As an expat living overseas, sometimes all I want more than anything is British comfort food, the food from home that I love and miss! One thing I used to have regularly for dinner was ‘Pukka Pies’ (you can buy them in some Fish and Chip shops too!). Yes America have ‘pot pies’, maybe I’m buying the wrong ones because they are just nasty! Recently, Pouch Pies reached out to me about their meat pie online delivery service! They have flavours of pies inspired from all around the world, BUT most importantly they sell traditional British pies! I love discovering places to get British food in America!
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!
As a British Expat, celebrating Christmas overseas just doesn’t feel like Christmas anymore. I’ve spent every year doing the same British traditions and now I’m living somewhere that hasn’t different traditions, it’s not the Christmas I know and love! The best I can do, now I live in America, is 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!
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!