When I think of traditional British food, I think of fish & chips, Sunday roast dinner, steak & kidney pie and bangers & mash. These are none of the foods I will miss when I move to Chile, mostly because I don’t eat meat! But also, lots of British people don’t eat very much British food as we are lucky to have lots of choice of cuisine to enjoy.
I’ve thought of five categories of food that I will miss the most:
The tagline is that you either love it or hate it, and I’m definitely a Marmite lover! For those of you who are wondering what this thick, sticky spread is, it’s yeast extract. Which definitely doesn’t make it sound great at all! If you come across Marmite, don’t do what my French friend did and stick a teaspoon into the jar and eat that in one! You only need a very thin layer on toast, and I also love it accompanied with cheese, egg or avocado; great pairs! Luckily, Marmite is easily transportable and last time I lived in Chile I took two 500g jars with me. I intend to do this same this time too 😉 I also introduced Carlos’ family to Marmite, and I don’t think they fell into the ‘love’ category! What do you think about Marmite (or Vegemite)?
It’s not that I love packaged sandwiches at all, actually it’s because they are really useful! In the UK, we are really fond of any type of filled sandwich variety; baguettes, rolls and wraps, they are sold everywhere and we often rely on them for a quick lunch. The time in Chile when I missed this useful food source was when I was getting a long distance bus during lunchtime or when I had a break between teaching classes and needed to grab something quickly. I think this reflects a difference in culture regarding lunch as Chileans are more likely to have their main meal at lunch and they more often take a proper lunch break whereas in the UK, people often scoff down a sandwich hunched over their desk. I much prefer the Chilean way! Unsurprisingly, I don’t have any photos of packaged sandwiches…
My favourite type of food and one that we have adopted as a major cuisine here in the UK. Every main road has at least one Indian restaurant on to either eat in or take away, some are more authentic than others! I fell in love with Indian food when I was in India and it is now my food of choice when eating out. Luckily, Indian food is becoming more popular in Chile so it is more easily found now, though they may not have four on one road!Vegetarian selection
Chilean food is generally very meaty so people sometimes panic when I say I don’t eat meat as they are unsure of what I do eat! I’m very lucky in the UK to have lots of options of vegetarian food in restaurants and it isn’t so weird to be veggie!
Food from around the world
This is perhaps the one I will miss the most. In the UK you can get food from every corner of the globe so you get to experience so many different flavours and dishes. It’s also a great way to learn something about a culture, even though you may be just a few miles from home. So I’ll be getting creative in the kitchen to enjoy tastes from around the world.
My next post will be all about the Chilean food that I’m looking forward to eating again!
Which food do you love from your home country? What do you think of British food?