January 12, 2011
Living abroad as a British expat or any other nationality, can deny the expat of certain products that he or she loves from back home. This can also include dishes from the homeland. I absolutely love a good English marmalade (see link) or homemade marmalade. I am also shamefully addicted to Marmite (see link). I am trying to get help at 'Marmite Anonymous' and go to regular secret meeting groups. However my cravings still remain. You can buy it in Moscow from a man in a hat, if don't mind waiting and can pay in dollars or you can buy it via Perter Justesen (see link) mail order or from one of the luxury food stores here in Moscow. You can get HP sauce, (see link) custard and other such fantastic English condiments. I also miss a good English cheddar cheese. All imported food is costly here. Weetabix (see link) can be found here but is a like the lesser spotted woodpecker, its rare and hard to find and costly but necessary for normal bodily function.
You can get curry here or any other dish that you like, but prices are high and the quality is fair to poor. I have not yet found a good curry like they serve back home at a good British curry restaurant. I miss English dishes such as Toad in the hole, (see link) no toads are killed or harmed to make this dish, Shepherds pie, no shepherds are harmed or killed to make it, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, (sadly a beef does give his life for this dish) Trifle (see link) and other such traditional English dishes. You can try to make these dishes at home but its not the same (I would burn the kitchen down) and ingredients can differ or be hard to get. You can always get peanut butter (peanuts do die and end up being mixed with butter) anywhere in the world but its rather harder to get good bacon for an English breakfast. You can get very good English sausages here in Moscow via home delivery from John Warrens sausages (see link). Two more specials, Branston pickle and Corned beef (see links) they are essentially British and really good. Corned beef looks horrible but combined with Branston pickle and crisps in a sandwich its the best. For best results, kick off your shoes, sit on the sofa, switch on your favorite TV show and drink a large tea with milk or a beer with this sandwich.
Many expats, stock up on much loved foods when they fly home and come back with loaded suitcases. There are Marks and Spenser's (see link) around the world, including here in Moscow but sadly they don't sell M&S foods like they do back home. You can take the Brit off England but you cant take England out off the Brit. I am sure the same applies to the French, German, Slovaks, Americans and other nationalities living abroad. However if you don't mind paying and have to look, you can find almost anything in your host country. I have lived abroad for over seven years but still not found a good curry like back home but I have not given up searching.
I am sorry if you have no idea what I am talking about as far the above products and recipes go, but if you not a Brit (we cant all be perfect) you may not know. Try them and feel reborn. I should also mention an unknown hero, sticky toffee pudding (see link). Its orgasmic and better than a naked Thai girl dancing on your lap. Eat it with custard (See link) or cream (That's the sticky toffee pudding and not the Thai girl). On seconds thoughts, why not eat it with a naked Thai girl in a bath of custard!
It was in 1902 that the Marmite Food Company (later Marmite Ltd) was set up in Burton on Trent. There mission, then as now, was to share the joy of Marmite-eating and make it available to all those with excellent taste. Join the Marmite fan club here
For any sandwich, chefs try these:
1 Peanut butter and jam on thick toasted bread
2 Marmalade, a mashed egg and sausage on thick soft untoasted bread
3 Corned beef, Branston pickle and crisps on soft white untoasted bread
4 Cold turkey and jam on soft white un toasted bread
5 Cold roast chicken with mayonnaise and crisps on soft white untoasted bread
6 Marmite and cheddar cheese on soft white untoasted bread
7 Mature cheddar cheese with Branston pickle on soft white untoasted bread. Drink a warm ale by a fire in an old English pub or at home in front of a good TV show.
N.B Sorry I hate vegetarianism and so can only suggest you eat a cabbage sandwich and drink it with a broccoli smoothie while wearing your knitted slippers.
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