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Interviews with the team: Jay talks to us about English food

Jay - Accommodation & Welfare officer at ESOE

Jay Sokolova, Accommodation & Welfare Officer at ESOE, is originally from Latvia but has been living in Eastbourne for 8 years. Jay talks to us about English food:

"When I first came to the UK I didn’t know much about English food. I originally come from Latvia, a country where we eat a lot of soups, salads, smoked meat and fish. There is also a wide selection of cheese, bread and cakes. Our first trip to the supermarket was interesting! Even though I couldn’t find the foods I am used to,  I discovered new crisps, chocolates, biscuits and also lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. On our first weekend in the UK we had a BBQ and then a bacon butty with a strong cup of tea the next morning. It was amazing! It was here that I first tasted the full English breakfast and the famous fish & chips, and I also learned how to grill bacon!

I do find the food is different in the UK but there is so much variety, and all you have to do is give it a go! the UK is a very multicultural place and that of course is reflected in the food that you can find here. As long as you are open-minded and willing to try everything once you won’t have a problem in finding food that you like.

As a mum of two teenagers with a busy social life I tend to cook dishes that are healthy, filling and also quick. It is not always traditional Latvian food it is a mix of English, Italian, Latvian and Russian cuisines. I love an English Sunday roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings and gravy and lots of vegetables. I also love baked potatoes with beans and coleslaw, chicken pie with lots of peas…..and don’t mention a good Victoria sponge with a nice cuppa! Yum!"


Bacon butty = bacon sandwich. Watch Jamie Oliver make the "perfect" bacon butty here >>

Yorkshire Pudding = a savoury baked batter pudding typically eaten with roast beef. Learn to make Yorkshire puddings here >>

Victoria sponge or "Victoria sandwich" = two layers of sponge cake filled with jam. Learn to make a Victoria sandwich here >>

Cuppa = cup of tea. How to make the perfect cuppa? Click here >>

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