Thursday, 16 April 2009

Quintessential?

It’s been a while since we’ve presented a list here. Earlier today I discovered this one on The Times online, nestled under the heading “Top 10 quintessential English foods”. They provided explanatory blurb for each item. I’ve removed it in the interests of brevity.


1. MELTON MOWBRAY PORK PIE
2. FISH AND CHIPS
3. BLACK PUDDING
4. KIPPERS
5. PARKIN
6. CORNISH PASTY
7. POTTED SHRIMPS
8. GROUSE
9. TREACLE SPONGE PUDDING
10. CHEDDAR CHEESE


I am now faced with the realisation I am obviously not quintessentially English. Half the list I would never eat; that’s the black pudding, kippers, parkin, shrimps and grouse. Add to that the fact that while I don’t dislike pork pies of Cornish pasties I rarely eat them. Treacle sponge pudding could join that category. I don’t like mature Cheddar, preferring Sainsbury’s cheap cheddar-a-like ‘mild chesse’! But fish and chips – there’s something I actually miss.

1 comment:

Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy said...

How on earth did they miss Marmite? And Baked Beans? And proper sausages? What about a really decent curry and poppadoms then? Huh? That is what we're looking forward to having when we get back to Britain! Oo, and decent milk.

I'm with you on this one. Half those foods on there I would never eat!