In a real English breakfast you have fried eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato and mushrooms. Then there is toast and marmalade. There is an interesting story about the word "marmalade". It may come from the French "Marie est malade" or "Mary is ill". That is because a seventeenth-century Queen of Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots, liked it. She always asked for French orange jam when she was ill.
British people eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday in February or March. For pancakes you need flour, eggs and milk. Then you eat them with sugar and lemon. In some parts of Britain there are pancakes races on Shrove Tuesday. People race with a frying pan in one hand. They have to "toss" the pancakes, throw it in the air and catch it
again in the frying pan.
Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding
This is the traditional Sunday lunch from Yorkshire in the North of Britain. It is now popular all over Britain. Yorkshire pudding is not sweet. It is a simple mixture of eggs, flour and milk, but it is delicious.
Two common vegetables with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding are Brussels sprouts and carrots. And of course there is always gravy. That is a thick, brown sauce. You make gravy with the juice from the meat.
It is a traditional food from Scotland. You make it with meat, onions, flour, salt and pepper. Then you boil it in the skin from the sheep's stomach. In Scotland people eat haggis on Burns Night. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet in the eighteen century. Every year Scots people all over the world remember him and read his poems.
It is Britain's favourite drink. It is also a meal in the afternoon. You can have tea at home or in a hotel. You can drink Indian or China tea. There are cucumber sandwiches and scones, meaning plain cakes which you eat with jam and cream. When you have your tea it comes accompanied with chocolate cakes or cream ones.
Some people make the pudding months before Christmas. A lot of families have their own recipe for Christmas pudding. Some use a lot of brandy, others a lot of fruit and add a silver coin for good luck.
Real Christmas puddings have always a piece of holly on the top. Holly bushes and trees have red berries at Christmas time, and so people use holly to decorate their houses for Christmas. The holly on the pudding is part of the decoration. Also, you can pour brandy over the pudding and light it with a match.
Food and Drink in Britain written by Herminne Tonita for FamousWhy.com
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