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The "Butty" 
May 30, 2011 11:54 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2011 10:51 am
I certainly hadn't planned on going this direction this evening (night for most of you!) but the question came up regarding the term "butty" from the British cuisine.  Butty is simply a contraction of "buttered bread," and can contain any number of fillings... basically a "SANDWICH" but simply called a "butty."  A favorite, by the way on the show "Keeping Up Appearences" often asked for by the (undesireable husband) of Daisy...  "They" lived in "council housing" and were certainly NOT of the caliber of Hyacinth Bucket (it's "bookay...") considering that she owned a set of Royal Dalton china... with the "hand painted perriwinkles" of course!

Now, I mentioned that I, on occasion, like a "chip" butty.  CHIPS are more what we call "steak fries," large, "meaty," and deep fried in a huge vat of LARD (at least when I lived that side of the puddle.)  Thus, a "chip butty," is simply buttered bread sandwich with a filling of hearty fries.  I have no idea what "Onslo" liked on his "chip butty," but I like mine simply buttered bread, filled with warm "chips."  I've only recently learned that a chip butty can be served with "tomato sauce," or "brown sauce..."  aka, Ketchup, or nearest thing I've found similar to brown sauce is simply a "steak sauce." 

Many an evening, on my way home from the cinema with a few friends, it was quite common for us to "nip into" a Fish & Chip shop, each of us leaving with a few sheets of newspaper filled with glorioursly greasy chips... fresh from the fryer and hot as all can be!  My last residence there was an apt. with mom above a chip shop... I DO NOT recommend it!  The scent of the fryers permeated every breath of air...  Thankfully, it was not long after making this our abode, that I returned to the US... and have never lived above a Fish & Chip shop again... but then, it's difficult to find "decent" fish & chips here... I'll bet as they won't use LARD as their frying medium! 

So, friends, as late as it is, I'm guessing I should forget my original thought  for tonight... not an issue really...  Like it or not, I'm getting tired, and don't want to bore or confuse everyone!  I could also go into my crazy endeavors for a bbq I went to today, but that would be topic #3 and make things even WORSE...

So, I hope we all took a few minutes to remember the meaning of "Memorial Day," thank any and all who have left us while serving our country, and the many who are overseas...  Were my dad still alive, he would have travelled to my uncle's, and they would have visited the cemetaries to plant flowers...  I doubt that happened this year... the "meaning" seems to have been lost through the generations...

Be well, be crazy... REMEMBER... 

May 31, 2011 2:29 am
hello Stevie,it's so funny how things are called a different thing in other country's lol...thanks for telling us now we know it's a Butty... i hope you had a great holiday...we made ice cream and cook out ( hamburgers & hot dogs) spent the day with rickie's daughter & her kids...pretty good day...yes we must many lost lives so we can live free...thanks for reminding us...later friend...judy
May 31, 2011 7:02 pm
Thanks Stevie. I'm still gobsmacked by the idea of filling a sandwich with fries. There are so many ideas out there I have never thought to try. Thanks for the tutorial.
Jun. 1, 2011 10:51 am
Trust... if you're a starch freak (as I am!) a chip butty will hit the spot EVERY TIME!!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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