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The Definition of British Foods

Last week I listed the names of various British foodstuffs so that we could take an easy swipe at English cuisine. Some of you have asked to tell what those foods were, so here they are in all of their glory…

  • Aberdeen Nips – Smoked Haddock on Toast
  • Beef Cecils – Meatballs
  • Black Pudding – A sausage made with blood.
  • Bubble and Squeak – A potato and cabbage mixture traditionally served with cold meat from the Sunday roast, and pickles. Meredith noted, the name comes from the sounds it makes whilst in the oven.
  • Clapshot – Mashed Potatoes and Turnips with chives and lard
  • Cullen Skink – Fish-and-potato soup from the northeast of Scotland.
  • Dean’s Cream – Spongecake, jam, whipped cream and fruit
  • Fitless Cock – Oatmeal pudding made in the shape of a chicken
  • Flummery – A pudding made with Lemon, Yolks and Brandy.
  • Girdle Sponges – Fried Sponge Cakes
  • Hob Nobs – Mass Produced oat biscuits, some of which are coated with Chocolate
  • Huffkins – Bread Rolls made with Milk
  • Hunter’s Buns – Oatmeal Biscuits
  • Love in Disguise – Stuffed, baked calve’s hearts
  • Inky Pinky – A gravy made with leftover beef bits and stock
  • Knickerbocker Glory – A dessert made with ice cream, meringue, fruits, whipped cream and alcohol.
  • Marmite – a spread made from yeast extract.
  • Priddy Oggies – Pork and Cheese Pastry
  • Scouse – Mutton stew mixed with hardtack
  • Singing Hinnies – Currant Cake
  • Slot – Cod Roe Dumplings
  • Spotted Dick – suet pudding containing dried fruit, either raisins or currants
  • Toad-in-the-hole – Sausages in Yorkshire pudding mix, served with vegetables and gravy.
  • Wet Nelly – A pudding made of suet, bread and spices.
  • Wow-Wow Sauce – Pickled Walnut Gravy

I think that’s all of them. Let me know if there’s any discrepency.

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The Names of British Foods

The following list comes from the wonderfully silly book Gastronaut, by Stefan Gates. In this book, he poses the theory that British Food is looked down upon, not because the food is bad, but rather because of the rather unfortunate names.

Consider the following (and points will be given to those who can describe each dish and/or food product).

  • Aberdeen Nips
  • Beef Cecils
  • Black Pudding
  • Bubble and Squeak
  • Clapshot
  • Cullen Skink
  • Dean’s Cream
  • Fitless Cock
  • Flummery
  • Girdle Sponges
  • Hob Nobs
  • Huffkins
  • Hunter’s Buns
  • Love in Disguise
  • Inky Pinky
  • Knickerbocker Glory
  • Marmite
  • Priddy Oggies
  • Scouse
  • Singing Hinnies
  • Slot
  • Spotted Dick
  • Toad-in-the-hole
  • Wet Nelly
  • Wow-Wow Sauce

Let it be known that I am a fan of some British foods (although, for the life of me I don’t understand the desire for Heinz peas or Baked beans). I’ve eaten several of the above items, and have enjoyed all of them.

But the names? When comparing two dishes, one named Mousse au chocolat and one named Spotted Dick, which sounds more appetizing? Are there any theories as to why British foods are named the way they are?

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