I'm British and it has been reasonably said we don't have a cuisine... we used to spend our time conquering the planet. But things that are typically British will include a roast dinner, there are a lot of stews because they make the best use of cheap tough meat that working people could actually afford,...
Best answer: I'm British and it has been reasonably said we don't have a cuisine... we used to spend our time conquering the planet. But things that are typically British will include a roast dinner, there are a lot of stews because they make the best use of cheap tough meat that working people could actually afford, or normally you would have "meat and two veg" just very simply cooked. Curry is also quite popular because we used to rule India and people brought the idea back with them. And then there is fish and chips.
A full English breakfast is something to try if you visit us - fried egg, fried bacon and/or sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, often these days hash browns and baked beans but that really isn't so traditional. Most hotels will serve that as a buffet so pick what you want, but it is highly inadvisable unless you will burn off that huge amount of calories.
And I have to mention Christmas dinner. This holds the same place as Thanksgiving dinner does in the USA. Traditionally it should include a roast goose but these days it will be roast turkey, roast potatoes, and a selection of other vegetables, probably carrots, parsnips, and for some reason Brussels sprouts. So many people don't like Brussels (I do like them) "but it's traditional" so they get served up anyway. This will be followed by Christmas pudding, very heavy, full of dried fruit and alcohol, served with cream or custard and possibly a mince pie. I'd rather have just the mince pie, to be honest. Very heavy puddings are something we're rather good at - jam roly-poly, suet pudding, bread pudding (the only thing my Dad ever knew how to make), bread and butter pudding, Sussex Pond pudding...
There are a few traditions about Christmas pudding. It really needs to be started a month in advance. The Collect in the Book of Common Prayer for the last Sunday before Advent begins "Stir up, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people..." so this is known as Stir-Up Sunday and when more people went to church, it was a reminder to make the pud! It needs some time to mature a bit and just heat it up on Christmas Day. It is not an unreasonable suggestion to make two and keep the other one for next year - it really does last that long.
This will tend to be enough to make the average British family collapse in front of the TV for the Queen's Christmas Message at 3 pm. This used to be broadcast live but now Liz records it in advance so it can include filmed bits and she can watch it with the rest of us. She talks to the nation and the Commonwealth for 10 minutes and wishes us a Happy Christmas.
True, what you get as Chinese food in the USA is the version of it that Americans will eat. Much the same here with "British curry". The most famous one of those is chicken tikka masala, which is definitely a British invention that Indians have never heard of. Apparently the story is that a customer complained his chicken tikka was too dry. It's SUPPOSED to be like that but "the customer is always right" so the chef whipped up a creamy tomato sauce and the customer loved it.
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