England and food

English cuisine, one of the most developed, well-known and sometimes… strange. England has a long and rich history regarding its food. Starting from its most famous dish, and since we start the day with it, The English Breakfast.

A popular dish served as breakfast, even though some might suggest it’s too much, includes bacon, fried, poached or scrambled eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried bread or buttered toast, and sausages. Still, it has admirers all over the world, and many more who want to try this dish. More than a dish, it’s the full English experience on a plate.

Another famous one is a food you can buy literally anywhere. Street vendors, restaurants have one of the most beloved and simple English foods, Fish and Chips. As the name implies it’s fried fish with fried potatoes, chips. A fast food that has been part of English culture for a long time now and why not, it’s different from the standard burgers served at fast food chains. Worth a try.

Now we start with the weird, sometimes by ingredients sometimes by the names. First, we have to mention the black pudding.

When you read it and see pudding you think of a dessert, maybe chocolate, dark chocolate since it’s called black pudding. I’m sorry to disappoint you but it’s actually a sausage, with pork blood, oatmeal, pork fat, and onions. Yes, it sounds strange, and who would eat pork blood in the form of sausage?

The English do, and it’s actually a SuperFood. That doesn’t mean it’s Superman’s favorite dish, but its full of proteins, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. And almost carb-free, that’s what I like to hear. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but still interesting.

And now for the names.

England is known for its culture and writers, Shakespeare, Dickens, Joyce and many others. So maybe one of them had something to do with these names. First we have Toad in the Hole, usually, sausages in Yorkshire Pudding batter served with some vegetables and onion gravy. So what about the name?

Well, the dish looks like a toad poking its head out of a hole.

Interesting and strange, a plethora of choices to be experienced and enjoyed.