Looking for ways to excite your loved ones? Try introducing them to great British food. There is a wide selection of wonderful British dishes that can tickle the fancy of just about everyone. Read on to learn more about the very great British cuisine.
British cuisine has had an awful reputation. This can be largely attributed to the French. Following the conquering of England by the French Norsemen in 1066, the country remained under the rule of a French-speaking elite class for many centuries. This affected virtually every aspect of British culture, including cooking.
The awfulness of British cookery isn't just a product of French colonization. The Industrial Revolution also had a hand to play. During this period, most people moved away from the countryside into urban centers. As a result, millions of British people lost touch with their cultural heritage, including their knowledge of food and cooking.
After realizing and accepting their food was bad, the British people embarked on a mission to repair their reputation. Over the years, British cuisine has risen above its unpalatable past. Let's explore some of the staple foods.
Manufactured by Unilever, Marmite is an English food spread made from yeast extract. It is a sticky, dark brown paste with a unique, salty flavor profile. It is commonly used as a flavoring in dishes.
You can eat it as a savory spread on toast, savory biscuits, and other such baked goods. It is normally spread thinly with margarine or butter, thanks to its concentrated taste.
Moreover, you can make Marmite into a savory drink. Simply add one teaspoon of it to a cup of hot water. It is also often used to enrich casseroles and stews.
Many people who grew up in the 1970s or 1980s would never forget the heavenly experience of Angel Delight. This popular instant dessert mix is characterized by a light fluffy texture and an addictively synthetic taste.
It comes in the form of powder and has several flavor variants including butterscotch, strawberry, banana and chocolate. All you need to do is add the powder to milk and whip it up into mousse-like delicious pudding. The dessert is best served with sliced bananas.
Yorkshire pudding is a batter composed of flour, milk, and eggs. It’s then cooked in the oven. It is usually part of the traditional roast dinner.
You shouldn't confuse this with an American pudding. It's nothing close to that. Yorkshire pudding looks more like a giant popover.
Since their introduction to the market in the early 1900s, OXO Beef Stock Cubes have remained a favorite enhancement for a wide range of kitchen creations. At least 50% of British households use them to enrich flavor when preparing meals for their families. They are so delicious that you can even crush a cube into some hot water and eat it as a soup.
You can't talk about English food without mentioning tea. The average Englishman drinks three cups of tea daily and the whole of the UK drinks at least 160 million cups per day.
So, if you are invited to English teatime, you should expect to get more than just a cup. Besides the cup of tea, you might also get a light snack such as tea sandwiches, cookies, or bread and butter. Another version of British tea is the cream tea, which is associated with the South West of England, particularly Cornwall and Devon. It includes jam and clotted cream served with scones.
If you’re planning on visiting the UK anytime soon, be sure to try at least one of these great English foods.