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11. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting magykal1

Hehe, I love a good old ploughmans, despite it being 'invented as a marketing ploy to sell British cheese in pubs' (cf BBC Wordhunt).

Here's a few from the patch that I grew up in:
- Cumberland Pie - a layered meal-in-a-pie consisting of one layer minced meat, one layer chopped veg and one layer mashed potato
- Cumberland sausage - a spicy sausage, curled not linked, served with mash (in any decent hostelry)
- Cumberland Tattie Pot - a stew of lamb or beef with potatoes, swede and black pudding

And one from the patch I live in now:
- Eels and mash - the eels are jellied, the whole thing is coated in parsley sauce (liqour) and it occasionally tastes better than it sounds

I would make the full Sunday Roast though! Best if it's beef, roasted on the bone (the French call us 'les rosbif'). I prefer rib. Must have Yorkshire Puddings. Also, roast potatoes absolutely must be crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. My preferred veg with beef are glazed carrots, steamed broccoli and braised cabbage, but veg are flexible! PM me if you want any assistance with any specifics.....

Could you translate for us Americans? What exactly is black pudding, swede and mash?
Also would love to know what brown sauce is?

12. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

I thought black pudding was the sausage at my breakfast I had in Ireland. There is a white version as well. Yummie!

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Black pudding is about 95% solidified pigs blood, made into the shape of a large sausage, then served in thin slices - usually fried, sometimes with a few onions. It's much a Northern thing, more than the South. I live in the North West of England (have done for a long time - although I'm from london, where they do eat it, but not often).... And I hate it - totally, completely, utterly and absolutely. That's just how much I don't like it. Putrid stuff.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Jul-2009, at 12:57 by Redpaddy ]

14. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

It's my own invention, but I am English, so I hope it counts. A thick layer of cold left-over bolognese sauce (preferably straight from the fridge) on buttered toast with sweet chilli sauce. It's gorgeous.

And for the record - I had battered haggis and chips in Glasgow's oldest chip shop last Monday. It was beautiful.

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Except - if you're allergic to chilli.... Nightmare for me if served in food and I'm not told.

16. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Black pudding is about 95% solidified pigs blood

They have solidified pigs blood in Asia too - in Vietnam they often put a slab in a bowl of noodles - yum! (I push it aside myself)

17. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I just can't see the point. There's so much good food out there and folks still nosh this mess. Each to there own I s'pose.
Incidentally, whoever it was that mentioned it - white pudding is made from oatmeal and stomach linings. I feel sick.

18. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Most cultures have some sort of blood sausage, Black Pudding is just the English version. I happen to like it, though not all black puddings are equal.

Mash is mashed potato.

Swede is a root vegetable, a bit like a big turnip.

Brown Sauce translates pretty much directly as Steak Sauce, though Brits are particularly partial to dolloping it on bacon sandwiches.

19. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Black pudding is about 95% solidified pigs blood, made into the shape of a large sausage, then served in thin slices - usually fried, sometimes with a few onions. It's much a Northern thing, more than the South. I live in the North West of England (have done for a long time - although I'm from london, where they do eat it, but not often).... And I hate it - totally, completely, utterly and absolutely. That's just how much I don't like it. Putrid stuff.

Me too - absolutely disgusting stuff. I ate it as a child when I didn't realise what it actually was! My parents both love it. YUK.

20. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Curry (Britain's most popular dish - used to be fish and chips) is now regarded as British in every way. Every Englishman thinks he can make curry (and spag-bog) and there are probably as many different curries as there are people.

Wiki reckons some varieties are actually being exported back to India! And there's always that myth about a customer in an Indian restaurant wanted tomato ketchup on their curry and so Chicken Tikka Masala was born.

Fried egg and chips is what I personally see as the typically English - preferably with a big slab of bread and butter and a nice mug of tea.