I’ve previously spoken, as a guilty lurker, of checking out Pioneer Woman everyday (Sorry, you can’t click through. She doesn’t need ANOTHER link! C’mon, I’m not being mean… am I?)
Another blog I semi-lurk at is Sam’s blog at Becks & Posh. Sam is English, living in San Francisco, and an ultimate foodie. Not only does she like to cook it, photograph it, and eat it, BUT she has the energy to blog about it too!
To celebrate St George’s Day – which was yesterday – Sam launched a blampaign (blog campaign) called ‘Fish and Quips’, inviting all bloggers to do their bit to prove English food isn’t a joke, and to post a delicious English tucker recipe on their blog to celebrate.
Well, I just popped on over to Sam’s and started drooling immediately. The recipes and pics submitted by bloggers around the world look absolutely mouth-watering, and being an Aussie, there’s a lot of familiar dishes there (I’d say I was brought up 60 per cent English stodge style, 40 per cent combined Asian (and in Oz, Asian is East Asia, not the Indian sub continent) and Mediterranean).
But looking through this list made me realise something else.
I actually feel sorta at home in England. Now… I’m still a proud Aussie, orright?! I’ve never lived in the UK, I’ve only been there a handful of times, and I still don’t want England to win anything like the cricket or the rugby.
However, in light of the fact that my ‘home’ home is an expensive 27 hour flight away, and that I have many friends and family in the UK (oh, and I’m a British citizen), the UK is the place I go to when I need to speak English and
stock up on Vegemite and Aussie wine buy products I’m familiar with.
And as it was, moving to Sydney made me realise that Poms and Aussies are very similar. We talk the same language (well, we do!). We’re not selfish – we haven’t taken you, I mean, the ‘u’ out of colour, favour, humour or favourite. And we’re poncy with our spelling – we like writing cheques, changing tyres, and playing tennis with racquets.
And then there’s the suburbs. In Australia, we have: Lewisham, Haymarket, Croydon, Paddington, Brighton, Kensington, Petersham, Chiswick, Camberwell, Camden, Guildford, Cleveland, Gladstone, Kew, Richmond and Hyde Park, to name a few…
(Then again, we also have Woolloomooloo, Kurri Kurri, Narraweena, Ku-ring-gai, Woolloongabba, Murwillumbah, Tallebudgerah, and Wooloowin… But just ignore me.)
And… we all love Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. And we love fish and chips (and if you come from Noo Zulland, you’d love fush and chups).
So there you go. Check out the tucker. It makes me want to go to England.