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Chirac's an idiot

I had to run out with no time for breakfast again this morning; and I could so murder a fry-up and copious cups of hot, strong, extra sweet tea right now -- if there's one thing I miss about staying in the UK for any length of time, it's the ready availability of the right kind of bacon rashers. Because although I may be able to get the mushrooms, the tomatoes, the eggs and the sausages (not proper bangers, of course, but something not too far removed from them), as well as the Heinz baked beans and the fried bread, and even some blackpudding on occasion, try as I might, I can never find the streaky bacon I crave. In Holland, bacon comes in wispy thin, see-through slices, and that simply won't do. Throw it in the pan, there's nothing remaining!

Oh well, I suppose I can go down to the canteen in half an hour, and get a bap and a watery soup instead.

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freakspawn
Jul. 6th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
mmmmmmm fry up! I had a jaffa cake for brekkie!
gamiila
Jul. 6th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
mmmmmmm fry up!

My sentiments, exactly! To me, it's the ultimate in comfort food, as well as a damn fine breakfast.

(wish I had an icon of it)
speakr2customrs
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
Fry-up icon
(wish I had an icon of it)

Granted.
gamiila
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
Re: Fry-up icon
You are a scholar and a prince -- but then, you knew that, didn't you?
married_n_mich
Jul. 6th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Being an All-American gal over here, I have NO idea what a banger is. Yes, I could look it up, but I'd rather have you tell me! :o)
gamiila
Jul. 6th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Banger? Why, apart from being a firecracker or a clapped out old car (for which I believe the American English word is 'jalopy'>, its most common use if for the type of breakfast sausage, made of a mixture of pork and oatmeal; and so called because in the days immediately after the war, the meat content was so low that the sausages were likely to explode while being cooked...or so I'm told. ;-)
married_n_mich
Jul. 6th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
*Snerk*

I had a feeling it was some type of sausage.

the meat content was so low that the sausages were likely to explode while being cooked

Well, it makes perfect sense now! And hey, kinda funny.

Thanks for the explainy
fenchurche
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
See! See! I was just whining about this over on someone else's LJ -- I really don't understand why everyone puts down British food.

One of the things I love about living here is the ready availability of a wide variety of foods. One of our local grocery stores carries bangers and Heinz baked beans (they have a fairly stubstantial British foods section... and whatever they don't have, can be gotten in the next town over at the British Pantry). No black pudding (at least not that I've noticed), but I don't have a problem with that... it's the only bit of British food I've tried that that I've not liked.
fenchurche
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I meant to add that I feel your pain when it comes to bacon. A good portion of American bacon is the same way... thin and insubstantial. I grew up, part of the time, on a farm where we raised our own food, so I got terribly spoiled for thick-cut bacon... and fortunately, I've finally found a commercially sold brand I like.
gamiila
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
I really don't understand why everyone puts down British food.

Oh good, it's not just me then! There are loads of English dishes that taste good to me, and they're not all sweets, either! ;-)

I don't know why my fellow countrymen shudder at the thought of a steak-and-kidney pie, when they've never even tried it...and reading about Chirac and Putin snickering over the quality of British food and everyone here laughing politely makes me want to shout: "They should talk! One of them eats horse testicles and the other was raised on beetroot soup!"
enigmaticblues
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. You gotta get the thick-cut sort that's more meat than fat and crisps up beautifully. Too bad that sort is really expensive...
gamiila
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
Too bad that sort is totally unavailable over here now that M & S have pulled out of the Continent...
enigmaticblues
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oooh, bummer.
herself_nyc
Jul. 6th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I bet I'd like Dutch bacon. I like bacon to be thin and crispcrispcrisp. The bacon in England always just seems icky to me.

It's all down to what you're used to.
gamiila
Jul. 6th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with Dutch bacon; it's just that it doesn't really look or taste the same if you want to treat yourself to a full English breakfast.
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