10 August 2014

How to become British, well sorta.

As I sit in my lounge listening to the rain pour and the thunder rumble, our Sunday roast cooks and a Flat White brews on the counter, I stumbled across 'the British Tag', a series of bloggers celebrating their British-ness.
As you well know I'm not British by birth, but by virtue of landing at Heathrow and finding my spiritual home; a land of churches, mystery and cake.

How many cups of tea do you have a day? + How many sugars?
I begin my day with a coffee, rain hail or shine, switching to Iced Coffee in summer. Before moving to England I didn't really drink hot drinks but have ended up having two or three cups of tea during the day (but no sugar - weirdly I can even taste if the spoon has been used to stir another cup with tea). Some situations simply call for Tea; a crying friend, biscuits, 11am, 3pm (4pm on a Sunday), afternoon tea feasts, museum exploration and mourning an unexpected rain shower.

Favourite part of your roast...
Roasted Kumara (Sweet Potato). I've never managed to get them as crispy or delicious as my Mum's but I will keep trying at every opportunity. Watch this space. Then it has to be a Yorkshire pudding soaked in Gravy to mop up the end of your plate. What an invention!

Favourite dunking biscuit...
Tim Tams! They're like Penguins b-b-b-b-ut better.

Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Afternoon Tea, how can anyone dislike a deliciously delicate feast? Moaning in the pub has to come a swift second.

Favourite word?
Aye-up. It's Northern English for hello, and is usually followed with duck (all pronounced to rhyme with 'book'). I just adore it (and luckily married me a Northern Lad!).

Cockney Rhyming Slang?
All of the naughty ones which can't be printed here on this family-and-pet-friendly blog. Those aside, it probably has to be Ruby, standing in for Curry - a RubyMurray - which has become my favourite takeaway.

Favourite Sweet?
Chocolate limes by a country mile. They are 'old fashioned' Lime pastilles with a scrummy chocolate ganache centre. They sound a little random to non-British converts,

What would your pub be called?
It would totally depend on the area, and have to have local links of some kind. I used to run a pub called the 'the Royal Oak' but sadly never looked into the reason for the name. Must do that...

No.1 British person?
Has to be Her Majesty, the Queen. She's ace (this may or may not be biased by the fact that we were invited to one of her Garden parties at Buckingham Palace, but to be honest she's the only one so far).

Favourite Shop/Restaurant?
It really depends on my mood, what I need and where we are. There are shops I love to browse through but never buy anything and shops I run into for specific things and straight back out again. As for Restaurants, well it would be like picking a favourite child.

Which British song pops into your head?
"When I'm 64" by the Beatles is one of my favourite songs ever.

or Vegemite, I'm pretty easy either way. I know it's anti-Nationalistic but I don't care.

How to become British, well sorta.

Tag, you're next! Leave YOUR responses/posts in the comments below - I'd love to see them!

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  1. I love these tag posts so will link back when I've done it :) Good choice on chocolate limes may I say...I used to alternate my sweet shop pocket money between those and blackcurrant liquorice. Yum :)

  2. I have a confession...I don't like tea!! I don't mean the sandwiches and cake variety, I mean the hot drink...I've never been able to train myself to like it either...coffee however is sent from heaven ;)

    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  3. I just don't get the tea thing. I get asked about 10 times a day if I want a tea at work!!

  4. Haha I'm drinking a cup of tea as I read this - so I guess I at least partially qualify! Can't beat afternoon tea as an institution either :)

  5. Drinking tea right now too. It's the thing to do over here! Oh I wish Penguins were as good as Tim Tams. Life would be pretty complete then. :)
    Claire xx

  6. I agree day starts best with coffee and then tea all the live long day!

  7. For me: I drink many many cups of tea a day, always with one sugar though! My fave part of the roast: carrots that have been boiled in a tablespoon of sugar and finished in butter. Tim tams - yes! But for dunking, it has to be hobnobs. My favourite British pastime - watching Corrie. Fave word - aye up me duck! Same as you! I will never forget a delivery guy saying it to my old deputy head and her replying 'I am not a duck' in a terse voice. Cockney rhyoming slang - cuppa rosie lee (tea). Fave sweet - sherbert lemons. My pub would be called 'Admiral Nelson' as my surname is Nelson. Fave Eng person - the Queen, fo shizzle. Fave shop - selfridges. British song: God Save our Queen. I hate marmite though!!! Great post!

  8. Love this post! I do have to say though, I dated a Cockney for 6 years and I'm not quite sure what your ruby is, He did used to say "Ruby Lips", as in "Chips"... Cockney Rhyming Slang cracks me up! Anyway, would you believe in all of my trips I've never gone for tea? As in the tea with little sandwiches and cakes? How sinful is that? I mean seriously! How can I call myself a true English Lover? OH and I'm always being told how horrid it is, but I love PG Tips! My favorite tea, Love it, and I love a biscuit dipped in too... now you have me wanting a cup at 9pm. I hope you have a great upcoming week!
    Tammy x

  9. Love your favorite song! Always a good one to get stuck in your head :)

  10. Done :) http://lisas-life.com/2014/08/12/british-tag.html

  11. ...and it really confuses your English co-workers - mine don't ask me any more just plonk it down in fear of rejection!

  12. I checked with a cockney friend and he said it's definitely curry - are you sure yours wasn't a pretend one ;)
    You must do it - even if you throw one at home it's so much fun!

  13. Ooooh I forgot about hobnobs. Yummmmm!
    Hehehe, love it! (Ps you used to be able to get Timtams in Selfridges...)

  14. Isn't it funny - it's just so British. Are you sure you are allowed a passport admitting that? ;D

  15. I like tea but without milk and sugar (and usually not the british standard tea they have here) and get soooo many weird looks when I say I just take my tea (or coffee) black with no sugars..

    ooh, and I love the song-choice - I can't really pick a favourite song, but at the moment I have Octopus' garden on repeat in my head!

  16. I can't normally enjoy tea here (bar herbal) without milk, but leaving sugar out is something you won't be teased for here.. not stirring properly is another thing altogether!


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