Let’s face it, British food often gets a bad wrap. My grandparent’s loved to regale Benny with the story of how they visited London in the 80’s and they were served warm beer and “boiled meats”.
A lot has changed since then, I think Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver can attest to that! Let’s take a look at the the Top 10 items I get on Amazon to stock the pantry and keep Benny happy.
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What’s more English than a good cuppa tea? PG Tips Black Tea is Benny’s is what we keep in our house, “Builder’s tea!” he calls it (for it’s ability to keep ya going!)Yorkshire Tea is what he would consider the “best of the Builder’s tea” but I also have a Scottish friend who swears, “If it ain’t Tetley Tea it ain’t tea!”
Or, if you’re feeling very posh you could grab some Taylors of Harrogate- Classic Tea Variety Box, 48 Count
What’s a good cuppa tea without some biscuits? One of the most popular biscuits worldwide, imported from England and a longtime favorite of young and old. This Digestive Cookie is also a good source of Fiber, not too sweet, and just perfect. If you are looking for a more decadent biscuit,
Or, get a sampling with this Tea Hamper and decide for yourself! Oooh, Jaffa cakes!
Time for Tea – A Perfect Hamper of British Tea & Biscuits – Pg Tips and More !
Nothing beats a toasted English Crumpet for breakfast. Delectable and versatile this tasty treat is what I would call a cross between and English Muffin and a pancake. It has little air bubble pockets that fill with any ooey gooey goodness you may apply to it, from butter and poached egg (mmmm, my fav!) or marmite or marmalade (my English hubby). They used to be hard to find, but Amazon has really reasonable prices on their Duffys Crumpets.
“Love it or hate it!” is the well known British slogan of this tangy treat. Rich in B vitamins and bursting with flavor, this yeasty spead is one of Benny’s favorites. Good on english muffins, toasts, or if you’re lucky enough to have them–crumpets!
“Brown Sauce” as it’s commonly known is a quintessential British breakfast staple. Made with tomato base, blended with vinegar and sugar, dates, spices and tamarind. It’s the right blend of tangy and sweet, as an American I would describ it as a non smoky sweet bbq sauce mixed with a bit of A-1 kick. I love it on any sort of savory breakfast, especially scrambles, or a good ol’ fashioned English Fry Up!
As an American, I thought that I knew all there was to know in the ways of Heinz. It’s as american as apple pie, no? Or at the very least, as American as hamburgers and hotdogs!
I had never seen Heinz canned beans before, and too this day only see them in the “International” food section of Fred Meyers.
This teal tin o beans is in every pantry in the UK, without fail. A cornerstone of any English fry up and a pantry staple. Feeling lazy? Beans on toast for a quick and filling dinner, yes, that’s a thing!
Colman’s English Mustard
A must for any good ham sarny, this spicy English mustard may look like American Heinz Yellow, but it is anything but. Spicier, and more flavorful, this almost reminds me of the Chinese spicy mustard you get with bbq pork, but not QUITE that spicy. If you like a bit of heat, try this tasty treat!
Before I married Benny I’d never heard of Branston Pickle. A few months in to his American lifestyle (when he decided he’d better lay of the burger and “chips”) he was longing for some “Branston” for his ham “sarney”(read: sandwich, don’t worry was all foreign to me in the beginning too;) On my first trip to England his mum made me the best ever ham sandwich, and I was hooked! It creates a tangy spread with cruncy veg, similar to a jardiniere.
Original Branston Pickle Imported From The UK England The Very Best Of Original British Pickle The Undisputed Leading Brand Of British Pickle Perfect In A Cheese Sandwich Delicious Instantly Recognizable Mixture Of Spice, Sweetness & Crunch
What’s a good sarney without some nice crisps??? Notice how this all goes hand in hand, like that If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book
Last, but not least Walker’s Salt and Vinegar Squares. This little chips (crisps) are packed with salt and vingar flavor, and super crunchy. Perfect to go with that ham sarney!
So there you have it, the Top Ten British pantry items we keep in our house. Hope that one my strike your fancy, and you’ll give it a try! You won’t regret it:)
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P.S. Seriously, have you read this book? It’s the cutest! I hadn’t thought about it in years, but writing this post totally reminded me of the rabbit hole you can go down with amazing and delicious English Pantry staples! (What’s a cuppa tea without…) 😉