Part 1 of our 4-part mini-series on British food.
First up it's the oyster. It's not something you might normally associate with British food, but this little creature was hugely important for British cuisine, and has a fascinating history.
Today we'll learn about how it went from the choice of emperors to food of the poor, hear about how one man (supposedly) ate 1,200 in a single sitting, discover the time when the average Londoner used to eat 1 oyster a day, and find out why they used to be given away for free outside pubs (unfortunately you won't find this happening anymore in London).
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- Introduction to the mini-series on British food
- Oysters in Roman times (and how Romans were crazy about oysters)
- Oysters as a poor man's food
- How people used to eat oysters (with beer, salt and pepper, and in pies)
- A time when Londoners used to eat 1 oyster per day
- The meal (and scandal) that destroyed the oyster industry
- The future of oysters in Britain
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