Living with the English (part five)

I think if you asked the English the question:

If you can only have one kind of food for the rest of your life, what'll it be??

The answer would undoubtedly be: potatoes.

I have never experienced a country where one thing was as prevalent as potatoes are here! (Except maybe for pasta in Italy, but that's irrelevant).

Of course, they eat them deep fried. Although that might be commonly known simply as 'chips', it is not nearly as simple as that. See, proper chips are rather large, whereas smaller varieties are sometimes known as fries. Especially the kind you find in American fastfood restaurants. You will also see a curly form of chips/fries and I'm sure there are plenty of other kinds as well.

Then there's mash. I think they love mash almost as much as they love the chips. But apparently you can only eat it with certain things, like pie.

Roast potatoes are potatoes that are covered in what I guess is some kind of batter. They become sorta crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And very hot on the inside too!

Backed potatoes, or jacket potatoes as they are called here, are also well loved. And they eat it with virtually ANYTHING. In Denmark usually you'd get them with butter or sour cream. Here there's no end to the possibilities: beans, cheese.. you name it.

But the way, the English especially love to consume their potatoes, is by eating crisps - which are called chips virtually everywhere else in the world! There is no end to the taste varieties of crisps: sourcream & onion, lamb & mint, salt & vinegar, and a multitude of cheese varieties. Bacon, different kinds of chicken flavoured, and a variety of spicy ones.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 4:13 PM