Cooking and baking recipes from other countries are exciting. Maybe you find something you like and it’s always nice to learn about other places and their food. If I had the oportunity to travel, there would be so many places I would want to visit for their food alone. However.. it’s difficult to get the produce needed in this country. Like ocra. I’d love to taste it, see what it does in a pot and just get to know it. But no. I’ve seen it online in specialized shops and then the price is through the roof. Same with ginger. There are different kinds of ginger depending on what you need it for. In the store the sign says “Ginger”. And then the price. Nothing else. I asked the person in charge of the vegetables what kind it was (I needed a specific one), and the poor guy looked lost and said: “eeh.. it’s ginger”. This is very typical here. There’s one kind of a thing – deal with it. If you need another kind – too bad. I don’t want six or seven varieties like the tomatoes, maybe just two or three so that I had a choice. That would be nice.
I see sour cream in a lot of american recipes but there’s no such thing here. Some claim it’s the same as creme fraiche and I say it isn’t. I know creme fraiche very well and it’s not sour at all. What’s the point of having the same product but name it differently and with different ingredients (I assume – never seen sour cream)? It doesn’t add up. Some claim it’s possible to make it your self, but I have yet to see comments from ordinary people that fully backs up that claim. Mostly it’s about 50/50 depending on where you live and how the climate is. If there’s a way it would be really great to know. Years ago I heard a rumor that said that restaurants could get it but not private people. If it’s true or not, I don’t know. I just know we can’t get it and it ticks me off. I’d just like to taste it!
Vanilla extract is something I’d like to have too. What I see in recipe videos and what I can get here are as different as night and day. From almost black mystical but very potent liquid to one of these four: vanilla pods, vanilla sugar, vanilla essence or vanilla aroma. I know the first two very well. I tried essence and it didn’t taste like much and aroma wasn’t any better. Could be fun to try real extract. Then I wouldn’t have to convert into vanilla sugar wich is the only option that isn’t made of unobtanium. Maybe the essence and aroma are weak because of the countless restrictions and limitations that regulates everything. I don’t know.
Last grocery shopping I found a squash. No idea wich one since there’s just the one kind. Having never tried that I bought one for a new recipe I wanted to try for dinner. Half of it was part of the vegetable medley in a sheet pan and it tasted good. A quarter of it I peeled and chopped into small cubes and tossed in my salad. Found out it’s not usually eaten raw, but I didn’t know that at the time. It was good there too. The last quarter I chopped up and added to a one-pot dish I made and it was good there too. So.. sqash/courgette/zucchini is a vegetable I would definately buy and eat again (I know it botanically is classified as a fruit but I choose to ignore that 😉)
Or tea.. usually I don’t drink tea but for a while it was possible to buy tea that was delicious in every way. I’ve never had tea as nice as celestial seasonings tea. I could buy it in the shop I visit irl. That was truly wonderful and I often drank tea. Then.. it got harder to get the two varieties I wanted. Then.. it was gone. Every single box of tea.. puff. I asked but couldn’t get an answer. I found a few online stores who has it but not the two varieties I want. Amazon they say. Nice suggestion. It’s not a thing here and after the changes it’s unrealistic to get stuff in England’s or US’s amazon. I don’t drink tea anymore..
I needed a mane for a crochet project and had to find it in England. Nice that they had it, that was before the change, so the price was reasonable. No problem anywhere. Now? Rumor has it that they changed the rules for buying stuff outside EU in a way that made it really expensive to make people stop doing that. (why, when you can’t get what you need here?!) There’s something to it. Remember those beautiful eyes from England that the “small but mighty dragon” got? Because I couldn’t get the correct size eyes anywhere here. The ones the postal “service” broke. The designer offered to send me a new pair, I accepted and the eyes got caught in customs (first pair didn’t). So I got an invoice – I have to pay 4 moneys in customs, that’s totally ok. But! I also have to pay 160 moneys to the postal “service” for printing and sending a physical invoice. Now that’s not ok. You don’t get the parcel until you’ve paid or refused to receive it. So I refused and then talked to the designer and explained why the eyes came back. This is why we don’t buy stuff abroad anymore. Madness…
I can get something sweet though. Maple syrup. According to the label it’s the real deal. My personal chef likes it a lot, I only like it on one thing. I think it’s very very sweet but it’s great on oatmeal instead of sugar. A spoonful of home made blackberry preserve on top as well – it looks weird, but it tastes really good – and then a glass of cold milk and the winter-morning starter is ready. Yummy!
Now that I think about it we actually have two kinds of oatmeal. Coarsly or finely rolled. There’s a choice. Weeh! I’ve been told that what we have is horse feed and maybe that’s true. But it does contain good stuff for hoomans too and on a cold day it’s really great. (Making a happy whinny-sound 😉)
I can get peanut butter too. It says natural on the jar, it’s very smoothe and since it’s the only variety in the store, that’s what I know. I like peanuts but peanut butter is too much of a good thing. Half a teaspoon and I’m done but that amount is nice.
There’s always going to be something you can’t get in your region. And there’s always going to be things you have in your region that others can’t have. It’s just the way it is. Something with grass and the other side I guess. And the more we can’t have the more we want. That’s very human I think.
Rumor has it that amazon will set up shop in this country. Many shop owners are scared to be put out of business and maybe with good reason. I will look forward to it if it’s true. Maybe then I can get some of the things I want. They have the tea and some produce and sour cream powder too. I so hope they’ll have it if they come. They deliver too. Loyalty is something that has to be earned and I have no reason to be loyal to any physical shop as it is. If amazon comes and have what I need at a fair price, I’ll buy it there – simple as that.
Have a great day..
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