Is there a historical explanation as to why Britain has almost no decent cuisine? At some some or another in history Britain have been world leaders in nearly every major category of human activity except culinary art.
It's just reflective of North European cuisine in general.
The UK isn't even in the top three for 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants. And most of those restaurants serve food inspired by the french and italian kitchen anyway, it's not like they serve kidney pie and haggis.
From what I hear its due to strict rationing in ww2
Honestly as long as you don't have problems with organ meat english food is fine. They have the only more suggestive name for sausages than wieners: bangers.
British cuisine is actually pretty good. If you have a bunch of budget-supermarket tier ingredients like in OPs pic where its all super processed food and frozen vegetables then it will look and taste not that good.
However if it will look like pic related and taste good if you get your food from good sources. British cuisine is good if you are getting good-quality veggies and meats from local farms and from your own garden, when the food is garden-to-plate so to speak its really good. A large plate of organic freshly-harvested veggies/potatoes/eggs/fresh meat is pretty healthy, tastes great and looks great if done right.
All I know is that when I was in England and I wanted some breakfast and they give me some beans and a tomato cut in half I was like Fuck English Food.
On a side note:
>captcha says "Please select all Pizza"
>not even one pizza is depicted
>select some fruit cobbler looking bullshit
>captcha takes it
Its possibly due to trade.
All of Northern Europe's """"Cuisine"""" sucks.
Northern Europe is waaaay outside the main trading routes of the world for quite some time. Shit like spices never reached them. Almost only stopping at france
>duh, Europe conquered the world because everything good was already in Europe and they wanted to share it with everyone
>then they fought back because they're idiots
>it has nothing to do with being far enough away from the important trade routes that developing blue-water sailing became possible
That was only true during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, after the 18th century the quality of the British art improved a lot, especially in the 19th century.
Having a read of any late Victorian recipe book should indicate fairly quickly that the British were in fact pretty up on the whole decent food thing.
The two world wars really did destroy British food development though and it never really recovered independently.
The nation does an astonishingly good job covering this up however by taking food from other cultures(most notably areas it formerly colonised like Hong Kong and the Indian subcontinent) and amalgamating it into the idea of British cuisine without a second thought.
I'm a chef and I thought the same as op. I got the cance to do a 2 year course on Tudor dining. I now work in a restaurant that roasts meats traditionally and you need to book ahead at least six weeks and the smalest cover I've seen was $262, not including alcohol. Properly done english food is amazingly good.
The further north you go in Europe, the worse the food gets.
Bongs are european and therefore there's some expectations. Nobody expects the americans to eat well and nobody thinks much about Australia, it's only koalas, kangaroos and shit like that.
This could be good (I don't know if it would) with a good presentation. Nothing fancy, just not a face in your dish with some potatoes. I eat pork cheeks more or less regularly and they're fucking great.
Brit cuisine is comfy grandma food. God tier.
Italian cuisine is just slathering bland pasta in tomato and oil.
French cuisine is frogs, snails and flaky pastries that only faggots like.
Mexican cuisine is literally beans wrapped 20 different ways.
Japanese cuisine is so primitive they can't even cook fish.
Chinese cuisine is an infinite set containing every living creature that could possibly exist.
German cuisine doesn't exist.
Jewish cuisine is hated by everyone, including Jews themselves. Much like the people that invented it.
American cuisine is fast food versions of dishes from other cultures, and revolting combinations of sweet and savory ingredients like cheese on apple pie that embody the desperation of single men.
I bet this meme largely comes from the average American only hearing about British food from their dad/grandad who came here in 1944 for a few months. "All they had was potatoes, turnips and canned meat and they just boiled it. Yuck. Brits have no cuisine". This then filtered into popular culture from there.
>German cuisine doesn't exist.
You're being reported...the to taste-police!
France and Germany didnt really have a bunch of French and German speaking guys spending months/years with the locals, writing back to their French and German speaking families at home about how terrible the rationed food is.
>not liking rosbif
Constable, Reynolds, Turner, Gainsborough... sort of mediocre and mostly known in the Anglosphere.
Yes I know people do backflips over Turner but I've never understood it.
The Pre-Raphaelites were a nice minor movement. Sort of like Fururism.
Now Francis Bacon... there was an artist.
Antony Gormley is pretty good too.
But let's face it, the great innovators in Western art were all from the Continent.
>tfw you go on /ck/ and theres a fucking thread about what cheese to put on apple pie
So, because they didn't write back about how bad the food is, therefore their much harsher rationing did not cause their cuisine to change but Britain's relatively light rationing did? This is not logic.
Cousine consisting of fish, berries and game are actually really good in northern Europe
>he doesn't know how to boil his vegetables in stock
In what kind of stock? A meat stock? You don't serve meat flavoured vegetables with meat do you? A vegetable stock just seems redundant. So I can only assume a fish stock.
Just make up a sauce. Fuck.
Blackberry and Apple crumble is the GOAT dessert, i don't care what anyone says
I mean the best recipe i've ever found is by a french chef but i'm going to skim over that..