20 April 2010

I Never Thought It Would Come to This

I have been chronicling these past few years about how the US is following Great Britain down the tubes-- from a distance, but following surely enough.

What I didn't realize is that this trend has moved from mere liberty issues to now encompass the soul-killingly bland English food:

FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons


StGuyFawkes said...


This post is troubling.

As a blogger who has taken his name from England's most rash and violent Catholic I must rise to defend my people's culinary traditions.

My reply and "Apologia Pro Victuales Suae":

We English don't eat well but my we DRINK well.

Start in London with a designated driver and travel North to York and Dunham. Try all the local bitters and beers, local to every small town; and, don't miss all the single malts from Scotland and Wales.

You'll not care to eat a thing except a pound of roast beef to ballast you until you can drink again.

When you drink in the U.K. you don't need to eat. Heaven is in every pub.

The only place better is Ireland.

How dare you attack our culinary traditions.

You quite miss the point. We don't need good food. We have the best beer and scotch on the planet.

Think I'll go pop open a Boddingtons.

Remember, young one, this post comes from a man who has gotten drunk in the home of Longskirts in the company of Michael Davies.

I invoke an argument Ex Cathedra. You don't know the honor of drink until you have drunk with Welshman Michael Davies.

St. Guy

Anonymous said...

I have lived in the USA and in England. English food is superior to anything offered in the USA. The other problem is the USA upsizes meal to gluttony level.
Traditional Englsig food is wonderful!
US cuisine is composed of a mish mash of half forgotten dishes that originated in Europe.

Anonymous said...

There was a movie in 1993 that portrayed a future that had a scene showing how food was mandated to be healthier. Sylvester Stallone in 'Demolition Man'.

Anonymous said...

...What's it all about?...."

Now I have Jesus Christ Superstar running through my head.

On topic, yeah, this is insane.

"Leave the people alone" is my slogan!

thetimman said...

St. Guy, British beer is indeed excellent.

Anonymous, I will admit that the most characteristic trait of American food is quantity.

Yet as one who has on-the-ground experience of both countries' cuisine, we'll just have to respectfully disagree.

StGuyFawkes said...

Like wise man Rodney King once said, "Can't we all just learn to get along!"

Anonymous said...

pickled carp?
soda bread?
boiled potatoes?
blood pudding?
fried eggs and ham?

yessiree - fine dining there.

My wife has the entire Time-Life series of recipes from around the world. The "Foods of the British Isles" recipe book is eleven pages cover to cover.

Anonymous said...

Two points:

1. Boddington's is an excellent choice, Guy.

2. I thoroughly enjoyed my KFC Double Down "sandwich" for lunch today. I am sure the low sodium tsars in our government would not approve.

Jane Chantal said...

I guess I could add my (rather thin-skinned :-) English husband's 2 cents: he says that English food got an undeserved bad reputation during the years of wartime rationing, when it simply was not possible to do justice to the traditional dishes.

He also notes (as did a previous poster) that portion sizes over there are still sane, i.e. about one-fifth the size of the average serving over here these days. Hence, take-home boxes are unknown.

DH also warns the inexperienced traveler that over there, a second cup of coffee or refill on your soda will cost you.

All of which, as far as I'm concerned, is a non-issue in a country where perfect strangers call you "Dear" :-)

Anonymous said...

We mustn't forget the ever-popular mushy peas!

StGuyFawkes said...

Jane Chantal,

You wrote, "All of which, as far as I'm concerned, is a non-issue in a country where perfect strangers call you 'Dear."

The Irish call perfect strangers "dear" as well. Could it be that we have found at least one good thing that came out of 300 years of English rule?

St. Guy

Jane Chantal said...

Most assuredly, St. Guy :-)