One man’s meat not other’s ice cream

BRITAIN’S Conservative Government has promised to make Sunday shopping legal, an unusual gesture of liberality that many church and business people abhor.

But despite its traditional supporters, Sunday closing legislation has often been as unpopular in Britain as it can be here at home. (Recall that, in April, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Lord’s Day Act as a violation of freedom of religion.) For all their supposed reserve and rigidity, the British seem to loathe being told what to do and when to do it. And occasionally they have worked out some artful, if bizarre, ways of resisting government decrees on how not to spend a Sunday.

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For instance, in 1915, in claiming that it was his right as a British subject to buy an ice cream sandwich on the “Lord’s Day,” a fellow named Slater insisted that ice cream was meat.

The Sunday Observance Act, a relic of 1677, said that, unless a tradesman was engaged in the “dressing of meat in families, or dressing or selling of meat in inns, cooks’ shops, or victually houses, for such as otherwise cannot be provided” (the wording has confounded generations of judges), the tradesman could not do business on Sunday. Continue reading

Simple yet Flavorful Grilled Fish and Chips Recipe

While I’m doing myself a favor by losing weight and being fit, old habits are really difficult to abandon. I still pig out from time to time but I now careful choose what to eat. I’ve loved grilled foods since I was young especially when it’s fish and chips. Grilled foods are quite healthy compared to fried or baked foods. Whenever I grill, it brings nostalgia to my senses.
Today I’m going to teach you how to prepare an easy fish and chips (with side dish slaw) recipe. Most of the ingredients needed might already be inside the fridge.

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Flavorful grilled fish and chips recipe

Ingredients:
3-4 fish fillet (Cut in half and can be skinned or not)
1-2 pound potatoes (Any cut/slice will do: crinkled, fingerling, round)
1 whole medium-sized cabbage (fresh)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ tsp sugar
A pack of bread crumbs
A pinch of salt and fine pepper (to taste)
A pinch of rosemary (for aroma)
Onion and garlic flakes (optional) Continue reading

Fish and Chips as the Conventional Stock Meal

Each culture has its own staple food. While rice is the conventional meal for most Asians due to its abundance as a crop, the staple food usually associated with the British is fish and chips.

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Most fish and chips combo sold.

Tracing its way back to when trawl fishing became a popular in Britain, deep-fried fish only came to existence in the area after it was introduced by some immigrants. These immigrants are from Portugal and Spain that ended up incorporating their dish, pescado frito, into the working class communities. As for the chips, it became the culinary accompaniment of the deep-fried fish after the Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities” became popular, introducing deep fried slices of potatoes that ended up looking like chips.

Certain naming issues caused the Fish Labelling Regulations of 2004 to demand the labeling of the deep-fried fish used in most fish and chips combo sold. Some consumers found simply “fish and chips” to be vague, making them suspicious as to what exactly is the fish served. This in turn caused some restaurants to start renaming their dish as “cod and chips”.

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The food of the masses

Charles Dickens might also be attributed for the popularity of the deep-fried fish as this was mentioned in his other novel “Oliver Twist”. Historians are still confused though as to when did exactly the fish and chips combo start becoming a pair. What is clear though is that it became the food of the masses – the kind of dish that you can enjoy on white paper or old newspaper.

While each area in Britain has its own history of the roots of fish and chips as a combo meal, the accepted term has become “fish and chips”. This is because the earliest shops that sold these sold just these. For example, in Ireland, people would buy from a stall that would ask buyers “one of this and one of the other” in Italian, pointing to the food sold. Eventually, the terms of transaction eventually evolved into “one and one” referring to the servings bought.

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Fish and chips are also sold in the United States. In some areas they’re called “fish fry”. While the potato fries are called chips in the US, they are usually called “crisps” in Britain, the kind that you usually buy around the corner while trying to buy new stuff for your garden. Once you have had your fill of fish and chips, off you go to the nearest hardware store and try buying yourself one of the best lawn mowers available.

Conventional hobbies aside, gardening after a nice meal is more fun granted that you have the right tools to help you even in tasks as simple as mowing the lawn. To find some of the best lawn mowers available, you may click here to see which among them suits you.

The Slim files

MY WEIGHT problem began after my second child, who is now 20, was born. After his birth I became very depressed and found myself stuck in the house day after day.

There was nowhere to go with two kids so I started eating and eating and eating. Chocolate wasn’t my downfall – it was pies, fish and chips and savoury junk fund in general.

I’m 5ft 6in tall and gained weight quickly and it wasn’t long before skirts with elasticated waists became an essential part of my wardrobe.

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I’ve tried all sorts of diets – the cabbage diet, the grapefruit diet . ..

you name it I’ve done it. And while I’d lose a stone here and there, as soon as I came off the diet, on it would go again.

I thought I was going to be big for the rest of my life, but a couple of years ago I had to go into hospital for an operation to remove an adhesion on my Achilles tendon.

There were some complications and I ended up having my lower leg in plaster for seven months. I was feeling pretty down at the time and as I was unable to do anything I suppose my appetite ebbed away. Continue reading

Have our fish had their chips?

The problem is so bad that the World Wildlife Fund now classes cod as an endangered species, and fears for the future of haddock.

Larger vessels from Spain, Denmark and Belgium which fish off the British coast are making things worse, the environmental group said.

WWF fisheries specialist Dr Sarah Jones said: ‘We would now class cod as endangered.

The fishermen in the Irish Sea simply can’t find any, and landings are down 28 per cent already this year in the North Sea.

‘Other countries have got large fishing fleets operating off our coasts.

Obviously, bigger vessels cause a lot more damage. Thanks to an appalling mess with the legislation, the Russians have 20 factory-style trawler ships off the Hebrides.

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‘They are exploiting the traditional haddock grounds.

The problem is Europe-wide and we need integrated international legislation.’ Fish and chips have seen off competition from pizzas, Chinese and Indian food to retain the title of Britain’s favourite takeaway meal.

More than 300million portions are served each year at 8,500 chip shops nationwide.

But the price of British cod has soared in recent months to more than [pounds sterling]3 per pound – the same as rump steak – partly because of dwindling stocks.

Cod is now flown in from Norway, Iceland and the Faroe islands. Continue reading