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American-type Dill Pickles in London

Do you know the names/brands of which ones you would recommend? I don't want any that are sweet, and all the jars I have seen in Polish shops don't have any English translation.

Dec 23, 2014
cathodetube in U.K./Ireland

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

I was born and educated in the US, so am familiar with the imperial system. It is still used in the UK alongside the metric system. Weighing things is so much more precise for baking in my opinion. The idea of stuffing butter into a cup or something smaller like spoons seems insane if you can weigh it. Still, I guess the fact that butter sticks have some measurements marked on them makes things somewhat easier.

Plugra? What a strange unappealing name for butter. I goggled it and saw that the name is a shortened version of plus gras (more fat). Still think it's a hideous. We have an embarrassment of good butter here. Most grocery stores have their own version of salted and unsalted. Then we have all the Euro butters, like Lurpack and President, as well as Kerrygold. The yogurt choice is also much better, especially the plain ones.

Dec 07, 2014
cathodetube in Features

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

That is easily solved by buying a metric cooking scale.

Dec 07, 2014
cathodetube in Features

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

In the UK, butter is sold in 'slabs' of 250g, is that the amount of yours?

Dec 05, 2014
cathodetube in Features

Basic French Toast

This looks delicious, but must say I have never used oil in a pan to fry the bread. Just melted a bit of butter. Using so many egg yolks seems more than a bit wasteful as well. I love to eat crispy bacon and maple syrup with my french toast. The one star rating isn't indicative of my views, as I haven't made it!

Nov 28, 2014
cathodetube in Recipes

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

I agree about the eggs and tomatoes, but not sure about the cheese. You keep all of your cheese outside the fridge?

Nov 25, 2014
cathodetube in Features

The Basics: How to Make Lentil Soup

Someone else asked the same question above. I agree with the answer. A scoop could be like the size of an ice cream scoop. But you don't have to be precise with brown or green lentils as they usually stay whole.

Nov 19, 2014
cathodetube in Features

English beans on toast?

Can't help with a fish and chips recipe. Never made it from scratch. I bake or cook my fish in a pan.

Eating is definitely one of life's joys. I had an ex who ate, but never seemed to appreciate it, or indeed even be interested in it and found discussions about food perplexing. Sad.

Oct 29, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English Pudding?

Haven't been in an M&S for a good few months now. At Christmastime a lot of the supermarkets bring out a lot of boozy sauces including custard.

Wanted to add that there is a tradition of putting cream on top of custard, and that is with a trifle.

Oct 29, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English Pudding?

This was English person telling an American that Birds was always used and I wanted to make sure that other Americans as well as the OP knew this wasn't the case. Sainsbury do a Taste the Difference one which is very nice. I also like M&S and Waitrose's version. Oh, and of course there are also the tinned versions of custard.......which I have been known to buy.

My mother (English) frequently made trifle and always made her own custard.

Oct 29, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English Pudding?

Well, it's certainly not 'always' made with Bird's custard, which is what I was commenting on. Commonly would have been a better word to use. My grandmother used to make her own and so did my mother. Maybe school dinners were made with it, but that was no doubt for keeping the price down. Sainsbury have several different types, all of which I have had. I think Bird's is tasteless.

Oct 29, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English Pudding?

How odd to say English custard is always made from Birds Custard powder. That is just a short cut was of doing You can make fresh custard yourself. Recipes abound out there. You can even buy fresh custard in the refrigerated sections of British supermarkets now, and they are quite often made with Madagascan vanilla.

The word pudding is often used by people just to describe a dessert. Otherwise they can be steamed as mentioned above, or things like bread and butter pudding, or bread pudding. A Bailey's bread pudding is also worth trying if you have the chance.

Did you ever find what you were looking for?

Sticky toffee pudding is very delicious, and I wouldn't serve it with both cream and custard. Either or, but not both.

Oct 29, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English beans on toast?

Also try adding grated Cheddar cheese to the beans, and try the beans and cheese on top of a buttered baked potato. Bake potato with oil or butter rubbed on skin, can start off in microwave, but definitely finish off in oven to get a crispy skin.

A fried or poached egg served alongside the beans and toast makes a nice meal as well.

I like to drink a mug or cup of brown tea with milk with these, maybe something to do with having Yorkshire relatives who always served tea with their evening meal. Tea is also good with fish and chips, and serve with some buttered bread.

Oct 29, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English beans on toast?

I am half British, so will say you are welcome! Try with marmite on the toast after buttering. Also, try just plain cottage cheese on toast with some hot pepper jelly on top.

Oct 29, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

Totally agree. The blog An Edible Mosaic has numerous comments like this. And it's usually the same people. The seem to be in a race to respond, and they are usually all bloggers themselves, no doubt hoping you will go over to their blog.

Aug 30, 2014
cathodetube in Not About Food

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

I'd put it in fridge at night and then take out in the morning, unless of course you have a/c in your house.

Aug 27, 2014
cathodetube in Features

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Friend with Italian American background from New Jersey makes Peas and Shells. She said her mother made it for her and her brothers and sisters. Cut an onion into eighths, cook in a combo of oil and butter, open a can of peas, pour entire contents in, including liquid, heat together. Cook some shell pasta, not large size, drain, and then add pasta to pea mixture. Season, and add grated cheese, parmesan or whatever you like. the peas nestle cutely in the shells. Anyone else heard of this? I still make it.

Aug 10, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

Easy Greek Salad

Totally agree, never ever saw a lettuce during the many times I spent in Crete. Never missed it, but did live off Greek salad when I was there. I love your island!

Jun 20, 2014
cathodetube in Recipes

It's Taco Tuesday! Make These Pan-Fried Tilapia Tacos

I like fish tacos with grated or sliced white cabbage.

May 23, 2014
cathodetube in Features

American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

There used to be/hopefully still is one near me in Camberwell so will have a look for the root beer. A Chinese supermarket in Peckham used to sell root beer but no more sadly.

Apr 30, 2014
cathodetube in U.K./Ireland

English beans on toast?

I live in London. Curry has been anglicised a lot. Chicken tikka masala is one such dish. I am more partial to the South Indian cuisine, am lucky to have such a restaurant very near me.

Apr 27, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English beans on toast?

HP is a bit like A1 sauce, in my opinion. I don't like ketchup, but do like HP. It also comes in different flavours, like Fruity, BBQ and a steak version. It has dates and tamarind in it, as well as tomato. I usually have it with a Cornish pasty, or any kind of meat pie, inc. a Scotch pie. All supermarkets have their own brown sauce version of HP. There are also competitors, in particular Daddies, which I like very much, spread on buttered granary toast, and then topped with cooked tomatoes.
Sheffield, Yorkshire has their own version, Henderson's Relish, which is a bit runnier, more like Worcestershire sauce and hard to find outside that area. It's also vegan as it doesn't have any anchovies in it.

Apr 27, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English beans on toast?

I didn't find it offensive. What part of the country did you grow up in, and when? I wouldn't say American cooking was overly flavourful and adventurous back in the day, unless perhaps you were in the Southwest with a Hispanic influence. I grew up in the Midwest, and then came here as a teenager. My British mother cooked American and English food. I didn't have my first curry until I came here. Did have mild versions of chilli in the States. Also had Italian, Greek and Chinese food, as well as Japanese, but never sushi until much older. English food was extremely bland when I first came to London, but thankfully, the cross cultural influences have changed that. Perhaps the lust for English mustard with roast beef was deemed necessary to give the British palate a bit of a jolt. But, the English did/do have a lot of spiced chutneys and pickles which I had never come across in the US. Tried those for the first time after arriving here and still love them as an accompaniment to a cheese plate or sandwich.

Apr 26, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

English beans on toast?

What Harters said. As I got older, I started doctoring them a bit. Marmite on the toast, grated cheese on the beans, and freshly ground black pepper is usually as far as I go. As someone else said up top, they are also good on a baked potato with added cheese. That combo is often found at lunchtime in cafe, for an old school type meal. I sometimes do add American mustard to the beans if I don't have marmite for the toast.

Apr 26, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

Butter & Soy Sauce?

I frequently eat red lentils on top of rice and have been putting soy sauce on both of them, mixed in with butter. Or just the butter and soy if I have the rice on their own. I have been doing it for at least 25 years so didn't know it was a thing.

Apr 05, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

Maltby Street saturday shops, Bermondsey/Southwark, London

Are the oatcakes still there?

Mar 08, 2014
cathodetube in U.K./Ireland

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Interesting. I have made mac and cheese by following a certain recipe and cooking the mac in a pan with milk. It was a one pot mac and cheese.

Mar 04, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

These pancakes are British, not just Scottish. They are also French and apparently Swedish. As I said in another comment, these pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday before the start of the Lenten Fast. Pancake races are run all over the British Isles on that day.

Feb 19, 2014
cathodetube in Home Cooking
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Another NYC addition to London - Shake Shack coming to town....

The baker is called Kindred, and they are in Herne Hill, on Half Moon Lane. They are very close to the station, so you could get there easily from Victoria. Best to call them first to reserve the amount of buns you want. They also supply the buns for Burger Bear (those buns are slightly smaller apparently) and the hot dog buns for the Dogfather. Living in the burbs does have advantages!

Jan 28, 2014
cathodetube in U.K./Ireland

Another NYC addition to London - Shake Shack coming to town....

Before I found myself living near the baker who made/makes the buns for Meatwagon and all its incarnations, I used to buy ciabatta buns from M&S. I put them in the oven for the required 8 or so minutes and found them rather good. It's also worth trying local bakers to see what type of soft rolls or burger buns they can provide.

Strange that your wife isn't interested in making your buns for you! Does she not eat burgers?

Jan 27, 2014
cathodetube in U.K./Ireland