British Cuisine and World Heritage Sites in England

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British Cuisine
2008-01-16 08:16:12.0
Although there is ample evidence of a rich and varied approach to cuisine during earlier historical periods (particularly so amongst wealthy citizens), during much of the 19th and 20th century Britain had a reputation for somewhat conservative cuisine. The stereotype of the native cuisine was of a diet progressing little beyond stodgy meals consisting of "meat and two veg". Even today, in more conservative areas of the country, "meat and veg" cuisine is still the favoured choice at the dinner table. Traditional British fare usually includes dishes such as fish and chips ; roast dishes of beef, lamb, chicken and pork; both sweet and savoury pies and puddings, as well as regional dishes such as the Cornish pasty and Lancashire Hotpot . This process of increased variety and experimentation in food inevitably dovetailed with the very profound impact that the post-war influx of immigrants to the UK (many from Britain 's former colonies in the Caribbean and Indian sub-continent) had on the national cuisine. The new communities introduced new and exotic dishes and ingredients to the British repertoire and national consciousness. In some instances, British tastes fused with the new dishes to produce entirely new dishes such as the Balti , an English invention based on Indian cuisine that has since gained popularity across the world. Many of these new dishes have since become deeply embedded in the native culture, culminating in a speech in 2001 by Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook , in which he described Chicken Tikka Masala as 'a true British national dish. Food of England has traditionally been based on pork, beef, lamb, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable. The most common and typical foods eaten in Britain include the sandwich, fish and chips, pies like the Cornish pasty, trifle and roasts dinners. Some of the main dishes that comprises of the Food of England have strange names like Bubble & Squeak and Toad-in-the-Hole. The staple Food of England includes meat, fish, potatoes, flour, butter and eggs. Many of the cuisines in England include preparations made by using these food items. Food of England also influences the culture of England to a great extent. Since 1950, the people of England have eaten less of red meat, more poultry, and about the same amount of fish, which comes under white meat category. This keeps the consumption of fats down and that of alternatives such as margarine up. England food favors the fresh fruits, while vegetables are strictly ruled out and the focus is only on salad vegetables. The main meal, known as supper is now eaten in the evening and is likely to consist of ready-made or frozen food. A lump sum amount of food in England is prepared and served in the restaurant. So if you want to taste English Food then hop into any of the eateries in town. In addition to eating out in inns, pubs, and restaurants, people consume fast food available in the streets. Nowadays you can expect the restaurants to serve you a wide variety of foreign cuisine, ranging from Chinese and Indian to French and Italian. There are few food-related taboos in England. Some of the English avoid some foods for so-called hygienic reasons, such as onions and leeks, which can cause bad breath. There are also some types of foods that are considered uncivilized. Traditionally, the people of England have never eaten horses, dogs and other carnivores or insects. Slowly, the eating of meat is looked on as uncivilized. As part of the shift away from meat toward fruit, vegetables, and fish, people have become more distanced from the production of the meat they eat and less willing to eat as wide a variety of meats. If you want to survey on the kind of food eaten in England, then visiting the various parties and events in England are the best way to find out. Besides the cakes made on birthdays, few special type of food are eaten on major occasions. Some people have...
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