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… 🙂