I have been overall pleased with the quality of British food since I got here. I have even been known to wax on about how delicious certain things are here and how much better they are than in America....
but some things here fall really short of the mark.
This, for example, is an item I recently found when looking for hotdogs. I supposed the fault lies mostly on the shoulders of the Dutch because they manufactured it, but really? "American-style hotdogs" in a can?? Really?!
All kinds of hotdogs come in jars or cans here, this one just seemed the most egregious because it is labeled as American-style. I suppose the pictured hotdog looks pretty US-friendly... That might even be a hint of pickle relish, an item I have not seen once since arriving here.
During the winter, I adore a nice bowl of soup for lunch. But soup is one of those things that I rarely cook; too much time waiting for it to finish, I suppose. And so many good soups are available canned, I don't lose much sleep over the fact that I refuse to make it myself. But here in the UK? The canned soup is always undersalted, overcooked, and mushy. I just had some chicken and barley soup where the barley had been cooked for so long, they were nothing more than white clots in broth. And the broth?? Don't get me started on how the broth is not quite liquid, but has a certain viscosity here that leaves me cold.
Here are a variety of soups on display at the nearby Tesco supermarket:
I'm not sure that I need to comment on these. They speak for themselves, right? And you people out there that love eating little lambs and think that one looks alright? You are a very baaaaa-d person and you should be ashamed of yourself.
And I love that this one (below) that doesn't even pretend to sound good in any way, shape or form. It is sells itself as the worst possible thing you could give to your husband to eat! Which I suppose is good for a chuckle, but not actually something you'd want to stock in your cupboard, right? Unless you had a really crap husband, I suppose.... "He-forgot-your-anniversary-again-a-Soup" to the rescue!
Here're your creamed asparagus granules, dear. Rot in hell!