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Apr 17, 2009

England's Top 10 Foods?

Cream tea, anyone?

The Times of London Online had an article yesterday by writer Simon Majumdar, who has been traveling in the UK for research on an upcoming book about the food of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

Yesterday’s article, though, tackled only England’s food---specifically, he listed the 10 foods he considers to be “quintessentially English.” Here they are:
  1. Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
  2. Fish And Chips
  3. Black Pudding
  4. Kippers
  5. Parkin
  6. Cornish Pasty
  7. Potted Shrimps
  8. Grouse
  9. Treacle Sponge Pudding
  10. Cheddar Cheese
Never heard of Parkin or Black Pudding? They’re all described in the article, which you can check out here (although I'm still in the dark about Parkin).

I sent the article to my English buddy, Monica, who has lived in San Francisco for many years. Her take on this subject puts everything into perspective:

“I'd go along with the pie, fish and chips, Cornish pasty… But I think a cream tea, taken in a country tea shop, preferably in the garden, is one of life's great pleasures.”

Who could argue with that?

To learn more about England's regional foods, visit my website.
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