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Americans love These British Foods

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Here are some favorite British foods and sauces that Americans love. I have personally tested these with my American relatives and friends. There are certain items that are loved by all and some that are loved by enough people that they are worth adding to the list.

Some of the items are somewhat expensive, because they have to be imported. Some of the items can be bought in large grocery stores where you will regularly find them on special offer cheaper than you can buy them online.

After 20 years, I can find many goods in the store that are an acceptable substitute for UK foods, such as “ShowBoat” baked beans. These beans are cheap and are a good substitute for Heinz baked beans. Other items are specific to the UK. There is no US substitute for HP sauce, OXO cubes or Bisto. There is no substitute for parsley sauce either, this is a big hit with my US family.

 

Popular 

Bisto Gravy Powder. Mix water with the powder as instructed on the packet. Crumble an OXO cube, or 2, depending on the amount of gravy you are making. Simmer in a pan while stirring continuously until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and serve. If you are cooking meat or chicken, you can add a little of the meat dripping to the gravy mix.

OXO Cubes. These are easy crumble stock cubes that come in a variety of flavors such as beef, chicken, vegetarian. I normally use the beef stock cubes for every type of meal. They can be crumbled into the Bisto gravy mix, or used as an additive to a meat preparation. I always add 2 cubes to 1lbs of ground beef and 3 cubes to 2lbs of ground beef when preparing Shepherd’s Pie. 

HP Sauce. This type of sauce is called brown sauce in the UK and it goes well with most pork and beef dishes. It is also good for breakfast with bacon and sausages. It is vaguely similar to A1 steak sauce. If you like A1 you will like HP sauce.

Parsley Sauce. This is a savory cream sauce seasoned with parsley. It is probably the most popular sauce in my circle of family and friends. It has even been given the thumbs up from a Columbian friend. I don’t make it from scratch, I buy Colemans Parsley Sauce mix. You mix it with milk, heat the mix and serve with ham or fish dishes.

Kerrygold Irish Butter. Very popular and it can be found in large grocery stores. It is expensive, and I only buy it when it is on special offer. The specials sometimes bring the price down to the cheapest of domestic butters.

Irish Sausages. Irish sausages are normally made with ground pork, though they are sometimes made with a ground pork and beef mixture. They normally include raw eggs and breadcrumbs. My favorite sausage for breakfast or sausage and mash meals. The drawback is that if you buy them online, they are expensive and I have only found them to be available in stores in places such as New York. An acceptable substitute that I use is to buy the basic breakfast sausage, but they are still a little spicy.

Some Like It, Some Hate It

Branston Pickle.  A sweet, spicy chutney, containing chunks of vegetables in a thick brown sauce.  It is commonly served as part of a ploughman’s lunch, which is basically crusty bread, butter and chunks of cheese. I like it, but I have found that its popularity is a 50/50 split with American born people. It is an acquired taste I think.

English Mustard. This is a very strong yellow mustard which is vaguely similar to the yellow Chinese mustard found in restaurants. Many people find it too hot. I like it and normally spread it on ham sandwiches to give them a bit of a kick. I tend to buy the powdered mustard because it seems stronger and I can mix a small amount when I need it. The powder lasts longer than the ready mixed variety.

Beans On Toast. I still can’t persuade many American born people that this is a wonderful snack, most people won’t even try it. They associate baked beans with BBQ.

 

Favorite Meals and Snacks

  • Ham, boiled potatoes, peas with Parsley sauce.
  • Shepard’s Pie.
  • Sausage and mashed potato, with Bisto and OXO gravy.
  • Bacon, fried eggs, sausage, fried tomato, baked beans in tomato sauce, all accompanied by HP sauce.
  • Ground beef prepared with OXO cubes,  with boiled or mashed potatoes.
  • Fresh Cod with boiled potatoes and parsley sauce, (no batter on the fish).
  • Roast chicken dinner, with roasted potatoes, roasted zucchini, peas, cauliflower and a Bisto and OXO gravy.
  • Extra sharp cheddar cheese with Branston Pickle.
  • Ham sandwich with Branston Pickle.
  • Cheese sandwich with Branston Pickle.
  • Ham sandwich with English Mustard.

 

Naturally, I like fish (Cod) and chips (fries) but I haven’t managed to make it to the UK Fish and Chip Shop standard yet and I can’t get the required standard in restaurants here, they use too much batter, the batter is not crispy enough and they usually don’t use Cod. The chips are not the same either. The chip shop must fry their chips in the same oil as the fish, maybe that’s the difference.

 

I get most of my items online from Goodwoods British Market. I don’t know if they are the cheapest, but they are reliable and the expiry date on the foods are good. I buy some of the items, such as Kerrygold butter in the grocery store when it is on special offer.

Water For Health

clean clear cold drink

Is drinking water necessary for good health?, the answer is yes, but the water that you drink needs to be as pure as possible. It seems that obtaining untainted food and drink is virtually impossible today but just by attempting to obtain the most high quality, natural food and drink products will help.

Water makes up approximately 60% of the male adult body and 55% of the female adult body. We are constantly losing water from our bodies throughout the day and this needs to be replaced. An average human loses 4.5 to 6.5 lbs of water during the day through exhalation, perspiration, urination and consumption of heavily processed foods.

 

How Much Water?

The general health industry advice is 8 ounces of water, 8 times a day. There is a wide range of views on daily intake from independent researchers but the 8 ounces, 8 times a day seems to be a minimum. Studies have shown that we cannot survive more that a few days without drinking water but we can survive for a few weeks without food. The required daily water intake for maximum bodily efficiency is (as is most everything else in life) highly dependent on the individual.

Can I Drink Too Much Water?

Studies say yes. The medical term for this is Hyponatremia ( low sodium in the blood) and this can occur due to the amount of water you drink over a short period of time rather than the total amount during a day. In basic terms, a large amount of water consumed in a short period of time will lower blood sodium levels and could, in the most severe cases, lead to death. I would think that moderation is the key to avoiding this issue.

The Purity of Water

There are many factors affecting the purity of our drinking water. The Municipal supply to our houses and businesses has chemicals added to it due to the “purification process” and the pipes carrying the water can also add unwanted chemicals into the supply. Fluoride is added to many Municipal water supplies. The Fluoride is added to prevent tooth decay but there are rumors that it is not effective in preventing this. Some Countries have banned, rejected or stopped fluoridation of their water supply. China has banned it’s use, most Western European countries have stopped fluoridation and Japan has rejected it’s use due to it’s toxicity. My opinion?, I would rather that Fluoride was left out of the water supply and I’ll take care of my teeth myself.

Obtaining Pure Water

I have researched this topic in a casual manner on and off. I buy bottled “spring” water from the local grocery stores to drink and use for cooking but I know that the quality ranges from good, to variable, to suspect.  The “spring” water is usually packaged in plastic bottles and the chemicals in the plastic can tend to leech into the water. The claim of “pure spring water” in bottled water products has been shown to be suspect in certain cases and the Fluoride content is unknown. I think that the only sure way of obtaining the purest water is to filter it yourself. There are several companies that supply whole house filters for residential use and these filters can remove heavy metals, pharmaceutical residue, fluoride, bacteria and more. The best, most effective filter systems are expensive but do I aim to install one eventually.

Conclusion

The body needs water and at the end of the day, drinking any water ( that is not infected) is better than not drinking it. We should strive to drink the purest, most untainted water daily, but this can be expensive, time consuming and involve much research. My personal opinion is that drinking water in it’s basic form, not in the form of coffee, tea, flavored drinks etc, is essential. If you are carry out fitness training or have a physical job, then my experience tells me that you need more than the 8 ounces, 8 times a day in order to function efficiently. It is a pity that we can’t get the pure drinking water that we need to function at optimum performance easily, but “it is what it is”.