5 British Foods I Miss Living in the USA

Visits home to the UK basically involve me just pigging out on all the food that I miss now that I live in the States.  This is also a question I get asked a lot as an expat!  Some things I CAN get in the USA, such as Marmite, scones (in the form of packet mix sent over in the mail) and Cadburys chocolate.  However there are some things I can’t get (or I’m yet to find!).

Fish and Chips

British Fish and Chips

Fish and chips is one of the things I miss the most.  I can get the ‘fish’ part in the USA but there’s nowhere, NOWHERE, that does chips/fries like how a fish and chip shop makes them!  Big, fat yummy chips wrapped up in paper!

Sausage Rolls

British Sausage Roll

So I saw on the news that America has claimed to have invented something that looks very similar to a sausage roll but it’s called a sausage puff.  Sausage rolls are sausage meat, NOT a hot dog and NOT a sausage with the skin on, covered in flaky pastry.  The UK bakery chain Greggs, sell 2.5 million sausage rolls a week.  Me and the other half often have the sausage roll debate because he thinks in the USA they are just ‘Pigs in Blankets’ (which in the UK, Pigs in Blankets are cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon), a sausage roll is not a Pig in a Blanket!

I like eating sausage rolls when they’ve cooled off!

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

Milky rice that can be eaten hot or cold, plain or with jam or some form of fruit.  In the UK, rice pudding is sold in supermarkets in a can or a pot, similar to custard and even sold alongside yoghurt.  I’ve searched high and low in the USA and I’m yet to find it in the shops.  It CAN be homemade but I tried it once and it was awful.  If anyone knows of a supermarket chain that sells rice pudding, please let me know in the comments below!

Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire Puddings are not actually pudding.  They are made with eggs, milk and flour, baked in the oven and will often be eaten with a roast dinner, covered in gravy!  I also love Toad in the Hole which is sausages INSIDE a Yorkshire Pudding, so the mixture will cook and rise up around the sausage, essentially a battered sausage.  I’ve tried to make them in the USA but all purpose flour is rubbish compared to the British self raising flour…or they get stuck in the tin!

Toad in the Hole Recipe

Click here for recipe

Lager Shandy

Pint of Shandy

(Airport breakfast beers just aren’t the same anymore! Yes that is 3.50AM before a flight to Latvia!)

Ok, this one isn’t a food, it’s beer, but the first time I went in a pub and asked for a pint of shandy and was given the weirdest look ever.  A British shandy is half a pint of lemonade (more like 7up/Sprite in the USA), topped up with beer.  I get so fed up trying to explain how it’s made that I just give up now and rarely even drink anymore.  Half of the time the bars don’t even have things suitable to make it, such as the beer will be in a can and then the cups aren’t big enough to hold the size of the can plus the same amount again in lemonade.

As a bonus, sometimes I really crave the breakfast cereal, Weetabix.  I can only describe them as bricks of shaved wheat!  I love them with butter on the top or with milk and sugar.

Are you a Brit living overseas/a different nationality living overseas?  What food do you miss from home?  OR have you visited the UK and had a favourite dish from your travels?

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5 British Foods I Miss Living in America

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15 thoughts on “5 British Foods I Miss Living in the USA

  1. Try Kozy shack products for rice pudding..It comes in plain or vanilla in a plastic container .I find it at Kroger in the dairy case it’s really good. Love it with jam mixed in.What I miss most from home are pork pies and good pastries .

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    1. I don’t think I have a Kroger anywhere near me! 😦 Now I know a particular brand maybe that’ll make it easier to find, thank you! Oooo yes I agree with the pastries!

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  2. Marmite on toast soldiers with a dippy egg, or plain old egg and chips. If I go away it’s always a good and chips as soon as I got back

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      1. I may be able to help you with the flour and the rice pudding 🙂

        All Purpose Flour is what Americans call plain Flour, Pillsbury make Self Raising, I had to hunt for it on the bottom shelf at Walmart, but it is worth the search, as adding baking power to All Purpose to make self raising never works as well, as I assume you have discovered!

        Home made rice pudding depends on using the right rice. You need short grain “pudding” rice, not the usual long grain cooking rice. I’m not sure how easy it is to find here. As a second and third choice you could use Thai Jasmine Rice (mine cost me about $4.50 from a supermarket) or arborio (spelling?) “risotto” rice as they are both designed to absorb liquids (in this case the milk) in a way long grain rice doesn’t. There is a rather good explanation and several recipes on the Guardian web site here : https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/nov/18/how-make-perfect-rice-pudding#comments

        The items I miss and can’t find here are Birds Custard Powder, (vanilla pudding is no substitute and I find make it from scratch and absolute faff) Yorkshire Tea and English Cadbury’s chocolate. The stuff they sell in Walmart is US made and doesn’t taste the same to me 🙂 Luckily my sister brought a care package with her last week. I may celebrate by making a proper sherry trifle. (And finding sherry was a whole other adventure)

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      2. Awesome! Thank you! Never thought to look on the bottom selves for different flour! Like I said to someone else, until you know what brands do what it’s overwhelming having to read all the small prints! I completely agree with the custard powder too!

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  3. Oh yeah – completely overwhelming. Just silly stuff like bakers sugar and confectioners sugar for caster sugar and icing sugar took me ages to get used to. Trying to describe Custard to my husband (it’s sweet like vanilla pudding, but can be served hot like gravy) was hysterical.
    I use the Guardian “best way to cook” features quite a lot as they usually compare several different recipes and a lot of the stuff they do is quite traditional.

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    1. I already know I’m going to miss hot custard. On my trips to the States to visit my husband I couldn’t find hot custard (Devon in particular!) anywhere, not even in super-sized Walmart! So I asked and I was given a look like “Hot custard? whaaat?”. Do you know if we are allowed to pack tins/packs of custard and bring them into the country? ….oh and nobody does biscuits like England – nobody!

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      1. Hmm, I’m not sure actually! I’ve heard of shops over here selling the Birds Custard Powder, otherwise there are online places that will ship British food items! Being in Iowa, I haven’t found many shops that stock British items, I know other expats have had luck finding a British aisle in their supermarkets!

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