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!).
When I moved to America I thought I’d never get to have a British cream tea ever again. Then Dubuque decided to throw out one better, a FULL English Afternoon Tea experience at the Inspire Cafe in the historic Millwork District! The Afternoon Tea tradition dates back to the 1800s. They usually include: a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, cake and scones (cream teas are smaller and only have scones and tea). When my American family came over for our wedding in the UK, we took them to a tea room for an English Cream Tea and we even served it at our wedding reception!
This year will be my first Christmas day away from home. I’ve spent every year doing the same traditions and to be honest, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them! Now I’m living in America, I’m going to bring a few of my UK traditions to my US life!
I can’t believe that I’ve now been in America for a month! To help me settle into my new home and country, my Mum is spoiling me and each month she’ll be sending me a box of some of my favourite British food (read as: sweets/candy…) and a few of the items that I didn’t have space for when I first packed to move here! I received my first box during the week so I thought I’d share what was included!
My first recipe that isn’t a sweet! It seems to be a big thing in America that home made recipes are cooked to a large scale and then taken to family gatherings where everyone shares them. I’ve found the perfect British twist that is SO easy to make! Funnily enough, it’s not made with toad…in fact it’s sausages cooked in a Yorkshire Pudding, a batter similar to pancake mix. I love Yorkshires, despite being made with the same ingredients as pancakes, rather than serving them with syrups, they are served with gravy! Just like a pie…only batter rather than pastry!
It’s Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) here in the UK! It still makes me laugh that a few years back I had said to my American Husband: “yay it’s Pancake Day!” to which he replied “you have a day that celebrates pancakes?!?!”. Not quite! It’s tradition that the day before Lent starts…the 40 days leading up to Easter, we eat pancakes! The idea being, to use up the left over flour, eggs and milk before fasting until Easter. In the States it’s just referred to as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras (in the Southern States) but there’s still no pancakes! This is a British tradition I’ll definitely be taking with me when I emigrate!
This is the first post in a series all about the British recipes I will be taking with me when I emigrate to America! I can hardly take a whole fish and chip shop with me, and lets face it, it just wouldn’t be the same unless it’s wrapped in paper and you’re sitting on a sea wall! But there are some English dishes I can replicate once I’m there! It’s going to be a learning curve for me, I like to think I’m pretty good at making cakes, but I’m going to learn how to cook English meals from scratch too! But first up, I’ll stick to what I know – Chocolate Guinness Cake! (Yes I’m aware Guinness isn’t technically British!!!) Originally a Nigella Lawson recipe which I’ve tweaked slightly to suit my tastes. Mainly more beer and a little less sugar!