Yesterday was my bicentennial (21 once again), so I took the day off from dynamical my hack cab and went for a anniversary nutriment.

Now London, England is a global variety borough where it's possible to eat righteous active all variety of preparation famed to man. So what did I have?

I plumped for old London fare: a Cockney pie and suspension hair salon. For the uninitiated, that's a pie full up next to jellied eels, attended by mashed potatoes and enclosed by booze (otherwise celebrated as sauce).

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It's what my Australian cousins would ring up a "floater and one".

You may possibly recoil in horror at the hypothesis of ingestion eel - which is in truth a scrummy light-colored fish, rather approaching the notably prized hake, although fairly narrower in the floor joist. In reality drinking eel is lawfully train compared with one of the fare that has graced London supper tables in the early. These cover swan, turtle, porpoise, dolphin and fastener.

As the people of London change integrity during the Industrial Revolution, pie shops became best-selling as one of the inspired immediate foods. This was because penniless populace did not have possession of their own cooking services and so relied on the incalculable ovens of the cook houses not individual for bread, but any hot silage. Wrapping that provisions in a pastry crust ready-made for easier manual labor.

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Along beside eels, oysters were once eaten in infinite quantities and regarded as "poor man's food". Since then, the modest pelecypod has reached the elevated importance of foodie nutrient and now eels are besides enjoying a improvement.

In bygone times, eels in use to come in from the regional London rivers. But now they are largely caught on the Norfolk Broads, to the northeastern eastmost of London, and shipped across the North Sea to Holland to be processed, earlier incoming at their orthodox home: the old London pie and suspension mercantile establishment.

Copyright 2006 Jon Michael and

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