You might be able to recall the time when you went to Britain many years ago to attend one of those “Learning English in/with a British family” – summer trips and the corresponding alarmed looks from friends commenting on the “completely different English food”- experience expecting you in the UK (“only beans on toast, fish and chips, etc.”). Well, we have moved on quite a lot in the meantime.
All our IDEAL-clients from all over the world have been enjoying their stays with their carefully selected English hosts – all of them are professionals (without any pets and/or children living with them) and all of them are very keen on showing their international culinary skills to their guests attending the IDEAL-English Language Training in Brighton/UK. One IDEAL-client praised in his IDEAL-opinionnaire last year that he “particularly enjoyed the big bones” he had eaten during his stay.
Obviously, I had to slightly modify his highly positive comments to: “particularly enjoyed the big beans” before passing the IDEAL-host family opinionnaire to the relevant hosts in Brighton. As you may have rightly guessed, “ Bohnen” in German means “ beans “ in English – another classic example of a “false friend”!
Goodbye, fish and chips! There are changing trends in British dining now. The consumption of tea, baked beans and sliced bread has fallen quite substantially since the 70ies while takeaway food, pizza, pasta and fruit became more popular. In homes and cafes across the country, a cup of tea, baked beans on toast and fish and chips have long played a key role in the British dining experience. The apparent British love of tea has also taken a hammering. Britons are now drinking on average 60% less tea than in the 70ies. The coffee culture has taken Britain by storm.
There have been moves towards healthier diets in recent decades, with shifts to low calorie soft drinks, from whole to skimmed milk and from white to brown/wholemeal bread but weekly consumption of chips, pizza, crisps and ready meals has soared. On the other hand, fresh vegetables and less fatty food have gained more space on the table. However, consumption of take away food has almost doubled since the 70ies. Unfortunately, we have been facing problems with obesity in Britain for quite some time – affecting people from all age groups.
Some of our French IDEAL-clients cannot understand why we seem to “snack” all day and evening long! Please let us know what the food trend in your country is like. As always, we would very much like to hear from you.
All best wishes,
Peter from IDEAL-Brighton/UK