Biscuits and Gravy with Sausage (huh??)
This blog post is dedicated to the loving family I am about to marry into. We often laugh at how different our vocabulary, phrases, and sentence structures are. Not only am I from a different country, but I also speak a form of English highly influenced by another language. In South Africa, we use all sorts of slang words formed from a combination of English and Afrikaans. In the Esser household, we like to poke fun at each others words by pointing out the contradictions in our use of the English language.
Since coming to Texas, we have had “biscuits” and gravy on multiple occasions. This is a popular breakfast dish in the States, and especially in the south. A biscuit is baked, commonly using flour-based food product, but the term is applied to two distinctly different products in North America and Europe. In the United States, it is a small, soft, leavened bread somewhat similar to a scone, though generally softer and fluffier (pictured above).
In Commonwealth English, it is a small and generally sweet baked product that would either be called a cookie or cracker in the United States. Biscuits in the United Kingdom and Ireland may be savoury (savoury biscuits are often reffered to as “crackers”) or sweet, such as chocolate biscuits, custard creams or Nice Biscuits.
Confusing, right? I don’t know how many times we have to have discussions about food, describing what is in it to get a proper idea of what the meal consists of. Here are some more examples…