From Scotland, we move on to England – the final country in the United Kingdom! To recap, I’ve discovered Irish, Scottish and Welsh cuisines and now I’ve delved a little deeper into traditional English fare.
When discussing English cuisine, you commonly hear two things – one how bland and bad the food is (which may have been true thirty years ago and earlier…) and the influx and popularity of Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine. As many point out, while fish and chips may have been the national dish of the UK, it is now chicken tikka masala. I’m not discrediting this by any means, but when it came down to make an English dish, I decided sticking to the traditional and maybe stereotypical dish, Fish and Chips (with a side of mushy peas).
Now, I was unsure of my ability to properly make an awesome fish and chips at home…. So, I did the next best thing! I found an authentic cool British restaurant in Brooklyn and got takeaway! (I’ve made another classic English dish, which I’ll post in the next couple of days!).
The Chip Shop in Park Slope is really cool. They have all of the classics – fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, scotch eggs, bangers and mash, and welsh rarebit. Dessert wise they have the classic spotted dick with custard, english trifle and treacle pudding.
Always a fan of the different breakfast offerings in the UK, they have a full English breakfast for brunch, which consists of bacon, eggs, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried toast, black pudding and sausages.
It was hard resisting getting everything on the menu!
It’s also worth mentioning that they have haggis and deep fried… pizza, mac and cheese and… mars bars, snickers, twinkles and Twix. I did not sample any of these deep fried candy bars, but I’d be interested to try them!
Last week was a very British week for me. In addition to having awesome fish and chips, a side of mushy peas and a english trife from the Chip Shop, I saw British singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran at Radio City Music Hall. (Bonus pop culture reference)
The whole experience was incredible – he is amazing live and the show was very interactive as he turns his audience into a gospel choir (asking us to sing along with him at different parts of the show etc). It’s hard to truly describe what it was like, but the kid can sing and I had a blast. (It should be noted that apparently his music is most popular with 14 year old girls. I felt like the oldest person there… seriously everyone was with their mom and Ed Sheeran is only 21 so I’m a year older than him. It was hilarious).
If you don’t know Ed Sheeran, check two of my favorite songs of his:
You Need Me, I Don’t Need You
Give Me Love