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June 28, 2009


Jellied eels – cooked and sold cold in their own stock – could soon join the ranks of haslet, stotty cake and bara birth as a dish that is only found in rare pockets of Britain.

Key Co-Byline That We Are Not Making Fun Of: Harry Wallop

We frankly don't know if we want to go on living in a world without stotty cake.

(Thanks to Jeff Meyerson)

p.s. "Bara birth?"


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When I sent this in I looked them up (especially the "bara birth" one) and they reality is more prosaic than one might hope:

Haslet is a herbed pork meatloaf, originally from Lincolnshire in England. It is typically made of stale white bread, pork (traditionally the entrails), sage, salt and pepper, and sometimes onion.

A Stottie cake or stotty is a type of bread produced in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Bara Birth or Bara brith ("speckled" bread: Currant Bread) comes from Wales

This makes one wonder, at what "American" foods would foreigners look askance? (Points for obscure word).

Having been the project manager for the installation of an "eel laddder" (allows juvenile eels to migrate upstream past the dam) at a major power dam in the U.S., I can tell you that this (the decline in eel populations, not the absence of jellied eel delicacies) is of major concern to international fisheries agencies.

We can only stave off The Apocalypse for so long.

DIdn't Eel Ladder open for The Apocalypse, Meanie?

Steve, that would be "Baconnaise".

Rare Pockets Of Britain WBAGNFAModB. Also, I think it was the early working title for Warren Zevon's Werewolves Of London. It didn't survive the first edit because it stank.

Personally, I try not to stand near the guys with the dishes in their pockets (or, as they call them in England, "bonnets"), because they, um, outrank almost everyone in the vicinity, as it were.

I liked pork, but suddenly I LOVE onion! Onions for dinner anyone?

I liked pork, but suddenly I LOVE onion! Onions for dinner anyone?

England has always been known for it's fine cuisine. Blood Pudding anyone? How about Kidney Pie?

If "Bara Birth" refers to this, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit...

As Eric Olthwaite might say, "A good black pudding is one where even the white bits are black."

I thought judi was the Blog expert on all gastronomic Britishisms. Where is judi, anyway? At a kilt convention?

yeah, where has judi been lately? Did Dave forget to rehire her?

This makes one wonder, at what "American" foods would foreigners look askance? (Points for obscure word).

Chicken-fried steak with country gravy.

True story. A few years back a buddy of mine had a British friend of his visiting on vacation and we went to a local diner for breakfast. The British fellow thought chicken-fried steak was the most bizarre thing he'd ever seen. Until he had some - this diner made everything from scratch, so it was very tasty!.

I have Georgia relatives that come to NC occasionally and they will NOT eat our bbq slaw here. It's red because it has bbq sauce in it. The first time they saw it they were shocked. They love the bbq but think we're nuts because of the slaw.

In Philadelphia, I had Wedding Soup. In England, I tried haggis (once!) Wigety grubs are a delicacy here among the indigenous race. Frankly, jellied eels can go the way of the Dodo and become extinct. Fish and chips use to be just great about fifty years ago but now the fish is tasteless frozen stuff. [OK so I'm not a girl (as in Aussiegirl) but it sounds better than Aussieoldfar (t), and I can never type far (t) anyway, as the edit program always tells me to change it.]

Spellcheck is more of a suggestion.

Did you want food.

Loudmouth those are so cute! I loved the banana dolphin and the orange's. I'm definitely going to try some of those. The apples would be great sculptures at Halloween. I hope school starts back up soon. When I start thinking that carving fruit is a great idea I have too much time on my hands. Butt they are cute.

Forget Harry Wallop, Willem Wijnstekers crudely translated from Dutch would be William Winef**ker.

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