AMERICAN FOOD
  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    So, living in the UK I've always been suuuuper jealous of the food most of you guys have... Until yesterday. Me and my sister took a drive for an hour to find a store that is dedicated to american food and drinks. I bought myself a duff energy drink, some taffy, white chocolate pretzels (YUM) and a funfetti cake mix since I've seen a picture on here somewhere of one somebody made and needed to try it! But I am an official dumbasss and didn't buy the frosting\sprinkle pack for the topping :-( boooo. So, what else can I use for topping? Would butter icing be okay?
  • GingersnapGingersnap
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    Butter icing would be fine. I've never had a Duff energy drink.
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  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    Yaaaay, I'm gonna get baking with mini me :-). And I'd never heard of or seen Duff energy drinks but I love me some simpsons so I had to buy it :-D
  • momofdbbmomofdbb
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    Butter icing =P~ I would like that better than the sprinkles ! I hate sprinkles !!! I don't like crunchy things on my cake ! The sprinkles in the cake mix are ok , they aren't crunchy when you cook it. I know the next time I cook a funfetti cake I will cry though. So I stear DS away from those. At least for now. My mom Is addicted to the chocolate covers pretzels , white and fudge. She doesn't let herself buy them that often though , she is diabetic ! Lol
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  • tothemoonandbacktothemoonandback
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    Most any homemade frosting is better than the prepared stuff!
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  • eappleeapple
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    One of my favourite canadian foods is poutine and it is so easy to make! I do potatoes up french fry style and then lightly coat them with olive oil and salt. I put them on a baking pan at 400 for about 30-40 min, flipping them once or twice. (you can deep fry them and it takes less time, tastes better to some but not to me personally, but you get a lot more fat/grease/calories that way.)

    Then I shred cheese. If you can get cheese curds, do it! They're so squeeky and delicious on poutine. If not just use the cheese you have, mozzerella, marble, even cheddar can be a nice change for me. Then I top it with a gravy. I personally love st hubert's gravy but I'm finding it harder and harder to find. Any beef gravy will do, and I suppose some may use a poultry gravy but I would strongly recommend a good beef gravy for your first poutine. I like to let it sit and "marinate" for a good minute after pouring the gravy so all the cheese has a chance to get super gooey and yummy. =P~
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  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    @eapple okay I'm not sure what happened there, I was thinking cakes and then some gravy talk happened? All I know is all of that sounded like food porn and I'm hungry!.

    Now I have a kitchen full of soft funfetti cupcakes with butter icing and a toothache? :(
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    And over here we're always looking for British stuff!
    Bite me, cupcake!
  • cheesehead4ever
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    And over here we're always looking for British stuff!




    Chocolate covered digestive biscuits! Yummy. Discovered those in Ireland and stocked up in London a few years later. Of course then we discovered Kit Kat Chunky. So good. An American version came out a few months later but it's definitely not the same. Plus I love anything Cadbury.
  • eappleeapple
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    Bummer about the toothache

    I guess my poutine tutorial was pretty random, I do that sometimes :-/
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  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    @eapple it sounds beautiful though lol I will deffffo try it.
    @bellabefana really? Our food seems boring in comparison!
    @cheesehead4ever mm I LOVE cadburys, that's the only thing I feel sorry for you guys about not having haha


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  • essgirl
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    @tparisxx most English supermarkets sell Betty Crocker frosting. Or you could just make buttercream but you can't beat a bit of Betty Crocker lol.
  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    @essgirl - I loooove the chocolate fudge or whatever its called lol but I don't really like the vanilla flavour
  • essgirl
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    Lol. You will be better making your own then. Post a pic when you've done it :D
  • shate98shate98
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    we have Cadburys. Esp at Easter time it's everywhere.
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  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    Really? I thought it was only over here. Damn you! You have it all :-( and I will post pictures of the end product later :-)
  • meandmy243meandmy243
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    Yep i grew up on cadbury milk chocolate bars and fruit and nutt bars...
    let them eat cake! because id rather have pie!!!
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    Yep i grew up on cadbury milk chocolate bars and fruit and nutt bars...



    Yep, one of my favorites, especially since Chunky's have become SO hard to find!
    Bite me, cupcake!
  • cheesehead4ever
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    We do have Cadburys especially the Creme eggs at Easter, which are my favorite candy ever. But there is a much better selection of Cadbury in there!

    Okay, I'll ask a question that I'm dying to have answered. When DH and I were in London, we planned on living on fish and chips. Every place we went to, the skin was still on the fish. Sorry, not something I will eat! We tried at least six or seven places. DH does not remember this when he spent time at Oxford a few years before that. Our trip was 13 years ago. Is this still common?
  • TheMomFactorTheMomFactor
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    How funny, I never thought much about this before, but is American food really American? I mean, aside from Native American culinary customs, we brought all of our cooking skills with us upon immigrating here. So wouldn't it technically all be foreign food? Sorry...I'm an odd one.

    My mom makes EPIC icing. I'm sure I can find the recipe if you like.
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  • shate98shate98
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    @TheMomFactor I think a number of things have been invented by americans since we left the old countries- like pizza, fries, etc. so they'd be truly american right? (not that that's any great claim to fame).
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  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    @cheesehead4ever umm I have NO idea? I've never eaten fish from a fish & chip shop that had it on :S maybe it depends what fish? I usually would get battered cod or something. What fish was it?

    @Themomfactor yeah I'm not sure, all I know is you guys have lovely snack foods :D and I would love any recipes for any yummy foood thank you
  • Tranquil
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    @TParisxx ok here in Canada we have cadbury, but it is NOT the same chocolate as in the UK.  Everytime i have been there, I have had explicit requests from my British friend to buy him cadbury dairy milk, and also those McVities (sp?) 'penguin' cookies.  They are so damn good.  We have british specialty stores everywhere here, and I I am a sucker for all things chocolate...anyway I digress...You should take @eapple suggestion and definetley try some poutine!  It is to die for.

     

  • Tranquil
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    @cheesehead4ever Same here, whenever I ordered fish and chips in London, there was skin...it was good to me though...at first I was like, what?  Then I realized I liked it lol
  • TheMomFactorTheMomFactor
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    @shate98 True enough. My understanding is that Italian pizza is NOTHING like American pizza. I can't wait to try it for myself!

    @TParisxx Honestly, I wish American food WASN'T American food. I've gained 30lbs in the last year, because of our lovely snacks. Ugh. :( I wish I knew how to stop being so....American.lol
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  • Tranquil
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    @TheMomFactor ...you are right pizza from Italy is nothing like American pizza, except maybe in NYC you can get something a little bit close...oh man I miss the food in Italy...
  • TheMomFactorTheMomFactor
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    @Tranquil My SO's sister went over there several years back. I'm so jealous. *sigh* And I have a friend who used to live in Jersey that says he's had the closest thing you can find to Italian pizza in American, but since that's in New York, I seriously doubt I'll be trying it anytime soon.lol
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  • Marionettevie
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    EWWWWW you think american food looks good? when ever someone on the travel channel goes to the uk i am like drooling over here.  and im trying to get rid of all this bullshit processed american food out of my diet. im trying to go REAL FOOD over here...its hard when i have grown up eating all this american shit...along with mexican food..... lol
    i have never tried duff... but i dont drink energy drinks so that might be why. lol! and omg i see the freaking "bok-meow, bok-meow" cadbury commercial  all the freaking time..... its so annoying because my kid ends up making weird ass noises along with it!  i want to eat so badly some authentic fish and chips.... it seems that the places here that sell "fish and chips" its regular french fries and some greasy battered fish :(..... i once saw a movie where the fish and chips looked SO GOOD. with potato wedges instead of skinny double fried french fries.
  • Tranquil
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    @TheMomFactor Save up for a trip it's so worth it...just terrible on your waistline lol @Marionettevie American food looks so appealing to me, especially because of the Food network...drool...I've never been to white castle, or sonic or any of those places, and i would love to go there even just once lol 

  • TheMomFactorTheMomFactor
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    @Tranquil I've never been to White Castle either, but I hear good things. And Sonic...upsets my stomach. :-&
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  • VegantasticVegantastic
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    OMG @Tranquil @TheMomFactor - White Castles burgers are called "belly bombers" around here... and it's not exactly a compliment...I'm pretty sure it's not high cuisine lol , I always thought White Castles was like Taco Bell - you only go there when you're wasted or hung over lol
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  • Marionettevie
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    @Tranquil @Vegantastic HAHAHA omg when ever we go to TN or IL to visit my inlaws we always stop for white castle or krystals, which is basically the same thing as white castle. and yes you get the shits sometimes with those lol!!!! but they are great for road trips especially because we buy that giant suitcase thing. the only things i like from sonic is their drinks, the ice cream/slushies. the popcorn chicken, the tots and the hot dogs. the burgers from sonic here are shit. and so i never buy them here or anywhere else in the country that i have come across a sonic. always the pop corn chicken, the tots, or the hot dogs especially those new ones that are like the chicago and whatever else they came up with. the drinks though, YUM. love their sweet tea, and we buy their ice too whenever we want to spoil ourselves.
  • Tranquil
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    @TheMomFactor @vegantastic I've heard I'm not missing much with White Castle...but it's still one of those things to 'try' and I was rambling it probably sounded like I think it's a culinary experience which I don't lol I think Im intrigued because its different and I don't have it here lol. @marionettevie sometimes a crap burger is all you need.
  • Marionettevie
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    image us over foods in foreign countries lol
  • TParisxxTParisxx
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    Cupcakes!! photo image_zps0046f083.jpg photo image_zps8f784d91.jpg =P~
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  • RaesdayRaesday
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    @eapple - Ima join your poutine commentary for a second... I'm in Minnesota and we have poutine every now and then after taking a vacation to Winnepeg to see the mints.(and then to Regina see the Corner Gas set). I make it regularly in a crockpot for potlucks in the office - it's not as good as the fresh stuff, but always gets rave reviews. Since we're right next door to cheese country, we've got cheese curds, so I always use those as well. Some local restaurants have it too, usually with bacon and other goodies.

    @Tranquil - Sonic is one of my favorites... for breakfast for sure and for a quick milkshake or icee. 

    @Vegantastic - White Castle's burgers here are nicknamed 'sliders'... (maybe before the term picked up a bit?)  Because they "slide right in and slide right out..." (not a compliment either)  White castle does not agree with me one bit. 
    I'd like to think I'm actually pulling this 'mom' thing off...
  • Moomin
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    See, I'm American in the UK with no signs of returning any time soon (booooo!) And when I weigh it up there are most definitely British foods that I would miss, there are way more foods that I miss from home. The bread is better over here imo (but you cannot beat a cheese and mayo sandwich over there lol!), Dairy Milk is the shiz but I like the different Twix bars and variations back home. Soft drinks are tastier at home, don't try and palm me off with orange pineapple, mango, papaya "tropical" juice- to me tropical is a Kool-Aid flavor!! Red! OH actually bought me a case of Kool-Aid sachets from Amazon for my birthday, boy done good! You cannot get a British candy bar with a decent amount of peanut butter in it but the tea here tops any other. :) Grape is a hard flavor of anything to come by, which is a shame because it's a favorite of mine and cereal isn't even in the same league. I saw a box of Lucky Charms in a local shop last week. It was £8. Eight!!! And I can't buy the pop out biscuits to make monkey bread! I looooove monkey bread! Have done since I could gnaw food!

    Have to say, @eapple poutine sounds totes amazeballs! And I don't usually use words like that!

    AND PEANUT BUTTER!!! JIF does not happen here. That makes me saaaad!
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  • Marionettevie
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    Moomin said:

    See, I'm American in the UK with no signs of returning any time soon (booooo!) And when I weigh it up there are most definitely British foods that I would miss, there are way more foods that I miss from home. The bread is better over here imo (but you cannot beat a cheese and mayo sandwich over there lol!), Dairy Milk is the shiz but I like the different Twix bars and variations back home. Soft drinks are tastier at home, don't try and palm me off with orange pineapple, mango, papaya "tropical" juice- to me tropical is a Kool-Aid flavor!! Red! OH actually bought me a case of Kool-Aid sachets from Amazon for my birthday, boy done good! You cannot get a British candy bar with a decent amount of peanut butter in it but the tea here tops any other. :) Grape is a hard flavor of anything to come by, which is a shame because it's a favorite of mine and cereal isn't even in the same league. I saw a box of Lucky Charms in a local shop last week. It was £8. Eight!!! And I can't buy the pop out biscuits to make monkey bread! I looooove monkey bread! Have done since I could gnaw food!

    Have to say, @eapple poutine sounds totes amazeballs! And I don't usually use words like that!

    AND PEANUT BUTTER!!! JIF does not happen here. That makes me saaaad!



    lets switch places. this sounds GREAT to me lol!
  • Moomin
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    @Marionettevie sold! Aha!
    It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.

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  • meandmy243meandmy243
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    I lived no where near a sonic or a white castle so ive never had either...
    let them eat cake! because id rather have pie!!!
  • cheesehead4ever
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    TParisxx said:

    @cheesehead4ever umm I have NO idea? I've never eaten fish from a fish & chip shop that had it on :S maybe it depends what fish? I usually would get battered cod or something. What fish was it?

    @Themomfactor yeah I'm not sure, all I know is you guys have lovely snack foods :D and I would love any recipes for any yummy foood thank you


    I believe we always ordered cod.