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HP Sauce, Mushy Peas, and Cromwell Somerdale Cheese Make for One Delicious British-Style Supper

HP Sauce, Mushy Peas, and Cromwell Somerdale Cheese Make for One Delicious British-Style Supper

Cooked and consumed before Alex’s and my wedding, this special supper included several British foods and sauces found at Northern California markets.

“Hold on. Don’t Mushy Peas belong with Bangers & Mash?” asked my loved one. “And shouldn’t we eat the Cromwell Somerdale cheese with the most common British bread?”

Preparing to cook.

“Yes,” I replied. “But we, as nothing but poor and unlucky Americans, need to eat the local beef and the frozen dinner rolls before they go bad.” (In this instance, I was half joking and half serious. I may not be lucky, but God provides me with many blessings.)

And so Alex, my parents, and I ate a sirloin steak dinner with British-style side dishes and sauces. Please allow me to detail the scrumptious meal.

Small Sirloin Steaks Completely Covered in HP Sauce

Sirloin steaks bought from a store fall somewhere between “tasty” and “merely acceptable” most of the time. On this night, Alex and I cooked the evening meal. Later we learned the steaks we served fell right dab in the middle.

Cooking the sirloin steaks and heating the Mushy Peas.

To help flavor everyone’s steak, I placed HP Sauce on the table. Browsing through Cost Plus World Market earlier in the week had enabled me to find this popular British sauce. Squealing with delight, I had snatched it quickly off the shelf.

Before tasting the sauce, I slathered it on my small sirloin. I was sure I would like it, and I was right. To me, who grew up with Worcestershire Sauce and A1 Sauce, it tasted like a mix between these two popular American sauces. How would my UK friends describe this sauce?

Mushy Peas Served as the Required Greens

Earlier in the year, Alex and I had cooked, eaten, and posted about home-cooked British Bangers and Mash. When Alex re-posted the blog post on Facebook, one friend said in mock-outrage, “What about the Mushy Peas?” We were confused.

The main side dishes and sauces for the meal.

So, after a little research, we realized either Heinz Beans or Mushy Peas could serve as a side dish to the popular dish. We decided to try the Mushy Peas, and found them at both Cost Plus World Market and Nugget Markets. If I remember correctly, the product was slightly cheaper at Nugget Markets.

On the night we cooked, I heated the Mushy Peas over the stove-top until the wooden spoon glided through the mush. Serving them in a simple dish, I scooped some unto my dinner plate to try. They tasted like……peas. More accurately, they tasted like my mother’s split-pea soup. Alex enjoyed them, and I found them tolerably good.

Cromwell Somerdale Cheese because We Wanted to Cut the Cheese

Granted, serving cheese as a main side dish seems odd. However, Alex and I had found the cheese section at Nugget Markets. And among this grocer’s cheese selection were many, many imported cheeses, including French, German, Mexican, Irish, Scottish, and British! We had to try some.

Everything else…

After picking through the selection, we settled on the Cromwell Somerdale cheese. This looked particularly good because of the chives and onions within the cheddar cheese. According to a UK website selling the cheese, we should have grilled it. Regardless, Cromwell Somerdale cheese is good straight from the block as well.

Non-Alcoholic British Drinks for an American Soda-Drinking Family

Lastly comes the British beverages we found at Cost Plus World Market. While the store had a large alcoholic beverage selection, my family chooses to abstain from alcohol to prevent giving a bad example to others in our faith. So, I picked up four different flavors of the British soda beverages.

The meal laid out on the table for a scrumptious meal!

Looking at the picture now, I remember that I drank the Fentimans Curiosity Cola while everyone else drank the Barr’s sodas. The predominant feature I remember about the Curiosity Cola was how flat the beverage tasted. Whereas American soda pop has ample amounts of carbonation, this drink had none.

The flavor evades description. Again, I wonder how my British friends would describe the flavor? As for me, I recommend my American readers to go out, buy, and try this mystery drink for themselves!

This likely isn’t a traditional British meal. However, my family and I enjoyed the British flavoring found within the dishes. All it needs is some sort of potato, and it would be a British-style meat and potato supper!

How to Make a Very UK Breakfast from Northern California Grocers

How to Make a Very UK Breakfast from Northern California Grocers

Back when Alex and I were still engaged and actively searching for ways to make United Kingdom foods, we stumbled across a means to make a very UK breakfast! Let me tell you where to find the items and our experience in making them.

Our Favorite Grocers Make a Very UK Breakfast Possible

Items needed for a very UK breakfast.

The necessary items for this meal came from grocers mentioned in previous posts: Nugget Markets and Cost Plus World Market. Few items were needed, and they included Irish scone mix, blackcurrant jam, and luxury clotted cream. Cost Plus World Market carried the scone mix and clotted cream, while Nugget Markets carried the British jam.

Alex’s research revealed UK citizens would normally eat larger breakfasts that included meat. While we hope to make such a breakfast someday, our budget allowed for a few tasty scones for breakfast this time around.

Two Inexperienced Bakers Fussing with a Scone Mix

Though I’ve made banana nut bread countless number of times, I’m relatively inexperienced as a baker. Having never made scones before, I was clueless about what to expect during the process of mixing and shaping the dough. Therefore, Alex caught some very messy pictures of a very messy Mary trying to knead some very messy dough.

The items used to make the scones.
Struggling to roll the dough.
Trying to place the unbaked scones on a baking sheet.

Eventually I learned what my trouble was after placing the first set of Irish scones on the baking sheet: I neglected to use enough flour. This was an easy mistake to fix, and soon the unbaked scones began to look like real scones.

One box created two such baking sheets of scones.

Alex stopped taking pictures after the first batch, because he thought the proper scones looked worse than the messy and hard-to-make scones. Something only a cook would think, not a baker.

How to Eat Scones in the UK Style

A new breakfast favorite.

Since in this scenario our very UK Breakfast consisted of Irish scones, we had to add a British element. To do this, Alex and I purchased more luxury clotted cream. When we learned about the English adding jam on top of clotted cream, we went out and found an imported UK item called blackcurrant jam.

The combination of these three elements was truly delightful. Freshly baked dough, creamy clotted cream, and fruity blackcurrant jam had Alex and I devouring almost all the scones in one sitting.

Try a Very UK Breakfast at Home!

Alex and I highly recommend this breakfast to anyone with a light appetite. Even better yet, maybe add some meat – of which I still need to learn Great Britain’s favorite breakfast meat – and some potatoes, and it would be a full meal!

Does anyone have a favorite scone recipe or scone mix which they would like to recommend? Does anyone know about other UK jams? Please comment below!

Exploring British Marmalade – Chivers Olde English Marmalade

Exploring British Marmalade – Chivers Olde English Marmalade

During one late night excursion through Nugget Markets, Alex and I spotted and snagged an imported item from Cambridge, England: Chivers Olde English Marmalade. I slathered some on my English muffin the very next morning.

About Chivers Olde English Marmalade

Make sure to read the label on proper Olde English Marmalade.

According to the label on the jar, this particular marmalade brand originated from Chivers & Sons, located in Cambridge, England. The jar’s label and lid depict a coat of arms, the message inside indicating the company’s establishment in the year 1873.

On the label’s side, Alex and I took delight in seeing Edinburgh, a UK address, and the bold-lettered message, ” PRODUCT OF THE UK.”  I also took some pleasure in seeing how the product contained low calories, no fat, and little sodium, as portrayed on the label’s side.

How to Use Chivers Olde English Marmalade

Grocers and food markets who import and sell this brand in the United States recognize the company Chivers and Sons as a purveyor of fine jams and desserts. Since Chivers Olde English Marmalade uses only pure fruit, it makes for a sweet and healthy treat.

The company recommends using the product within six weeks of opening, for the marmalade contains zero preservatives. Several sites recommend spreading the marmalade on buttered toast, to add a tangy flavor in a British breakfast.

A Personal Opinion on Chivers Olde English Marmalade

An English breakfast, strong and tart.

As usual, being completely and woefully ignorant of how to use the marmalade before trying it, I spread the so-called-sweet spread on a plain English muffin. I should have buttered it first. Buttering the muffin may have added more flavor to the breakfast, for I didn’t find the marmalade very sweet.

To be perfectly honest, I considered Chivers Olde English Marmalade to have a rather bitter taste. I could certainly taste the fruit and the high quality ingredients. But I’m accustomed to America’s sweeter jams. Eating British marmalade for breakfast would require getting used to.

Oh! And a strong cup of PG Tips. Proper English breakfast tea helped immensely with this rather tart meal.

My Recommendation

All tastes differ. Therefore, I recommend for everyone to drop by their nearest multicultural market and purchase Chivers Olde English Marmalade, or to order some on an online market. With a strong, black tea to balance out the meal, the marmalade tastes great on toast.

Go ahead! Grab some toast, butter, black tea, and marmalade, and enjoy an English breakfast!

Breaking News! Cost Plus World Market Has Restocked English Luxury Clotted Cream!

Breaking News! Cost Plus World Market Has Restocked English Luxury Clotted Cream!

What Transpired

  • At half past one o’clock in the afternoon, Mary placed her dirty cleaning rag in the laundry bin and clocked out from work.
  • Ten minutes later, she met her fiance at her house, where they decided to grab a bite to eat and do some shopping.
  • Between half past two and half past three pm, they spotted the English Luxury Clotted Cream at Cost Plus World Market.

What Feelings Came to Pass

Hidden in a corner was a delectable treat…

Was I so glad to be wrong! If anyone who stumbled across this post has read my earlier post about Double Devon Cream at Cost Plus World Market, then he or she knows the great disappointment Alex and I experienced with the store’s English cream selection. This time was different!

Hidden in the top cupboard of the small food items’s bottom shelf was the long-coveted English Luxury Clotted Cream. Though we had searched in this section in an earlier visit to the store, this particular location must have run out of stock on the delectable treat. There was hope in Cost Plus World Market’s collection after all!

Chagrin played a major role in my feelings, for I have misinformed others on the company’s reliability in their multicultural selections. Although, some evidence gathered today also proves how some product origin labels may differ from the products’s manufacturing countries. More on that later.

What was Found

To be tried later with tea…
For the next time we enjoy British bangers…

Cost Plus World Market had imported many, many food products from England, Ireland, and Scotland. And, if the United States had manufactured the items, the items at least claimed to be a United Kingdom product. (The same applied for the products representing other countries.)

Alex snapped the photos displayed in this blog post. Some of the products we bought today. Others we plan to purchase when we have more money. Our experiences with these products we will share with you at a later date!

 

Our Conclusion

Soft drinks for later…
What in the world do we eat this with…?

Nugget Markets still reigns supreme as the multicultural market to shop at in Northern California. However, due to our experiences today, Cost Plus World Market comes to a solid second in providing multicultural foods to purchase and enjoy.

Prices are higher than the discount grocery stores, such as Walmart Neighborhood Market, but they remain reasonable. My soon-to-be-husband and I will remain loyal customers to Nugget Markets and Cost Plus World Market to satisfy our need to explore different cultures.

And for me to write this blog about all things in the UK!

Number One Grocery Chain in Northern California – Nugget Markets

Number One Grocery Chain in Northern California – Nugget Markets

Thank you, Stille family members, for your hard work and excellent service in providing customers like me with unique and multicultural shopping experiences. With you and your Nugget Markets, I have found quality British products and more to try and enjoy.

Getting to Know Nugget Markets

When I learned of my mistake in buying Double Devon Cream instead of Luxury Clotted Cream at Cost Plus World Market, I sat at home and sulked a bit. “Where would I find true British clotted cream?” I asked myself. And within a couple days, the answer came to me: Nugget Markets!

The Stille family

Mack and William Stille founded Nugget Markets in 1926 in Northern California, specifically in the Sacramento Valley. They branched out into cities such as Davis, CA and Vacaville, CA. Family continues to operate the business under Eric Stille’s leadership and Kate Stille’s help in marketing and communications.

Nugget Markets serves customers with their various health needs, serving vegan, non -dairy, gluten-free, and similar products. They even import products from countries such as Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, France, Germany, and more to provide their customers with multicultural experiences.

Why I Love Nugget Markets

Without help from the Stille family and their outstanding grocery chain, I would never have experienced genuine British food at this point in my life. Now, thanks to the market’s clarity in labeling their imported items, I have the sense to look at online British markets and consider purchasing their products as well.

Nugget Markets has a layout, gorgeous and attractive, to draw in the customers. The dark wood paneling attracts attention to the brightly colored food items, such as fruits, veggies, and baked goods. Personal care items, such as locally-made soap and Philippine shower scrubs, also call out for customers’ attention.

With the exception of one rude young man, the customer service at the locations are helpful and kind. The clerks provide quick service when needed, and they keep the stores exceptionally clean. My fiance and I visited a location late one evening, expecting them to be closed, but they stay open late!

Why Write about a Northern California Chain?

Local cheese section in Woodland location.

Okay, you caught me: Nugget Markets is strictly American in nature. However! I have found many British, Irish, and Scottish products at this Californian store, many imported, and plan to buy and write about them in this blog.

So, if any reader wishes to try some British cuisine, and they live in the Sacramento Valley, then Nugget Markets is the place to go. The Stille family provides unique and memorable experiences with their wide product variety.