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National Fish and Chip Day

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When you think ‘British food’, there are certain things that are going to jump straight into your mind; buttered crumpets, bangers and mash… and fish and chips.

When I lived in San Diego, there were certain things that I desperately missed about home; a strong cup of tea, a decent rasher of thick bacon, and proper freshly-fried fish and chips. Though there were a couple of fish and chip shops, their food never managed to match up to what I remembered getting from the chip shop on a Friday night, the air redolent with hot oil, salt, and malt vinegar.

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Fish and chips became a popular meal for the British working classes due to the ready availability of fish when trawl fishing in the North Sea was rapidly developing. The first recorded fish and chip shop was opened in 1860 by Joseph Malin in London.

Traditionally, the food was fried in beef dripping or lard, but many chippies now use vegetable oils to cut down on fat content, and to make them edible for vegetarians and people of certain faiths.

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In fact, the National Fish and Chip Day is organized by NEODA (National Edible Oil Distributors Association).

Fish and Chips are seen as a comfort food by many Brits; bringing back memories of passing around the package of chips to share with family and friends, or being the one meal you were allowed to eat with your hands instead of using cutlery. During the First World War, it is believed that fish and chips gave the British soldiers an edge over the Germans, as the British were better fed.

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We Brits eat about 382 million portions of fish and chips every year, and the annual spend on the meal is a whopping £1.2 billion.

For more information on National Fish and Chips Day, visit www.neoda.org.uk/fishandchipday

Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

British Sandwich Week

We Brits do have a tendency to celebrate the most bizarre things, and even go as far as attributing commemoration days and weeks to them.

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Here are some of my personal favourites:

  • January 16th - Appreciate a Dragon Day

  • February 5th - National Shower With a Friend Day

  • May 14th - National Dance Like a Chicken Day

  • September 16th - Collect Rocks Day

  • November 4th - Common Sense Day

  • December 16th - Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Given my enjoyment of all things ridiculous, imagine my delight when I found out that this week is British Sandwich Week! What could be more fundamentally British than celebrating one of the most versatile English creations; the humble sarnie?

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According to history, an 18th century aristocrat, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, asked his valet to bring him some meat between two slices of bread. His contemporaries beheld his creation and started asking for ‘the same as Sandwich’. Brilliant.

The great thing about the sarnie is that anything slapped between two slices of bread can be termed a sandwich, and the only limit to what you can create is your imagination… and possibly physics.

Interesting Facts:

  • In 2018, the most popular sandwich filling was bacon, which knocked chicken off the top spot it had held for a number of years.

  • As a nation, we spend £3 billion annually on sandwiches.

You can find out more about British Sandwich Week by visiting www.britishsandwichweek.com

We hope you have enjoyed these mouthwatering pictures of some of the sandwich photoshoots we have done for our clients.

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.