Monday, December 22, 2008
Culinary Culture Clashes
All this talk of Christmas Roasts makes me nostalgic about the traditional British Sunday Dinner and those scrumptiously fat Yorkshire Puddings my Mum is famous for.
I once made a traditional Sunday Dinner for my French friends and of course Yorkshire Puddings were on the menu. I’ve had my culinary disasters but it never crossed my mind that the Great British Tradition would be such a failure. The meat, vegetables and gravy were a huge hit but I was met with a hilarious array of astounded faces when I presented the plate of Yorkshire Puddings. I was now the crazy English girl who serves dessert with the main course. As I personally have no idea why they are called puddings, I simply invited my friends to taste them.
As the first mouthfuls were being chewed, strange expressions appeared on their faces and once swallowing had taken place, one of my friends turned to me and said « Interesting, but I don’t quite see the point ». It was my turn to be dismayed, I didn’t know that food had to have a point! The French will never cease to amaze me.
Whilst writing the above, it just occurred to me that for the Americans gravy is a sweet sauce that is generally served with biscuits. For those of you who don’t know, British gravy is a thick brown sauce. So for all of you who haven’t a clue of what I talking about, here are the recipes for Yorkshire Puddings and gravy.
Give them a try, they are the pride of Britain.