I’ve just discovered this great bunch of expat bloggers; Belinda at Found love now what? and Bailie at The Hemborg Wife and couldn’t wait to join up with their linky sharing my expat experiences. This months questions are all about food.
1. What is your favorite food tradition in your new country?
The Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It’s like Christmas day without the presents. After a long summer when it’s far too hot to have the oven on for any period of time Thanksgiving, in early October, is the first roast dinner of the autumn, yummy!
2. Where have you traveled to that you thought had the best food to offer?
Banff in Alberta, Canada. Alberta beef is certainly the best beef I’ve ever had plus there is a big variety of restaurants, some that fly in fresh fish and seafood from the west coast, which is absolutely divine.
3. What is the typical breakfast where you currently live and would you eat it back home?
Pancakes & maple syrup is a weekend breakfast that we partake of quite often. We would never have had anything sweet for breakfast back in England but now we love it.
4. What type of restaurant, either style or type of food, do you think is lacking in your new home?
Without any shadow of doubt it’s fish & seafood. This is the downside of living 500 miles inland, the lakes are fresh water so no seafood and few species of fish.
5. Do you think your home state/city/province has a food everyone should try?
I lived on the East coast of England where you were never more than a few miles from an amazing seafood restaurant. My favourite one was The Pier, in Harwich and was about 10 meters from the sea. They would land fish in the morning and cook it that night. You can’t get much better than fresh East Anglia fish.
6. What is your favorite dish to prepare that you would never have made back home?
Anything baked (does that count as a dish?) I never baked anything back in England as I never had the time or inclination to learn how so now I’m a SAHM I love spending hours in the kitchen baking. Cookies and cupcakes are almost a staple here so it’s great to make them for my boys, as they love them.
7. What is the oddest food in your new country?
I have to agree with Molly at The Move to America Definitely beef Jerky. Dried bits of meat in a bag, stored at room temperature and eaten as a snack? What on earth is that all about?????
8. If you could have a crate of one type of food sent to you from your home country, what would it be?
Anything Cadburys. Chocolate is just not the same here and even though we have Cadburys it’s made to a different recipe so it’s taste odd, it baffles me why they would do that!
9. What three foods remind you of summer?
Strawberries, new potatoes and hamburgers. We used to love going to the local ‘pick your own’ farms in June to get strawberries and new potatoes. Burgers just scream barbecue weather, don’t they?
10. What food from your new country are you surprised to enjoy?
Pumpkin Pie. Scooping out the innards of a pumpkin at Halloween used to make me gag. Who knew when it was combined with some spices and baked in pastry that it would taste so heavenly?
Bonus: Where was your favorite place you ever took a summer vacation to?
This is a hard one because as adults we haven’t had many summer holidays as we’ve been in the air conditioning industry which is, obviously, our busiest time. I’m not sure I could honestly say it was my favourite holiday but it is certainly our most memorable holiday and that was when we drove from England down through France and Spain and across to Morocco, off roading and camping in the Sahara Desert was pretty awesome.