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British Food Fortnight 2018

What dishes would you recommend to a visitor who is discovering the UK?

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Could you guess what the most popular food is when we all sit down for a family meal? In years gone past, nothing said British Food like Sunday Roast, Fish & Chips, Full English Breakfast (which would include bacon, eggs, sausage, beans and black pudding and probably fried bread) and if you were in Scotland Haggis & Neeps, in Wales Welsh Crawl…

Fish & Chips

…But how times have changed! Whilst Fish & Chips remains the most popular take out meal with a “Chippy” in walking distance from most homes, our restaurants have changed and we have a myriad of cuisines from across the globe to tempt us.

There’s no hiding from the fact that Britain has undoubtedly gone through 50 plus years of rapid change and this has had a huge impact on the food we eat. Britain is now blessed with a multi-cultural society, with influences from all corners of the world and whilst the foods above are still top of the list for anyone visiting the country, they may not be so typical of the foods we eat at home or when we go out.

We took a look at a menu from a popular high street chain “Bills” and highlighted the main influence:

OAK SMOKED SPICED RIBS – American influence

WARM CHICKEN, AVOCADO AND PARMESAN SALAD – Italian influence

PAN FRIED CHICKEN WITH TRUFFLE AND WILD MUSHROOMS – British influence

MACARONI CHEESE – Italian influence

ANCIENT GRAIN BOWL – Chinese influence

HALLOUMI, KALE AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD - Cypriot influence

BILL'S FISH PIE – British influence

BUTTERNUT SQUASH, TURMERIC AND COCONUT CURRY – Indian influence 

MOJO MARINATED CHICKEN SKEWERS – Greek influence

PAN FRIED SEA BASS – European influence

CHICKEN GREEN CURRY – Thai influence

FISH FINGER SANDWICH – British influence

BUTTERMILK CHICKEN BURGER – the spices offered herewith this have a South American inspiration

BILL'S HAMBURGER – American influence

As a nation, we have embraced the new flavours our multicultural society and ability to travel have introduced us too. These new flavours have become integral to our lives.

Not happy to wait to enjoy these flavours when we eat out, we look to create them at home. We buy recipe books, watch TV programs and YouTube channels and search out authentic blogs. Our supermarkets are full of products to help achieve success too.

Most homes now own woks for Chinese and Indian inspired food, rice cookers and pizza trays. Is there a house that doesn’t have a spaghetti measure or a cast iron pan to sizzle steaks to create that great Jerk taste.

Fortunately, we don’t have to holiday to purchase all these specialist pans as UK brands have them included in their portfolios – you can check out our woks, rice cookers and griddle pans.

That aside, we still think if you were a tourist coming to the UK, you would google what to eat and the foods mentioned in this blog would still be up there? Do you agree? Have a look here: 12 Classic British Foods You Must Try When Visiting The UK!

If you were asked these two questions – What are the foods you look forward to eating? What dishes would you recommend to a visitor who is discovering the UK? – would your answer be the same for both or different? Go over to our social media and let us know what you think! With British Food Fortnight coming up (22nd September - 7th October 2018) what foods will you be embracing?

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