Today I’m posting…..Ten foods that remind me of England based on my sweet friend Stasha’s regular Monday blog post…… Monday Listicles! Each Monday Stasha makes a “Top Ten List” on various topics. She encourages everyone to make the same list and link to her blog and share their list. A great concept and I look forward each week to Monday Listicles. Stasha writes the blog Northwest Mommy and it’s absolutely fab. Today Stasha challenged us to make a list of, “Ten foods that make you think of………”
My list is Ten Foods That Make Me Think Of…. Living in England and my wonderful husband, Lee. We were newly married when we moved to England and I had never been out of our country. It was amazing to be in a beautiful country and able to explore new and different things with my sweet husband. It was just a magical time for me and there is no way to describe it.
There are many foods that remind me of England, but these are the top ten. Might I add…… I was not into clean eating at that point in my life! 🙂
1.) Cheese. Beautiful, wonderful cheese. Our cheese here in the United States doesn’t touch the different cheeses that I had in England. My favorites were Stilton and Gloucester with chives. Oh and….. Manchego, a lovely Spanish cheese that I had when we took a trip to Spain.
2.) Chocolate. Again…. our chocolate is no where near as good as what I tried in England. My favorite….. Thornton’s Viennese Truffles. AMAZING!
3.) Of course….. Fish and Chips. Every corner had a “Chip Shop” and I hear that our village had the best in the area. One thing that was served with fish and chips is…..mushy peas! Yes, that’s what I said… Green peas….all mushed up. It was pretty darn good too.
4.) Cottage Pie. Every pub served cottage pie or shepherd’s pie. Cottage pie is made with beef and shepherd’s pie is made with lamb. I still make cottage pie and it’s been very easy to clean it up and make it healthier. What could be better than beef in gravy, veggies and mashed potatoes, right?
5.) Cheese and Onion Toastie. It’s so simple, but so yummy. A toasted cheese sandwich (all melted) with onion. I ordered this quite often when I had lunch with friends at local pubs or at The Petwood Hotel. Delicious with a bowl of soup. Yep…. cheese again. I was addicted.
6.) Thai Green Curry with Sticky Rice. We had a few great meals at a lovely Thai restaurant in Stratford Upon Avon. I can’t remember the name, but it overlooked the river and we sat on the covered porch each time. I love this meal and every time I have Thai Green Curry now…. I think of this place and about wandering around Stratford Upon Avon with Lee on a lovely sunny day. Those sunny days are rare in England.
7.) Pizza with Sweet Corn. My first meal in England was from the little pizza place in our village. When Lee picked me up at the airport, he took me home to our cute little bungalow. We had a fire, a bottle of wine and a pizza loaded with pepperoni, veggies and….. sweet corn. Different, I know but…. delicious. Sometimes I still put sweet corn on our pizza when I make it at home. Makes me think of that lovely evening with my wonderful husband. 🙂
8.) Tomato and Basil Cornish Pasty. I worked for Laura Ashley when I lived in England and I would take my lunch break across the High Street from work at a cute little Pasty shop. My favorite was Tomato and Basil. A Pasty is a pastry crust folded over with stuff inside. Too delicious to describe.
9.) Vindaloo. The British are very big on Indian food and Vindaloo is a very spicy, hot Indian dish. One evening we met our friends Dave and Pam at the Indian restaurant in our village. Pam encouraged me to order Vindaloo because she knew how much I loved spicy food. Let me tell you….. I never ordered it again, because I could not eat it. It was WAY too hot and spicy for me. I love spicy food but…. not that spicy. WOW!
10.) Thanksgiving Turkey and Dressing. Before moving to England I had never made a turkey on my own. I had always been invited to my parents or in-laws home for Thanksgiving. I made my first turkey in 2006 and it was amazing. Lee and I had a very special Thanksgiving meal. It was just the two of us and we were truly thankful that we were together and able to have the wonderful experience of living in England and meeting new friends (like Stasha and Jason, Dave and Pam and Chrissy and Darin )….. making lasting memories.