September 3, 2005

Mercy on the Side

TODAY! I am leaving for England! For England! For England!

Things I am excited to eat, even though I don’t really know what some of them are:

Bangers and Mash (no clue)

Toad in the Hole (This is EITHER an egg fried inside toast or a mysterious sausage)

Bubble and Squeak (no clue, but who wouldn’t want to eat that? It sounds cute and friendly.)

Pie and Mash with Parsley Liquor (no clue, but it has PIE in it. And it has LIQUOR in it. Sign me up.)

Lancashire Hotpot (no clue)

Ploughman’s Lunch (Bread and cheese and a bit of pickle. I have it on good authority that one needs to eat this with beer)

Here is a list of all the things I categorically refuse to eat, even though I don’t really know what some of them are:

Kidney Pudding (Just reading the words makes me smell pee)

Bacon Roly-Poly (Down here, a Roly Poly is a BUG. So.)

Pease Mash (A sauce of boiled peas that some places put on fish and chips---it’s been described to me as “finger soup.” )


Stargazy Pie (This is a fish pie and that seems fine except it is called stargazy pie because the fish are cooked tails in, heads up, which indicates that the HEADS are still on the fish and the GAZY part of the name indicates that the EYES are still in the heads. I can’t eat things that look at me. Or even things that look at the stars. I can’t eat things that look, period.)

Marmite (It is brown and in a jar and makes me think, inexorably, of creamed marmoset.)

Oh wait. I am from the South. Her we eat hairy slime (commonly known as okra) and we invented the Fried Dill Pickle. I have relatives who routinely say, “Slop yer aigs around in them grits, honey, and then sop up the yallar with your biskit!” We have Mullet Fries. We came up with CHITLINS and have been known to PICKLE the FEET of perfectly nice pigs.

I probably need to set this rock down and get out the windex so I can polish up the walls of my pretty glass house.

Next time we speak, I will be across the pond.

Posted by joshilyn at September 3, 2005 8:25 AM

I know bangers and mash is sausage and potatoes in some form, but I don't know exactly how it's cooked.

Bubble and squeak has cabbage in it. That's all I need to know about that one. Bleah.

I've tried Vegemite, which is basically the down-under version of Marmite (courtesy of my bud Morven from NZ). If you picture beef boullion jelled to something about the consistency of deviled ham, you pretty much have the picture. Very salty, very beefy, something I'm ever going to eat again.

Have fun in England!! Take LOTS of photos! Lots and LOTS!!

Posted by: DebR at September 3, 2005 9:40 AM

Much love, Tulip! You will have a WONDERFUL time and I can't wait to hear all about it. Bon voyage to you and Mr. Husband and don't forget to have FUN. *smooches*

(creamed marmoset??? bwahahhaahhaa)

Posted by: Mir at September 3, 2005 11:06 AM

Bon Voyage! Have a great time - I'll be looking forward to your impressions and photos.

Posted by: Jenny at September 3, 2005 11:53 AM

Oh take me with you pullllleeeease. drats.

Funny I never ate a single thing on her list either. Half I didn't see offered thank God.

Bubble and squeak - cabbages? the title speaks for itself.

I will settle for pictures.

Posted by: Cele at September 3, 2005 12:14 PM

Mmmmmm, fried dill pickles. *wipes drool off chin* Yum.
I'm so jealous. Although frankly not because of the cuisine. The sightseeing! The history! The entertainment! Take me with you!
Have a wonderful time. Photograph EVERYTHING. And come home soon...I'll miss you! :)

Posted by: Amy-GO at September 3, 2005 1:28 PM

New reader here. Just want you to know that I LOVE your blog.

Have a lovely trip.

Posted by: MIM at September 3, 2005 2:55 PM

We have been living here in England for almost 2 years and I still dont know what some of that stuff is. I guess we have been so focused on sightseeing and other things we have not paid too much attention to the food. Do have some fish and lovely fat greasy chips mmmm. Have a wonderful time!!

Posted by: Whitney at September 3, 2005 3:43 PM

Bubble and Squeak

An old English dish, named for the sounds the ingredients make while cooking (or from the sound one's stomach makes after eating it). Some sources say it was originally cold boiled beef and chopped cabbage, others claim it was originally mashed potatoes and cabbage, while some claim it originally contained all three.

Today it is typically made from leftover potatoes and cabbage fried together.

Had it... love it... will make Joshilyn at least try it.

Posted by: Mr. Husband at September 3, 2005 3:57 PM

Actually, the best food in London tends to be Indian cuisine. I try to avoid the native stuff--you never know when a kidney is going to pop up on your plate.

Have fun!

Posted by: Edgy Mama at September 3, 2005 8:38 PM

Have fun. I continue to be glad I like you so I don't have to ahte you. ;)

Posted by: Heather at September 3, 2005 11:39 PM

Lord, Jos, I think we may be related. "Don't you forgit ter pour sum of that black-strap muhlasses on that biskit if thar's eny left"

Posted by: Deb at September 5, 2005 3:35 PM