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Exploring food from the UK

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Just for fun. I enjoyed writing this blog.

I recently discovered the UK show, Secret Eaters. You can find it on You Tube. Questions after watching some of the shows led me on an interesting search.

What is salad cream?
"Salad cream is a creamy, pale yellow condiment based on an emulsion of about 25–50 percent oil in water, emulsified by egg yolk and acidulated by spirit vinegar. It may include other ingredients such as sugar, mustard, salt, thickener, spices, flavouring and colouring. The first ready-made commercial product was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1914, where it is used as a salad dressing and a sandwich spread." - per Wikipedia

How is salad cream different than mayonnaise?
"Salad Cream uses more vinegar than oil whilst mayonnaise is the other way round. For example, in Heinz Salad Cream is just 22% Rapeseed Oil whilst Heinz mayonnaise is 68%. ... The minor difference in the amount of egg yolk also makes a big difference, with mayo using more than Salad Cream."

It is not just for salads. A more common usage is a spread on sandwiches. Some people squeezed it on French fries (chips). It can be used on beans on toast, a common dish there.

A Secret Eaters participant added salad cream to a chip butty.

What is a chip butty?
"A chip butty is a sandwich made with chips (i.e. French fried potatoes) on buttered white bread or a bread roll, often with an added condiment such as brown sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, or malt vinegar. The chip butty can be found in fish and chip shops and other casual dining establishments in the United Kingdom." -per Wikipedia
A chip shop lists the chip butty at 700 calories.

Chef Gordon Ramsey's chip butty.

Below is a link to a video of someone trying to create a chip butty.

Hungry Jacks / Burger King Bacon Cheese Chip Butty Copycat Recipe
by Greg's Kitchen 2/17/20
It must have been good because he made caveman grunts as he ate it.

Starch on starch. Carb overload. I have seen some burgers in the States that have fries/chips or french fried onions atop the burger in the bun.

There you have it. A little dip into some interesting food from the UK.
My UK Spark friends, what do you think?

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