Potluck

Tonight I taught everyone the word “potluck.” In the South, potluck is a heavenly word. It means that all the ladies in your church that have the best secret recipes whip them out and you get to eat a little bit of everyones home cooked food.

I wanted my British friends here to experience a couple of “American delicacies” and I did my best to replicate them with the ingredients I had available to me.

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America: Biscuits and gravy, Banana pudding, Peanut butter and Jelly, Fluffer nutters, S’more (which we cooked over tea candles), Salsa, Brown sugar pop tarts, air heads, tootsie rolls and tootsie pops.

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To make the S’more, we had to attempt to roast the marshmallows over tea candles. It didn’t work so well. I’ve learned nothing is like a freshly roasted marshmallow from a bonfire

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Britain: hot cross buns, bourbons, custard creams, chocolate digestives, lemon sherbets, freddos, milky bar, licorice allsorts, cornish pasties, sausage rolls, scotch eggs and kinder eggs.

Some facts from the evening:

  • Hot cross buns are an Easter tradition. You toast them and then put butter on top. They are really sweet and delicious and have a cross on the top!
  • bourbons taste kind of like less sweet, yet more chocolaty oreos
  • Custard Creams taste like golden oreos
  • Chocolate digestives make really great s’mores! You can skip the chocolate bar and just use two chocolate digestives!
  • Apparently, the British measure inflation by the freddos (which is a really sweet chocolate bar, and delicious!)
  • I really loved the cornish pasties. They have to be made in Cornwall to be called “Cornish” pasties, so tonight I had a “Meat pasty”
  • Sausage rolls are pretty equivalent to our pigs in the blanket, while a pig in the blanket here is a sausage wrapped in bacon
  • Scotch egg is an egg wrapped in minced pork, covered in bread crumbs and fried
  • Lastly, the kinder eggs are apparently illegal in America. It’s a hollow chocolate egg with a toy inside that a child ate and choked on. A common phrase I have heard among my friends is “Guns are legal, but kinder eggs aren’t.” I actually find that ironically funny.

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