Over the years, I have made many friends online, from different countries. My sister refers to them as my ‘virtual friends’ but they are all quite real and some of them I even exchange Christmas and birthday cards with and we all chat on Facebook! Mostly, these friends live in the USA – a place I have never visited
One of the things I find most entertaining and interesting about these friends from over the pond are the discussions we have about FOOD
This weekend we were discussing fish & chips, a traditional British dish
It all started when my American friend posted up some ‘things’ on a plate that turned out to be hash browns – they looked like little chips to me, and in a way, they were – small fried potatoes. Not what I thought a hash brown looked like and not much like our chips either
So I posted up a photo of some chips, along with a portion of fish. This was followed by her version of the same, except the chips were hidden under the fish and she had COLESLAW and TARTARE sauce with them…..SHUDDER!!!
Here, it is vinegar and/or ketchup. Up North, you might get curry sauce or gravy with your chips (also WRONG) – but never coleslaw or tartare sauce!!!! Well, ok, maybe tartare sauce if you are having fish-fingers but not with fish and chips, surely?!!
In America there is also something called ‘steak and chop sauce’ – made by ‘London Pubs’ and advertised as ‘a ‘traditional British sauce’. On further investigation this turns out to be Daddies Sauce, or Brown Sauce. A must with fried eggs (for some!). But NEVER with steak or chops!!!
Anyway, it just delights me to find out these little differences in the accompaniments to the same food
It’s Sunday – I should be having a traditional roast beef dinner. But we are having pasta instead
I’m so cosmopolitan