How would you like your eggs?
As a Brit living abroad I have sometimes had much confusion over the little things, the obvious things like nappies vs diapers, ground floor vs first floor and don’t get me started on the first time I asked someone for a rubber…..(and the last time!) that’s an eraser over here folks. I didn’t realize ordering a simple breakfast would also cause ME so much confusion!
“How would you like your eggs?” Those five little words strike fear in Brits the first time they order eggs in America.
I remember vividly sitting there at the table at whatever restaurant we were in at the time and feeling as though the whole place was waiting for my answer…….and I had no idea what the answer was!
“fried” was my reply followed by a sigh from our server (aka waitress for us Brits) and the following options: sunny side up, over easy, over well…….followed by another sigh. Thank god I had an American with me because as I felt my face slowly turning red from embarrassment and waited for the chair to swallow me I hear him say “she wants them sunny side up” I do?
After she walked away I asked what sunny side up meant and got “that’s a fried egg to you” He then explained that over easy is when the egg is lightly cooked on one side, flipped over and cooked a little more but still with a runny yolk. Over hard is the same but the yolk is cooked until it is hard (why?? you can’t dip the toast in a hard yolk!) and sunny side up is when it is only cooked on one side, the way we Brits are used too.
Makes sense when you see it written down, right? Though I must confess for the longest time I felt so silly saying sunny side up that I started ordering mine scrambled. That lasted about two years until I finally just went back to sounding silly.
Now if I could just get them to understand me when I ask for water…………
Nicola Bell is a British expat living in California. She is a full time mum to two boys and married to an American who LOVES English football which is why she could never move back to England with him. Her dream is to open a proper English pub, complete with a kid friendly beer garden like the ones she visited so long ago.