Prepping for the Holidays — Sweet Treats!

Some of my favorite treats are only available during the Winter Holiday Season, so in addition to stocking up for parties, I stock up for the rest of the year. (A bad case of candy withdrawal ain’t pretty.) Chocolates from England and a particularly British style of pretzels are just two of those stock-up items. …

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Prepping for the Holidays — Cakes and Puddings

As mentioned in my article Prepping for the Holidays — McVitie’s Madness, we’re heading into a time of year that can be downright frantic. Avoid the rush by a bit of advance prep-work. You can also resort to something store-bought versus homemade when it comes to such traditional treats as holiday cakes and puddings. From …

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British Foods: Crisps

British specialty foods are really catching on here in the U.S., including a real favorite called “Crisps.” Language alert: Although English is considered quite a universal language and is indeed spoken and/or read by a large portion of the world’s population, still the variations in usage and terminology can be as much an impediment to …

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Stocking Up on British Seasonal Treats

I am absolutely gaga for certain British foods, some of which are only available during the Winter Holiday Season. If you’re like me, then some stocking up is due here. Time to make a list, check it twice, and get that order in. Fruit Cakes The oft derided yet perennially available fruit cake is a …

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Beans for Breakfast?

The great British breakfast is legendary: The exact menu varies, but it typically includes eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, mushrooms, black pudding and, believe it or not, baked beans. It sounds strange to us Americans, but our friends across the Atlantic are fond of adding a big scoop of Heinz Baked Beans to their breakfast plates. …

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Stocking Up on British Snacks for Your Picnicking

In Spring a young man’s fancy turns to picnics — or something like that. Picnicking seems to be a popular pastime for families, lovers, and various groups such as Kiwanis, Elks, and churches. Have no fear, British snacks are here! And they’re waiting to jump into your “pic-a-nic basket” (as Yogi Bear calls it). Snacking …

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McVitie’s Biscuits: Tea Time Deliciousness

McVities Biscuits (cookies to us Americans) are make some of my favorite tea-time snacks. While I really do try to stick to my low-carb diet, sometimes I can't help myself and must have a few of these UK-made delights, as they were clearly made to go with tea: Digestives: These biscuits are very plain, not …

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Tea and Biscuits

  I'm sure that people can give you a lot of reasons why cups come with a saucer. To make them easier to carry, to protect the table from rings and spills, because it looks good. These are all rubbish. It's to give you somewhere to put the biscuits. (To clarify for you heathens on …

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English Biscuit Roundup

English isn’t always quite the same English when you travel to different countries. This can lead to a slight bit of confusion at teatime. One puzzle is the word “biscuit.” Ask a Brit for a biscuit, and you’re not likely to get something leavened, fluffy, and ready for butter and jam or a nice sausage …

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Remembering Weetabix

One of the things I got “hooked” on in Europe was a cereal similar to Shredded Wheat called “Weetabix.” From the first bite, I thought, “Where has this wonderful stuff been all my life?” Well, I was surprised to learn that I needn’t have moved to Europe to enjoy this crunchy delight. It has been …

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