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By Dawn Damalas Meehan |

I love learning about other cultures.  I’m so fortunate to have readers from all over the world and they’ve generously shared post cards, letters, pictures, souvenirs, and other great items and information about their homelands over the years.  I think it’s so cool how people in other areas of the world have such different traditions, clothing, housing, ideas, food, etc..  When I was at Target the other day, I took many pictures of some interesting English foods.  I think it’s especially strange how a country that speaks the same language, can have such differences.  For example, apparently “pudding” does not mean the same thing in the U.K. as it does in the U.S.

So, here are a few of the pictures I took.  Maybe I should take a trip to England (at Epcot) and try to figure out what all this is.  Or, better yet, maybe my English readers can explain these products to me.  Please?  Leave me a comment and tell me about these or any other English foods are.  What’s good?  What isn’t?  What are your favorite foods?  What American foods do you not understand? But please, for the love of God, do not offer to send me any samples of Marmite.  Thank you so very much, but no thank you.  Oh yeah, and if you happen to know the guy who posed for the porage oats package, send him my way!

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Separated by a Common Language

Yorkshire Puddings

This is Yorkshire Pudding?!? I know what pudding is (thanks to Bill Cosby) and this is not it. This is a biscuit! I thought Yorkshire Pudding was a dessert, not something served with meat and potatoes!

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  1. Amanda says:

    I’m not sure why yorkshire pudding is so named but it’s AMAZING with roast beef and gravy

  2. Connie says:

    Yorkshire pudding is definitely something served with meat and potatoes and it’s OMG SO DELICIOUS!!! It’s not a biscuit, but it’s not pudding either…it’s kinda hard to describe…so maybe someone else can do a better job that I am. LOL

  3. Connie says:

    OK, just went through all the pics…just have to say this…

    What? No spotted dick? (still trying to find out what that is, and yes I’ve seen it in the English food section at the store)

  4. Shanny says:

    Say what? You never had yorkshire pudding? It’s so good with roast dinner…you pour the gravy on it. Mmmm good! I’m in CANADA!! And those rusk cookies…my babies loved them. I would pour hot water to disolve it and it becomes “oatmeal” for the baby. And ahem…breastmilk works too! And last of all…my hubby likes winegum…I don’t care for anything “gummy” chewy. It just has a stronger flavour. The rest of it…DUNNO!!! Never seen them! As for American food..I don’t know what grits are. BTW,…I don’t like vegimite either! But I love Mackintosh Candies…I melt those with condensed milk and have them with marshmallows rolled in Special K cereal.. http://www.amazon.com/Mackintosh-Toffee-Pieces-Individually-Sensation/dp/B000MUNXL6

  5. Kathryn says:

    yorkshire pudding is more of a batter, so it’s probably closer to a pancake than a pudding. But what do Americans call pudding if it isn’t like the toffee pudding?

  6. Lisa says:

    Based on the packaging, I think if men and boys eat the Scots Oats they will get big muscles and have a desire to wear skirts and long socks. I’m surprised the suggestive advertising didn’t lure you to purchase this product and try feeding it to your boys!!

  7. tami says:

    The only good custard is frozen, and preferably should come from Leon’s

  8. Laura ZW says:

    So jealous that you have such a wonderful selection of English foods available to you at Target! We have to dedicate an entire suitcase to my husband’s Marmite and similar fettishes when we visit his parents in the UK. Yes, Marmite is vile stuff! Pudding is a generic name for dessert…not sure why Yorkshire is called pudding, though. Ginger beer is THE best! Think cloudy gingerale with a kick to it. Digestives are simple cookies, suitable for sharing with small children. We like the chocolate covered variety, which we didn’t used to share with our kids. Anything by McVitie’s is probably going to be a cookie (or biscuit). And picallili is, yes, a pickle paste. We buy Branston Pickles, which I associate with chopped up bread & butter pickles, which my husband spreads on toast on top of the Marmite. Hope this is helpful :-)

  9. Shelly says:

    I have a lot of that in my home! Of course, I’m married to a Brit so that’s my excuse. I knew the majority of that stuff & have tasted most of it.
    Buy the penguins, you won’t be sorry!
    The custard is like warm pudding you pour over the steamed pudding, which is like a cake. I know, I still don’t get it, but it is tasty.
    The flapjacks I only just discovered & they rock. They remind me of oatmeal cookies or crumb cake, they’re lovely & go great with a cup of tea.

  10. Lesley says:

    OK here goes! :)
    1. Yorkshire puddings are made from a thick batter, poured into a pan containing sizzling cooking oil or preferably beef dripping (which is beef fat from a roast), these then puff up to the most delicious crunchy saviour item which is a must for Sunday roast.

    2. Rusks are a smooth crumbly sort of biscuit which are specifically made for babies as they go lovely and soggy and of course nice for them to spread all over everything else! They are also used when weaning babies and mixed with milk to a smooth glug which babies actually seem to enjoy.

    3. Porridge is pretty much the same as oatmeal, but thicker. It has a man wearing a skirt on the packet as this cereal originated from Scotland. However, ‘own brands’ are much cheaper to buy and there isnt any difference as its just basically oats.

    4. Flapjacks are made from oats, syrup and some other stuff I cannot remember. Baked and they are delicious but high in calories.

    5. Jammie Dodgers – hmmmmmmmm…..gorgeous crunchy biscuit with a jammy or to use US speak (jelly) filling. We can get them now with lemon or toffee instead of strawberry jam (jelly).

    6. Custard powder is like blancmange – if you know what that is. You mix this with milk & sugar, bring to the boil and simmer for a minute. Have it with the sponge pudding.

    7. Marmite – well you either love it or hate it! Its actually nicer than Vegemite if you want to risk it!

    8. Steamed puddings – home-made ones are much nicer. Its basically a sponge cake mix which is steamed in a basin to cook – and delicious with the custard.

    9. Kipper fillets are smoked fish.

    10. Cadburys digestive biscuits are lovely! Thick chocolate on crunchy biscuit.

    11. Traditinional onions are onions pickled in vinegar. Have these with cold meats, salads etc.

    12. Turkish delight is a sort of gooey jelly (no not jam!) Jelly in the UK is set and sort of solid. Cover in chocolate and again delicious.

    13. Wine gums are sweets and have never been near a wine factory (unfortunately)

    14. Penguins are chocolate biscuits – simple really!

    15. Piccalilli – again something you either love or hate. Its a pickle made from vegetables and a sort of mustard goo. Quite strong tasting unless its sweet piccalilli which is milder.

    16. Ginger beer is like cola only made with ginger. Good for stomach upsets – it seems to settle it.

    17. Devon custard is custard already made and much nicer than the packet variety.

    Well thats all – dont try UK Heinz baked beans – not a patch on your US brands!

    But your things are just as confusing to us Brits too! Someone mentioned sloppy joes on facebook and I still dont understand what that is. And biscuits and gravy (breakfast dish) seems to us to be what we call a scone with mushroom sauce. Gravy is brown and goes with meat!

  11. Krystina says:

    Wow. And I thought moving to the South were they serve grits and chitterlings and pork rinds and the like was bad enough. Remind me not to move to England, I’ll never know what to call my food! :) Though growing up in a former British colony (Grenada) has taught me that biscuits are a dessert, and digestives are for the younger kids.

  12. Lucy says:

    If you don’t like Vegemite, you’re gonna HATE Marmite. Here in Australia we also have Promite which is like Vegemite and Marmite’s poor cousin (the one no one likes to talk about, or to for that matter). Vegemite is actually very nice, so long as you don’t put it on your buttered toast an inch thick. Or perhaps you have to be ingesting it from a very young age to acquire a taste/immunity to it :-)

  13. Amy says:

    My English grandmother always made Yorkshire pudding when she served beef roast (which was often). It is a little similar to a pancake, but is not sweet, and is thicker than a pancake. My grandmother poured it into a 13 x 9 pan and baked it, then cut it into squares to serve with a roast. She also kept homemade piccalili in her refrigerator. I didn’t know it was English; I assumed everyone had it.

    For the Brits:
    Grits are a Southern food, made from dried ground corn kernels. They are boiled with water and salt and served, usually at breakfast, with butter and sometimes with cheese. They are the consistency of a hot cereal, like cooked oat bran or cream of wheat. (Similar to polenta, if you know what that is, but probably thinner than polenta, which is sometimes thick enough to slice. Grits are eaten with a fork.
    Sloppy joes are ground beef mixed with tomato sauce (like spaghetti sauce, but usually without the Italian spices) and served on a hamburger bun. They are an inexpensive dinner, and used to be served a lot at big, informal parties.
    Pudding is what you would call blancmange, I think. It is made with milk, sugar, and cornstarch, sometimes with vanilla or other flavorings (chocolate, butterscotch, etc.), but no eggs.

  14. Bonnie says:

    Yummm digestives are very good cookies, we have them here in Canada along with Wine Gums and Turkish Delights. Seriously, you Americans have some rather nasty sounding foods as well… honestly “grits” who wants to eat ‘grits’ brings to mind oh I don’t know sand in the teeth.

  15. Suzanna says:

    PUDDING is the English term for DESSERT. CUSTARD is closest to American pudding I think.

    Yorkshire Pudding is savory though and is made with batter similar to crepe batter. It puffs up and has like a hole in the middle.

    Also, Jello in England is called JELLY.

    Fun!

  16. Kilian Metcalf says:

    Ginger beer is an essential ingredient for the Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, consumed during hurricane season. Ginger beer, rum, and lemon juice. If ginger beer isn’t available, you can substitute regular alcoholic beer, in which case you have a Small Craft Advisory cocktail. I love ginger beer and drink it whenever I can get my hands on it. It’s so much better than ginger ale, stronger, more personality, lots of zip.

  17. Clare (UK!) says:

    What is pudding in America then? I thought pudding was pudding everywhere!
    Yorkshire puddings are lovely with roast beef and gravy. Marmite really is evil in a jar – the adverts (commercials!) here state that you wither love it or hate it – how true that is! And Cadbury’s digestives are delicious dipped in a cup of tea;)

  18. Clare (UK!) says:

    Oh and Penguin biscuits are definitely worth buying. I think they have got smaller since I was a child though:(

  19. hildigunnur says:

    LOL@pepto-bismol flavoured cookies :D

  20. Tanya says:

    Not just the English lol! I am in Canada and the majority of what you showed is available here as a regular staple. Turkish Delight, wine gums, digestive cookies, etc. are all delicious :-) Yeah….Turkish Delight takes a bit to get past (the jelly and chocolate combo sounds very strange) but other than that…… Actually, the thing that made me screw up my face in question was your picture of the “Heinz Salad Cream”. “Pourable sunshine”??

  21. Megs in Oz says:

    Dawn! How could you confuse Marmite (blah yuk kack) with our beloved Vegemite??? No, no, no. Not the same at all!! Hyperventilating at the thought. Vegemite girl would be totally horrified.

  22. Renee says:

    @Lesley thank you so much for all the explanations!!! Since everybody is explaining for Dawn the English foods, I can take the American!

    1. Grits, a food made from ground corn or hominy. It’s usually white and usually had for breakfast, most of the time with eggs and bacon. The only time I’ve seen it outside of dinner is when it’s served with shrimp which is an extreme southern thing.

    2. Sloppy Joes is a sandwich. The inside of the sandwich is ground beef mixed with a ketchupy/bbq type sauce. Other spices are included and I also add green peppers and onions. All of this is usually served on a hamburger bun. It’s called sloppy because the ground beef usually comes out of the bun and kids love it lol. Adults too!

    3. Biscuits and gravy is something I used to think was wrong until I tried it! It is delicious. It’s a gravy made from usually flour and water with pepper. It has crumbled sausage added to it which makes it the best. Then a biscuit (what you all would call scones) is split into two and then the gravy is poured over it. It’s actually very good (but very fattening I think).

  23. Sheila says:

    No translations to add, just sitting here in mild shock at the realization that after 20 years in Europe, I understood EVERY single word, in the original post AND in the comments. It’s funny to me that some of that is funny to other people. I guess I’ve gotten totally bilingual! LOL (I’m orginally from California, USA, moved to Germany at the age of 20 and have spent significant amounts of time in several other countries, now live in Cyprus. And I’ve had considerably more British friends than American ones in all these years. My best friend for many years in Germany was from Yorkshire, so I had her home-made Yorkshire puddings, and her children knew to ask for cookies in my house just like my children knew to ask for biscuits in hers. :-)

    Incidentally, I made biscuits (American ones, so sort of like scones) for the first time a few months ago and had some VERY confused children. They were expecting cookies!! None of them have ever lived in the U.S.

    Oh yeah, I admit to being mystified about the explanation that digestives are for small children–I LOVE them! Used to have to get them from England, but now that we live in Cyprus, I can get them at any supermarket. :-)

  24. Steph says:

    Love this post. And we watch Kipper the Dog every day. I don’t think I would eat him, though.

  25. Sallie says:

    I am surprised that no one mentioned that Yorkshire pudding is exactly like a popover but baked in the roasting pan with drippings vs in a popover pan with oil.

  26. Emma says:

    Just a tip, if you buy the penguin bars bite off two corners diagonally across from each other and drink a few sips of your hot chocolate or coffee through it and then eat the biscuit, super yummy.

  27. Jill says:

    So i’m curious to know what American’s think pudding is, if what I’ve grown up with as ‘pudding’ is not what you think it is!!!

  28. Noel says:

    It tastes like feet!

  29. Cindy says:

    If you’ve ever had a popover, the Yorkshire pudding is a lot like that, but with more flavor because it has some beef drippings in the batter. The one in your picture would end roughly muffin shaped, after being baked in muffin tins. Yorkshire pudding can also be baked in a large pan and then ends up being like a puffed pancake. My mother makes the muffin shaped version, and the pancake version is mentioned a lot in the Jame Herriot veternarian books.

    Yorkshire pudding is not common in the USA, but it is in my mother’s 1960s “Fanny Farmer Cookbook”, which was originally written by a Boston, MA.

    Yorkshire pudding is fabulous with a roast beef and good gravy – it’s my favorite special-holiday meal.

  30. Shannon says:

    I’m a Southern girl. I learned a lot from this post and I remember going to a “fancy” restaurant in CA a few years ago where they served Yorkshire pudding and I asked why I didn’t get any pudding…I’m sure they were thinking “dumb southern girl” :) Grits Toast is the best!!!…goes great with Boone’s Farm…lol!!

  31. Jacqui says:

    I’m drooling after looking at all that food! I’m Scottish (quick note: NOT English ;-) . It’s easy to forget how we take some stuff for granted. P-p-p-p-pick-up-a-penguin! would mean nothing to you, for example! (It’s a chocolate covered biscuit/cookie, the that’s the catch phrase to an old advert). Wine gums – yum! And you can’t beat a man in a kilt! Marmite is vile though……

    I now live in England, and was quite surprised at the differences between Scotland and England when I first moved down here. I went into a Fish and Chip shop in England, and asked for my usual ‘smoked sausage supper’ and was given a remarkably blank look by the server – as I am sure you are giving now :-)

  32. Renee says:

    @Jill American pudding is like Angel Delight in the UK.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Delight

    It comes in all flavors but I believe chocolate is the most popular. Jell-O is the most popular brand but there are tons of others. Jell-O makes a gelatin as well as the pudding.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jell-O

  33. Barbara O says:

    Jammie Dodgers!!!! You got Jammie Dodgers at Target??? How come you got all that good stuff at Target??!! We LOOOVE Jammie Dodgers at this Southern American house, I do NOT like grits (pronounces greeeeyuuuts here) and American Biscuits are scones with no sugar or eggs. Biscuits and gravy are great! British Biscuits are cookies.

  34. Mary Anne says:

    My daughter and I just came back from 3 weeks in the UK (England, Ireland, Scotland with some France and Guernsey thrown in for good measure.) We were quite thrown at some of our breakfast choices at hotels and B&B’s. Not even close to American fare! Then, when we went to Tesco’s or Boots (their Target or Walgreen’s) the choices were again so different. We learned to try new things and you either loved them or hated them. She hated blood pudding, I liked it – it’s kind of reminded me of Scrapple. Men in kilts were everywhere we went in the touristy areas of Scotland (God love ‘em!) and we would have gladly stuffed one in our trunk for you for vomit cleaning and bug killing, but they’re tricky to get through customs. We brought back a box of Kellogg’s cereal we fell in love with over there that we’d never seen here, only to find it’s “new” here! Who knew? Love spotted Dick. Love, Love, LOVE sticky toffee pudding :-) Also fell in love with StrongBow and Bulmer’s – both are Hard Ciders (One English and one Irish) at 5.4%, it doesn’t take long for you to *really* like it too, and I’m NOT a beer drinker! Also, Lyle’s Golden Syrup – I have to drive to Canada (okay, so I see it from my house, but it’s a hassle with Customs and the toll bridge…) to get it because they stopped selling it in my podunk town and I use it in baking. It’s also used in Flapjacks (it’s the Golden syrup called for) and it’s used in treacle tarts in the Harry Potter books. It’s a cross between Molasses and dark corn syrup and really yummy on oatmeal or cream of wheat too.

  35. motherhubbardx8 says:

    My oldest daughter made a trip to England several years ago and told us the family she stayed with had a 10 year old boy who every evening wanted to know “what’s for pudding?”. It struck us as so funny and our kids for months would ask me that question at supper time. (She did figure out eventually that “pudding” meant dessert.)
    I am home schooling our 10 year old son and we are studying many different cultures so we have been cooking foods from different cultures too. It’s been very fun!
    Keep enjoying your new “culture” in the South!

  36. Rachel says:

    I’d just like to comment that Wine Gums are great! The local Kroger started expanding their international aisle recently and started carrying those. Sadly they really don’t have anything to do with wine, but they are very tasty, if you like gummy candy. Also, Turkish Delight (the original kind available at my store, anyway) is a gelled candy that is rose flavored. I haven’t tried it yet, since I don’t care for rose flavored things that the stuff is super expensive, I’m just relating what the package says. :)

  37. Frau_Mahlzahn says:

    I remember Yorkshire Pudding from our trips to England when I was a kid — and it is sooo delicious, actually something I’ve often been thinking off over the years, but I was too lazy to try and figure out the secret how to make them. So there is a convenience product to make them — I definitely need it!

    So long,
    Corinna

  38. Julie says:

    Hi dawn,
    Your fascination with English/British food and various explanations could take a while to explain so here are a couple of links you might find interesting when you have the time.
    http://www.britainexpress.com/articles/Food/
    explains some of the Brit recipes then
    http://www.tesco.com/
    one of the major stores in the Uk there is also Sainsbury and Marks and spencer
    http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1316507570241
    http://www.marksandspencer.com/
    enjoy !!

  39. Colleen says:

    In my experience, rusks are a Dutch food – bland, crispy toast like things, which teething babies do seem to love (and they don’t get all pasty like graham crackers do). My grandfather (who is Dutch) loves them. They’re apparently pretty good with jam.

  40. Lesley says:

    Thanks to Renee for what sloppy joes are – I am sure they are delicious but sound a bit strange to us.
    And what is known as a sandwich in the US is totally different to the UK too.
    MacDonalds call their burgers ‘sandwiches’ but in the UK a sandwich is usually served cold and consists of different fillings between two slices of bread.

    The other thing I have noticed whilst visiting the US is how sweet your cakes are – well the ones I have tasted in places like the Golden Corral in Florida.

    Breakfast bacon and sausages are totally different too. Our bacon are larger slices and not crispy, and our sausages are larger, come in different varieties, and taste totally different.

    Having said this, I love trying all the new foods when visiting and it was in Florida that I tasted alligator tail! I think the selection of foods you have is huge compared to what we have, and the choice of restaurants and prices are much more favourable than we have in the UK too.

  41. Luci says:

    I’m so jealous that your Target has British food. I’m from England but residing in Texas and have to go to World Market or the British store and pay big $$ for my favourite (not a mis-spelling by the way;) foods. I mostly miss British bangers (pork sausages) and bacon that is not 99% fat… essential ingriedients for a “Full English Breakfast!”

  42. Beth says:

    Went to England and was served bangers and mash for breakfast. I think it was sausage and potatoes? But I remember it struck me as funny.

  43. Tamara says:

    You HAVE to have yourshire pudding! I grew up eating it with roasts and gravy. DELICIOUS!! I thought everyone ate it!

  44. Tamara says:

    Digestive cookies are kind of like animal crackers or arrow root cookies. Quite good actually.

  45. Tamara says:

    I hope you bought some wine gums! SO GOOD. In Canada we have Maynard’s Wine Gums, but I am sure they are similar. Kind of like a gummy treat, but a bit less gelly and more flavourful.

  46. Anne says:

    You’ve got to try Penguins! Chocolate cream filling sandwiched by chocolate biscuits, covered in, yes, more chocolate! Can’t go wrong with that! :) I’ve got friends in PA, and whenever I send a package, I’ve got to include some Penguin bars, not just for the kids, but for the adults, too :)

  47. Betty says:

    So you’ve never had Toad in the Hole??? It’s sausages (the larger breakfast sausage described before) 75% cooked then a piping hot tin with hot oil or dripping in it with the Yorkshire Pudding mix (I only do home made) poured into it. Then put the sausages in. Chuck in the over for 20 minutes and it’s yummy. I usually serve it with mashed potatoes, peas and a nice thick rich onion gravy. A firm favourite in this UK household :-) Turkish Delight is one of my favourites and you can’t go wrong with a chocolate digestive, no matter what age you are.

  48. Anne-Marie says:

    I’ve been going to the UK solidly since 1997, but “salad cream” still is the most hilarious thing ever! Does your salad have scales? Tee Hee!

  49. Megan says:

    LOVE the Friends reference! Friends is my favorite show!!

  50. lynneguist says:

    You might be interested in my blog, which covers US/UK linguistic and cultural differences in an absurd amount of detail. (I was brought here because we’ve used the same title.) Here’s the post on ‘pudding’:

    http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com/2008/08/pudding.html

  51. KarenJ says:

    I notice that in the US tinned tuna fish is packed in oil or water. In NZ we have it packed with other things such as lemon pepper, chili, tomato and basil, onion flavour, smoked flavour and others. Our smarties are similar to your m&m’s only smarties are more milk choc and also you can taste the flavour of the candy coating. Usually our jelly (you call it jello) is packed with fruit in it instead of just plain. Vegemite-Marmite is nasty! Our grandmother would give it to us on scones and bread and I just hated it! I never developed a taste for it despite growing up with it.

  52. AJ Lichty says:

    What you really want to find are Worchester Sauce potato chips. I lived in Europe while in high school and I can’t find those chips anywhere in North America.

  53. Dianne says:

    My friend in Scotland couldn’t get over that Americans eat baked beans at a picnic with hamburgers and I couldn’t get over that she ate her baked beans on toast for breakfast!

    During my visit there, I also learned not to ask for a napkin at the dinner table (it is a serviette there – a napkin is a diaper). And somehow our conversation included talk of how people wear “fanny packs” as we would call them in America. The looks I got for saying that! It is apparently VERY vulgar to say that. My friend said that they call those bags “bum bags.”

    Those were just a few of the ways we expanded each others’ worlds. Good times!

  54. Kirsty says:

    “Real” Turkish delight is, actually, Turkish and is utterly delicious (but horribly sweet) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_delight). The British version is covered in chocolate and doesn’t really resemble the real thing at all…
    I always imagined Edmund in Narnia with the real thing – much more luxurious and addictive…
    For the rest, it’s all been explained pretty well by the others… I can confirm that good Yorkshire puddings are wonderful with a roast dinner, that “pudding” is “dessert” of any kind (here in France, “le pudding” is a pretty ghastly cake-type thing made of leftover bits of other cakes; yes, it’s as solid and stody as it sounds. I’ve long suspected the French gave it an English name on purpose as they are soooo disparaging about British cuisine) and that Penguins are delicious!
    There’s a “British food shop” here in Montpellier, but unfortunately it’s run by two (lovely) Americans so they’re not particularly helpful. But they did buy in jars of mincemeat for mince pies at Christmas (didn’t have Christmas pudding, though unfortunately), so that was good.
    One question: are “goldfish crackers” just savoury biscuits in the shape of fish, or do they actually have a fishy taste (which sounds gross to me)?

  55. Brie B. says:

    Goldfish crackers are fish-shaped, but cheese-flavored.

  56. Siobhan says:

    I’m a Scot living in the States. Digestives were first introduced many many years ago and thought to help digestion as the name suggests, They were brought to the US and marketed under the name Graham Crackers to avoid false advertising.

    Salad dressing is like a flavoured mayo that’s thinner and goes on salad instead of other dressings.

    Fellow Brits, biscuits in the US are like savoury scones and served with a weird white gravy with sausage in it. In the 12 years I’ve been here, still never eaten that.

    They’re called serviettes or napkins in the UK. Diapers are nappies.

    Ginger Beer is Ginger Ale but much stronger ginger flavour and much better. Jammie Dodgers are like vanilla Oreos with a bit of jam in the centre.

    Brits, grits is polenta, basically, with a different name.

  57. Robyn Deremo says:

    Great post!

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