When you think of foodie countries, some of the first places that may come to mind are Italy, France, or Vietnam. However, the British Isles don’t really get their fair shake. Britain has a lot to offer the world in terms of tasty comfort food. And food with absolutely ridiculous names (spotted dick, anyone?).
What’s better is that British food has absorbed and adapted the flavors from other cultures like India and the Mediterranean. Yes, there’s still time for a smashing full English breakfast and elegant afternoon tea. But, in our opinion, there’s always room for more food at the table.
So, we have a challenge for you! Based on pictures, descriptions, and hints, can you identify these classic British foods? We’ll quiz you on popular meals, dishes, and ingredients, including snacks, desserts, and family meal favorites. Give it a try, and let’s see how you do!
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During World War II, and for several years after the war, there were food shortages in Britain, as a large portion of their food supply came from outside the island. That meant a decrease in availability of sugars, fruits, cereals, and meats.
Interesting alternatives became the norm, and Brits simply had to get creative and make do. For example, Britain adopted the powdered egg, and carrots were used as an alternative for a popsicle, as there was little sugar available.
The Ministry of Food created a “Dig for Victory” campaign, and many individuals grew their own vegetables and raised their own animals for meat. By the time rationing started in 1940, wasting food was considered a criminal offense.
Interestingly, even though the food was limited, many families saw their health improve. The foods that were available included lean proteins like egg and legumes. Not everything was healthy—Spam, for instance, was on many British tables.
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