Englische Küche

Das Essen ist für die meisten Touristen ein essentieller Teil eine, neue Kultur kennen zu lernen. “Continentals” haben im Falle von England aber meistens eher Angst vor der Kulinarik hierzulande.  Dabei ist es gar nicht so schlimm und Fish and Chips auch nicht das einzige essbare auf der Insel.

Dass sich das billige Gericht Fish and Chips zum englischen Gericht schlechthin in unseren Köpfen entwickelt hat tut der englischen Küche Unrecht. Das wäre so wie wenn man das Wiener Würtelstandl zum Glanzstück der österreichischen Küche erheben würde. Würstel sind ja schon Teil des Frühstücks hier und auch sonst isst man gerne verschiedenste Würstelvariation wie zum Beispiel mit Äpfeln und verschiedenen Gewürzen, am besten mit einer Beilage Kartoffelpüree.

Apropo Kartoffelpüree – das ist nicht etwa die langweilige Form, die man bei uns manchmal aus Pulver anrührt. Man nimmt das hier schon ernst und macht es frisch mit Senf, Butter und Milch. Dass ich keinen Potatoe- Masher, also einen Kartoffelstampfer besessen habe war sogar eine der ersten “Beziehungskrisen”. Mein britischer Freund konnte es nicht glauben, dass man ohne Potatoe-Masher leben kann.

“But how do you mash potatoes then?”

“I don’t east mashed potatoes.”


Auch Hamburger braten wird hier zur Kunst erhoben. Eine Gourmet Burger Kette nach der anderen macht hier auf. Es erstaunt mich immer wieder, dass der Bedarf nach dem perfekten Burger so groß ist, dass 60 Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 11 Honest Burger Restaurants, 56 Byron Burger restaurants und weitere kleinere Lokale überleben können. Und das obwohl gute Hamburger auch in jedem Pub zu haben sind.

Traditioneller ist Pie und Mash. Pie hört sich an wie Kuchen ist aber ähnlich wie in Strudel und mit Huhn oder Steak gefüllt. Man findet auch heute noch einige Pie und Mash Shops vor allem in historisch gesehen, ärmeren Stadtteilen im Osten. Pies sind günstig herzustellen und wurden daher vor allem von sogenannten “Working Class” Leuten gegessen. Früher wurden diese Pies oft mit Aalen gefüllt. Die Themse war damals noch schmutzig genug um  ideale Lebensbedingten für diese Fische zu bieten. Inzwischen müssen sie aus Holland importiert werden um noch ein paar dieser traditionellen Pies zu backen. Wenn man mich fragt ist es wohl besser, dass die “Jellied Esel” Pies eine sterbende Tradition ist aber Chicken & Leek Pie und Minced Meat Pie kann ich sehr empfehlen.

Dann gibt es natürlich noch unzählige indische Lokale und das Curry ist sogar laut manchen Umfragen, das beliebteste Gericht in England. Die Dominanz des indischen Essens ist natürlichen vor allem der Zeit des Empire geschuldet und ich würde sagen es gehört inzwischen genauso zur englischen Kultur wie Pubs. Am traditionellsten ist es man geht zur indischen Restaurant-Meile in Brick Lane und handelt sich einen guten “Deal” aus. Durch die große Ansammlung indischer Restaurants in dieser Ecke von London, lässt sich oft ein wirklich gutes Angebot, vor allem wenn man in der Gruppe kommt aushandeln.

Man sieht, verhungern muss man hier nicht.


OUTFIT: Sunny yellow

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 Summer has returned to London and of course this meant that I quickly got back into sandals and sheer summer tops. This yellow shirt is from Intimissi and makes for a perfect late summer outfit over jeans. It’s almost September so I threw a grey blazer on top to keep warm when the breeze creeps back.  Continue reading

Outfit: Leather skirts over dresses

A while back I posted these photos of an Alexander Wang collection because I thought it was cool idea but I never actually got round to wear the combo myself. Well until this week, the top is actually a dress from Mango, which I’ve had for ages but it looks great as top with this fake leather skirt, also from Mango. The look is definitely office or meeting appropriate but far from boring. 

Here I’ve worn it with pointy brogues and accessorised with golden jewelry to match the gold skirt’s zip in the same colour. I’ve also worn a lipstick in the dress’s colour, so it’s all a bit matchy-matchy but I guess it doesn’t matter too much. I think I’ll try this combination with other dresses too. It’s really simple and gives old dresses an instant update. Continue reading

Outfit: Lanvin T-shirt and Jeans

I am so not a jeans-and-T-shirt girl but if it (the T-shirt) comes with glitter and pearls, I am easily convinced. It’s from the Lanvin for H&M collection, which launched a couple of years ago. I’ve worn it more as a dress in the past but I thought for getting my dissertation printed and grabbing  a coffee on a Saturday morning it looks best if worn over simple blue jeans. This way, the only skirt that gets blown away by the London wind is the little tulle skirt over the legs on the T-shirt.

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Outfit: Vogue Inspiration

The other day I saw this long skirt & shirt combination in Vogue and thought I’d try it. I love this sheer blue skirt from American Apparel but  I have to admit that I don’t wear it too often because it’s a bit hard to find an occasion: not really practical for uni, too dressy for a casual coffee and too elegant for a bar (depends on the bar but I am not really the kind of girl who goes to swanky bars all the time). I wore it to dinner at Cay Tre, a Vietnamese Restaurant on Old Street.

2014-05-10 17.51.47image[1]The Vogue version is more bold than mine but that might not necessarily be bad thing. I think the outfit definitely needs heels unless you are very tall as long skirts make you look even shorter than you actually are. In the summer,  I’ll definitely  wear them with brown strappy sandals.

skirt: American Apparel

shoes: Hallhuber

shirt: H&M

bag: Italy

Outfit: Jeans and Pearls

I bought this jeans-shirt last year at Spitalfield Market last year. It’s a jeans-shirt on the front with a fine knit white panel at the back, but it’s not easy to wear. The easiest option is probably to wear it with fake leather leggings and ballerina flats, or here with trousers-that-look -like-jogging-pants. I’ve accessorised it with a long pearl necklace, which works surprisingly well.

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Outfit: Dresses and Leather Jackets

IMG_4884There is only one place to spend this pitch-perfect London spring: the park! For a quick post-study ( I am preparing for my final exams) visit to Bethnal Green Park, I threw a black leather jacket over my nice white dress and put on my silly white sunglasses. Leather jackets are a great addition to summer dresses as they avoid this ‘cute’ girl look.

I also wore  fashion jewelry earrings from Deco Art, a little shop in Salzburg (where I am from). The FT even described it as “one of the best shops in Europe” so if you are there, have a look around.  The earrings are from the 20s and are made from some kind of high quality plastic that isn’t produced anymore. The ‘pearly’ bit in the middle is actually from a shell. I think they are a great eye-catcher that can be worn casually but also to work or more formal events. Girls of our generation probably all love fashion/costume jewelry. Especially with big earrings and necklaces seen all over the place. Who would be able to afford real stones of that size? But the problem with fashion jewelry bought at H&M and Co. is  that they are cheaply made. The colour comes off and sometimes the designs are extremely unoriginal.

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Outfit: Rainy Days

Last Thursday it rained non-stop in London, which was – despite the stereotype- unusual for the period of good weather lately. So, what to wear?IMG_4857These leggings from Relax Garden, a small boutique in Shoreditch, are just amazing. They are slightly thicker than normal leggings and keep you warm. They also make an outfit instantly look better. If the sky is grey, I like to wear something colourful like this red shirt-dress and that’s also why I bought this red umbrella (from Mango).

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Outfit: One Dress, Two Looks


I don’t know how you feel about American Apparel, but aside from their employee-sexually harassing CEO, their policy of selling basics and hardly changing their collections makes it harder to buy from them. I thought about buying this dress for a year before actually doing it, as I knew I could buy it any time. The good thing about this is that you have enough time to emotionally prepare yourself for their sizes. This dress is the largest size they had and as you can see it is still relatively tight.  Otherwise, the quality is good, it’s versatile and of course their sweat-shop free policy is good for the conscience. It’s a great dress for going out in winter because you don’t need to wear a jacket over it inside, but it’s sexy with its figure hugging cut and showing some back.

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