I recently returned from two weeks in the United Kingdom, split between a week in London and a week in Scotland.
It didn’t afford the same opportunities to make fun of the local cuisine as does a trip to, say, Japan. Fish and Chips are, well, fish and chips anywhere, and there’s only so far you can go with making fun of Spotted Dick or Toad in the Hole or Bangers and Mash. People have made fun of the names of British food for ages and there’s nothing really I can add to it.
What I CAN add, however, is this item which I ate in Oban, Scotland:
It’s a pizza. Not a terribly big one, mind you, about what we’d call a “small” in the US.
It’s got cheese and pepperoni on it.
Oh, and it’s been dipped in batter and deep fried and it comes with a plate of fries – pardon me, “chips” – on the side.
This is not – NOT, I repeat, some kind of “fair food”. This is on the regular menu, as something one might legitimately order as a meal on a regular basis if one were suicidal.
And yes, I ate it.
But just the once.
The scottish have a reputation for their fried foods and high rates of heart disease, when i’ve been there ive had some places heat up my steak and kidney pie by chucking it in the deep fat fryer. I’ve als had classics such as deep fried Haggis and the immortal deep fried mars bar
However us Brits have a lot of good foods and we’re not the cliched cup o tea, fish and chips eating peoples we’re made out to be. We’ve got a lot of good foods with a lot of regional variations and we’re an adventurous bunch
Mind you that pizza does look nice, wonder if i can fir one in my deep fat fryer 😉
In the interest of full disclosure, my mother was born in Glasgow and I thought that I was ready for the onslaught of, well, “fried” as a default way of cooking anything. I just wasn’t quite prepared for them to have honed their heart-stopping cookery skills quite to this extent. 🙂