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Photo Mission #1: belasco [20050426|17:16]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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That there is a steaming hot platter of Chicken Tikka Masala, otherwise known as the National Dish of Britain. Yes, it's even more popular than Pie and Mash or Fish and Chips. Also notice its healthy neon orange glow, which usually comes from tartrazine, a colorant that has been banned almost everywhere but here. Of course, if the chickens here are anything like the people, the color is the result of too many trips to the tanning salon. (To the Orange People: We can all tell that you're really pasty white. Please embrace your pasty whiteness before you develop the texture as well as the hue of Chicken Tikka Masala.)

Then again, it may just be the turmeric. It was delicious any way you slice it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-27 14:23 (UTC)
Naturally pale skin is beautiful, and preserving it in that state has advantages, such as, for instance, NOT developing melanoma.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2005-04-26 16:59 (UTC)
in my experience, 'pie and mash' is a regional thing [mainly in the London area in that form], so it not being the national dish is not difficult. in any case, the contents of the pie are not specified, so it is unlikely to be liked by anyone even vaguely discerning about food.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-27 14:19 (UTC)
I keep forgetting that London Is Not England. I remembered that eel was very popular from medieval times up through the nineteenth century, but not that eel pie & mash was a London phenomenon.

Maybe I should have said Bangers and Mash instead?
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2005-04-27 14:35 (UTC)
bangers and mash may have worked better. oddly enough, i was actually thinking about this earlier while frying bacon and an egg, and thinking that some very regional dishes have gained wider popularity [Yorkshire puddings are an obvious example], while some stay pretty localised [like faggots in the Black Country, and mushy peas as a snack food in and around Nottingham].

by the way, thank you for telling me what are the traditional contents of the pie in this context. i'll try to remember to tell Ted what was probably in the one he had in that dodgy cafe in Acton one day.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2005-04-26 17:23 (UTC)
Pie and Mash? What kind of pie?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-27 14:17 (UTC)
Savory pie! Specifically, eel pie. Dates back to medieval times, actually, the eel pie. Eel was cheap and the rivers were stuffed with them.

I haven't eaten an eel pie yet, although I love unagi, so I expect I will like it.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2005-04-27 14:20 (UTC)
Wow, crazy. Eels. Whoda thunk it.

I like Bangers and Mash myself, but I'm a simple girl.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-04-26 17:43 (UTC)
That meal is quite easy to find in a dim room. Maybe the Orange People are going for the same thing? Although, pasty-white does have a glow all its own...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-27 14:12 (UTC)
I don't know the motivations behind their behavior. I don't think I want to splash through the unknown shallows of their minds to find out, either.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-04-28 14:45 (UTC)
Best not to. It would probably leave your feet with a slightly orange tinge.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2005-04-26 21:39 (UTC)
you could start calling them Tikka people...or something like
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-27 14:09 (UTC)
Or just "Tikkas," maybe? Otherwise, too many syllables for a nickname.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-27 14:06 (UTC)
Absolutely! Why did you think I did it first?
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2005-04-30 02:25 (UTC)
Mmm. Chick Tik Mas. My fave. drool.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 11:30 (UTC)
Ooh, it's lunch-time. Hungry for curry now.
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[User Picture]From: katyakoshka
2005-05-02 20:33 (UTC)
For all that I've had a variety of Indian-based foods, Chicken Tikka Masala has escaped my experience. From the first viewing of this photo, I've been enticed to rectify such a gap.

The plague of the Orange People does not end? Le sigh.
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