The traditional English meals are quickly giving way to the simpler dishes which can be cooked in a hurry or grabbed while on the run.
Now more than ever, the English cuisine is showing off its diversity as it encompasses cooking traditions, recipes and styles from many regions. Although it has unique attributes it also features many ideas and ingredients from places like India, China and North America. The traditional meals such as roast and stew meats, bread and cheese, game and meat pies, salt and fresh water fish as well as broths and boiled vegetables have ancient origins.
The other meals that you would eat in England, like fish and chips which were considered urban-street food in the past, served on newspaper with malt vinegar, salt, sausages and pies with onions, gravy and mashed potatoes, are matched now in popularity by the curries from Bangladesh and India, plus the stir-fries from Thai and Chinese cuisine. England has also adapted other International cuisines such as Italian, French, Spanish, Mexican, the United States fast food and others. Of all the cuisine, the Indian is the most popular alternative to the traditional English cooking, followed by the Chinese and Italian foods.
Here are some of the meals that the English eat:
A traditional English breakfast, also called Full English or Fry up, consists of fried or scrambled eggs, sausages, fried bread, fried mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, bacon, black pudding, and baked beans. This breakfast is served usually with a mug of tea and is still available widely in hotels, cafes and bed and breakfasts. Today, most people prefer cold or hot cereal, coffee or tea and toast with preserves, marmalade or juice for breakfast.
Lunch in England typically includes a sandwich with sausage, ham, onion, pickle, tuna or shrimp and mayonnaise, served along with a packet of potato chips or crisps, biscuits or fruit. When you eat in England, you can have this sandwich with a pint of beer, coffee, tea or a carbonated beverage. Fish and chips are still popular takeaways among the English diners, so is mashed potatoes and sausages (mash) and bangers.
For dinner, the take-out meals or takeaways of curries, Chinese food and tandoori are popular favorites, but two veg and a meat is still the most common during the week for home cooked meals. A typical evening meal may include roasted meat with a brown gravy, carrots, cabbage, peas and potatoes. There is also the ever popular Sunday roast that has remained a common feature in the English cooking. This meal is a more formal with roasted meat, roast potatoes and an assortment of other vegetables, served perhaps Yorkshire pudding.
Lastly, snacks, sweets, and desserts are featured highly in the English cuisine. Puddings have always been a top favorite at ending of a good meal. Some of the choices to eat in England are suet puddings with spotted dick and Jam Roly-Poly, summer pudding, bread and butter pudding, treacle sponge pudding and sticky toffee pudding. Other traditional desserts include Gypsy tart, treacle tart, apple pie, trifle and Eton mess.
England is not well-known for its cooking, but many new improvements have been made recently to introduce a new culture of food to the world. This means that the plain meals are now prepared with new methods to make them more tasty. The information below will highlight some of the things that people eat in England.
The people in England usually have large breakfast meals before going to work or school. Lunch is often eaten between 12 and 1 pm and the dinner or evening meal from 6 to 8pm. Sunday is not a normal work day, so most people take this time to eat with their families. In any week, the Sunday lunch is generally the best and most meals contain typical England food of Yorkshire pudding and roast beef.