Years ago, I attended a cultural evening and lecture given by and English friend. Everything was great until she broke out the chutneys on water crackers to taste test. I've never run faster for a glass of water! I wondered if I needed to re-think my love of England.
Fast forward to the first trip my husband and I took to England. After ordering tea and sandwiches in a tearoom, the waitress asked if my husband wanted "pickle" on his sandwich. Imagining a nice crisp, juicy dill, he of course said yes. Instead, he got a fish sandwich with a brown, textured sauce. When he enquired, he was told that he got what he ordered - pickle. That was our intro to Branston Pickle!
Are chutneys, Branston Pickle, etc. something that everyone loves? I'm assuming that they're an acquired taste that one just grows up with in the UK. I adore all other British cuisine, especially the simple stuff (steak and ale pie, fish and chips, anything stilton, the desserts - yum!). Would you kindly help me understand this?