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"It Will Rain Tomorrow." England Weathers The MaiTai Four.

Old Dec 19th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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My daughter invited us to dinner tonight and served Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. It was fabulous. She ordered it from Norm Thompson, it cost $30, and five of us easily ate all of it--but it was fabulous.
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Old Dec 19th, 2013, 11:46 PM
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A Sticky Toffee Pudding for $30! That is definitely something that is cheaper in the U.K.

http://www.cartmelvillageshop.co.uk/...offee-pudding/

These are widely available in shops like Waitrose, or can be bought by mail order. It would be considered a quality brand. Various sizes, but the family size, which serves 6-8 costs £7.60 ($12.00).
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Old Dec 20th, 2013, 07:29 AM
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The one I got at Rose Tree Cottage in Pasadena serves 6 - 8 and cost $12.50. We, of course, bought two (I might need a Sticky Toffee Pudding fix around February).

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Old Dec 20th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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Again, what a fun read! It really is like getting a short novel for free. And a funny one, at that!

Merry Christmas to the MaiTai4~ and Happy New Year! Can't wait to see where your next trip is planned!
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Old Dec 20th, 2013, 03:00 PM
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I still have this question from above:

" All this talk of sticky toffee pudding really got to me…. so I ordered some online from
an English woman who has a small business in Texas. REviews sound good… I hope I'm
not disappointed. Was thinking of serving it with creme fraiche….or would that be
overkill??"

Anyhow it arrived (with a tiffin sample) and looks good. I have the creme fraiche and am
still wondering. Will serve it after a dinner of mostly fish (red snapper)… maybe some pear brandy? Will I have to call in a gastroenterologist??
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Old Dec 20th, 2013, 03:32 PM
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Grandma, I don't have an answer on that one. I'll ask Tracy Sadly our Brits are all probably asleep by now. Do any of you Sticky Toffee Pudding experts have a thought on her question?

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Old Dec 20th, 2013, 06:00 PM
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Disclaimer: I don't qualify as an expert!

I haven't tried crème fraîche but I have used whipped cream. The dairy helped cut the sweetness.
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Old Dec 20th, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Thanks trophy wife… creme fraiche is a step down in sweetness from whipped cream…. so it should work! (Wish I had a computer that typed "creme fraiche" like yours… -
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I wish I could become a mouse when I wanted. I'd be in your luggage and travel with you and you wouldn't know it!

Best of the Season Tom, Tracy, Mary and Kim...thank you for my vicarious trip to England.
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Old Dec 21st, 2013, 09:33 AM
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From a Brit...

creme fraiche will be fine, and actually I prefer it as it is less rich (and I always buy half-fat creme fraiche as well) - I like that slightly acidic contrast to the rich sweetness of the toffee sauce.

Vanilla ice cream is also a good accompaniment.

I came across another recipe the other day, which I will try over the festive period, and post the recipe if it matches up to the two I've previously posted.

Remember, it's not the pudding itself (which is basically a sponge cake) it is the Toffee Sauce itself which is the key to this delectable delight!
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Old Dec 22nd, 2013, 04:23 AM
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New foods and recipes are a fun part of trips and trip reports for me. This caught my eye from a FB news post this morning .. another STP recipe to try, this one from Scottish chef Tom Kitchin, http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/to...erts-1-3241920
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Old Dec 22nd, 2013, 07:00 PM
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Just served the sticky toffee pudding…. it was a big hit…… washed down with a little
pear brandy.
I have to go to bed now.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 02:46 AM
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Did you try banoffee pie?
An Italian friend says that when she goes home, her mum always tells her not to forget the "sticky pudding". She says that Italians have only just discovered English hot puds. Apparently crumble is becoming popular.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 04:02 AM
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It must have been ten years ago that we went to France and saw "Crumble de pommes" on many menus.

It's interesting to see the enthusiasm for sticky toffee pudding, and the search for a recipe. It's pretty standard pub and restaurant food in the U.K., and readily found in supermarkets. I expect much of it comes from the mass catering suppliers like Brake Brothers, with a little local pimping such as a strawberry or a sprig of mint.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 09:11 AM
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"It's interesting to see the enthusiasm for sticky toffee pudding…"

With everything I wrote about London and the English countryside, it's interesting to me, as well, that it's Sticky Toffee Pudding that has the most responses, but it beats having to relive that "Royal Horse Guard" show I guess.

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For me, it wasn't the sticky pudding, but all your adventures in the Cotswolds, Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge, that made for an interesting reading adventure. Thanks for the report.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 06:22 PM
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Hi Maitaitom and crew.

I stumbled across your report in the wee small hours, and, now, after some zzzzzzs and a scheduled Christmas Eve breakfast with colleagues have finished the trip.
Thank you so much for entertaining me!

I have been lurking around the Asian forum for six months or so, but hit Europe for the first time last night.
Your post was top of the list, and despite 315 or so replies, I started reading.
Funny man. Good on you for the many hours of detailed research.

My first trip to the UK in 1987 was the near obligatory 2 years in the mother country (most Australians oblige) totally clueless. I recall the food was appalling (apart from Sunday roast beef). Fast forward to 2004 with husband in tow, equally clueless I booked us into an area that I remembered fondly, but was now pretty much condemned. The food then was also ordinary, good to hear it's improved.

So much of your report resonated, thanks for the lucidity.

Where to next ?

PS want to steal your idea for naming rights, but mojitocaroline doesn't have the same ring. Any ideas ?
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Old Dec 24th, 2013, 07:03 AM
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Mojitocaroline sounds good. Next, it looks like Tracy and I will be heading to Paris to celebrate our 20th anniversary next autumn (although our anniversary is in summer). Have a merry Christmas down under and thanks for the nice comments.

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Old Dec 24th, 2013, 09:51 AM
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If you can manage this, I would go first week in Sept. I went to Paris this time Sept 10 through 15th -- rained the whole time. It cleared when I got to the Dordogne.
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