I’ve been living in England since 1996. From being a student, a wife, to a mother, I’ve noticed my habits have changed quite a bit. Here is a list of my 5 changes regarding food:
1) I no longer own a rice cooker
The 2 British people in my life prefer pasta to rice. When my rice cooker broke a few years ago, I didn’t replace it, because I couldn’t find a good one even from John Lewis. I must be the only Chinese person under the sun without an electrical rice cooker. Now, whenever I need to cook rice, I use a saucepan and control the heat manually.
2) I enjoy drinking tea with cow’s milk
When I first arrived in England, cow’s milk in tea would irritate my body. I felt sick. I had tummy ache. After a while, my body slowly adapted to cow’s milk, and I’ve become a tea addict now and I drink tea with cow’s milk day and night. I also need a tea break very often.
3) I use a fork to eat rice on a plate
As we don’t eat rice a lot at home, when we have rice, such as with Chilli Con Carne, we use fork to eat rice on a plate. In my previous life, rice was eaten from a bowl with chopsticks.
4) I eat thick slices of meat
Now I’m used to eating the British roast dinner — thick slices of meat with gravy. Sometimes I still feel it quite vulgar to consume meat this way. These meats are often separated from vegetables. In my previous life, meat was thinly sliced in bite size, and fried with vegetables.
5) I don’t hate cheese anymore though it still smells
I still don’t like cheese, and I still can’t tell their distinction, apart from the fact that some cheese are smellier than others. I ban certain cheese in the fridge, such as Stilton. However, I’ve grown to love cooked cheese in pasta, like cheesy pasta bake. I can also cope with white sauce in pasta.
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