Share your bad food experience in the UK

Old Jul 26th, 2006, 11:12 PM
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As a devoted sausage eater, all I can assume is that the hotels in the UK must be serving up sausages from a bag of 100 x sausages for a pound, because from my experience the sausages in the UK are excellent in flavour and texture.

I live in Germany, the land of the wurst and the first thing I eat when I go back to the UK is sausage from my local butcher. I find the sausages in Germany for the most part bland (Weisswurst), hard texture (bratwurst) with little taste, Polish sausage is perhaps the exception.

Having spent a few weeks in the US and trying their sausages and sausage links as they like to call them, all I can say is, good grief. They don't make you ill but thank god for Tomato Ketchup & Mustard

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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 12:52 AM
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The other problem with a lot of hotel breakfasts is that stuff is either overcooked in the first place or left to stand and stiffen. The only edible thing on a breakfast buffet is usually cereal - and toast if you can make it yourself.
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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 05:52 AM
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Geordie, I have to agree with you. In america they took the sausage and turned it into a burger! Kenya is the only other place in the world that does a decent sausage. Craotia has a decent version, but too much garlic and tomato puree.

The Lincolnshire.
The Cumberland Ring.
Pork Chipolatas.

There used to be a great sausage shop in London. Don't know if it's still there.
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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 06:23 AM
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If you’re talking about Simply Sausages in Strutton Ground (Near Westmisnter Cathedral) then it it has gone to the great sausage shop in the sky. It is much missed.

But you can get good sausages in most supermarkets these days.

Prince Charles does a good banger.
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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 07:18 AM
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You can get decent bangers in Marks and Sparks.
However, you get the best ones in small butchers shops or on markets.
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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 07:29 AM
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I knew a Welsh girl whose parents had a farm.
When they killed a pig, her mother would make faggots.
They were out of this world.
The way to a man's heart......

I personally think that a lot of American faddiness about offal (organ meats) and a reason for some of the silly posts we get about all the germ dangers in bathrooms etc. is similar to the fussiness you get in the English lower middle class.
In the latter, it's a frantic attempt to disassociate themselves from the working classes from which they have sprung.
In many Americans, it's an attempt to
disassociate themselves from "the old country).
Let's not forget that the majority are two or sometimes only one generation from farming folk who might have had a pig in the kitchen.
I'm not being nasty. The ancestors should be an object of affection and pride.
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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 07:34 AM
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>Prince Charles does a good banger.<

I'm saying nothing.
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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 08:20 AM
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I've already got my gong. I can say this stuff now.
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Old Jul 27th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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The problem I have with sausages, delicious though they might be is that they are always, no matter where they are from or how much they cost; packed full of fat.
Now, I have enough fat of my own thanks without any help..

;-)

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Old Jul 28th, 2006, 09:15 AM
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Josser, you may have a very valid point. My own great-grandparents were farmers, and I'm very proud of their hard work.

I remember seeing an old movie, 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' - the same theory was given as to why the upper crust of Denver society was so nasty to her. The local priest said as much, and suggested touring Europe, where folks in the top of society would find such 'down-to-earth' behaviour refreshing rather than a crass reminder of their roots.
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Old Jul 29th, 2006, 04:44 AM
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Not much to say except....

"Up the Spurs"

Nice to my beloved team getting a mention.

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Old Jul 30th, 2006, 03:55 AM
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And to add if you ever want a truly awful food experience in the UK the hot dogs at White Hart Lane are quite extraordinarily awful.
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Old Jul 30th, 2006, 04:05 AM
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My Welsh mother gave me some faggots when I was 8. Just say no.
 
Old Jul 31st, 2006, 09:11 AM
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An American friend of mine has just told me of the latest gourmet delight in her local "eat all you like" restaurant.
It is chicken fried bacon. That's streaky bacon, dipped in milk and breadcrumbs and deep fried.

My arteries are furring up at the very thought!
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Old Jul 31st, 2006, 12:41 PM
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to be followed by a deep-fried Curly Wurly, no doubt.
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Old Jul 31st, 2006, 10:33 PM
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I try to keep my Curly Wurleys away from hot fat. Could be nasty.
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Old Jul 31st, 2006, 10:40 PM
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Curly Wurleys???????
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Old Jul 31st, 2006, 11:21 PM
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Pumbavu can't spell, nukesafe-

http://snacks.cyberpunks.org/cadbury-curly-wurly.html
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Old Aug 1st, 2006, 12:38 AM
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Trust a scot to know the full fat facts about deep fried chocolate bars.
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Old Aug 1st, 2006, 12:42 AM
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Did you not see Doon McKichan demonstrating it on QI?
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