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A proper British fry-up requires more than a plate: it requires a vast platter capable of accommodating not just predictable eggs and banal bacon but their exotic cousins: kidneys, fried bread, a sausage made entirely of blood (see black pudding, below) and a concoction of leftover potatoes and vegetables that we inexplicably call "bubble and squeak."
2020/06/11 11:21
It looks all puffy and mouthwatering like a pudding, right? But don't let its friendly appearance fool you. It is not a pudding at all. Like 95% of all British cuisine, it is comprised entirely of eggs, flour, milk and fat.
2020/06/11 11:21
Despite the name, there's no mistaking this one for a dessert. It's a sausage made out of blood. Congealed blood. And oats.
2020/06/11 11:21
Exactly the same as the above recipe but with sausages and therefore 3.7 times tastier.
2020/06/11 11:21
Spotted dick is a dense and delicious combination of sugar, flour, currants and the raw, shredded fat found around the loins and kidneys of a sheep. And if that's not sophisticated enough, it is traditionally drenched in the national beverage: custard.
2020/06/11 11:21
Imagine the biggest slug you've ever seen. Then imagine eating it.
2020/06/11 11:21
A glorious way, no, the only way, to consume as many carbs as possible in one meal. Pastry on the bottom, a different type of pastry on the top, unidentifiable flesh in the middle, and a tsunami of mashed potato.
2020/06/11 11:21
Not a pie but a gigantic swamp of brown meat and gravy hidden beneath a thick blanket of mashed potato. Excessive consumption of this dish risks triggering a neurological condition known as "mash psychosis."
2020/06/11 11:22
By which we mean, fish sticks, oven-cooked french fries and canned beans in tomato sauce.By the age of 16, the average British child will have eaten this dish 4,160 times.
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An egg wrapped in a sausage
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A sausage wrapped in an egg (and various other ingredients that make up pastry).
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Can't decide on dessert? Let trifle solve the conundrum. Layer one pudding on top of another pudding on top of another and cover it all with whipped cream.
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The heroin of desserts. In some upper-class areas of Britain, you can't move for the aristocrats passed out in the gutter having overdosed on this intoxicating mixture of meringue, cream and fruit.
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Or perhaps the way that the Queen Of England (probably) prefers it: cut into chunks, combined with the vital organs of a sheep and stuffed inside a gigantic bucket of pastry?
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In China, it's fried with egg. In Japan, it's served cold with raw fish. There's only one way we serve our rice in Britain: overcooked and drowned in milk and sugar..
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A rolled up cake made of shredded fat filled with jam. Something like this could only be conjured from the imagination of a nation that also gave you The Beatles, the World Wide Web and fox hunting.
2020/06/11 11:23
We built an empire and subjugated many a nation to protect our right to eat fish and chips out of an old bit of newspaper. At least I think that's what British colonialism was about. Either way, we'd go to war with the world all over again if our fried fish in batter was ever under threat.
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History will probably one day reveal that the English Civil War of 1642-1651 was started by two idiots who couldn't agree on whether the jam or cream went on the scone first.This is still a cause of division in the country that makes our bickering over Brexit seem tame and reasonable by comparison.
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Was it the 18th-century literary giant Dr. Johnson who said that when a man is tired of Christmas pudding, he is tired of life? That said, Johnson suffered terribly from gout.
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We stole plants from China and India, sailed all the way back home, dried them, crushed them, drowned them in boiling water then mixed the whole thing with milk and sugar. We now delude ourselves that there isn't a crisis that can't be resolved simply by brewing up a pot of tea.
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