piece of fruit. In some parts of the UK, sandwiches are called butty or sarnie. Different kinds of sandiwches include prawn and mayonnaise, tuna and mayonnaise, or ham and pickle sandwiches. Other lunch favorites are cornish pasties, pork pies or sausage rolls. While sandwiches are popular, a traditional Sunday lunch is still a family favorite. On Sundays, lunch consists of roast beef with Yorskshire pudding, pot roast pork with apples or roast lamb with green beans and mint sauce. In England, the evening meal is called dinner, supper, or tea and it tends to be the main meal of the day. A tpical english meal is refferred to as “meat and two veg”. Potatoes are usually the norm but also include carrots or brussel sprouts. Hot brown gravy is poured over the meat and usually the vegetables as well. Hearty soups and stews are popular along with Lancashire hotpot, bangers and mash, roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, toad in the hole, macaroni cheese, fish pie, and steak and kidney pudidng. Then of course there's the popular fish dinner in the form of cod or haddock in crispy, thick batter, green peas and gravy. Add some salt and malt vinegar and you've got a traditional fish and chips dinner!


For dessert, try one of the many pudding recipes for any occasion. Some traditional pudding recipes date back to the Middle Ages when foods were rich and spicy to demonstrate the household's wealth. For a Christmas treat, try steamed puddings or dumplings with dried fruit and nuts and spiced with lemon, cinnamon, cloves and ginger or finely minced meat – usually lamb – mixed with raisins and spices and baked in a thick pastry case. During the summer try their famous summer pudding that consists of bread and fruit! For a light summer dessert, you may try a fluffy concoction of cream and/or yogurt and fresh fruit.


Whenever you're in England next, embrace England food and indulge in a sweet summer pudding or a hearty Full English. Travel in England and embrace the culture and food of the local people. Stop at a food stand and order traditional fish and chips wrapped up in paper and coverd in malt vinegar. Sit and sip some traditional afternoon tea and indulge yourself in their delicious scones and biscuits. What better way to understand the English culture than to chow down on some yummy fresh baked scones?



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