It’s almost a year and a half since I moved to the Netherlands… and honestly, Holland is starting to feel more like home than England does. Isn’t that vierd?
THINGS (BRITISH) EXPATS DON’T MISS
Wet/cold weather 55%
Miserable people 34%
Annoying family members 10%
The Pound 6%
THINGS (BRITISH) EXPATS MISS
Fish and chips 55%
Pub grub 54%
Traditional pubs 47%
The high street 31%
Sunday roasts 30%
The changing seasons 11%
If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll know the biggest thing I miss is the English pub culture and good old pub grub, so I’m totally in agreement with this survey!
I like food. So yes, this post is about food (with a few drinks thrown in). But the question is: which is better?
1. Bacon vs spek
Thick, luscious rounds of smoked bacon served with crusty bread, lettuce and tomato. Or wafer thin slices of spek? My vote: Team UK.
2. Marmite on toast vs hagelslag
Love it or hate it… marmite is extremely popular in the UK. As is hagelslag in Holland. But which is best? My vote: Team UK.
3. Full English breakfast vs uitsmijter
Bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns, beans, black pudding… I’m salivating just typing this! Or fried egg, ham and cheese? Also delicious, but very simple. My vote: Team UK.
4. Sandwich and crisps or boterham?
English people pretty much can’t eat a sandwich without a packet of crisps on the side. It’s like an unwritten law or something. What do Dutchies often eat for lunch? A slice of white bread with cheese and a glass of milk. My vote: Team UK.
5. Beans on toast vs … ?
Is there a vs for this one? (Hagelslag?!! Hee hee.) Dutchies think beans on toast is just weird, but we were brought up with it. It’s cheap, easy food when the cupboards are (almost) bare and most definitely in every student’s culinary repertoire 😉 My vote: Team UK.
6. Roast Dinner vs Stamppot
Meat and all the trimmings vs a U shaped boiled smoked sausage and mashed veg and potatoes. I love both, but if I can only pick one it has to be the roast. My vote: Team UK.
AT THE PUB
7. Chips drowned in vinegar or mayonnaise?
This doesn’t need an explanation. The Dutch won me over with mayo. My vote: Team NL.
8. English pub vs Dutch brown cafe
Both are fantastic for different reasons, but I’ve got to go English pub. My vote: Team UK.
9. Ordering a round in a pub
Ordering a round in Holland: “Zeven biertjes en een witte wijn” (Seven beers and a white wine).
Ordering a round in England: “One Calsberg, one Fosters, one Stella, one Kronenberg, one Bulmers, one Aspalls, one Pinot Grigio and a gin and tonic, please.” Fuck me, we’re fussy. My vote: Team NL.
10. Bar snacks – pork scratchings vs bitterballen
No contest. My vote: Team NL.
11. Pint of beer vs thimble of beer
The bigger the better, surely? My vote: Team UK.
12. Nesquick vs Chocomel
Powder you mix with milk or prepackaged chocolate loveliness. My vote: Team NL.
13. Liquorice allsorts vs Drop
Both disgusting, at least liquorice allsorts have some coconut around them that I can eat. My vote: Team UK.
Unsurprisingly, I scored 9 in favour of the UK and 4 to NL. But I’m getting there…
What’s your score?