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British and Irish: 1000 foods to eat before you die.

Living in England gives me a pretty fair advantage when it comes to this list of 1000 foods to eat that are British and Irish before you die. I have currently tried 10 out of the 63 recommended food items. Listed below is my current list of foodcomplishments:

Afternoon Tea

A long standing tradition that dates back to the nineteenth century. Afternoon tea isn’t your sweet tea or iced tea. The best kind is a loose leaf tea similar to what you would have purchased at Teavana in the U.S. In the U.K. my favorite tea company is Whittard’s and their tea combinations are wicked. A more formal tea where you go out will also typically provide various tea options to include the famous Earl Grey and breakfast tea. Most afternoon teas include a serving of biscuits with clotted cream and jam. If you go to the right place, you might get lucky and check three things off your list. To see my afternoon tea recommendations click here.


Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash sounds pretty gnarly and if you get the right one it tastes pretty gnarly too. Simply put it’s sausage and mashed potatoes but the former sounds much better. The most common meat used for sausage is pork but don’t be dismayed, there are other types available for those who don’t eat swine. The most common sausage used is the Cumberland banger (sausage) but you could really get fancy and use any sausage. One of my favorites is a chicken and sage banger it definitely speaks to the savory side of me. One of the best places to get a bangin’ Bangers and Mash is at The George located at 2 High Street Spaldwich, Huntingdon UK PE28 0TD.


Black Pudding Hash

It looks just as appetizing as it sounds. So crazy little tidbit here, my daughter has a computer game called crazy café. One of the levels had a British breakfast and it included making a plate of black pudding hash, beans, eggs and mushrooms. I know some of you are wondering who thought up that combination. During the war food became scarce and well we know how that goes. I don’t know how it works but it works. So fast forward to us living in England and guess what is included in the traditional English Breakfast…you guessed it Black Pudding Hash. I was reluctant at first but you know what sometimes you have to eat in the moment. So to date the best Black pudding hash I’ve had has been at Johnson’s Farm in Huntingdon, UK.


Biscuits

These are your Pillsbury biscuits although a good southern biscuit is great. English biscuits are more of a biscotti texture. To Americans the closest thing to a biscuit would be shortbread biscotti I suppose. Many biscuits are served with cheese as they are sturdy enough to support a good brie with a nice chutney. That’s they way I eat them at least.


Borough Market

If you ever have the pleasure of making it to London or if you live in the UK and have not made it to London. Let me be the first to go on record and say visit the Borough Market. There is almost something for everyone there. I’ve had some amazing Paella, Ethiopian Food and Mushroom Risotto. It is set up food market style so you are free to roam from vendor to vendor and chose whatever is speaking to your soul.

My only recommendation is get there early and if you have a fear of crowd’s this isn’t the venue for you. It is literally shoulder to shoulder on Saturdays. The typical hours are 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, although Monday and Tuesday there are limited vendors. Mushroom Risotto from Borough Market London


Clotted Cream

The book describes clotted cream as the cream of raw milk that is left for 12 hours and then scalded. It’s so hard to describe but it reminded me of whipped butter the very first time I tried it. It is usually accompanied with strawberry jam and scones. The clotted cream at St. Ermin’s Hotel Tea Lounge is pretty darn good.





Fish and Chips

The signature dish of England is pretty much fish and chips. Any pub you go into will most likely have fish and chips as a staple on the menu. Chips for the record are what American refer to as fries except they are chunky so we would probably consider them almost wedges. The fish is commonly Haddock, Whiting or Cod and is usually covered in a light batter.  If you are fortunate the fish will be fried well enough that it isn’t drenched in grease. Drip a little lemon juice over that bad baby and Bam you are on the money. If you are in the area the fish and chips at the Duke of Cambridge is definitely worth a stop.

Fish and Chips


Mushy Peas

If you like peas you may be turning your head ever so slightly at the thought of mushy peas. If you don’t like peas I’m sure you are asking yourself how did this make it on the British and Irish 1000 foods to eat before you die list.  Well, the short answer is mushy peas are a British thing and hopefully I can convince you to give them a try. They are made using fresh early peas and usually mushed with some butter. Most of the peas lack salt so be sure to add salt and pepper to give them a good flavor. My favorite mushy peas to date have been mint mushy peas served at one of my favorite places the Brampton Mill.




Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding

Sunday Roast is a thing in England and perhaps throughout Europe. Roasts can be roast beef, pork or chicken and they are usually accompanied with Yorkshire Pudding. I’m sure almost everyone growing up has had at least one Sunday Roast fresh out of Grandma’s kitchen. There really is not much different in American Roasts and English Roasts. What is different is Yorkshire Pudding. The name is deceiving as it is not pudding at all. It’s actually a puffy egg bread that baked and sometimes braised with roast drippings then covered in gravy. Currently, my favorite place to have Sunday Roast and Yorkshire Pudding is at the Brampton Mill in Huntingdon.






Scones

I added scones to my list because well they are quintessential of afternoon tea. If they are homemade the texture is a bit wonky but man oh man a warm English scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam will make your taste buds do the happy dance. Scones are often accompanied with clotted cream and served with Afternoon Tea as mentioned above. Best scone to date I ate at Betty Bumbles Vintage Tea Room.


Scones at afternoon tea





Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs are essentially a boiled egg incased in a meat such as ham or pork sausage. It is then breaded and deep fried. If I know what thing, I know deep fried foods are good. Due to the small nature of an egg, it makes a great appetizer. I’ve only tried them once and that was at the café at Sandringham palace and they were good. I know there are some amazing scotch eggs out there and I’ll keep searching until I find the best ones.

Scotch Eggs


If you’ve tried any of these dishes already let me know what you think. Is there anything on the list that isn’t already there? Also, be sure to check back for more additions to the list of British and Irish 1000 foods to try before you die as I continue to explore more food.  Be sure to check out the master list here for an overview of all the regions.

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Food Guide International

Foods to Eat Before You Die – The Ultimate Foodie Guide

If you are a food lover like myself then you may be interested in the mega list of different foods to try. I received the book 1,000 foods to eat before you die as a Christmas gift and I’m trying to work my way through it. It’s pretty much the ultimate foodie challenge.
The book is broken down by Region to help digest the massive amount of food recommendations. I find this to be helpful if you are traveling and want to cross a few things off the list or just experience the country’s culture. Listed below are the regions and it’s easy to see why the list has 1,000 items. In good spirit there are things that I’ve probably tried but not authentically. I think parcial credit can be given. For instance eating swiss chocolate that was gifted counts but the experience of eating it in Switzerland is much cooler. In instances like that, I’ll definitely update with the experience.
To see what I’ve tried click on each region. I will update this post each time I cross something new off the list.

  • British and Irish (English, Welsh, Scottish)
  • French
  • Belgian and Dutch
  • Italian
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • German, Austrian and Swiss
  • Scandinavian (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish)
  • Eastern European (Balkan, Bulgarian, Georgian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian)
  • Jewish
  • Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern (Afghani, Armenian, Iranian, Israeli, Lebanese, Yemeni)
  • American and Canadian
  • Mexican and Latin American (Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Peruvian)
  • Caribbean (Haitian, Jamaican)
  • African
    • North African (Egyptian, Moroccan, Tunisian)
    • West African (Nigerian, Senegalese)
    • East and South African (Ethiopian, Kenyan, Mozambican, South African)
  • Chinese
  • Japanese and Korean
  • Thai and Southeast Asian (Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Vietnamese)
  • Indian
  • Australian, New Zealand, Tahitian

This will be one heck of an adventure. Let me know if you’ve tried food from a specific region and what your favorite region is.
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Belgium Breakfast and Brunch Brussels

Peck 20 dominates brunch in Brussels

To peck at something means to slowly eat at it little by little. But Peck 20 will have you writing Webster’s dictionary to redefine the word.  While vacationing in Brussels with my family and friends, I looked up food in Brussels on Instagram and Peck 20 appeared.  Brunch all day?? Um hell yeah!  Up the hills and over the cobblestones we set off in search of greatness.  We planned our trip by looking at google maps and it was a mere 20 minute walk from our hotel. If you’ve ever been to Belgium you know the cobblestone streets present a challenge for adults at times. Yet here we were pushing a pram over cobblestone roads on a mission to get to Peck 20s…..I’m letting you know now, it was worth the trip.


We arrived shortly after breakfast which was a little disappointing because after reading the description on the menu their pancakes and smoothie bowls sounded delicious.  Next time we will get there before 11:30am for sure! 

Their menu offers gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options which is refreshing for those with dietary restrictions.  Additionally, they have indoor and outdoor seating available but parties bigger than four can be a bit of a challenge due to their demand.  Don’t be discouraged, we waited and were fortunate enough to sit our party of 6 by combining two tables.  Now on to the important stuff…..


WAFFLES

 

What do you get when you combine a Belgian waffle with breakfast?  Well for me it was a happy plate.  There are 5 different Peck Waffles to choose from and I almost ordered every single one.  What I love about their menu is that they included a waffle for the vegetarians.   I ordered the drunken sailor waffle which was a homemade leek waffle topped with two poached eggs with “groovy gravlax” salmon and their psycho sauce. 

Leeks are vegetables that belong to the same genus as garlic, onions, and chives.  

Surprisingly the waffle did not have an overwhelming leek taste. The consistency is the same that you would expect from a regular waffle.  The addition of the salmon and psycho sauce just took it over the top.

 

 

 

The real star is the Speachless Waffle which probably got it’s name from the fact that it will literally leave you speechless.  The only thing that could be heard were moans of complete and utter satisfaction.  Get this…the waffle is a chorizo waffle…topped with house fried chicken, two poached eggs, grilled cheddar AND bacon then topped off with a little psycho sauce as if this waffle wasn’t crazy enough. My husband ordered that and I only got a bite…Next Time I will order one for myself. 

 

Drinkz

 

What’s a proper brunch if there are no drinks involved.  Peck 20’s has something for everyone.  If you fancy coffee, they’ve got it.  Fresh pressed Juice more your thing??  They’ve got that too.  And if you just happen to need a pick me up from the night before.  Guess what?  They’ve got you covered.  I ordered a Bloody Mary made with jalapeno infused vodka. *insert your favorite comic strip fight sound*  Pow….Bam…Zing  it had it all.  The spicy kick on that drink was great.  I also ordered a fresh pressed apple and ginger juice and man o’ man was it great.

 

 

If you are looking for one of the best breakfast/brunch eateries around, then Peck 20’s is where it’s at.  Next time you are visiting Brussels, stop by Peck 20 for breakfast or brunch.  You won’t be disappointed and tell them Mettlefork sent you.

 

As always lovelies, 

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Copenhagen International

DØP hot dogs in Copenhagen are dope

Remember the OSCAR MAYOR song? If you do.. congratulations you just dated yourself.  If you live up North then you are probably a Nathan’s hot dog fan and if you live down south you most likely enjoy ballpark franks. Regardless of what your hit dog preference is døp hot dogs will run circles around them. They are literally in a class of their own.

Whoever fed Phil…feed me too

I must say a huge thanks to Phil Rosenthal for recommending this place on the show.  On my recent trip to Copenhagen I went on a scavenger hunt to find døp and see if it truly lived up to the hype. My husband was skeptical all the way up until the first bite.

I ordered a couple of different hot dogs with the intention of getting to try them all. Do you all know he wouldn’t share his? The one that I got him….just stingy. He finished his off and went back for seconds. I don’t know what it is that makes Copenhagen dogs so special. Perhaps it’s the special mustard that complements the sweet pickles or maybe it’s the ketchup?? I don’t know but what I do know is that these døp dogs are dope. You can’t really go wrong with any choice you make. You can get any of the sausages on a bun so you don’t have to feel pressured to get a hot dog instead of a sausage. Additionally, the side of mashed root vegetables that came with the sausage were perfect for my toddler.

Franks are dogs and dogs are weiners so does that mean that Frank is a weiner?

Best hot dogs in Copenhagen at døpDøP hot dog stand“Doggonit” my hot dog is gone
If you are running around the city center be on the lookout for døp I promise you won’t regret it. I’m already looking at flights to get back.