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When Filibert & The Travelers are exploring, one of the great adventures is the food we find to eat. Lots of countries have fast food these days, but before burgers and pizza moved in people had their favorite foods, local-style. Our newest song “The London Beat” has to do with that. My nephew lives in London, we were chatting and he let it slip that he works in a Pie and Mash shop. I’d never heard of this. It turns out that, particularly in the East End, eels were a very popular meal. Cheaper than beef (a good thing for the working folks) shops opened specializing in stewed eels, baked into a pastry crust with a side of mashed potatoes, and covered with a sauce (the “liquor”) that is a mixture of butter, parsley, and the liquid from the pot used to stew the eels. So, Pie and Mash have been around since the 1800s and are now having a happy bit of a revival. My nephew works at Chase Side Pie and Mash, which is very near the post code EN2 0QZ. Mick’s Pie and Tash in Enfield is carrying on that tradition, too. To honor their father Mick, who was a butcher in the area known for his moustache (his “‘tache”) his sons gave their shop the name. Way to go, you guys.
I haven’t enjoyed pie and mash yet, but I will next time! I’ve enjoyed black (blood) pudding in England and Ireland, calf brains and rabbit in France, little itty bitty whole fried fish in Japan, squid and octopus in Korean restaurants. I ate surströmming in Sweden, too – that’s spoiled herring packed in a can. According to Wikipedia, a Japanese study determined that a freshly opened can of surströmming is the most putrid food smell in the world. It should be eaten outside. We did eat it outside, on crispbread with cucumbers, pickles, mustard, and tomatos. I also understand it’s illegal to board an airplane with it, as well. For real. And, I’m still around so it wasn’t poisonous, right?
These foods are all part of the scenery in any place, doesn’t make sense to avoid them! Forget the fastfood drabness. Live a little!!!!!!