Sunday, November 4, 2012

Our First Carvery. How English!

I. Am. So. Full.

It's the first time I have thought those words in a long time, and I'm so happy to do so tonight! Since we arrived here in Birmingham, we haven't been eating very much. With limited kitchen resources it's hard to find the things we need to cook fancy meals, and everything we buy we have to carry from the grocery store. Also, every time we go to buy food we look at how much it costs and usually only buy the basics (we're stretching every dollar).

The end result is that we eat a lot of fried egg sandwiches, cereal, and noodles. Tonight, however, we went and enjoyed our first English carvery. We feasted, and it was delicious.

Basically, a carvery is kind of like a Hometown Buffet in the states, except a much more limited menu. We paid for a plate and picked our meat and Yorkshire pudding, and then we could eat as many veggies and mash as we could fill our stomachs with. I think we definitely got our money's worth tonight. How could we resist real food?

After feasting at the carvery, we returned to a friends house and I made them American chocolate chip cookies. What a treat! We were missing brown sugar (it really makes a difference), but they were still very good and tasted like home.

Take a look at this stove/grill/oven they have in their house. I've never seen anything like it! The whole thing is about the size of a mini fridge, with a small oven on the bottom. We had to split the cookies up into batches, but it worked just fine!

Our lovely English friends thoroughly enjoyed them (at least they said they did), so I'll get getting some brown sugar and trying again. I've missed baking!

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