Traditional British dishes have had competition from other dishes over the years. Despite this, if you visit England, Scotland or Wales, you can still be served up the traditional foods we have been eating for years.
Many children at school and adults at work will have a 'packed lunch'. This typically consists of a sandwich, a packet of crisps, a piece of fruit and a drink. The 'packed lunch' is kept in a plastic container.
Sandwiches are also known as a 'butty' or 'sarnie' in some parts of the UK.
A typical British meal for dinner is " meat and two veg" . We put hot brown gravy, (traditionally made from the juices of the roast meat, but more often today from a packet!) on the meat and usually the vegetables. One of the vegetables is almost always potatoes.
Fish (cod, haddock, huss, plaice) deep fried in flour batter with chips (fried potatoes) dressed in malt vinegar. This is England's traditional take-away food or as US would say "to go". Fish and chips are not normally home cooked but bought at a fish and chip shop ("chippie" ) to eat on premises or as a "take away.
The favorable climate allows for the cultivation of nearly all kinds of agricultural produce. There is a rich variety of
vegetables and fruits
The most preferred vegetables are: tomato, pepper, eggplant, ladyfinger, potato, cabbage, onion, garlic, green beans, beans, cucumber, etc. They are most frequently fried, boiled in slow fire, or baked.
The main meal of the Albanians is lunch , which usually consists of gjellë , the main dish of slowly cooked meat, and a salad of fresh vegetables , such as tomatoes , cucumbers , green peppers , and olives . The salad is dressed with olive oil , vinegar , and salt . While the other meals are similar as uk.
Desserts are rich in variety too. They are made of milk, cream, fruit juices, as well as accompanied with syrup (baklava, sugar cookie (sheqerpare), (kadayif), wheat pudding (hashure), rice pudding (sytliash), etc.. The most notable among the desserts made of dough are sweet or salty cakes from fermented dough, fritter balls (petull),and hallva etc..
A special dessert is ballokume, characteristic crumpet of the town of Elbasan, masterfully prepared by local homemakers mainly for the celebration of the Day of Summer (March 14), but also family feasts.
They are made of finely sieved white maize flour (4 -5 kg of flour make 1 kg ballokume), butter, finesugar, egg and finjë (sieved ash boiled in water).