Information on what it is really like to live in the United Kingdom


Often derided by arrogant ex. French President’s and other world leaders, Food & Drink from the UK is actually seriously good stuff. There’s a HUGE variety of it to choose from, one of my recipe books I’ve bought on the subject is nearly 2-inch thick and just over 500 pages long.




One of the first things people usually think of at the mention of British Food is of course “Fish & Chips”. Chips being deep fried bits of potatoes fatter than stringy French Fries like you get in McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants, and not to be confused with the American usage of “Chips” which we refer to as Crisps. The fish, sometimes coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried.... but more often than not coated in batter and deep-fried. The fish used for this is almost always either Cod, Haddock, Pollack, Coalfish or Plaice.



Other options usually available at Fish & Chips shops include: Deep fried Sausage, Fishcakes, or Scampi. Items available to add usually include: Mushy Peas, Gravy or Curry Sauce.


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Another popular “native” dish is the roast chicken dinner, like this basic version here - roasted chicken meat served with Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, Gravy, Peas & other vegetables. A full British chicken dinner isn’t really complete without also having stuffing to accompany it, usually PAXO Sage & Onion stuffing to save time.

Then of course there is Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, with Gravy.


We also must not forget dishes such as Irish stew, Beef Stew & Dumplings, a variety of Casseroles and Lancashire Hot Pot.

Indian food is also popular in the UK, mostly Indian curry dishes adapted to UK tastes, with popular ones including: Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Korma, Beef Madras, Chicken Madras, Chicken Rogan Josh, Chicken Vindaloo & Mutton Vindaloo. Which range in spicyness from barely noticeable to blow-your-head-off hot.

Italian food is also popular, though most usually consists of dried pasta covered in tomato based sauce manufactured under license in the Netherlands. Popular brands include: Napolina, Ragu, Dolmio, Lloyd Grossman & Jamie Oliver.

Asian food (including and in addition to Indian) is also popular, in the form of cook-in sauces from brands such as Sharwoods, Blue Dragon, Lloyd Grossman, Uncle Ben’s & Patak’s. Just fry-up some meat, and stir in the sauce until it’s heated up - and it’s ready.

Noodles are popular, in the form of POT NOODLES and Batchelor’s Super Noodles, as well as Egg noodles from Sharwoods or Blue Dragon.

Toad-in-the-Hole doesn’t contain any actual amphibians, but is in fact a Yorkshire Pudding with Sausage(s) baked into the Batter.

Jaffa Cakes are very popular to snack on, in fact they’re so good it’s very easy to go through an entire pack of 12 of these in one sitting without realising it. They’re the size & shape of a Biscuit (cookie), yet are in fact a cake - a sponge cake base, with a dollop of Orange jelly on top of it, and held in place by a layer of chocolate. They’re mainly created to take advantage of a Sales Tax (V.A.T) loophole. The main brand is McVities, who first introduced them in 1927.

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