Disclaimer: no soldiers were harmed in the making of the dish. “Eggs and soldiers” or “dippy eggs” is a classic British children’s breakfast of soft-boiled eggs in an egg cup. “Dippy eggs,” because one dips sticks of buttered toast (soldiers) into runny eggs. Kids love it, and nostalgic adults, too!
But wait, uncooked eggs? Cue the trepidation from other parts of the world. What about salmonella? All valid concerns – but it’s been centuries, and the Brits seem to be doing alright, no? Like most things British, we’re sure a lot of thought went into dippy eggs before it became a thing.
Jelly With Ice Cream
Ask any Brit today about childhood birthday parties, and they will list fundamental markers for how epic one could be. How did one know? The best birthdays always featured a bag full of stickers and (wait for it) jelly and ice cream. Ice cream and jelly sound like a bizarre combo to most, and it’s not the most appetizing thought; however, the dish has always been a classic birthday party staple.
Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned birthday cakes, we’ll never know! Give this odd dessert a whirl if you ever find yourself at one of these parties. Wobbly jelly and ice cream together. By Jove, only in Britain!
Prawn Cocktail Chips
Some things are sacred to the Brits, such as griping about the weather, a good cup of tea, and apologizing profusely – most times, unnecessarily. These things are the heart of British life. As are crisps – or chips, for the rest of the world. People in Britain love their crisps, and they’ve come up with the most uniquely British flavors on the planet.
They see your Salt & Vinegar and raise you a Prawn Cocktail with a dash of paprika. Outsiders don’t care much for it, by all accounts. The Brits are mad about it. Prawn cocktail crisps became a phenomenon in the 1970s, and their popularity hasn’t waned since. The crisps are a veritable culinary institution.
Who comes up with these names? Sounds unappetizing, but it turns out chip butty is the quintessential comfort food we didn’t know we needed. Say it’s one of those days when you’re not up to an entire fish and chips meal. Don’t fret; there’s a lighter version of this traditional British staple.
Hot fries inside buttered white bread with a dash of essential toppings. That’s it. Carbs on beautiful carbs. Can you think of anything better to get through a dreary day? Some like their chip butties with vinegar or ketchup. You can even have a two-slice chip sandwich with chips overflowing.
Fish Finger Sandwich
When midnight hunger pangs strike next, or laziness takes hold, don’t order takeout. Whip up something similar at home instead. Say hello to the Bird’s Eye fish finger sandwich. What is it, exactly? Well, it’s a fish fingers sandwich. It’s not that deep. Fish fingers in between two slices of white bread. Easy-peasy, right?
Slather on some mayo, ketchup, or both (if you’re feeling a bit adventurous). The dish sounds a bit odd and bland. Sandwich enthusiasts are dying a slow death, but if it works for the Brits, we best leave them to it. We’ll keep our grilled cheeses, thank you very much!