Easiness of preparation is a welcome bonus
Batter and breaded foods originated in northern England during the Industrial Revolution in the early 1820's. Cotton mill workers and other industrial labourers often had their main meal of the day in the factory canteens. These meals often consisted of battered, oil-fried fish in combination with potatoe fries. These "fish and chips" meals, wrapped in old newspapers, were a staple for generations and are the basic of today's modern convenience foods.