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Monday, February 11, 2013

Food Weirdness

I was in Caffe Nero the other day just a-browsing and a-pondering, and one thing struck me as odd, particularly because it was one of those cross-cultural perplexities that occasionally happen across my path. As you know, dear reader, I lived in the United States for 18 years, and so certain things can at times strike me as a bit bizarre.

The sandwiches were of various flavours, but one in particular stood out, for two reasons.
Point one: it was labelled "Egg Mayonnaise" yet there appeared to be cress in the sandwich. That, to me, is an Egg & Cress sandwich.

Point two, and this is the main thing: In the United States, if you chop up some hard-boiled eggs and mix them with mayonnaise, it's called egg salad. Makes sense - tuna and mayo is tuna salad. Potatoes and mayo is potato salad. Chicken and mayo is chicken salad. So it's only correct that egg and mayo is egg salad. But if an American were to come over, not knowing this difference, and see this particular sandwich, they'd be confused.

Because firstly of all, they'd go "Looks like egg salad to me!", and second, ALL mayonnaise is made with eggs, so all mayonnaise is egg mayonnaise. What the label should say is 'egg AND mayonnaise'. Or are we on a mission to eradicate the word 'and' from all food titles?

Such as these items here.

Bacon eggs, 

Steak kidney pie,

and that perennial favourite,

Fish chips.

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