Food, Glorious Food! Episode Two (which is actually called ‘Crumpets and Tea’)

Hello again everybody! If you haven’t already, go check out our second episode of Across the Pondcast.

Many people would say that food is one of the most important things in life. When travelling, sampling the traditional food of wherever you go is a great way to experience the culture. In this podcast, we explore differences between the US and the UK, but like Ogres, countries are also like onions, and have many layers. There are small, local specialties as well as countrywide stereotypical foods to try.

One of the most popular and stereotypical UK meals is, of course, fish and chips. (Clarification: chips in the UK are fries in the US, chips in the US are crisps in the UK. Got it? Good.) Traditionally, fish and chips are wrapped in newspaper, which was to keep the cost down, as it was considered a working man’s meal. Interestingly, it was used as a morale booster, and not rationed in WWII. The origin of fish and chips is somewhat debated, but it began to emerge in London in the 1860s. (I can just imagine Jack the Ripper snacking on fish and chips, reading about his latest victim while roaming the streets of foggy London..) If you’re curious about fish and chips, check out this cool article from the BBC.

The classic American food we discussed was the mysterious hot dog. Though it is shaped similar to a sausage, the hot dog is uniquely American. They are convenient for baseball games, and summer bonfires. S’mores, another uniquely American delicacy, are also great for bonfires. Unfortunately, graham crackers aren’t really a thing in the UK, nor are huge marshmallows. However, there are biscuits (cookie-like crackers, not flaky bread covered in gravy) which are an delicious compliment to the properly prepared cup of tea (and by proper, I mean black tea with milk.)

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However, the UK has crumpets. For those who have never seen one before, here’s a picture!

 

 

 

 

 

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Anyone who has learned to play the recorder has learned the song ‘Hot Crossed Buns.’ Well, you may be surprised to know that they are still made, and enjoyed in the UK to this day! You can see why they are called ‘crossed,’ and they are best served hot.

 

 

 

 

Well, I don’t know about you, but now I need a nice cup of tea, and maybe a biscuit…. or two. Keep an eye out for our next podcast and blog, it promises to be a very entertaining one!! If you’re interested in seeing what we’ll be rambling about next, subscribe to our podcast and follow our blog. Also, if you have any suggestions, comments, questions, and so on, feel free to let us know!!

 

 

 

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