Friday, June 3, 2016

National Fish & Chips Day

June 3 is "Fish & Chips" Day

 

The history of this holiday comes from Great Britain.  In the late 1800s, trawl fishing became a major part of the industry in the North Sea, making fresh fish available all over, including inland and within the cities. It became known as a meal of the working class, because being 'easily available' meant 'cheaper'.  And being a high caloric meal meant it was filling for the  workers who held physically demanding jobs.

Today fish & chips is popular all over, including in Canada where it is frequently sold from ‘Chip Wagons’, and throughout the USA.


Fish & Chips …. without Chips?

 

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I recently went out to lunch with a friend. I ordered fish & chips and the waitress rattled off a long list of 'sides' of which I heard almost none (she talked too fast and not understandably so). Therefore, I just said 'cole slaw', which was the only word I actually heard and a dish I enjoy with fish.

When my order came, the plate had fish and cole slaw and NO french fries (chips). I said 'where's the 'chips' and she said, well that was included in your choice of a 'side' and you said 'cole slaw'.  What?! Wouldn't you assume that if you ordered a menu item that stated 'fish & chips', you'd get the french fries with it and the cole slaw would be the side?

The waitress ended up bringing me a plate of 'free' french fries for the misunderstanding, but I think she entirely missed the point. One doesn't order 'fish & chips' and get only 'fish'. Huh! :-)


Celebrate Fish and Chip Day


So, as you can see, a good way to celebrate this day is naturally by having a platter of fish & chips - order some up from your favorite restaurant (or 'Chipper' in England) or make it yourself at home. Serve with some tarter sauce (popular in America) or with a bit of mayonnaise (in Canada). 





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After enjoying your dinner, finish up your evening with your children by viewing  this cute animated movie called (what else) Fish & ChipsAn adventure of young fish "fish" and his nemesis "Chips" a cat. The two tear across land and sea and face off for the love of the same catfish and bones of fish's ancestor.  Their hilarious adventures are sure to have both children and adults laughing. 

 (c) Wednesday Elf

9 comments:

  1. That totally sounds like something that would happen to me! Those wonderful waitresses are so familiar with the menu and how things are served, the forget that not all of us are restaurant frequenters. And, yes! I would most definitely expect the chips to be automatically included. Glad you got you fries, but I do hate that you had any stress related to your enjoyable outing. Now, back to the subject! It is so funny, yet entirely appropriate that there is a fish and chips day! The movie looks fun too.

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    1. My friend and I got quite a laugh over the incident, Mouse. :) And perhaps the waitress and/or restaurant learned something. (PS: we think the poor girl was new and still learning the job.)

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  2. I love fish and chips and really can imagine your surprise at getting fish and coleslaw without any chips.....lol There has to be a first for everything.

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    1. It certainly was a surprise to get my fish & chips WITHOUT chips included, Olivia. The menu stated 'Fish & Chips', yet the 'chips' were included in the one 'side'. Strange. It WAS good, though!

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  3. I remember the first time I ate fish and chips. I went to lunch with a friend to Arthur Treacher's. Because I had no idea what I was getting myself into, she thoroughly explained exactly what to expect since I had never heard of such a thing as fish and chips (this was decades ago). I hold her responsible for converting me into a very loyal fish and chips lover, malt vinegar included! Wow, I could go through a big platter of them right now - sounds so good!

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    1. Susan, I had heard that malt vinegar is good with fish & chips. I like tarter sauce myself, or mayonnaise at home if I'd out of tarter sauce. When we were in England, we naturally had to include a meal at a 'fish&chips' place, which are numerous there. :)

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  4. I think I've only had fish and chips once -- when we were in Seattle and went out with friends. I try to avoid fried foods now, so I've not had them again. I don't like vinegar that's served with them. I prefer lemon juice.

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  5. I used to eat these more than I do now. Don't eat much fried food anymore. But they are very yummy, that's for sure. I try to save this type of food for vacations and when near a beach.

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  6. Barbara and Paula, I can understand trying to stay away from fried foods these days, but 'now and then' one might wish to indulge in a platter of fresh fish & chips! :)

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