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What do you think about typical english food?
Lets talk about traditional food in England. Something to survive but not to eat as I never ate it twice in my lifetime.

Fish and Chips
Everybody heard about it I suppose. Fish and chips consist of a fried fish filet- normally cod and chips. Something the english don‘t prepare at home. It’s classified as a street food. There are many special Fish and Chips restaurants. When I first was to England I liked it. And it was packed in newspaper with mayonnaise!

Yorkshire pudding.
It’s a supplement for steak, beef and another meat dishes. It’s made of flour, eggs, milk, fat, salt and pepper. It’s normally a savoury pudding. As its name says, the Yorkshire pudding was originated in Yorkshire in England. And there he ought to remain until the end of times. Its taste is awful and sticky.

Baked Beans

Those are white kidney beans with tomato sauce or ketchup baked in the oven. It’s a typical dish for English breakfast and in America it’s a component for the barbecue. It’s often used as a side dish with bacon, eggs and toast. Did you ever tasted it!

Plum Pudding

It is eaten on Christmas Day. The Christmas dish is a cooked pudding which contains dried fruits for example raisins and nuts. The dark pudding is often soaked in alcohol like brandy. I will never understand why anyone could swallow this sticky lump.

Kidney Pie

some kind of pie filled with diced beef and diced lamb kidneys. I suppose this dish has been served to slaves as their last meal before getting executed. Oh boy, I love lamb meat as the arabian ppl prepare it. But as part of a kidney pie?
Actually there are a few things I like:

Roast lamb
Chicken in the basket
Raspberry trifle
Full English breakfast
Dover Sole

Apart from that - small wonder Indian and Cinese food are so popular
Of course they are. Indian food is the one I'm appeasing my appetite with whenever I come to London. And its much better than the food they are serving in Germany or even in France. Indian and Thai and Chinese food of course too.
The food from the colonies is not typical English, though of course nowadays they are part of English life.
But! There is typical English food I love! When I was Au Pair in Northern England, North Yorkshire, I had to learn to cook those dishes.
Especially the Sundays Dinner was great!

But first: Fish and chips: I love it! Especially with vinegar! Chips and vinegar are great - I wrote it today as comment to a picture here... But as I wrote there: when I tried to get it in an Irish Pub in Germany I was nearly thrown out...

As I said I was in Northern England - and there the cooking is somewhat different from the South. They use an awful lot of lard. Everything is soaked in lard... (Schweineschmalz). Of course that was in the seventies - maybe they got more sensible nowadays, but who knows...
I was on a dairy farm - so the food was for the hard working men. But the Sunday dinners I really loved. We either had joint of pork or a joint of beef or of lamb - or a chicken. Each cooked in the oven - with lard.
Very hot fluid lard was poured over the skin of the pork to make it crispy, then the joint went into the oven. With the joint of pork went roast potatoes - made in lard of course - and green beans - boiled in salted water. I like the vegetables that simple - but most Germans - and French - don't.
The Roastbeef was done as everybody does Roastbeef . but with lard... I am not sure if it was "à pointe" - medium - after the oven, since the English distaste blood, but maybe it was - cannot really remember, it was a long time ago. And with the roastbeef went gravy - again with lard - and Yorkshirepudding. I loved it! I still do. Except the lard.

Lamb went with roast potatoes and beans again - and with Mince Sauce - I love it too, but only in England. Mince sauce with lamb chops is lovely too, but it only works on the Islands.

Chicken went with Bread Sauce - which is bread with onions boiled in milk - lovely and fattening.

These are those English dishes I love! But probably they are the only typical ones one can love....
The best I wish for New Year:
Rather than adding years to your life
Add life to your years
Thats all for what you should strive!
Make the best of it!
And Happy New Year of course.
Btw, my wish originates from an old chinese proverb which has been transcribed by Oscar Wilde.
I wish you all a merry and peaceful Christmas. Dreaming of a white Christmas has been the dream of long ago. Lets meet under the umbrella and gather around the tree and relish the Christmas dinner.
Oh well, the 10th member has been registering. Hi Michaela, nice to meet you in our group. I have to admit that from time to time I'm having a small cup of Tequila, however I stopped smokin long time ago. Make yourself right at home and welcome again.
Did you ever have problems with left-hand driving in GB? After a while I got used to it. However being afoot before crossing the street I looked to the wrong side first - to the left! I was lucky when they came from the wrong side
Roundabouts are a problem.
I learned to drive in England. At first I had an English driving licence. But that was a very long time ago.
Just curious: how do you spend X-mas eve? Formal dinner, family reunion, distributing gifts, is there a christmas tree - decorated ?
As to me:
Formal dinner. since at least 15 years, the famous fondue chinoise
Familiy reunion: of course, as long as I can remember
Distributing gifts: only for the kids
No christmas tree anymore
I love Chinese fondue! Hotpot we call it. My sister-in-law, my foster-brother's wife - they are Vietnamese - does it now and then - lovely! She did it on New Year's eve, probably still does it . But I am not here, since I will spend the change of the year in Ariège with my sister and my brother-in-law, who have been living there for 15 years now.
Christmas we ignore - but we will have a lovely dinner at their home. And on New-year's eve I will cook. Last year we bought a piece of beef from a Halal-Shop - it was great. We will see, what I will do this year.
Getting bigger, a new member joined us: Sharon, nice to meet you Sharon, make yourself right at home.
Hello everybody Thank you for the friendly welcome
Since my time in England I have been reading English - and American - Books in English, not only to keep in touch with the language, but also because the translations sometimes are awful. And since writing is an art, where the use of a language should be the writer's choice, a translation is never able to get the writers feeling for the language.
However - if possible I also watch films in the original language - and listen to audiobooks in English. I have to be careful, if they are American, because not all American accents are good for my ears.
So - maybe we could give each other tips, what books are interesting. I love thrillers, but i must admit, there sometimes is too much violence. With the age I got a bit more sensitive. I also love history books - if the history is older than the 20th century. I do not like romance... Well - except of course if the hero speaks a Scot accent. That's why I love the audiobooks, because the British mostly use the accents. And I love to listen to them.
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I never ever could miss the smell of a new book, its cover, the rustling while turning pages, the sense of paper etc. No ebooks for me. The last book I've been reading was by Hornby: How to be good. Filled with the kind of english humour which is unique.
Btw welcome to our newbie Erich.
I also love real books, but with all those shortliving pocketbooks which I read once and then put into the bookshelf and forgot about them all shelfs are crowded. I got hundreds of thriller and spystories from the cold war. Who wants to read them nowadays? I actually started to put them into the blue bin, though I have a problem throwing books away.
Good books are lovely, that's true. Some weeks ago I bought a book about megalithc sites in Germany. Books of that kind are great.
They didn't take it from the poor!
Here's the story about two catholic sisters embezzling $500.000,00 cash for gambling in Las Vegas.
And it is getting around . Greetings to Manni, our new member. Wish you all a smoothy sunday. Snow is in the air and it is getting cold, brrr. We're living in the southern Schwarzwald and the Feldberg is ahead.
thank`scup of Coffee for you