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spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
29851 posts
2/16/2022 8:22 am
C IS FOR CUISINE



Above is not me half-naked in the nudist restaurant, Innato, when I last visited Spain! Diners are encouraged to strip off and eat food off the bodies of model waiters and waitresses.

Here in England, our cuisine, though improved over the years, does not have a great reputation internationally. The French, the Greeks, the Italians and the Spanish, but not the Germans, all claim to have a better cuisine than the English. English cuisine has a reputation for being stodgy.

Traditional English dishes are fried breakfasts (bacon, sausages and fried eggs), Sunday roasts (roast beef, chicken, lamb or pork with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, carrots and peas, all lashed with gravy), fish and chips (mainly haddock now that cod stocks are running low), shepherds pie (made with lamb mince) or cottage pie (made with beef mince), and desserts served with custard (such as apple pie, jam roly-poly, rhubarb crumble, sticky toffee pudding, and syrup sponge pudding).

Our cuisine has changed and improved significantly over the last forty years with the increasing influence of American, Belgian, Brazilian, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Portuguese, Scandinavian, Spanish and Thai cuisines. This is one big upside of both immigration and globalisation.

What are your views on English food?
What dishes are part of your local cuisine?
What is your favourite local dish?


In Nottingham where I live, there is a peculiar dish of mushy peas served with mint sauce. I have never come across this dish anywhere else; the dish is delicious. I often go to the local market and eat a dish at the mushy pea stall.

If you were to visit me for a meal in Nottingham, I would serve up mushy peas with mint sauce for starters, a roast beef dinner and a syrup sponge pudding for afters, all washed down by a pint of best bitter - see below. I hope you will join me!

Mushy peas with mint sauce:


Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower cheese with gravy:


Syrup sponge pudding with custard:


Sir Peter Mansfield Best Bitter:


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/16/2022 8:23 am

A bitter is a type of pale ale. Bitter is darker and heavier than pale ale and lager. Before the invasion of lager, it was a very popular tipple served in English pubs.
Sir Peter Mansfield won a Nobel Prize for his research on magnetic resonance imaging (MR while he was a professor at the University of Nottingham.


EnigmaInitiative 54F  
6054 posts
2/16/2022 10:24 am

What are your views on English food?

I mean, you're not going to convince me to eat blood pudding, but I love roast chicken with roasties and carrots. I love peas, but do prefer them not to be mushy. And, cottage pie is frequently on my menu.

What dishes are part of your local cuisine?

We're a hodge podge of food because Orlando is so tourist forward. There is a high concentration of Carribean Food here, but I'm not the biggest fan. I have tried it.

Some of the ones I do like are a roast pork dish and cuban sandwiches.

What is your favourite local dish?

Beneen...which is roast pork

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CleavageFan4U 65M  
69374 posts
2/16/2022 10:38 am

I've heard of the wait staff as serving plates before, and kind of like it! (Think I even did a post about it some years ago.)

What are your views on English food? - Sounds somewhat like ours. Have been joking of late that with the price increases for beef, it might be time to try some lamb, which I've never had.

What dishes are part of your local cuisine? - Barbeque is big around here of course, but with the influx of Vietnamese "boat people" a generation ago, that is big too now.

What is your favourite local dish? - My uuuuhhhummm "favorite" is smoked prime rib.

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joisygirl 64F
4212 posts
2/16/2022 12:16 pm

What are your views on English food? My son-in-law is an excellent cook. When I was just there, he made a Sunday Roast, Pork with roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings and baby broccoli, just as in your photo. He made a yummy cottage pie, the kids wouldn't touch it, and had to be persuaded. Vi was first to give it a go and loved it, Rowan took more convincing, but he succumbed to hunger and finally had some and loved it. I think everyone had seconds. Dylan was harder to convince and exasperated, he put his head down on the table, between his crossed arms. When it was nearly gone, Amanda said if he doesn't try some before it's gone, he'll cry. There was just a little bit left and he peeped one eye out to check what he was about to miss out on and finally gave in; he loved it too. Kids... You can keep the mushy peas, they serve them with fish and chips at the chippy. I think they're weird.

What dishes are part of your local cuisine? Growing up, my relatives were Polish, Ukrainian, Austrian and Pennsylvania Dutch, so perogies (boiled dumpling filled with mash potatoes or sauerkraut, dipped in melted butter when boiled, the first serving, after that, they'd be fried in butter and served with sour cream, perogies (cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and rice), Chicken potpie (chicken stew, with home made noodles and veg), scrapple with apple butter (meat trimmings baked in a loaf), pickled tripe (I can't believe I ate that, cows stomach I think), pickled red beets and red beet eggs (eggs are pickled in the beet juice), corn pie (whole kernel corn, cream corn, onions, hard boiled eggs sliced and Cope's Corn (dried and toasted corn it's usually available around thanksgiving, it's baked with milk or cream), kiffles (dough is cut into diamond shapes, filled with ground nuts, poppy seeds or apricot preserves, two corners are folded over top and baked in then they coated in powdered sugar) and nutroll is another holiday dessert (the dough is spread with ground walnuts or poppy seed filling and rolled into a loaf and baked).
What is your favourite local dish? I don't know that I have a very favorite dish, maybe corn pie because I hardly get it, I love potpie too, in the south they call it chicken and dumplings (the dough is rolled flat and cut into squares and added to the boiling soup).


citizen4722 64M  
74582 posts
2/16/2022 12:55 pm

What are your views on English food? - If I see it, I'll eat it!
What dishes are part of your local cuisine? - Stews, pasties (Cornish of course), salads.
What is your favourite local dish? - Traditional roast dinner.


Tmptrzz 59F  
107038 posts
2/16/2022 1:41 pm

This was quite interesting as I didn't know they have Restaurants where you could be naked and enjoy a meal.

What are your views on English food? I haven't tried many so I really have no idea what it would be.
What dishes are part of your local cuisine? We hsve all kinds of different cuisines here, and there are so many that I enjoy.

What is your favourite local dish? My favorite local dish would have to be Cheese Enchiladas, with rice and beans. Or Egg Fried Rice.

Thanks for sharing such an interesting read with us today. I sure hope your enjoying a Happy Hump Day..

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lok4fun500 M  
51906 posts
2/16/2022 1:48 pm

Mushy peas are an add on served with fish and chips at Joey's here.
When I make fish and chips we like the pricier Halibut!
I have made dishes from several ethnic cultures!
When we have Yorkshire pudding, we fill it with gravy!
I thought you would mention your "bangers and mash"


lonlyforlove2 79M  
32704 posts
2/16/2022 6:02 pm

What?? No hot dogs or hamburgers, steak and potatoes, apple pie and Ice-cream? How is one to live on that stuff..

My favorite dish is 5'6', she has long black hair, served rare. Just cant beat a good ol' southern feast!!

Locally here one can dine on any cuisine that is desired, Just so much available and all is open for business

Never been across the pond to the east so , I can't say about English food. I have been south Central America and South America, .. Now these people know how to spice up food, But when they try to bring it up here it get's Americanized that is, It loses it's quality..

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PonyGirl1965 56F  
22090 posts
2/16/2022 11:05 pm

What are your views on English food? Some I love. Some I don't understand, hehehe.

What dishes are part of your local cuisine? Locally there is a lot of barbecue. Each is a little different. forget the chains, eat local. We also have a lot of Mexican restaurants that are local but that's the cuisine of Mexico

What is your favourite local dish? I love barbecue. I love the steaks served at some of the barbecue joints.


author51 59F  
130010 posts
2/16/2022 11:19 pm

We have a Pub here that serves mushy peas along with bangers and mash. I miss my Mom's Yorkshire pudding she would make every Sunday with roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. I have a British Shop down the street which just opened up. I have not gone in yet to explore what types of British cuisine they have to offer.. xoxo


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/17/2022 1:13 pm

    Quoting EnigmaInitiative:
    What are your views on English food?

    I mean, you're not going to convince me to eat blood pudding, but I love roast chicken with roasties and carrots. I love peas, but do prefer them not to be mushy. And, cottage pie is frequently on my menu.

    What dishes are part of your local cuisine?

    We're a hodge podge of food because Orlando is so tourist forward. There is a high concentration of Carribean Food here, but I'm not the biggest fan. I have tried it.

    Some of the ones I do like are a roast pork dish and cuban sandwiches.

    What is your favourite local dish?

    Beneen...which is roast pork
What you call blood pudding, we say black pudding. Black pudding is lovely on a breakfast plate.
I'm trying to guess what Cuban sandwiches are - sandwiches made by a Cuban, sandwiches soaked in rum or banana, coconut and pineapple sandwiches?!


EnigmaInitiative 54F  
6054 posts
2/17/2022 2:49 pm

A cuban sandwich is a ham, pork roast, pickles, and cheese sandwich on cuban bread. Cuban bread is slightly sweet and soft. It is then grilled and squished to make the cheese melty and easier to eat.

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spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:17 am

    Quoting CleavageFan4U:
    I've heard of the wait staff as serving plates before, and kind of like it! (Think I even did a post about it some years ago.)

    What are your views on English food? - Sounds somewhat like ours. Have been joking of late that with the price increases for beef, it might be time to try some lamb, which I've never had.

    What dishes are part of your local cuisine? - Barbeque is big around here of course, but with the influx of Vietnamese "boat people" a generation ago, that is big too now.

    What is your favourite local dish? - My uuuuhhhummm "favorite" is smoked prime rib.

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Roast lamb is delicious. It's served with mint sauce (or if you like things sweeter, mint jelly) over here.


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:19 am

    Quoting  :

When I went to a nudist/swingers resort in France, I ate naked at all the restaurants. It was strange at first but it soon became normal. The waiters and waitresses were fully clothed.


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:22 am

    Quoting joisygirl:
    What are your views on English food? My son-in-law is an excellent cook. When I was just there, he made a Sunday Roast, Pork with roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings and baby broccoli, just as in your photo. He made a yummy cottage pie, the kids wouldn't touch it, and had to be persuaded. Vi was first to give it a go and loved it, Rowan took more convincing, but he succumbed to hunger and finally had some and loved it. I think everyone had seconds. Dylan was harder to convince and exasperated, he put his head down on the table, between his crossed arms. When it was nearly gone, Amanda said if he doesn't try some before it's gone, he'll cry. There was just a little bit left and he peeped one eye out to check what he was about to miss out on and finally gave in; he loved it too. Kids... You can keep the mushy peas, they serve them with fish and chips at the chippy. I think they're weird.

    What dishes are part of your local cuisine? Growing up, my relatives were Polish, Ukrainian, Austrian and Pennsylvania Dutch, so perogies (boiled dumpling filled with mash potatoes or sauerkraut, dipped in melted butter when boiled, the first serving, after that, they'd be fried in butter and served with sour cream, perogies (cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and rice), Chicken potpie (chicken stew, with home made noodles and veg), scrapple with apple butter (meat trimmings baked in a loaf), pickled tripe (I can't believe I ate that, cows stomach I think), pickled red beets and red beet eggs (eggs are pickled in the beet juice), corn pie (whole kernel corn, cream corn, onions, hard boiled eggs sliced and Cope's Corn (dried and toasted corn it's usually available around thanksgiving, it's baked with milk or cream), kiffles (dough is cut into diamond shapes, filled with ground nuts, poppy seeds or apricot preserves, two corners are folded over top and baked in then they coated in powdered sugar) and nutroll is another holiday dessert (the dough is spread with ground walnuts or poppy seed filling and rolled into a loaf and baked).
    What is your favourite local dish? I don't know that I have a very favorite dish, maybe corn pie because I hardly get it, I love potpie too, in the south they call it chicken and dumplings (the dough is rolled flat and cut into squares and added to the boiling soup).
I don't think we do corn pie here but I hope you've had some since your return from rainy Wales. You missed a big storm!


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:23 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    What are your views on English food? - If I see it, I'll eat it!
    What dishes are part of your local cuisine? - Stews, pasties (Cornish of course), salads.
    What is your favourite local dish? - Traditional roast dinner.
I love a Cornish pasty.
I hope you survived the storm today.


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:24 am

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    This was quite interesting as I didn't know they have Restaurants where you could be naked and enjoy a meal.

    What are your views on English food? I haven't tried many so I really have no idea what it would be.
    What dishes are part of your local cuisine? We hsve all kinds of different cuisines here, and there are so many that I enjoy.

    What is your favourite local dish? My favorite local dish would have to be Cheese Enchiladas, with rice and beans. Or Egg Fried Rice.

    Thanks for sharing such an interesting read with us today. I sure hope your enjoying a Happy Hump Day..
I love cheese enchiladas and egg fried rice too, but not together!


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:25 am

    Quoting lok4fun500:
    Mushy peas are an add on served with fish and chips at Joey's here.
    When I make fish and chips we like the pricier Halibut!
    I have made dishes from several ethnic cultures!
    When we have Yorkshire pudding, we fill it with gravy!
    I thought you would mention your "bangers and mash"
I forgot about bangers and mash, which I had last night.
I hope you're getting better.


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:28 am

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    What?? No hot dogs or hamburgers, steak and potatoes, apple pie and Ice-cream? How is one to live on that stuff..

    My favorite dish is 5'6', she has long black hair, served rare. Just cant beat a good ol' southern feast!!

    Locally here one can dine on any cuisine that is desired, Just so much available and all is open for business

    Never been across the pond to the east so , I can't say about English food. I have been south Central America and South America, .. Now these people know how to spice up food, But when they try to bring it up here it get's Americanized that is, It loses it's quality..
Your Southern feast sounds delicious!
Hot dogs, burgers and steaks are popular here.
I must go to Central and South America as I love spicy food.


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:29 am

    Quoting PonyGirl1965:
    What are your views on English food? Some I love. Some I don't understand, hehehe.

    What dishes are part of your local cuisine? Locally there is a lot of barbecue. Each is a little different. forget the chains, eat local. We also have a lot of Mexican restaurants that are local but that's the cuisine of Mexico

    What is your favourite local dish? I love barbecue. I love the steaks served at some of the barbecue joints.
I love a good barbecue then when I do one I tend to burn everuthing!


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:30 am

    Quoting author51:
    We have a Pub here that serves mushy peas along with bangers and mash. I miss my Mom's Yorkshire pudding she would make every Sunday with roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. I have a British Shop down the street which just opened up. I have not gone in yet to explore what types of British cuisine they have to offer.. xoxo
I hope you try the British shop and report back what they're selling.


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/18/2022 11:31 am

    Quoting EnigmaInitiative:
    A cuban sandwich is a ham, pork roast, pickles, and cheese sandwich on cuban bread. Cuban bread is slightly sweet and soft. It is then grilled and squished to make the cheese melty and easier to eat.
I think I'd like a Cuban sandwich; I'd get out my Cuban cigars, Cuban heels and Cuban rum in honour of the sandwich!


joisygirl 64F
4212 posts
2/18/2022 7:24 pm

    Quoting spunkycumfun:
    I don't think we do corn pie here but I hope you've had some since your return from rainy Wales. You missed a big storm!
Yes, I 've heard, two of them, Dudley and Eunice. I'm so glad to be home. I think it's their turn to come visit me. I was so sick the day I left; I couldn't eat for two days and I didn't think I'd make the train. My daughter gave me a plastic bag in case I was sick on the 3.5 hour train ride to BHX. I stayed at the Ibis at the airport overnight to make an early flight home, it took 18.5 hours from the first airport to my place. That trip was the worst one I've ever had in all of 19 years of traveling there.

I know it doesn't look like much, but it is delicious. People either seem to love it or hate it. People make it different ways, I like it with a little bit of onion and no potatoes, others make it with potato but leave out the onion. I haven't had it in years and I won't be baking anything. I don't even have flour in the house. My sister may make me one when I come for a visit.

Are you alright?


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/19/2022 2:38 am

I'd eat corn pie, though I may add chicken to the dish. But then again, if I did that it wouldn't be corn pie!


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/19/2022 3:24 am

    Quoting joisygirl:
    Yes, I 've heard, two of them, Dudley and Eunice. I'm so glad to be home. I think it's their turn to come visit me. I was so sick the day I left; I couldn't eat for two days and I didn't think I'd make the train. My daughter gave me a plastic bag in case I was sick on the 3.5 hour train ride to BHX. I stayed at the Ibis at the airport overnight to make an early flight home, it took 18.5 hours from the first airport to my place. That trip was the worst one I've ever had in all of 19 years of traveling there.

    I know it doesn't look like much, but it is delicious. People either seem to love it or hate it. People make it different ways, I like it with a little bit of onion and no potatoes, others make it with potato but leave out the onion. I haven't had it in years and I won't be baking anything. I don't even have flour in the house. My sister may make me one when I come for a visit.

    Are you alright?
I forgot to add that the storm didn't hit Nottingham very hard; one advantage of living in the Midlands!


tomswift1949 73M

2/25/2022 9:13 am

"C IS FOR CUISINE"

You were doing fine until you got to those damn Mushy Peas! I do enjoy a good mint sauce or jam, but usually with my lamb. The roast beef, carrots, Yorkshire Pudding is nice, but more like a puff pastry. Nice and brown on the outside, but all hollow once cracked open. I do miss my lamb with mint, roasted potatoes and carrots. I also miss the proper English breakfast, even with the so called baked beans and fried bread. I have tasted the black pudding in a few different countries and perty much the same taste all over. Have spent quite some time in Northern Wales, up near Bangor and LLamberris with a friend of mine. I have another friend near Lizard Lick UK. This pie would make a nice meal, especially with a IPA pint to wash it down. What I never got use to though was the sweet corn and tuna fish added to the pizza when I was living in Leeds for 7 months or so.


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2/26/2022 1:44 pm

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spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/27/2022 12:39 pm

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spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
2/27/2022 12:40 pm

    Quoting tomswift1949:
    "C IS FOR CUISINE"

    You were doing fine until you got to those damn Mushy Peas! I do enjoy a good mint sauce or jam, but usually with my lamb. The roast beef, carrots, Yorkshire Pudding is nice, but more like a puff pastry. Nice and brown on the outside, but all hollow once cracked open. I do miss my lamb with mint, roasted potatoes and carrots. I also miss the proper English breakfast, even with the so called baked beans and fried bread. I have tasted the black pudding in a few different countries and perty much the same taste all over. Have spent quite some time in Northern Wales, up near Bangor and LLamberris with a friend of mine. I have another friend near Lizard Lick UK. This pie would make a nice meal, especially with a IPA pint to wash it down. What I never got use to though was the sweet corn and tuna fish added to the pizza when I was living in Leeds for 7 months or so.
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