Chip Butty

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My fellow Americans may not realize it, but today is a big day.


England is currently playing France in the European Cup – basically, it’s kind of like the World Cup (in that it’s country v. country and happens every four years) but only among European countries.  And it’s a very, very big deal… especially to my English husband.


We had a weekly baby doctor appointment this morning, and while in the waiting room, I noticed he looked a little pale and shaky.  I asked if he was nervous about the baby and he gulped and said… “I think I’m just nervous about the game.”  I loved it.  I’d much rather him be nervous about football (real football!).  I have enough baby nerves for the both of us today.


Lucky for him, he works from home on Monday so we’re watching right now!  We’re an hour behind though so I’m avoiding Twitter and Facebook in case I spoil the outcome.  Fingers crossed….


To celebrate, we had chip butty sandwiches for lunch.


England, you gave use the first accurate atomic clock, the sewing machine, the pencil, the typewriter, Shakespeare, the rubber band, the smallpox vaccination, Harry Potter, the torpedo, David Beckham’s right foot, David Beckham’s left foot, but most importantly…  You gave us the chip butty sandwich.  A chip butty is a butter roll stuffed with French fries (called chips in England).  It is an amazing combination of starches and carbohydrates.




Annnnnd France just scored.  This is getting intense.



  • Kelly June 11, 2012, 1:55 pm

    YUM!!! I visited London for the first time last year and seriously feel head over heels in LOVE with that city. I am itching to go back and trying to figure out how to move there. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 11, 2012, 1:59 pm

    hahaha that’s a healthy sounding sandwich! Perfect for watching a football game though! Good luck to England!

  • Janelle June 11, 2012, 2:00 pm

    weeeeee a Love Actually reference! 🙂

    • Anna D June 11, 2012, 2:22 pm

      I was about to say the same thing!! BEST MOVIE.

  • Jen June 11, 2012, 2:06 pm

    The author of Dracula, Bram Stoker, is actually Irish, not English!

    • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2012, 2:06 pm

      Ah I should clarify that to say the United Kingdom!

      • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2012, 2:08 pm

        Well, hmm I guess that actually depends on what part of Ireland he was from.

        • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2012, 2:10 pm

          Haha okay, I investigated. Author of Dracula is from Dublin, which is not part of the UK. Now I know!

          • Nic Dempsey June 11, 2012, 2:16 pm

            Although it was when Bram Stoker was alive, he died before Irish independence!

  • Allison June 11, 2012, 2:09 pm

    How was the baby doctor appointment?!

    • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2012, 2:11 pm

      Good 🙂 All is well. Midwife say she’ll be surprised if I get to 41 weeks (40 on Wed) and I’m REALLY hoping I go tonight so my favorite midwife can deliver me tomorrow because she’s on call. Fingers crossed.

      Thanks for asking!

      • Nadine June 11, 2012, 3:52 pm

        Oh, I hope it’s soon! Yay for good dr’s appointments!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 11, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Oooh these remind me of when I used to live in the Middle East! (Not because they’re Middle Eastern in the slightest, but because I have a Scottish dad and had many many Brits for friends when I lived there.) The chip butty never really appealed to me, but bacon and egg butty… now THAT’s a sandwich!

  • Tiffany Fargher June 11, 2012, 2:15 pm

    I just visited England in May & couldn’t believe when everyone started making these at a pub; they thought I was crazy for never having one! But of course I tried it, delicious!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt June 11, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the European Cup. Michael is super into soccer, so I sent him an email at work to ask if he wanted me to record it. I got a huge YES!!!! in response. 🙂

  • Nic Dempsey June 11, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Chip butty are just amazing but better when you have chip shop or chips that your mum makes, french fries and chips are so different from one another…

  • Leah June 11, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Wait, your husband is british?!???!!!!!!!!!! You’ve never mentioned that before on the blog!! SO COOL!

    • Kelly June 11, 2012, 3:08 pm

      I think she’s mentioned it quite a bit! But I’ve been reading for a long time 🙂

      • Tess June 11, 2012, 4:07 pm

        Hey now, American football is real football too! Show a little loyalty!

      • April June 11, 2012, 4:38 pm

        This person is being a jerk and frequently comments saying the same thing. Ignore her/him please.

        • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 6:17 pm

          Naw Leah is cool 🙂

          • April June 11, 2012, 9:09 pm

            Oh, my apologies then! It’s just I have seen someone using the same name comment on other posts saying “OMG your husband is british, you’ve never mentioned it!!!!!1” and I took it wrong. Sorry, Leah! 🙂

  • Louise June 11, 2012, 2:36 pm

    I watched that game, too 🙂 Good luck to you two and England! Luckily my country, Denmark, got a dream start by winning over Holland, the favourites to win the whole thing!

  • Mary June 11, 2012, 2:44 pm

    In college I had a teammate who was from Leeds and introduced me to chip butty’s. She would make them in the cafeteria – I have vivid memories of her yelling “chip butty!”

    In other news, going into today’s game, France had never lost a Euro group opener and England had never won a Euro group opener. I thought that was an interesting fact.

    In case you haven’t made it to the last 90 yet, I won’t let on any spoilers as to whether history was broken today, or remains the same….

  • Marissa June 11, 2012, 2:49 pm

    so funny that he was nervous about football & not baby htp. i think that’s a good sign though – he’s staying calm, which will help the both of you & baby!

  • Whitney June 11, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Our husbands would get along great!! Hubs is a HUGE Manchester United fan and England fan! Today is our one year anniversary and so we met for lunch at Bad Daddy’s. We got seated and as soon as hubs noticed the France/England game was on he asked me to switch seats so he could have better view of the TV! haha! He has the rest of the game recorded at home. I’m pretty sure he has watched every single game so far. Good thing I love him to death and don’t mind at all. He has turned me into a United fan and I think I have more jerseys, shorts and gear than he does now 🙂

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 3:00 pm

      haha our hubbys should meet!

  • Kelly June 11, 2012, 3:09 pm

    Kinda like a primanti’s sandwich from Pittsburgh 😉

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:03 pm

      those things are the best.

  • Stace June 11, 2012, 3:12 pm

    When i read “david beckman” i thought maybe you meant “david beckham” but then i didnt want to sound foolish so i googled “david beckman” and google said do you mean “david beckham”? but then wikipedia showed info for “david beckman” as also being associated with Football so now I am super confused…. So which were you talking about? Beckman or Beckham?

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 3:14 pm

      Hahah Beckham. Apparently I just can’t function today.

      • Stace June 11, 2012, 3:22 pm

        Ha, I am having one of those days too. Case of the mondays maybe…?

  • Sam @ Fit for My Fork June 11, 2012, 3:28 pm

    Go England!

  • Angela June 11, 2012, 3:38 pm

    You need some ketchup on that chip butty! They remind me of being a kid. It was always so much fun when my mum would let us have them for dinner.

  • Silvia @skinny jeans food June 11, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Haha, let’s just home there is not England match during your labor!! 🙂

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life June 11, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Depsite the France goal, your Monday sounds way more fun than mine. 😉 I hope England pulls out a big win for your Hubs!

  • Marie-Sophie June 11, 2012, 3:55 pm

    Yay, the European Cup!!!! And … yeah, I can’t cheer for England – I’m German! 😀
    And as your husband will tell you (or maybe has already told you), England and Germany have had a loooong and ongoing battle.. 🙂

    It’s a REALLY big thing here in Europe!!!!

  • Jill June 11, 2012, 4:05 pm

    What a small world. We just moved from Raleigh to Winchester, England for 2 years. We arrived last Saturday! I am already loving the new lifestyle!!! I have had “chips” a few times and they are soooooo good! I will have to try the Chip Butty! While it won’t help my weight much it sounds delish!! 🙂

  • Ola June 11, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Hi there!
    I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and just wanted to send you greetings from Poland, where the European Cup is being hosted (it feels like one big football party here!) 🙂

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:04 pm

      Are you in the cities where the matches are? How fun!

      • Ola June 12, 2012, 3:32 am

        Yes, I live in Warsaw – the capitol of Poland, so there are lots of matches, lots of tourists and lots of fun! 🙂

  • Danielle June 11, 2012, 4:33 pm

    I have many fond memories of eating chip butty sandwiches growing up, all courtesy of my Manchester-born Nana.
    She would make the chips herself which meant deep-fried goodness. She would also slather on a ton of butter onto fresh bread before adding the chips. Far from the healthiest meal, but it was soooo good!

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:04 pm


  • Lissa June 11, 2012, 4:37 pm

    My husband and I have been watching either Euro 2012 or USC play in the Super Regionals for baseball constantly since Friday! For the most part, we cheer for good games for Euro 2012, but I’m partial to France since I lived there twice 🙂 Also fun to see Ukraine win (in 2 minutes) since they are a host country!

  • April June 11, 2012, 4:38 pm

    Hope all is well with the little one, Caitlin! <3

  • Annette@FitnessPerks June 11, 2012, 4:43 pm

    WOW, that is quite the sandwich!! Hope England wins 🙂

  • Carin June 11, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Tuesday morning here in NZ – my hubby got up early to watch the game! I’d rather have the chip butty than the footy … looks delish .

    Challenge for your OH to break up his day working from home – can he sing the New Order “World in Motion” England song all the way through – including John Barnes’ rap? I can! Class lyrics – “So catch me if you can,
    Cos I’m the England man, and what you’re looking at is the master plan!”
    (If you have to YouTube it, the vid features Keith Allen – Lily Allen’s dad. He co-wrote it. Random trivia!)

  • Jessi @ doctorate housewife June 11, 2012, 5:17 pm

    My favourite is the bacon butty. Ok, actually I’ve never had the guts to try it when we visit hubby’s family. But you’re right, it’s perfect football food. Go England go =p

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not June 11, 2012, 5:34 pm

    I was cracking up reading all your tweets about the husband singing – I guess the game went well! 🙂

  • Taya June 11, 2012, 5:40 pm

    I love Euro Cup! I support Germany, though…my aunt and unlce live in Munich, and I was actually there during the last Euro Cup. So much more fun to watch in the beer gardens than on TV! That said, I’m rooting for England over France!

  • Scargosun June 11, 2012, 6:17 pm

    H U G E day! My boss cancelled a lunch and my husband came into the office to watch the game with him. 🙂 Does your husband support a Premiership team? We support Tottenham. 🙂

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:05 pm

      Yup! Man U!

  • jameil June 11, 2012, 6:17 pm

    I love fries and I love sandwiches but even after 3 years in Pittsburgh I can’t quite get my head around the combination. Sans meat is even scarier. Yours looks pretty good. Want to know what’s really scary? The picture on Wikipedia under chip butty! Ever heard of the twitter phenomenon #theplate wherein you ogle people’s ugly food pics? This is a member. It’s the cheapest white bread (which I hate) with fries and a few splotches of ketchup. YUCK.

  • Lori Lynn June 11, 2012, 6:19 pm

    LOL– love the name of the sandwich! It does look really good.

  • Corrie Anne June 11, 2012, 6:21 pm

    SEriously. That sandwich looks incredible!!!!!

  • Army Amy* June 11, 2012, 6:24 pm

    I hate watching sports when I really want my team to win. It’s sooo stressful!*

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 11, 2012, 6:24 pm

    England gave us Harry Potter and France gave us nutella/croissants! Can we just love them both? 🙂

    • Body Pump Fan June 12, 2012, 4:14 am

      Nutella is actually Italian!

  • Christine June 11, 2012, 6:40 pm

    And Britain brought us “LOVE ACTUALLY”!!! I appreciated the quote, immensely!!!!! 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction June 11, 2012, 6:41 pm

    My boyfriend is from Italy so yesterday was his big day! I totally know how you feel, it’s like a national holiday! Haha!

  • Jordan June 11, 2012, 7:08 pm

    Britain gave us Doctor Who. I will be forever grateful.

  • Christin June 11, 2012, 7:56 pm

    Your summary of England’s contributions reminded me of Love, Actually. Was that a direct quote? Have you seen the movie? (I love it!!) 🙂

    • Caitlin June 11, 2012, 10:05 pm

      Haha just the end. I love that movie too.

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana June 11, 2012, 8:06 pm

    Never heard of a chip butty before, but I think I would like it. There was a Greek place in Philly that served their gyros with French fries inside, so yummy!!

    Hope your appt went well!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 11, 2012, 8:10 pm

    I’m sorry England didn’t pull through, but at least they’re still holding their own. There seem to be quite a few ties so far in the tourney.

    (I’m also sorry I didn’t get to watch the match because stupid work got in the way. Sigh)

  • Katie June 11, 2012, 10:00 pm

    Definitely read the post in Hugh Grant’s voice after “David Beckham’s right foot”. Made my night. 😀

  • Dominique June 11, 2012, 10:20 pm

    My dad and brother are HUGE football fans and they usually root for England. During the World Cup, my brother took a few days off work so he could stay home and watch key games. I thought it was pretty amusing. My dad has been coaching the local football team (now under 16s). A couple of years ago his team won every single one of their tournaments. It was a huge deal.

    I’ve never heard of a chip butty sandwich but I love French fries so it sounds like an awesome way to go.

  • Willemijn @ Run Eat Travel June 12, 2012, 7:38 am

    I’m from The Netherlands and I watched as well. It was a very exciting game! Too bad France made the 1-1 two minutes after England scored.
    Of course I’m rooting for The Netherlands, but when they’re not playing, I have other favorites. Italy, England, Portugal…

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 12, 2012, 6:08 pm

    French fries on bread…not sure if I could bring myself to try that, though if it’s as good as you say it is, maybe I should!

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