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twoflower

  • Location: England, UK!

The Age of the Vegan Tasting Menu: A Look at Del Posto's 8-Course Vegan Meal

Those all look amazing. It's wonderful to see chefs exploring different dietary styles. Whatever people may think about gluten free, vegan, etc, it's a wonderful thing to see meals stray from the usual meat/veg formula.

Mustard Manual: Your Guide to Mustard Varieties

As someone who has grown up with English mustard (being from England) when I visited America I was shocked to see how much "yellow mustard" was being used on food - as it looks just the same as ours. But our mustard blows you away with just a small amount whereas the American variety seems more akin to ketchup in the quantity used.

The Ultimate Fudgy Brownies (and Three Variations)

Do you have a guide on types of chocolate? Here in the UK bittersweet etc dont exist; our chocolate is either milk, or dark and labelled by percentage.

Taste Test: British Digestives

When my mum was a kid, her older brother worked at a biscuit factory, and would come home with free boxes of broken biscuits for her and her sisters. She is shocked they now sell them!

But you can crush them up and make "tiffin" cake - a favourite of Prince William - crushed biscuits, melted butter, chocolate, and raisins, it's delicious!

The Vegan Experience: How to Deal With Airports

I am curious, is milk in bread really so common in the US? I'm in the UK and very rarely have trouble finding bread without milk - unless its cheese topped or an enriched dough almost all bakery and sliced bread is milk free.

Open Thread: How Do You Say These Food Words?

There is so an H in Herbs! I am British and have never got the hang around people saying "Erbs", I can get used to most other American speech but Erbs always throws me. Like what the hecks an Erb?!

Poll: What's Your Favorite Non-Mozzarella Pizza Cheese?

Before I became dairy intolerant, I used to LOVE goats cheese pizzas. I used to spend a lot of time in France and there was a local pizza place which did wonderful goats cheese pizza with a rocket salad, it was so simple but so delicious.

Serious Entertaining: The Vegan, One Meal Convince-A-Meathead Challenge

Kenji, what'd be awesome to see would be some budget friendly vegan recipes in your recipes...cheap vegan food can be boring but I'm sure there's ways to make it interesting.

Best fictional foods

I used to read a lot of Enid Blyton books as a kid, Famous Five etc...would always come away craving ginger beer and ice cream!

Which activities slow you down in the kitchen?

Zesting. I'm so bad at zesting lemons/limes/etc. I make a wonderful lemon drizzle cake but I put it off all the time because it takes so long to zest the lemons. My mum, on the other hand, zests three lemons in about thirty seconds...I have to invite her over when I want to make cake ;)

Taste Buds: Same/Opposite of Your Parents?

My mum and I both use excessive amounts of pepper and garlic. She warned me when I moved in with my fiancé that I may need to tone down my use of these - luckily he likes them just as much as I do!
My dad has a mega sweet tooth which I've inherited, although I've also inherited my mum's love of vegetables...which is a good thing! Best of both worlds.

A Pizza My Mind: Have You Ever Had to Break Up with Pizza?

I can't eat dairy, so pizza is out for me. As is a lot of pastas and other recipes. I can't eat soya either, so "vegan cheese" is out, and it's nasty anyway. I miss it :(

Ever Tried Oat Milk?

Here in England, we have "Oatly" oat milk, they do a regular variety and a chocolate variety. They also do Oatly cream which is very nice! I'm lactose and soya intolerant so it's really handy for me.

I find it's a bit ugly (it's got a yellowy tinge to it) and you have to shake the box for ages to make it less watery, but it's so good...better than anything else I've tried milk wise. I use it for baking, for hot chocolate, for oatmeal...for pretty much everything. Only it curdles in my milk frother :(

I've heard good things about Kara coconut milk too but never got round to trying it!

Your Unusual Flavor Combinations

I make a chocolate chip shortbread (just regular butter shortbread with chocolate chips mixed in) and put a pinch of cayenne powder in it, gives it a nice kick - not enough for it to be noticeably hot, but it makes it interesting!

School cafeteria olfactory memories

We had what we called "poo cakes". Numerous drunken (and probably not so drunken!) attempts to recreate them in college (British college this is, aged 16-18 so most of us had all gone to school together) and we never quite got it right, but we basically figured out they were like cornflake cakes, only you blended the cornflakes first so they were like cornflake breadcrumbs. Then lots of butter, golden syrup, and chocolate,all mixed together and dumped in a paper case rather unnattractively, hence the name.

At primary school (aged 4-10) I was one of the only vegetarians in the school (small village school of about 150), and the cooks had no idea how to handle me. My average meal was a plate of grated cheese and some canned tomatoes. Maybe some smiley face potatoes too, if I was very lucky!

In college, we had "veggie wraps" which weren't at all as healthy as they sound, they were breaded patties of potatoes/vegetables, wrapped in a tortilla. Wonderful things...easy hot meal!

Cadbury World? Any thoughts?

I live fairly near Cadbury's world, I visited it a lot as a kid for school trips, parties, etc. Honestly...I think your 5 year old would probably love it! 3 years old might be a little young though. There's a lot of interesting information about chocolate that, whilst put in a child-friendly way, would go straight over your average 3 year old's head.
That being said, if you're not going to be back in the UK whilst they're kids...I would say go! There's a lot of chocolatey things you can do, kids rides, you can make your own Fudge bar, write your name in chocolate, see chocolate being made, drink a cup of melted chocolate, and much more! There's enough information to be interesting for adults too. I sound like I'm advertising but, I'm not...I just enjoyed it a LOT as a kid. Always ended up feeling slightly sick afterwards so if you do go, be careful on the three hour journey back...

Cereal Eats: The Not-So-Secret Dangers of Cracklin' Oat Bran

When I was a kid, my dad used to go to Florida once a year for a conference (we're in the UK) and he'd bring home a box of Cracklin' Oat Bran. I'd take sandwich bag of it to school with me and for a couple of days, be the most popular kid in school! We loved it.

Bake the Book: Coconut Cream Jar Pies

I've never understood the whole pies in jars thing. Why put a pie in a jar?

Vegan: Fried Eggplant Sandwich with Eggplant Mayo

I just made this, oooh it's so good. I don't think I got the mayo quite right because I don't have a blender, so it didn't cream up, but- it still tasted awesome, which is what matters!

The Vegan Experience Day 19: Breaking Down Bread

@Kiwords - Their UK website just says that currently, Oreos are not suitable for vegetarians. Looking at the ingredients list... I imagine it's the whey, a lot of chocolate things here use whey made using animal rennet. Some types of Kit-Kats aren't vegetarian here for the same reason.

The Vegan Experience Day 19: Breaking Down Bread

Just a note, Oreos aren't vegan in the UK. In fact, over here, they're not even vegetarian.

The Vegetable Index: How Much Do They Cost?

For a different perspective, veggies from a supermarket in England!

Celery(each, p/heart): 83p / $1.30
Carrots (per kilo/2.2lb): £1.20 / $1.88
Mushrooms (380g/13oz): £1.25/ $1.96
Tomatoes (pack of 6 "salad tomatoes): £1 / $1.57
Green peppers (each): 72p / $1.13
Avocados (each): 99p / $1.55
Brocolli (per...broccoli? I don't know what you call it): 97p / $1.52
Cauliflower (ditto broccoli): £1.17 / $1.84

Veg isn't that expensive here, really. You can get all this much cheaper if you go to the local market but the quality there is extremely hit and miss.

Grocery Girl: Everyone Loves Free Samples

I love places which give samples. In France, if you go to a market (a farmers style market, not a supermarche) a lot of the time you'll have people giving out samples. Maybe some fresh fruit - grapes or cherries - or some torn off bits of fresh baked bread, or all different sorts of cheeses and meats. My parents used to let me run around sampling things and I'm afraid I ate much more than my fair share! But it works, it certainly works. Especially if you gear some things to kids as well. I spent a lot of time persuading my parents to buy my "favourite!" (whatever new I'd found!) and usually, since the produce was good quality - they were interested as well.
Course it only works if you're a small-ish store with time and money to build up a rapport with your customers, but if you can do that, then it's wonderful.
Also, aiming at kids is good for another reason - a lot of the time kids get dragged shopping with their parents and are starving and cranky. Give them food, and that changes, and the parents will love you!

Cereal Eats: Kellogg's Krave Comes to the U.S.

All this time I thought Krave was a US import over here!

dining etiquette conundrum

Or....say something like "Oh, I always manage to get food stuck in my teeth when eating (said food)... Please tell me if I do!" - they'll usually say something like "No you don't, do I?" and then you can feign surprise: "Oh, uh yeah, you do actually!". Then talk about something else while they fiddle with their teeth.

Vegetarian eats in Southern California?

Hey all! I'm a Brit, heading to Southern California (Orange County and San Diego) in June. I'm looking at possible places to eat out over there, as a vegetarian. I'm sure there must be some good places there, does anyone have any suggestions? Not too high cost though.

Thanks!

-Twoflower.