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Britain’s 10 favourite foods

UKTV recently took a survey of British people to discover their favourite recipes.

Maybe not surprisingly half of the recipes are foreign, but we think the British versions deserve to be defined as British dishes in their own right. Apparently, the new-found kitchen adventurousness of the British people is thanks to the influence of celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith.

Below is the list of Britain’s 10 favourite foods.

1. Spaghetti Bolognese

Originally from Italy, ‘spag bol’ has acquired a uniquely British taste of its own. According to the survey, 6 out of 10 British people can cook spaghetti bolognese without a recipe.


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2. Roast dinner

Good old meat and two veg is still high on the list.


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3. Chili con carne

More foreign inspiration, this time from Mexico.


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4. Lasagne

Unlike in Italy, where there is only one recipe for lasagne, Brits feel free to mix it up with different variations on traditional lasagne – vegetables, meat, lentils and even fish!


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5. Cottage or shepherd’s pie

An old favourite – minced beef (for a cottage pie) or lamb (for a shepherd’s pie) with mashed potato on top.


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6. Meat or fish stir-fry

The origins are Chinese, but you won’t find anything like this in China.


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7. Beef casserole

Casseroles have made a comeback in British cooking and now feature on the menu of many gastropubs


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8. Macaroni cheese

Comfort food at its best. The macaroni are Italian, the sauce is pure British.


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9. Toad in the hole

Sausages in a type of batter called Yorkshire pudding. There are many theories, but no-one really knows where the name comes from.


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10. Meat, fish or vegetable curry

Loosely based on Indian cuisine, the ‘curry’ is now a staple in the British kitchen. As a proof, it can even be served with chips.


Image credit: A Brit’s dish a day

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How to tip in Britain and the USA

British and North American culture might have many things in common, but one thing that is quite different is tipping in restaurants.

In Britain, it is quite acceptable to tip 10% on a restaurant bill and although many people would feel uncomfortable not leaving a tip after a meal, in theory tipping is seen as a reward for good service, and not obligatory.

tipping2.jpgHowever in the United States, it is normal to tip 15-20% on a meal in a restaurant. The reason for this is the tip is the main source of income for waiters, who are paid only a subsistence wage by their employers.

Having grown up in the UK, I often have to contain my outrage at the thought of hardworking restaurant workers who are not even paid the minimum wage. But that’s how it works over there.
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The Guardian writes about the mean reputation of low-tipping Brits visiting the USA.

For more behind-the-scenes New York restaurant stories check out the entertaining archives of Waiter Rant, a blog written by the ex-waiter author of the article, Steve Dublanica (aka The Waiter).

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