In a chip shop why is a gherkin called a Wally ?

Originally the term "wally" was a London slang corruption of the word "olive". When Eastern European immigrants arrived in the late 19th Century they carried a liking for pickled cucumbers which, like olives, were sold from wooden barrels and also began to be referred to as wallies (mostly in the east-end of London).

Gherkins are a small variety of cucumber and are mainly suited to pickling. True gherkins have palmately lobed leaves with toothed edges, small flowers, and furrowed, prickly fruits around five centimetres (two inches) long that are borne on crooked stalks.

Try making this perfect pickled gherkins from Food Network UK.

Check out more gherkin recipes from BBC Good Food.

Although fish & chips are very high in calories and fat, the fish itself is very nutritious. A portion provides vitamin C, vitamins B6 and B12, some iron, zinc and calcium, as well as iodine, omega-3 fatty acid and some important dietary fibre.

According to Claire Williamson, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, "Fish and chips can be eaten as part of a healthy diet, if eaten in moderation. "Go easy on the chips though - or share a portion - and have some peas or salad with your fish and chips to make it more balanced."

Check out this healthy fish and chips recipe, shared by

For two countries that share the same language, the UK and the US can differ wildly in their vocabulary, especially where food is concerned. To help you avoid mincing words, check out this handy US/UK guide to different food slang shared by

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Wednesday, September 06 2017