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What’s a Full English Breakfast – and Where Did the Tradition Come From?

If you’ve ever been to England, you may have noticed something unusual on the menu: the “Full English Breakfast”. If it’s your first time in England, you may not be familiar with the term.  Does it refer to a multi-course breakfast? A breakfast that consists of every single British breakfast food? Not really. So what …

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What is Salad Cream – & What Do You Do With It?

The Brits around here may be a bit mystified by this post, but bear with us because it’s a topic that comes up from time to time in emails and our Facebook groups. If you’ve travelled in the UK or watched a lot of British television, you may have encountered a mysterious substance called “salad …

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What is HP Sauce? A Guide to Brown Sauce + HP Sauce Trivia

Nearly every Anglophile will eventually encounter HP Sauce. Whether you’ve travelled to England and spotted it on a restaurant table, heard it mentioned in a television show, or noticed it in the British goods section of a local shop, it’s all over the place. Gilbert O’Sullivan even sings about it in the song “As Long …

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What’s a Cheese & Pickle Sandwich? An Intro to Branston Pickle…

Over on our British TV blog, one of the questions we get pretty regularly is, “What’s a cheese and pickle sandwich?” We occasionally get it here, too – often from people who’ve gone to an afternoon tea and spotted a cheese and pickle sandwich on the menu. Adding a few dill pickles to a grilled …

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What are Ready Salted Crisps? The Quirky History of “A Packet of Ready Salted”

ready salted vs salt and shake crisps

If you’ve travelled in the UK or watched a lot of British TV, you may have encountered “ready salted crisps” and wondered what they are, or how they got their name. Why do they bother to specify “ready salted”? Does anyone even sell unsalted crisps? Why don’t they just call them plain, or original? What …

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