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Great British Menu (TV Series)

outRIAAge | Dec 1, 201605:08 PM     2

Looking at the number of YouTube views, this series is criminally-unknown in the States. The target is banquet cooking, and the entrants are all professional chefs, many of them with Michelin stars.

Of course I watch the Great British Bake-Off, but that's mostly people making definitive versions of well-known recipes, and amusing women making double-entendres. Besides, I have no sweet tooth, so most of what they bake doesn't interest me.

This show is all about invention, and some of the inventions have me thrilled, like the double-decker fish dish in the 2016 series. And if you have gay friends like I do, they'd likely love being served Welsh Faggots (an oblong, loose sausage wrapped in caul fat, yum).

But I get extra pleasure not available to most Stateside people: I utterly loved watching a clearly Chinese man talking in a broad Glasgow accent about fermented black beans, and two Indian men talking in distinctly different Mancunian (Manchester) and Brum (Birmingham) accents. The two cities are less than a hundred miles apart, but the English spoken in Britain is a many-splendoured thing.

Here's a typical episode, where one of the contestants puts up a recipe called "Don't Come Home Empty-Handed," which resonates with me because it was what our mother said when we went out to play. We were expected to forage and "forage" contributions to our food supply. (The quotes are for the foraging we did that involved climbing barbed-wire fences and dodging farmers attached to shotguns.)

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