The British love sweet things, they eat them as a snack. Usually at teatime, it should be at 5 – it starts with sandwiches and ends with desserts.
A typical dessert is a pie. A pie looks differently in Am than in GB. As for the British one, pastry case is not only at the bottom but also on top. In the middle there’s filling.
-savoury pies – spiced but not too much
Shepherd’s pie (shepherd takes care of sheep) is made of mutton, it’s very strong in taste and smell.
-sweet pies – most common fillings are pumpkin, apple…
Sandwiches are originally British but they are eaten all over the world. 2 slices of bread, in the middle there’s filling – cucumber, tuna fish – the most favourite. History – Earl of Sandwich was a famous gambler. During a long game he ate sandwiches filled with smoked meat. People started immitating him.
The name comes from „public houses“. Pub has 2 sections – a bar and a restaurant section. Children under 18 cannot enter the bar section and shouldn’t enter a pub without a guidance. Pubs close early, before closing they shout „last order“ (you may buy the last drink).
The British are very bad cooks. Meals are overcooked, bland, tasteless. They do not use spices and they even save salt.
Yorkshire pudding – eaten with roastbeef. It’s combination of flour, milk and eggs baked in the oven. They eat it for Sunday lunch.
Wales – lamb with mint sauce.
Scotland – haggis
Ireland – salmon, usually baked.
British cuisine has changed a lot because of ethnic groups. The british discovered that mutton and lamb are not the most delicious meat so they started visiting ethnic restaurants and now they even make it at home.
famous indian dish is curry – meat mixed with many spices (esp.curry), extremely spicy, eaten together with indian bread – it’s made in form of pancake (in tortilla x thick).
Asian restaurants – compared to Am., variety of food is limited.
Food in pubs
Pubgrub – food you eat with beer – pickles (kysele okurky), onions, bread, cheese.
You can buy:
==lager – european kind of beer – fair in colour, kind of sweet, not strong
==bitter – bitter in taste, dark in color, not strong
Fastfood (br.=takeaway) – originally there were no seats.
The most typical fastfood dish is fish and chips, with salt and vinegar. You can get it either unwrapped = on a piece of paper, or wrapped – into a piece of paper. There was a tradition to wrap it in newspaper but hot fish and chips dissolved ink so it was unhealthy. Now, greese proof paper is used.
Waiter/waitress – brings food, puts alarm clock on your table
Host/hostess – a person who wait behind the door, asks how big your company is (so that he or she can find a table for you), and smoking/non-smoking section.