A question for my UK friends
Posted: 25 August 2009 05:30 PM   [ Ignore ]
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A family member will be traveling to England soon.  Are there any particular foodie items I should ask him to bring home to the US?

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Posted: 25 August 2009 05:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Do you use any UK cook-books, Patricia?  If you do and there are things you find difficult to get, those are the things you might want!  I didn’t know about cake flour until I bought Rose’s books and that is what I needed to make up the recipes more than anything.  Luckily my daughter holidayed in Florida last year and brought some back for me, I was able to see how it compared to our flours,it is so tender! 
One thing I can think of which you might like is our Tate & Lyle’s Golden syrup, it is easy to get here and quite inexpensive but it is in tins so it might be a bit heavy.  I think Rose could help you compile a list, she was here this year and I’m sure she must have taken some things back with her,  I know she was quite enthusiastic about certain ingredients!

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Posted: 25 August 2009 07:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Patricia, how about Green and Black’s cocoa powder? Or is it available in your area?

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Posted: 25 August 2009 08:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks guys… I don’t bake with any UK Cookbooks..  I can get Green and Blacks Cocoa, and Lyle’s Golden Syrup (although it’s probably much cheaper over there).  What about teas?  Is there a particular brand that is popular?  I just remembered Curly Wurly bars are sold in the UK… have to put those on the list!

My father speaks fondly of Treacle (I think).  He said his aunt used to make a dark bread with it.  Any clues on that?

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Posted: 26 August 2009 05:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yes, treacle is still available here, in the same sort of tin as Golden Syrup, I usually put a tablespoonful of it in my fruit cakes, when i was a child I used to like it on toast!!!  Not any more!  I haven’t seen Curly Wurly’s for a long time , not sure whether they are still made, I’ll look out for them for you and let you know.  When is the proposed visit? We do have a big selection of chocolate to choose from, good Belgian chocolates that you might not have access to , I only like ‘good’ chocolate, my tastes have changed since being able to buy that instead of the more common brands.  The only problem is the transporting of chocolate, if it is hot it will not travel well.

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Posted: 26 August 2009 07:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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The travel will occur in a couple of weeks.  What’s the weather like there?  Lately it’s been very hot and humid here. 

I love good Belgiun chocolate wink

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Posted: 26 August 2009 08:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Hi Patricia., I don’t sit at my lap-top all day I assure you, I just happened to log on and saw your message!  LOl!  The weather here is warm but wet!  We have had a poor summer, the school holidays are nearly over and the poor kids have had no nice weather to play out in, we have had more than our fair share of wet weather for the time of year.  Today is very wet, it hasn’t stopped raining all morning.  But it could be worse, at least we don’t get forest fires like they are having in Greece at the moment!  No chance of that here!  LOL

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Posted: 26 August 2009 11:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Patricia,  I had US friends here recently and one thing I have ordered to send back to them is a “reusable cake tester”.  The tip changes colour when the cake is cooked.  Available from Lakeland - they have shops all over (except up here in the Highlands of course).  Also, a visit to Fortnum & Mason to get real Darjeeling tea is a must if they are in London.  I can’t think of anthing else right now but will post back if I have any ideas.  I concur with Jeannette on the chocolate.

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Posted: 26 August 2009 03:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Walker’s crisps! They really are good. No preservatives, so they have a “best by” date. Apparently, it’s one of the things most missed by British ex-pats. Along with Heinz baked beans, Marmite, PG Tips tea bags, Branston Pickle and of course Cadbury Chocolate. Most of those are available in Canada, but maybe not where you are in the US, Patrincia?

I remember all the amazing biscuits to go with cheese. Here’s an example: http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/?p=2151
And I’m with you, Jeannette, about the Belgian chocolate. My favourite brand Leonidas available many places but a flagship store in London: http://www.leonidas-bondstreet.co.uk/ Bonus - Fortnum & Mason’s is not that far away.

Also nearby, the Marks & Spencer and Selfridges dept. stores with their “food halls”, where the relatives could pick up delicious packets of Scottish shortbread for you and any number of other treats!

If it were me, I would also check out cake decorating/kitchen supply places for holly leaf cutters and a thistle shortbread cookie stamp mold for Christmas. I had one of the latter in my hand in Edinburgh one day. It wasn’t even that expensive. Have kicked myself many times for putting it back down instead of buying it!

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Posted: 26 August 2009 04:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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As I live here I don’t appreciate what is good,  or better,  than I could get in the US.  As you have lived in both places , Carol and Annie, you can Judge what you miss or would miss if you couldn’t get it, IYKWIM.  I am also thinking of things that would transport easily, I don’t think crisps would be on the list!  they would be more like crumbs by the time they arrived!  And anything tinned would be heavy to carry, sorry to be so negative!  Tea sounds good though and Scottish shortbread is the best!

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Posted: 26 August 2009 05:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Too right, Jeannette, about crumbling crisps and the weight issue. Some things just don’t travel well.

btw, if anyone followed the link for Fortt’s Bath Oliver biscuits, and was disappointed like me, that the article with recipe no longer resides at Suite101.com, the nice people at that website gave me the new link. Seems the article author moved on to another site.

Here’s the author’s repost of the original article. I think I have to try it!!!
http://www.orato.com/food-drink/traditional-recipe-for-bath-olivers

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Posted: 28 August 2009 01:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I think there is a big difference between what the ex-pats want brought back from their country of origin (comfort food from childhood, mostly) to something unique that would be useful to a baker such as Patricia.  I know when I was in the States I wanted Butter Puffs, Yoyos, Bisto…..  And now that I’m back I hardly ever buy them!!!  But for you Patricia, I also thought of the Sunartis spoon-scale which I think we mentioned on a different thread.  My personal opinion on shortbread - home-made wins hands down and there is a recipe in Rose’s Christmas Cookies book.  (Jeannette, I’ll make some for you next week).

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Posted: 28 August 2009 04:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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What a treat to look forward to!!  I totally agree with you, Annie, that home-made is the best,but i have tasted some really nice bought shortbread too.

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Posted: 29 August 2009 11:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Hmmm, maybe Tiptree lemon curd (only jarred curd worth eating!), and their marmaldes are great, too, if you like marmalade.  You can also get them from Zabar’s in NYC, plus a few domestic websites, though, so not strictly necessary as an import.

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