Oatcakes was born in North Staffordshire and are Britain's longest surviving food industry. It is made of oatmeal, flour, water, salt and yeast. There are many shops selling oatcakes in Staffordshire but one of the most popular one is here. Personally, I hate it. But what's love got to do with it ey...?
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While the rest of the world is using other animals like puppy, cock, tiger or pig to show affection or hatred to someone, here in Staffordshire, we use ''duck''. Firstly the word “duck” (a term of greeting, for man or woman) has nothing at all to do with the winged bird of the same name! I have absolutely no idea how it came about, nor do my mates. However, it's been long used in the Potteries so don't feel strange if someone calls you a duck, it's just a humble way fo expressing someone's friendliness.
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The local food is the humble oatcake.
It's basically a thin savoury pancake. Best bought from an oatcake shop rather than the shoe leather ones in supermarkets.
The usual filling is bacon and cheese and the oatcake rolled. In fact anything from a traditional cooked english breakfast works well. Yum
You have to try an oatcake if you go to Stoke. Not like Scottish oatcakes, these are more like pankcakes but thicker - and more oatey! The best way to try these are straight from a proper oatcake shop that can be found all over the area, where you can watch them being made, but most only open early mornings. Oatcakes come filled with breakfast ingredients (cheese, mushroom, sausages, bacon etc). All Stokies eat oatcakes at some point and everyone has there favourite place to get them from.