english love (times nine)

March 19, 2010

I’m back from my jam-packed trip home to England and it was the best ever! I literally did not spare myself a second and had plans every single day and night. It’s all good though – I wouldn’t have had it any other way! I got to see all of my very best friends and all of my family – perfect!

I also, of course, managed to fit in some classic British culinary delights, including but not limited to: fish and chips, a full English brekkie, a Sunday roast, crumpets, a scotch egg, two curries, bacon sarnies (times a million), proper pie with mash and gravy, crazy amounts of tea, a pork pie, and cheese out the wazoo. The only thing I think I missed was a classic post-pub kebab. Which is likely not such a bad thing…

Some highlights:

1. Having crumpets (amongst many other things) awaiting me at my best friend’s house when I arrived. Toasted and covered with lashings of butter:


2. Heading to Sheba on Brick Lane for an almighty Indian feast (I had Lamb Rogan Josh):

3. My first dinner back on home soil being fish and chips:


4. Waking up to this my first morning home:


Yeah, my best friend is pretty amazing! I love her! An English muffin with a fried egg on top, bacon, proper English sausages (my heart aches!), and some hash browns. To make this a “proper” full English, you’d want to be seeing some baked beans, fried mushrooms, and fried tomatoes. Luckily, I had these on the side instead:


Chocolate digestives, to dunk in my morning tea! As if! Love her.

5. A trip home/to London is not complete without a visit to Borough Market:


I’ve only ever been at the weekends before when it is literally insane to get around. Apparently Thursday is the day to go!

sheep in central London…

Look at all that glorious, glorious cheese!


Rocking.

6. Remember I mentioned having dinner at Le Mercury? Well, never mind the fact that I was there with three of my favourite people ever, the food was also awesome and it is about the most reasonably-priced place in the world (ok, maybe just in London) considering it’s location! Starters from £3.95 and mains from £6.95! Amazingly good value!

I had the pear, blue cheese, and walnut salad with balsamic and french dressing to start and followed it up with this roast breast of Barbary duck on garlic potato mash, savoy cabbage and red wine jus…the photo does it no justice whatsoever…


7. Heading to Bristol to visit a good friend who’s about to have a baby and getting treated to proper pie, mash, mushy peas and gravy at Pieminister at Bristol’s Glass Arcade (a covered market). HEAVEN.



8. Remembering my love for scotch eggs and devouring this giant one at a pub in north London while out drinking copious amounts of cider with my brothers and sister. Win and win.


9. Bringing home some long-lost loves to prolong the joy:

Yorkie bar, Kit Kat Chunky, Wine Gums, Walkers Prawn Cocktail flavoured crisps, Hula Hoops, crumpets, Tesco muesli!, Hobnobs, Quality Street, Cadbury’s Heroes, Dairy Milk, and Jaffa Cakes.

So, there you have it. A very abbreviated version of my trip home, in food.
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insideiamdancing March 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Love all the British food in this post!!!!!! So glad you had such a good time… Family/friends = best way to spend vacation.

YES to baked beans with fry-ups. Always. And brown sauce.

You can't get muesli where you live? I saw Alpen a bunch of times but NYC has a pretty wide variety. Though I think I paid $12 for Branston Pickle once when I lived there. Totally worth it.

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Janetha March 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

is there a reason you didn't take me with you in your pocket?? i am small.

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Travel Eat Love March 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Yum yum yum, looks very much like our trips home to Ireland to visit my hubs' family! We always bring soooo much stuff home, especially chocolate, crisps, and tea bags!

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Holly March 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

my heart aches for England! i love it all. the sheep, the cheese, BOROUGH MARKET (!!!), le mercury (good call on the salad) and yes, i only wish you had taken me in your other pocket. i also home that you plan on sharing your hobnobs with me :)

love you – fo sho chat this weekend!!!!

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Jenny March 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I'm so jealous! I love wine gums and cadbury- especially the fruit and nut kind!

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laurageorgina March 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm

You definitely took in the best of Britain! Lovely photos, lovely time must have been had.

Seeing the Hula Hoops gives me serious nostalgia for the Friday train ride home from work in Birmingham to Coventry–I'd devour them while reading so I wouldn't fall asleep and miss my station….

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Can you believe I've never been to England? Gah! Clearly I've been missing out. Looks like a fabulous trip – love the purple jacket!

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Rachel March 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Just started reading your blog :)

I love all the Wikipedia links to explain all the English food! Americans must think we just eat cr*p all the time over here! :D

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katie March 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm

How fun!! I'm glad you had a fantastic trip, all the food looks phenomenal. I loved the sheep, too.

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Lele March 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Why are British Kit Kats so UNFAIRLY better than American?!

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ktbwood March 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

WOW how fun!! thats an AMAZING breakfast you had first morning home! love the diner-style breakfasts!

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Lara (Thinspired) March 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Awwww…so wonderful! It must have been so amazing to go back. All of you eats look amazing. "Lashings of butter," so cute. So British.
Thanks for the shout out :) You know, I never got to eat there :( Borough Market though, yes!
Glad you are back safe and sound!

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Gar March 21, 2010 at 6:48 am

i love the 'holes' in crumpets. :) Great for soaking up jams and peanut butter goodness yet I haven't had it in so long.

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Erica March 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Hey girlie! What a great trip. The crumpets and proper pie look incredible!! And all that cheese=heaven. I forgot my camera when we went to brunch this am :( I was soooooooooo bummed. When are you going to put the post up??

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Gab* March 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Sounds like a wonderful trip, it must have been so great to see everyone. I reckon Brit chocolate is much nicer that American. Go Cadbury's! Although it was recently bought by Kraft wasn't it?

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Susan March 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

So many wonderful British eats!!! I had to google scotch eggs. Ohmy. I'm a full-on carnivore now and that sounds amazing. I almost bought crumpets the other day… I will next time, they're something I should experience!

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Kailey (SnackFace) April 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

ANGHARAD!!!! First off, sorry I'm a huge ass and fell 12 posts behind. AWFUL! and….Happy wayyyy belated birthday!!! It sounded peaceful and exquisite.

I had to comment on this post of all the 12 I missed because of the Brit goods! MamaJ is all about the crumpets. I just love that word, crumpets. So happy and funny! The Hobnobs totally caught my eye because a store in Cincinnati sells them, and whenever my mom and I walk by them, I ask if she wants to hob on my nob. We're so raunchy.

Also, I am emailing myself the link to your vegan banana pancakes. I plan on making them for a special person soon, so I'm pumped.

Hope all is uh-mazing. Much love, beaut! xoxoxo

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Tryphania Mayfield January 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I grew up in Oxford and my “bring home’ list back to Texas is very, very similar to yours .. I so miss Cheese and Onion Walker’s Crisps, and some refreshers .. sigh .. gone are the days of unweighed luggage when I stocked up on other goodies like children’s books (Enid Blyton anyone?) and thank goodness PGTips is easy to find .. although my cuppa would taste a whole lot better with a hobnob to dip in it **sigh**

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Angharad January 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Ahh cheese and onion crisps! I get such cravings, god. And a big fat YES to Enid Blyton – I grew up reading her books. Love, love, love.

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