Great British Grub - Delicious Dishes & Tasty Brands
The British are known for being a bit eccentric, a bit odd-ball-ish, but is bringing it to the dinnertable a bit too far? What are these crazy dish names you've heard of but are too afraid to look up? Is "Toad in the Hole" really...? No, it can't be.
- Toad In The Hole
A true classic. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Simply cook sausages in a Yorkshire pudding. (See below)
- Yorkshire Puddings
Nope, gotcha! It's not a dessert. It's a side dish made from batter (flour, eggs, milk), usually served with a Sunday roast - beef, potatoes, gravy and veg.
- Bangers and Mash
It's only sausages and mashed potatoes, but it works.
- Faggots (Mr. Brains')
These were an absolute dream before I ventured over to the Veggie Side. It's pork in gravy, but mashed up. I'm not really sure, just whatever you do, don't Wikipedia it. It sounds revolting. I'm pretty sure offal isn't used anymore... In Mr. Brains' anyway!
- Bubble and Squeak
So you made too much potato and veg for that Sunday roast? No problem! Just pop them into a pan and fry for a while. Yum.
- Stargazey Pie
All the way from Cornwall, a fish pie. It gets worse... Pilchards are cooked in the pie, but with their heads sticking out so that they are, yep, stargazing.
- Spotted Dick
You're dying to know. It's very boring, I'm afraid. "Dick" is just pudding and the spots are dried fruit. Sorry.
Layers of sponge, custard, fruit, jelly and whipped cream.
- Jam Roly Poly
It's pretty much just a swiss roll. But less appetising.
- Eccles Cake
Pastry filled with currents. From Eccles, with love.
Crisps, Walkers if you want to do this properly, between two slices of bread. Press down on the sandwich until they crunch (this is a safety precaution) and enjoy!
- Scotch Eggs
This is a hard boiled egg which is wrapped in sausage meat and then coated in breadcrumbs. They sound rather odd, but they're moreish and ideal to take along on a picnic with your lashings and lashings of Ginger Beer.
- Chip Butty
Oh yes. Smothered in ketchup. Stuff your chips into a sandwich. Now that's perfection.
- Mushy Pea Sarnie
Marrowfat peas, mushed, in bread.
- Chicken Parmo
This isn't a snack, it's... well, drunk food. But I didn't feel it deserved to go under "Proper Nosh". A chicken fillet covered in cheese and Béchamel sauce. Usually served in a pizza box for an easy bib.
- Cornish Pasty
A hot pastry filled with minced beef, diced potato, onions, turnip and seasoning.
This is a soft "whippy" ice-cream, in a cone, with a Cadbury's Flake sticking out of it.
- Deep Fried Mars Bar
Part of me really wants to try this - but an even bigger part of me doesn't. Technically Scottish, you go into a chip shop and order a Mars Bar (or take one from your handbag) and they chuck it in the fryer for you. Classy.
- Cadbury's Giant Buttons
It's like a bag of crisps... But made from chocolate!!
- Terry's Chocolate Orange
It's shaped like an orange, it even breaks off into segments like an orange... It still tastes of orange - just drowned in chocolate. The tastiest chocolate that can possibly exist. Ever.
It's sort of mushy, but in a good way, with little crunchy bits inside. Very sweet though, you could probably only manage one. Maybe that's why we all have atrocious teeth...