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I'm a devout mustard-only on hot dogs believer, but I ... me, but it doesn't seem to be all that uncommon.

It's that kind of live-and-let-live attitude that makes America great, Coop. If only Areff could understand ... Who knows? ... That includes (or disincludes) hot dogs, aigs, fries, roast beef, and just about everything but burgers. But I repeat myself.

When we moved to live in Paris in 1973 my son was nine, and the only English-speaking school within a reasonable distance was an American one run by the Marymount Foundation. There, he learned to put ketchup on just about everything savoury that he ate. Now, nigh on 41, and living in France, he still puts ketchup on everything, to the chagrin of his French wife who is an excellent cook. I just got back from a couple of weeks in France visiting the family and noticed that my ex has taught our grandsons to adore such delicacies as shepherds' pie, suet puddings with custard, and dark brown gravy made out of Bisto. She always did have a wicked sense of humour.

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Robin Bignall
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I'm almost afraid to admit this, but I use mayonnaise ... ketchup, so I've picked up the mayo and pepper thing.

I think of chips (AmE french fries) with mayo as a Dutch thang: if I'm in Holland, I have mayo with fries; if I'm in England, I have malt vinegar (and salt) as Nature intended.

Whereas I think of mayonnaise with chips as Belgian. The Belgians also supply vast quantities of coarse salt with chips.

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I'm almost afraid to admit this, but I use mayonnaise ... ketchup, so I've picked up the mayo and pepper thing.

I think of chips (AmE french fries) with mayo as a Dutch thang: if I'm in Holland, I have mayo with fries; if I'm in England, I have malt vinegar (and salt) as Nature intended.

I picked it up from my brother. I don't know where he picked it up. Since he lives in Denmark, he could have picked it up from the Dutch. I just know I found something I like.

Tony Cooper
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I think of chips (AmE french fries) with mayo as ... England, I have malt vinegar (and salt) as Nature intended.

Whereas I think of mayonnaise with chips as Belgian. The Belgians also supply vast quantities of coarse salt with chips.

Well, it's all the Continong, innit. Though I dunno about Denmark. Brits don't usually think of Denmark as an obvious holiday destination. Does it have supermarkets where one can buy vast quantities of cheap beer to take home on the ferry?

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Whereas I think of mayonnaise with chips as Belgian. The Belgians also supply vast quantities of coarse salt with chips.

Well, it's all the Continong, innit. Though I dunno about Denmark. Brits don't usually think of Denmark as an obvious holiday destination. Does it have supermarkets where one can buy vast quantities of cheap beer to take home on the ferry?

Are you saying that you want to "consume mass quantities of beer", just like the Coneheads?

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Whereas I think of mayonnaise with chips as Belgian. The Belgians also supply vast quantities of coarse salt with chips.

Well, it's all the Continong, innit. Though I dunno about Denmark. Brits don't usually think of Denmark as an obvious holiday destination. Does it have supermarkets where one can buy vast quantities of cheap beer to take home on the ferry?

The last time I visited Denmark (work, not holiday; this would have been in the 70s) Copenhagen was known as the most expensive city in Europe. The standard green-label Carlsberg beer, then a rather exotic luxury product in the UK, was extremely cheap; every other alcoholic drink was very expensive. And, yes, they did put mayonnaise on chips.

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I use mayo on catfish filets when tartar sauce is not at hand.

You don't keep pickles and lemons on hand? What's America coming to? Everything must be from a jar, all ready?

Charles Riggs
...I abominate ketchup on just about everything but burgers. That ... and just about everything but burgers. But I repeat myself.

With the exception of burgers and, at times, fries, civilized people don't put it on any of the aforementioned. I generally make a two course meal out of fries: half I dip in ketchup, and the other half I sprinkle with salt and malt vinegar. That is the only use I have for the malt kind. Otherwise, assuming I'm not cleaning windows or decalcifying an electric tea kettle, I use Balsamic or a red wine vinegar.
Ketchup is okay with fries, and I even like it with other things if I have a strong need to cover up the flavor of said things.

It can also enhance flavour. Ketchup is acceptable in a meat loaf recipe, for example, for that reason.
It can make for a good shrimp cocktail sauce when combined with the other necessary ingredients; it is fine on chips, as Richard said; and it is absolutely essential on a true hamburger. Without the bun and the ketchup, you don't have even the beginnings of an American hamburger, and if you don't have what can be called an American hamburger, you don't have a hamburger.

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Whereas I think of mayonnaise with chips as Belgian. The Belgians also supply vast quantities of coarse salt with chips.

Well, it's all the Continong, innit. Though I dunno about Denmark. Brits don't usually think of Denmark as an obvious holiday destination. Does it have supermarkets where one can buy vast quantities of cheap beer to take home on the ferry?

Not really, but this would only be of any use at the ports facing Sweden, where alcohol is treated more like a Class B illegal drug. Swedish youth used to crowd onto the ferries from Helsinborg to Elsinor (or what ever the spellings are) and spend the evenings consuming vast quantities of Danish beer (probably) before staggering back onto the ferry to return to Sweden, where alcohol is very expensive and drinking is frowned upon. But this wouldn't be any use for us Brits as the beer is more expensive than in the UK.

We spent a fortnight's summer holiday in Denmark about 15 years ago - very enjoyable.

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