Monday, 17 June 2013

Fish and Chips not a British invention!

I had heard the rumour, but The Daily Mail has confirmed my worst fears, that most traditional of British meals, "Fish and Chips", isn't at all British and has its routes in both Portugal and Belgium.
They're a British institution as well as a national money-spinner, but how much do we really know about fish and chips?
For most of us, the classic combination of battered fish and chipped potatoes deep-fried in beef fat or vegetable oil is as English as the cup of tea that washes it down.
But just as tea originates in India or China, fish and chips is partly Portuguese and partly Belgian.
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Arriving in Oporto to select a port wine for his college, Englishman Horace Grimpil soon finds himself embroiled in the conflicting interests of the British and Portuguese communities, where he is an ignorant outsider.

This Portuguese city - a turbulent place of ambition and defiance fought over by the French and British during the Napoleonic wars - is emerging from political turmoil that left the city and its people with their wealth and society destroyed.

Mr Grimpil, however, is about to experience personal turmoil of his own. Little does he know how the passions aroused during his journey of discovery will affect his own character, or how his presence will bring to a conclusion the relentless pursuit of a political revenge spanning generations.

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