I am obsessed by American cookbooks and American food. I can only imagine how happy I would be let loose in an American supermarket. Others are happy buying designer goods – but no, just let me spend the day scouring the shelves of the American equivalent of Waitrose (Is there one??) and I’d be as happy as a pig in muck!
There must be other American food addicts because I’ve found that I can get many of the food items I’ve read about off Ebay! Here’s a pic of my order – I’ll list each item and tell you why I ordered it.
1. Nilla wafers – Not like the wafers we get here in the UK, but rather small,plain vanilla scented round biscuits. I’m glad I ordered these, because now I know that I can find a substitution over here rather easily. I’m planning on making a Southern American banana pudding, after reading about it in countless of my American recipe books.
2.Reeses peanut butter cups – but a new caramel version. I only ordered one packet of these, I’m much too dangerous to be left around more than that! Lisa got me addicted to these after sending some to me in the original swap box.
3.Jif peanut butter – Again was in the original swap box. I’ve tried skippy which comes second, but there’s just something sooo bloomin’ delish about ‘Jif’!
4. Nestle chips in butterscotch and the funky peanut butter and chocolate stripy ones that Nigella uses in ‘Express’ – We just can’t get cool chips like these in our supermarkets, only chocolate ones – milk, dark or white…
5.Motts applesauce (unsweetened) – I have seen this ingredient in so many muffin recipes I can’t tell you. As far as I know we can’t get unsweetened apple sauce over here, only sweetened. Just for your information, I’ve seen a huge jar of apple sauce in Tesco. But it’s sweetened.
6.Liptons onion soup mix – Used as a flavouring in many of my most trashy American cook books! Just looked and it contains MSG…hmmmm.
7. Redbush caramel tea – I saw this just the other night on ‘Market Kitchen’, and thought it sounded really interesting. I’m hoping that simply by having a cup of caramel tea that I won’t want that HUGE bar of chocolate or slice of cake…I’ll let you know… 🙂
Anna, you need to come over here with an empty suitcase!Excellent purchases! And you know…”Choosy Mothers Choose JIF.”We did an unscientific taste-test at home, and JIF *did* win, over Peter Pan.
Lisa, I KNOW you’re right!!! xx
Hi Anna – after seeing all your American goodies I just had to go on Ebay.uk where I noticed a site listed called Let’s Eat Direct, Milton Keynes, listed. Checked it out and they have all the items you bought.I just wondered if you bought from Let’s Eat or Ebay, as I would like to get some things but am a bit apprenhensive about EBay.Love reading all your posts.Livewire aka Jean
Hi Jean,They are the people I ordered from!I’ve used them about 3-4 times now, and they’ve always been very reliable and fast.Thanks for your nice comments! 🙂
Hi Anna…wow what a haul! Those butterscotch chips look way cool – I’d never heard of them before until a Canadian friend told me about them…why hasn’t New Zealand caught onto this particular foodie item?! Have fun with everything!
Anne, I like your goodie stash. Here’s another trashy recipe for your collection. Believe it or not it good! xxx Tangy Apricot Chicken5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts1 envelope Lipton dry onion soup mix1 (12 oz.) jar apricot preserves1 (8 oz.) bottle Kraft Thousand Island dressingWild or regular rice, enough to serve 4 to 5 peoplePreheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken pieces in bottom of 9 x 13-inch pan. Combine soup mix, preserves and dressing in a bowl. Mix well. Pour over chicken and cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake 1 hour.Prepare rice according to package directions. Place rice in center of a large platter. Place chicken pieces around edge of rice. Pour sauce into a gravy boat or serving bowl to be poured over chicken and rice as desired. Sounds awful – tastes great!
Hehe, Anna, I too have been wondering what´s wrong with me being too tired to shop clothes but never to walk around in The English Shop or the Oriental House :DI´m glad you are happy with your american goodies and I think I´ll soon do something similar as I have The Whistle Stop Cafe, The Magnolia Bakery and Cold Weather Cooking on it´s way…Thanks for the piccie, I feel exhilarated and they not even my things!! 😀 Enjoy!!!
Like Laura I was impressed by the butterscotch chips, they sound great. Awesome, yummy stuff there….enjoy!!!!
Lea, thanks so much for that ‘trashy’ recipe, it sounds great!xx