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post #61 of 94
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Originally Posted by lomfise

I know this is stupid to waste time on but I remember once hearing a certain George W. Bush refering to Denmark as the capital of Sweden and it's not! It's a whole country of it's own, granted, not a large one, but if anyone dare calls us Swedish we might just remember we have viking blood in our veins and come for you... icon_evil.gif



Gotta love ole G.W. he put his foot in his mouth on many an occasion while he was in the White House. ughhhh embarrassing!
post #62 of 94
On a somewhat related note, I wish more recipes were written in grams. Almost every recipe I find, including in well known baking books, are written in cups instead of grams, even if the author is a pastry chef. You know those chefs are NOT using cups, so why do they write like that? I guess because they assume their reader is just your average home cook. But it's not exact at all unless you weigh your ingredients....

Maybe I should purchase my books from Europe... you guys over there have all your books in grams, yes? My grandfather's old books (from Germany) are all in grams. But then, they're all in German, too, and I'm not quite that fluent. icon_smile.gif
post #63 of 94
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Originally Posted by indydebi

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Originally Posted by SkisInOkinawa

.... to be fair about this subject, grocery stores in America are not as convenient as they are in a small village where you can walk to all the shops etc. Our stores are very well spread out and you may drive a good 15 miles or more to get to the store, so when you do make your purchases you want to make sure you buy enough.



We had friends from England who came and stayed a couple of weeks with us. They told us they never understood the American's fascination with their cars .... until they got here and saw how spread out everything was. THey, too, were used to EVERYTHING being in walking distance from their home. At my home, NOTHING was in walking distance!

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To me at least in NY:
Jello - clear dessert that wiggles
Jam - goes on toast - seedless
Jelly - goes on toast - has seeds
Perserves - chunks of fruit, better for treats then toast



I think you switched a couple .... jam has seeds. Jelly does not. icon_wink.gif



So true Indy! LOL. At least we don't have to pay about 9+ dollars a gallon for gas!!! Thankfully they don't have so far to go. The whole of the UK can fit into Texas 3 times, so I've been told, so it's hard for them to imagine driving far for things.

I myself feel like a tourist when I go home to the states for a visit. The grocery stores are amazing. I was ever so shocked at colored butter and ketchup! Now tell me that is not a gimick to get kids to eat more of it!
post #64 of 94
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Originally Posted by Larkin121

On a somewhat related note, I wish more recipes were written in grams. Almost every recipe I find, including in well known baking books, are written in cups instead of grams, even if the author is a pastry chef. You know those chefs are NOT using cups, so why do they write like that? I guess because they assume their reader is just your average home cook. But it's not exact at all unless you weigh your ingredients....

Maybe I should purchase my books from Europe... you guys over there have all your books in grams, yes? My grandfather's old books (from Germany) are all in grams. But then, they're all in German, too, and I'm not quite that fluent. icon_smile.gif



I too prefer recipes in grams and kilos, so much more precise, but it isn't all that hard to change them, I use this site http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/tools.measures/Measures.cfm

If you want cooking books in grams, try amazon.co.uk and make sure you order the european version of the book. icon_lol.gif I think most books are published both in an American version and in an English version. detective.gif
Personally I love Nigella Lawson's books.
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post #65 of 94
I for one am glad I live in a country where I can buy Ketchup that has a half-life of 5,000 years .

I went to school with a girl from S.Africa, she told me her father cried when he saw his first American grocery store.
Can you imagine a grown many crying because there was rows and rows of food all for the taking?

After years of going hungry and not being able to provide his family with basic nutrition here he was standing in an American grocery store crying over everything that some of you are turning your noses up at.

I'm just grateful that I can stock my pantry with canned soup, vegs and dried mixes, had I not we would have gone hungry for a 11days after Hurricane Ike because I had to throw out all my "fresh" food, no power no refrigeration, no meats, fine cheeses or anything else perishable.
post #66 of 94
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Originally Posted by CakeMommyTX

I for one am glad I live in a country where I can buy Ketchup that has a half-life of 5,000 years .

I went to school with a girl from S.Africa, she told me her father cried when he saw his first American grocery store.
Can you imagine a grown many crying because there was rows and rows of food all for the taking?

After years of going hungry and not being able to provide his family with basic nutrition here he was standing in an American grocery store crying over everything that some of you are turning your noses up at.

I'm just grateful that I can stock my pantry with canned soup, vegs and dried mixes, had I not we would have gone hungry for a 11days after Hurricane Ike because I had to throw out all my "fresh" food, no power no refrigeration, no meats, fine cheeses or anything else perishable.



I think it's great that we can have that food for back up, or occassionally when needed, but I think our country just relies too much on the "easy' and less healthful option a lot of times. To each their own, but I try to feed my family fresher foods and homemade foods as often as I can to avoid some of the preservatives. I just can't see how it would be healthy to eat everything prepackaged that is so preserved that it lasts for years. Case in point, my husband had month old store bought english muffins that he forgot out about and yup, he took them out and they were still "fresh." How on earth can month old bread not be nasty?!

I can't say I don't use any of the pre packaged store stuff in my cooking, but I try to minimize it. I do make all our treats/desserts/sweets from scratch.

We are a lucky country to have access to so much food. But I think the difference is that people are talking about shops in Europe, not Africa, where the food is just as plentiful, but it is fresher and not in mass supermarkets. Right?
post #67 of 94
Custard powder is not the same as your pudding mixes - it MUST be cooked. You can't just add milk and shove it in the fridge to set up. There is no such thing as instant custard (even adding boiling water is 'cooking' it!). Believe me when I say that the nearest equivalent in the UK is Angel Delight. That you DO add milk to and set up in the fridge. It also comes in a variety of flavours (and stores have their own brand equivalents). I have used Angel Delight in cakes where it says pudding miixes and it works perfectly - custard powder is unlikely to work the same way.
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post #68 of 94
All I'm saying is at least we have the option, some countries don't, whether it be because of health regulations,importing costs or poverty.
I'm not saying we are'nt a nation of fastfood junkies, just that I'm grateful I can choose between beef with hormones or beef without.
To each their own, I cook wih both fresh and prepackaged ingrediants.
post #69 of 94
I'm with you on this one! It's so hard to get the recipe right when it calls for all sorts of weird and wonderful packages and boxes...

The sweetened condensed milk is available at the middle eastern stores, as has been suggested, even where I live (Nakskov).
Pistachios are really hard to get - I even tried ordering from a catering supplier... But there's a shop in Helsingborg that carries all kinds of nuts. And it's fairly cheap too icon_smile.gif

I think they might also have flavored gelatin in Sweden? And marcipan is so much cheaper in Sweden...
post #70 of 94
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Originally Posted by mivea

I'm with you on this one! It's so hard to get the recipe right when it calls for all sorts of weird and wonderful packages and boxes...

The sweetened condensed milk is available at the middle eastern stores, as has been suggested, even where I live (Nakskov).
Pistachios are really hard to get - I even tried ordering from a catering supplier... But there's a shop in Helsingborg that carries all kinds of nuts. And it's fairly cheap too icon_smile.gif

I think they might also have flavored gelatin in Sweden? And marcipan is so much cheaper in Sweden...



Wuhuu!! Another Dane! Hvordan er vejret på Lolland? icon_lol.gif

And to get to what this thread started out about, I just saw on Allrecipe a recipe for beet salad that needed '1 bunch of beets'.

How much is a bunch? icon_confused.gif
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post #71 of 94
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Originally Posted by lomfise

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Originally Posted by mivea

I'm with you on this one! It's so hard to get the recipe right when it calls for all sorts of weird and wonderful packages and boxes...

The sweetened condensed milk is available at the middle eastern stores, as has been suggested, even where I live (Nakskov).
Pistachios are really hard to get - I even tried ordering from a catering supplier... But there's a shop in Helsingborg that carries all kinds of nuts. And it's fairly cheap too icon_smile.gif

I think they might also have flavored gelatin in Sweden? And marcipan is so much cheaper in Sweden...



Wuhuu!! Another Dane! Hvordan er vejret på Lolland? icon_lol.gif

And to get to what this thread started out about, I just saw on Allrecipe a recipe for beet salad that needed '1 bunch of beets'.

How much is a bunch? icon_confused.gif



Jeg ved ikke med Lolland, men i Århus sner det thumbsdown.gif
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post #72 of 94
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Originally Posted by lomfise

How much is a bunch? icon_confused.gif



More than a pair and less than a peck?

/ducks
post #73 of 94
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Originally Posted by lomfise



Wuhuu!! Another Dane! Hvordan er vejret på Lolland? icon_lol.gif

And to get to what this thread started out about, I just saw on Allrecipe a recipe for beet salad that needed '1 bunch of beets'.

How much is a bunch? icon_confused.gif



Sne, sne og atter sne.... Og her er så fladt at det fyger til hele tiden - fantastisk når man har under tre uger til termin :-S

Anyway... A bunch of beets? Maybe it depends how much you like beets..?
Just don't try the sugarbeets that we're growing down here - they're really horrible, though known locally as 'the white gold'
post #74 of 94
Quite frankly, I'm glad we have access to food that will last for a year. If I had to go shopping every day for it, we wouldn't have eaten for 7 months.

As it is, I just took meat out of the freezer (bought for 27 - 37 cents a pound at Thanksgiving), baked bread and pastry from my home-ground flour (from stored wheat, sugar, and dried milk), rehydrated vegetables and fruit that had been packed to last 5 - 7 years. Used a few canned things.

The only food we bought for those 7 months were milk, cheese and broccoli. Fresh eggs from our hens completed our diet.
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post #75 of 94
I have to say it kind of stinks that people think some of us hate the world for wishing we could buy fresh ingredients to cook with every day. Obviously a hurricane, an earthquake, a disaster of any sort would tend to negate a person's food snobbishness for a while. I am simply saying that in an 'ideal world situation' I would much prefer to cook using fresh ingredients, etc. I don't think that anyone else is a piece of crap for using mixes, and as I said, they definitely have their place in my repertoire. I just want to put that out there because these meaningless little things always have to turn into something so controversial, and I'm not judging anyone, but I always end up getting the stink eye from someone. I'm really sorry about some of the things that have happened to people, but I'm most certainly not speaking of those situations when I say, "Ew, I don't like canned meat." If that was ALL I had to eat, I'd be on my knees thanking God that SOMEONE had the presence of mind to can it. But while I have the choice, I'm going to pass on that so that someone who genuinely likes it can eat it.
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