Norwegian Would...

What food experiences best sum up the UK? What are the classic dishes a visitor really should try?

While I will, no doubt, get some inspiration from Simon Majumdar's next book, the question arose last night while dining with our friends, Jacqui and Terje. Over a great meal - amazing how much fun you can have with an electric raclette and some raw beef - and much talk of other recent food experiences (of course), we got to talking about traditional food. Jacqui's parents had recently visited. While they now live in Mexico after a number of years in Canada, they lived in London for several years before that. They evidently spent much of their recent visit re-experiencing some fondly remembered British foodie pleasures.

They've now returned to warmer climes, and Terje, who's originally from Norway, is keen to complete his British food education - although, it must be said, not quite as keen as Jacqui is to make him do it.
So... what should he try? We've got a few obvious suggestions - good fish and chips, apple crumble, a proper pork pie, Lancashire Hotpot, an Eccles cake - but we're open to ideas. Suggestions anyone?


Helen said…
Well faggots are an absolute must on that list I reckon. Along with scotch eggs, steak and kidney pud, cream teas, pickled eggs, pork scratchings, pork pie, stargazy pie, potted shrimps, pea and ham soup, full English brekkie, oxtail soup, pie and mash with liquor, game with bread sauce, beef welly...oh I'm going to have to stop now. I could go on and on and on!
I have to agree with Helen's amazing list, especially the cream teas!

What else? Fish pie, sausage & mash, Derbyshire (or Staffordshire if you prefer!) oatcakes, apple pie and custard, jam roly poly (and custard again of course), shepherd's pie, ploughmans (with some good British cheeses)... There seem to be a lot of pies!
Su-Lin said…
I could do some learning from these lists myself! I'd add a proper steamed pudding - had a gorgeous spotted dick the other day and I'd definitely argue for that on the list!
Lizzie said…
Kippers for breakfast!
Jacqui said…
Thanks for all of the great suggestions. Although I have to confess, after looking it up on Wikipedia, the description for faggots doesn't look that appealing - "is made from meat off-cuts and offal, especially pork. A faggot is traditionally made from pig's heart, liver and fatty belly meat or bacon minced together, with herbs added for flavouring and sometimes breadcrumbs. The mixture is shaped in the hand into balls, wrapped round with caul fat". But, I guess you can't judge until you try.

And my parents once used my microwave to heat up kippers and it smelled so bad that I gave them the microwave.

Other than that, we (Terje) are looking forward to sampling the local cuisine.

So, where is the best place for typical British food?
Anonymous said…
fish pie, beef and guinness pie, kedgere, roast lamb with roast potatoes and some REAL gravy! YUM! melting chocolate pudding, bread and butter pudding - also yum! And what about British cheeses? stilton, yarg, cheddar, etc.

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