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Old 1st November 2013, 04:04 PM   #10661
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Good point DF96.

I think the biggest offense in American food is salt.

I'm probably one of the worst offenders for spices. I have two full shelves of spices.

However, garlic salt with black pepper and flour on a Standing Rib roast produces such a wonderful layer of crispy fat that I will never stop making it like that.

In fact, I may make one for Christmas this year. With Yorkshire pudding.

Calories and Fat be damned!
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Old 1st November 2013, 04:18 PM   #10662
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Having had the good fortune to travel around much of the globe, and having around 250 lbs attests to my good food preference, all I can say is that Nige is right, much of the food in Europe is similar or even same, just under different names.

Then, in addition to the above, God was kind enough to make me a member of a nation which both knows what makes great food and highly values good cooking by centuries old traditions, typically in form of one or two grandmas who did it like nobody else. And, being geographically located as it is, Serbia is slap bang in the middle of a crossorads, physical, national, linguistic and culinary. Also, Serbia is traditionally a farming country.

I have already gone on record for saying this, but the stereotype that Britons eat badly is quite simply rubbish.

I kid about the Yorkshire pudding simply because many Britons think it's a British invention, when it is in fact little more different than a pancake. It did not sit well with my taste, but on the other hand, I feel the Britons are still No.1 in other things. NOBODY makes biscuits like the Britons, nobody. NOBODY has the selection and quality of cottage made marmelades and jams as the Britons do - trust me, I tried and investigazed dilligently. And, arguably, nobody else has kidney, apricot and apple pies the Britons do, at least in terms of commercially available products.

Few have the beer/ale variety that the Britons have, yes, including Germany, which comes in about equal. Right now, I'd kill for a pint of cold Courage Light Ale.

The best for last - cider. British cider turns French cider into mopping up water. The Germans don't exist on the cider map of Europe, nor do most others either. And I spent 3 years in Somerset, "The Cider County", where else would I be? The only trick is not to buy from the local farmers from the barrel in the front yard, you want the suff from the barrel in the back yard. Just like it would be for sliwowtiz (plum brandy) in Serbia. The back yard stuff will usually raise the dead.

Unfortunately, even then in 1970, most Britons didn't appreciate what they already had.
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Old 1st November 2013, 04:30 PM   #10663
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I think one difference between British cooking and some other cuisines is that we actually like the taste of our food, while others seem to prefer the taste of seasonings, herbs, spices etc. so the actual food itself is swamped. We like roast meat - that's all, just roast it. We like potatoes - simply boiled or steamed so all you taste is the potato. Etc.

Now I enjoy an occasional Italian or curry as a change, but I wouldn't want to eat such things every day. If others don't like British food then the solution is simple: don't eat it!

Maybe it is because our food is/was relatively unadulterated that we were for many years so good at hi-fi: we liked our audio unadulterated too.
I completely agree.

Whatever else is said about British food, one has to admit that it is among the healthiest cuisines around and probably the most direct one (little or no spices).

Not that it doesn't have its quirks - mashed apple with roast? And mint sauce all over that? What did that beef ever do to you to make it suffer so?

Other than that, it's all thumbs up.
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Old 1st November 2013, 04:52 PM   #10664
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Dunno... a sticky toffee pudding might be one of the most unhealthy, spicy dessert I know.

Probably one of the best though
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Old 1st November 2013, 05:26 PM   #10665
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I would say our main courses are fairly healthy. Our puddings are not: lots of sugar, fat or cream with some fruit to give us an excuse to eat it! Lovely!!

I have never quite understood our usual pattern of apple sauce with pork, mint sauce with lamb and horseradish (ugh!) with beef. I often pass on the extras - but I do like Yorkshire pudding with roast beef.
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Old 1st November 2013, 06:03 PM   #10666
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I would say our main courses are fairly healthy. Our puddings are not: lots of sugar, fat or cream with some fruit to give us an excuse to eat it! Lovely!!

I have never quite understood our usual pattern of apple sauce with pork, mint sauce with lamb and horseradish (ugh!) with beef. I often pass on the extras - but I do like Yorkshire pudding with roast beef.
I can see the sense of horseradish with some Middle European meals, like boiled beef with boiled potatoes or rice - very tasty with some tomato suace, or hroseradish. Besides, horseradish is the best thing ever from natural sources known to man to open up your sinuses.

Come to think of it, of all the things I have tried in my life, including the Far Eastern cuisine in the Far East (original, not Westernised), the one and only thing that made me almost faint was the discovery that Americans treat and eat watermelon as a salty dish! To me, watermelon is my No.1 summer fruit, strictly cold out of the fridge, eaten as a fruit in its natural state, no additions.

In return, the Americans and Canadians taught me that ice cream should by no means be limited to hot summer days, just as nice in winter.

And the Americans showed me that the idea that they have no native cuisine is a plain outright lie, because they do. I discovered Cajun food the second time I was in USA, in December 1989, and was immediately hooked for life. Across the hotel wife and I were staying in Philadelphia was a Holiday Inn, with a restaurant called Carzy Alex, serving Cajun food. Haven't missed one free night we had to hit the place.

And in the one night we were not free, we were taken to a posh little place downtown Philly, where I was served the best chocolate mousse I even laid eyes on. Truly outstanding. 24 years later, it's still my reference mousse.
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Old 1st November 2013, 06:07 PM   #10667
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DF,

All the best things in life are either unhealthy, illegal, or both.

For example, all I ever wated to be was a wholesale dealer of female nylon and silk stockings - but well filled up. The cops said that was illegal, proving my point that all the best things in life are illegal.
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Old 1st November 2013, 06:11 PM   #10668
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Dunno... a sticky toffee pudding might be one of the most unhealthy, spicy dessert I know.

Probably one of the best though
Friend, you really want to try a traditional baklava over here. You might find your priorities changing fast, as fast as your blood sugar level hikes up.

You'd be surprised how far dough, ground walnut, raisins, lemon slices and sugar sauce can take you.
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Old 1st November 2013, 06:17 PM   #10669
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Ha..ha..

dvv, I heard it "Illegal, Immoral, or Fattening"..

all the same I guess.
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Old 1st November 2013, 06:19 PM   #10670
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English bread is rather good . It is slightly different compared with France or Germany .
Having moved from Germany to the UK I am forced to take issue with that statement.
English bread is not slightly different to german bread, it is fundamentally different.
Most german bread is made using sourdough while english bread predominantly uses yeast.
This results in a VERY different kind of bread.

German cuisine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

After 25 years I still miss a good choice of breads, beers and cold meats here in the UK but bread is always the first thing I buy when I visit family in Germany.
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