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.

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