Re: So what are the lefties among you going to do when the diversity takes over Britain?
OK, now I have some time I'll address a few points.
"Do you genuinely believe that the English culture is this isolationist bastion? We are about multi-cultural-ism. And in a hundred years time the families of immigrant's today will be moaning about the latest influx of foreign culture, while wolfing down their kebabs in sweet irony, just as the Anglo-Saxons moaned about the Normans.
If you had taken time to read some of my other posts you would have in fact noted that I am all in favour of multiculturalism and I am in no way bothered about English heritage coming from a shared stage. We are all the better for it. You assumed, and assumed incorrectly, about my position here. Did you in some way confuse me with 'Daggersedge' (the OP) or assume that I, in some way, agree with his position. If so - quite absurd.
As for cury/curry, the first reference that I am aware of is in a 1390 tome entitled ‘The Forme of Cury’ (apparently derived from the French ‘cuire')
"Some nationality you are!"
Oh really. Grow up.
"But what's your point anyway: That we 'imported' a dish and gave it a English name, so it's not a foreign dish, but a national one? What kind of straw man argument is that?!
No that's not my point, and I am quite sure you are able to discern that for yourself but choose not to.
My point is that, just because you assume that a curry is Indian, that is in fact not necessarily the case. Yes, as others have pointed out 'going for a curry', will often - but not always - be taken to to mean an ' Indian'. However your clearly stated "I mentioned curry. Which is Indian". This is only correct if one makes certain assumptions. There are many within our society to whom a curry does not mean 'an Indian' as it could, in our multicultural society, equally mean Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Thai, Cambodian etc. So on that basis I disagree with your statement that 'a curry' = 'an Indian', as that some would claim (but not me) demonstrates cultural stereotype/bias.
Some sources claim that the once nation favourite curry, masala, was created by a Pakistani chef named Ali Ahmed Aslam, of the Shish Mahal restaurant in Gibson Street Glasgow by improvising a sauce made from yoghurt, cream and spices. True or not, I don't really care.
As for your earlier comments and retorts:
In respect of chips (I can't really believe that I am posting this on the Register).. You say,"Where do you think potatoes came from?"
Chips (of the fried variety) are certainly not American. (Apparently that hail from Scotland). So you therefore attempt to justify your statement by saying that the potatoes come from America. Every potato? Really? Quite absurd. Those I purchase are sourced locally, as are most non-brand food items I buy. (And please, don't reply telling me that they aren't local because the fertiliser came from New Zealand, à la your Belgium frying technique argument).
Your then continued with "As to the cooking technique... From Belgium, isn't it?"
A complete and utter irrelevance. Fire's were likely first kindled in Africa, but does that make my Smeg cooker African? No, of course not. What has the technique to do with it? Little, if anything.
"Hops were introduced from the Low Countries 400 years ago."
Whilst hops may have arrived on these shores from the Low Countries, they actually originate from China.
To quote your good self, "Learn something every day, don't we?"
Your original arguments, as put forward to the OP (Daggersedge), were flawed, and they remain flawed.