Ever wondered why we call Sausages bangers?

Food has nicknames. Who would have thought that? It’s true that we tend to name things but you’d have thought that the poor old sausage would have been safe. There is a reason why we call food by other names as they take on the characteristics of things or the story behind them. Although it is unlikely that we’ll ever go as far as Grampa Simpson when he claims that Bananas are known as “Yellow fatty beans” it’s always been our way. Here are some examples.

  1. Bangers and Mash – This tea time favourite is not as old as you might think. It stems from the First World War. Quality food was scarce but one thing that could be relied upon was the good old spud of which there was abundance. Sausages, however, were not so plentiful or at least ones that had meat in them. Everything was thrown in rusk (which is still used) and offal plus a fair bit of water meant they hissed and would explode therefore a banger. A sign of high meat sausage is one that doesn’t bang. It doesn’t really matter whetheryou are cooking on a Lincat SLR6 Silverlink 600 like the ones you can find at
    www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/lincat-slr6-silverlink-600-4-burner-gas-range-oven or a domestic oven the result is still a beautiful tasting sausage to enjoy.
  2. A Bloody Mary – Why isn’t it just tomato and vodka juice, with a cheeky splash of Worcester sauce. This is an old one. It refers to Queen Mary the first. As a Catholic she was less than impressed with her Dad’s (Henry VIII) attempts to build a Church of England that she had three hundred priests burnt at the stake before Queen Elizabeth came to the throne. Easy to see it’s the blood she spilt but there doesn’t seem to be any other link.
  3. Welsh Rarebit. Cheese mixed with beer and melted on toast. The whole thing is an insult from the English who claimed that Welsh people couldn’t afford meat so they could only have cheese. Yes, because Rabbits are well known for their love of Cheese? Rubbish joke.

4. Caesar Salad. Not in any way something that the famous Roman General cooked up on his travels. This comes well after him. In fact it dates back only about a hundred years. Poor old Caesar Cardini had a big problem down Mexico way. His restaurant was out of food and all that he had left was eggs, olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, croutons, lettuce and Worcester sauce (again!). To make it worse a whole bunch of Hollywood stars were set to be eating there that night! Like his namesake the resourceful Caesar threw it all together and it was a triumph.