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Send Me a Care Package from the UK!

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 8, 2010, 9:54 PM
Send Me a Care Package from the UK!

I just returned from England late Saturday and the last thing I usually comment about is food…I mean, I like food (who doesn't?) but at 5'5" and 115lbs, I'm not what you'd call a foodie.  And Britain isn't known for their haute cuisine, either.

Being a lifelong tea drinker (no coffee, plz!) I was completely charmed by their 'Sweet Cream Tea' which is a pot of tea, a scone with sultanas accompanied by clotted cream and fruit jam. I was told that I favour 'builder's tea' because I like it strong and sweet.
By the time I'd sampled Treacle pudding with Bird's custard sauce I was completely won over. (Did I mention I have a sweet tooth?) No, I didn't have the chance to try the Spotted Dick (and it's not an STD). Their biscuits are far superior to ours.  I even loved the bangers (sausages). Yes, me, who probably hasn't eaten a greasy American sausage in the past decade, actually sampled a 'full English Breakfast' as well as the classic 'Fish and Chips' with mushy peas. I did pass on the 'blood pudding' but had a small taste of it…pretty decent, but I couldn't get past the name, blood being one of the ingredients.

So my care package list is as follows:
• Yorkshire brand  Tea
• scones, clotted cream
• biscuits, especially custard creams
• Treacle
• Bird's custard sauce
• Bangers and British bacon
• and of course, mushy peas

Invite me to tea across the pond. I'll be right over  -
remember, strong and sweet…suits me nicely whether it's food or anything else, hehe.
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manga-meloney Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha...the British food. Everybody told us, "oh my, you can't eat the food in Britain!" And I was like, "oh, shit, I'm always hungry, I'll need something to eat!" and really was afraid the food would be as bad as everybody said...but nope. Actually, it was good. But - be glad that you don't like coffee. I'm the person that only can leave the house (normally) with a cup of coffee in the system, but the coffee in London was not good...

I love Black tea with milk! When I was in Ireland with school some years ago, the host family only had black tea. At first I tried to drink it with sugar, but it only made the taste worse and then I was brave enough to try the tea with milk and it was delicious! I'm drinking one right now...
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The only thing I found awful was their Italian food.
And I've heard that German food is wonderful :D
but there doesn't seem to be any German restaurants here to try...maybe in NY, but not here in RI that I know of. :)

I love black tea! But I admit to liking it really sweet. With or without milk for me, but not sugar :lol: Can't give up my sugar!
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manga-meloney Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, we didn't try Italian food (lucky, ha?) Yeah, German (and Austrian) food is really good (but very fat, though ^^). In London, between the tube stations Embankment and Charing Cross (I forgot the name of the street), was a location to be opened that was called "Herman ze German". I don't know if it was to become a restaurant or something else. But it sounds funny =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It does! :lol:
My friend lives in England and has a home in Germany...she loves German food.
I don't know why we don't have more of it here :(
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manga-meloney Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Martina once told me, that an Austrian cook went to the US and started an Austrian restaurant there and it became so popular, that he started more restaurants... But don't ask me, what his name is (because then I could look him up), or where the restaurants are. Martina said, she thinks there is one in Yew York, but she's not sure and doesn't exactly know where...
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
oh, every type of food is available in NYC, I think! :D
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manga-meloney Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess so too ^^
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LivesOrLovers Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Full roast for dinner tonight- roast beef, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings (my mum makes THE BEST one, all mutanty and nothing like aunt bessie's) and cabbage.

And I'm drinking tea right now.
Gotta love tea. =D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Jealous. :P
Indeed. jealous :P
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LivesOrLovers Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
=D

I do love being English.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd like to be English...well, I am by heritage, but I wish I had a great accent, as well :D It's so sexy
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LivesOrLovers Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha so many foreigners say that, but I never notice the way I talk unless I'm talking to someone with either an American, French or Russian accent. S'weirrrrd. xD
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's because it's not special if everyone speaks that way...it's special when you speak with a different accent than other people.
I'm sure you think we have odd accents. :lol: Well, there are alot of various accents in America, for certain. I'm from the Northeast (coast), so I like to think I don't really have an accent - I don't sound like I'm from the Bronx or Boston or anything. But of course I do sound American :)

The Brits have many different regional accents, too, no?
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LivesOrLovers Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, we do. And I do know there are many accents in the US as well as the UK.
Personally, I LOVE the Welsh accent, simply because I once heard a Welsh woman cackling madly and yelling 'I'm going to take over the WOOORRRLD!' xD But you just can't listen to a Welsh person and think of them as evil.
And I can't help but laugh every time I hear a West Country accent. It's like poetry. Strange, cidery, incomprehensible poetry. xD
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dragontao Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Try the South Coast next visit. We get a fair amount of sunshine (in between the rain lol).

If it's a traditional Liverpudlian treat you want, try Scouse pie.

If you like our biscuits, Fox's are the best mmmmm. golden crunch creams, ginger crunch creams - knock spots off of custard creams imho.

Not to mention one of my favourite tv ads with Vinny the panda!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:laughing: too funny! A mafia Panda...We have those right here in New England!! He talks like some people I know right from the "Hill" (Federal Hill, that is, in Providence) we called them "Cavones" [link]
I guess it's probably like the Sopranos would be to you (I think? having only seen one episode) They do talk like that in real life, though.

My list keeps getting longer :) Fox's biscuits and Scouse pie.
Are you from the South Coast?
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dragontao Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I am from the South coast, somewhere between the cities of Portsmouth and Southampton.

Scouse pie is pretty basic fayre but it is traditional Liverpool food.

If you liked the cream teas then Devon or Cornwall in the South West will be to your liking, great cream teas, not to mention Cornish pasties. Weather down there tends to be better too.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have alot of places to visit on my list. I'm keeping notes! :)
Since it's not nearly as cold as it gets here in Southern New England (where I live) I'm happy to brave a bit of rain. I live on the coast here, but it still gets pretty cold in the winter, probably down to -12 and wind chill makes it worse :snowing:
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LivesOrLovers Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Eheeeee fox's bisquits.... yeaaaah.
Deffo try them. =]
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rikesh Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010   Photographer
Glad to hear that you liked "our" sweet treats :-)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed! Delicious! :P
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Lasrin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
me living in the US i lack these things as well :(
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Someday you must try it- but I suggest going to England to do that :P
Then you can sample some of the other local flavours, hehe...like those delicious Brit boys with their accents :lol:
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SusannaHotchkiss Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I live in Britain.. all this talk of food has got me craving yorkshire puds, sausage & chips and toad in the hole. :love:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Me, too! :P
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EroticVisions Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
It isn't from the UK, but since you like tea... please check out my friend Rod Jackson's teas at www.nuwatiherbals.com. He has created some of the best teas with healthy benefits. Enjoy!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the link! I'll check him out, certainly.
As a rule, I rarely drink herbals, at least not often...I guess I like my black tea, caffeine and my sugar (guilty pleasure!)
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esjae96 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Writer
Yes, British food is made out of win. Welsh food is better, I find, but I dare say thats cause I'm Welsh.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed, I was prepared for the worst - my friends here said that British food was awful (except for my friends who are British and live here!)But I was quite happily surprised.
What are your favourite Welsh dishes?
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esjae96 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Writer
The only bad thing about Britain is the weather, it rains all the time.
My favourite dish is roast Lamb with mash potatoes and mint sauce, and for puddings Welsh Cakes.

I have to say Welsh Cakes are best homemade.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Roast lamb is wonderful, indeed. My Mom used to make a mint sauce from fresh mint that wasn't the typical sweet (mint jelly) kind. It was delish with the lamb.

Yeah, I'm not big on rain...In East Anglia, where I stayed, we were lucky and had almost no rain the whole 10 days I was there...and it was very warm :)

Welsh cakes sound good, must Google... :P
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esjae96 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student Writer
And when its cooked so it just like melts in your mouth, to-die-for!

'Cause I live in the Valleys, it like rains at least once a day. It can get a bit boring when you have like rain ALL the time.

Yes you must google, they are amazing. They go well with a cuppa :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I did Google! there was a video with a cute 90-year-old grandma making them. Don't think I'll use margarine like she did, I don't ever cook with it. I'll go traditional. They're a bit of a cross between scones and cookies, I read?

Does sound wonderfully yummy :P
You can have all that rain, though it must be so green and lovely. Here it gets brown and ugly in the winter, the grass dies off. By the end of March we just can't wait for Spring and green things again :)
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esjae96 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Writer
You can use what ever you want. Yeah I have to say they are alot like scones crossed with cookies. Another way of thinking of them is a flat scone with no jam and cream.

Yeah, with the hills and the sheep and cows, which try and get into your garden at random times.

And the snow we get, we either get hardley any or like so much its unbelievable! Some parts of it are like up to my knees.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Where I live we rarely get snow, usually you can sweep it with a broom. Inland, there's much more snow. But it still gets pretty darn butt-freezing cold...and lots of nasty wind.

Our sheep and cows generally stay put...but once in awhile they get out. Lately we have too much wildlife. Deer are a real pest, they eat like goats - mostly everything! And we have wild turkeys, coyotes, fisher cats, hawks, turkey vultures, raccoons, opossums, skunks, groundhogs and foxes. And in some places, black bears and mountain lions...in Rhode Island. There's probably more I forgot to mention. Squirrels are a pest, too, invading all the bird feeders. :(
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lloveandsqualor Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, sounds like you had fun. and as you were going through all the food you like i was thinking 'hey, our food is pretty damned good!' i love everything you mentioned :)


glad you enjoyed it all.
and i certainly agree with ~calcifer5129 you must try shepherds pie and definitely toad in the hole!!

ps. black pudding (blood pudding) is amazing!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish I could have stayed longer. The food was great, I thought. I did try a bite of the blood pudding, was delish, I just couldn't get past the name, haha. Came with the full English Breakfast. :)
Next time: shepherds pie and toad-in-the-hole :)
Any special regional favourite from Liverpool area?
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lloveandsqualor Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
erm, not that i know of, no.
its not got its name to all sorts of food like yorkshire has, although in fairness yorkshire is a county.

there is a sweets factory in my small hometown of New Mills called Swizzles, which makes some awesome sweets (candy ;)) though :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
sounds delicious :P
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Lemziipie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
How on earth can we send you bacon? xD
But yes, British food for the win. :heart:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed :( I'll just have to go back for some. I have a friend who used to bring bangers back in her suitcase from Ireland, but I'm sure that's frowned upon.
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calcifer5129 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
i'm glad our food has won you over! :D cream tea is one of the best things about britain. you also HAVE to have shepherds pie, yorkshire pudding and toad in the hole!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
OOO more delicious treats to try next time I visit! I love the names, too...toad in the hole :lol: spotted dick :lol: We have a version of shepherd's pie here...sounds like total comfort food! :D I tried parsley sauce, too, that was interesting, and we have nothing really like that here in the US. I also liked the soreen malt loaf alot, I should have added it to my list :)

Only two things I noticed lacking, at least wherever I went, which was mostly East Anglia: good Italian food, and breads were so-so.
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tenshi-rising Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Britain does likes its comfort food, definitely agree about the yorkshire puddings. :D
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