Friday, September 14, 2012

I want to eat with the common people

I saw this interesting article by Ashley Miller posted on Facebook: The food of my childhood, the food of Southern poor white trash. At the end of the article, the author gives a list of foods that are considered lower class. And many of them sound yummy, though I have no idea what some of them are.

It's sad but true that what you eat is often construed as a class marker, as much as what you wear. Posh people eat caviar, poor people eat chips (allegedly).

Remember when Edwina Currie was rude about working-class eating habits?

However, I think we should celebrate regional food, and food that is considered "lower-class". It's often fun, cheap to eat, quick to make, and comforting.

Here are a few delicacies that are probably considered "not quite the thing" but are wonderful.
  • Chip butties
  • Crisp sandwiches
  • Black pudding (why hasn't someone invented a vegetarian version of black pudding?)
  • Mushy peas
And then there are the "posh" foods that are also yummy, like olive tapenade. Now there's a thought, how about olive tapenade on chips?

Ooh and does anyone else roll white bread into balls of dough?

Please add more examples in the comments and say where they are from.


Yewtree said...

Ooh and I forgot that great Scottish invention, the deep-fried battered Mars Bar!

Neil said...

These people claim to do a vegetarian black pudding;