Let’s talk about British national cuisine. What can you tell me about eating habits in Britain?
I know that in Britain eating habits differ from our eating habits. At breakfast some people have toast with butter and jam and a cup of tea with milk. Others eat a bowl of cereals with milk or porridge. Or they may have bacon and eggs.
They have lunch in the middle of the day. Or if a meal is eaten in the late morning instead of breakfast and lunch, it is called brunch. They usually eat meat, cheese or other sandwiches, or soup and bread. Drinks at lunch time are very different: fruit juices, coca-cola, sprite 7up and others.
At lunchtime on Sunday a traditional meal is the Sunday roast, for example, roast beef with roast potatoes, peas, green beans, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
They have dinner between 7 and 8.30. It is a cooked meal of meat or fish and two vegetables, one of which is often potato. It is common to eat dessert (also known as pudding) after the main dish. They don’t have supper, as a rule.
Do you know any traditional British dishes ?
I know that traditionally the British make a wide variety of puddings and cakes. Some of them, like plum pudding, have beef fat as a base, others, like apple pies and fruit tart use pastry. Black Pudding , made from pig’s blood, is a specialty of North England.
What questions can you ask a British friend about their national cuisine?
Your British friend can’t stop eating fast food. Try to persuade him that is unhealthy.
You should stop eating fast food because it is unhealthy. Fast food looks nice and tasty, but if you eat it very often, you will easily become overweight. Fast food is inexpensive because it is made with cheaper ingredients such as fat meat, refined grains, sugar and fats, instead of nutritious foods such as lean meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. It doesn’t provide any benefits to the body and the harm it causes is numerous.
Does British cuisine differ from Belarusian cuisine?
I suppose that British cuisine doesn’t differ much from Belarusian cuisine. Both our cuisines differ much from oriental cuisines, for example, but not from each other. Our eating habits are different, but the food we eat and the way we cook it are often alike. In both cuisines meat, fish, potatoes, dairy products are widely used. Both the British and Belarusians fry, roast or boil meat, fish and vegetables.