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UK / US Cuts of Beef

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November 24, 2013 · 7:49 am

British and U.S. Equivalents

Separated by a common language, sometimes following recipes in the US / UK can prove difficult if you’re apparently not familiar with the ingredients mentioned.  Here is a simple run-down of equivalents that I hope will help.  Please let me know, by leaving a comment below, if you come across any more and I will include them.


Aubergine                                        Eggplant

Beans, Broad                                   Fava Beans

Beans, Soy                                       Edamame

Beef, Flank Steak                           London Broil

Beef, Rump Steak                          Beef, Top Round

Bicarbonate of Soda                      Baking Soda

Caster Sugar                                    Granulated Sugar

Cheese, Emental                            Swiss Cheese

Clotted Cream                                No equivalent  (The closest equivalent to this would be to use stiffly whipped heavy cream)

Coriander                                         Cilantro

Cornflour                                         Cornstarch

Courgette                                         Zucchini

Cream, Clotted                               No equivalent  (The closest equivalent to this would be to use stiffly whipped heavy cream)

Cream, Double                                Heavy Cream

Cream, Single                                  Half and half cream

Cream, Whipping                           No equivalent  (Whipping cream has the consistency of single [half and half] cream but with a higher fat content it can be whipped into peaks)

Digestive Biscuits                          Graham Crackers or similar

Flour, Plain                                     All Purpose Flour

Flour, Strong                                  Bread Flour

Flour, Wholemeal                         Flour, Wholewheat

Gelatine                                            Gelatin

Glucose Syrup                                 Light Corn Syrup

Golden Syrup                                   Corn Syrup

Icing Sugar                                       Confectioners’ Sugar

Madras Curry Powder                     Curry Powder

Mince (meat)                                    Ground meat

Mincemeat (for cakes)                    No equivalent  (A ‘preserve’ or mix of finely chopped fruits like apple, raisins, sultanas and citrus peel, with shreds of suet – often used in ‘Mince Pies’)

Pastry Case                                         Pie Shell

Pine Kernel                                         Pine Nut

Plain Flour                                          All purpose flour

Polenta                                                 Cornmeal

Salad Onion                                         Spring Onion, Scallion

Self-raising flour                                No equivalent  (Substitute All Purpose Flour with a raising agent)

Swede                                                   Rutabega

Tomato Puree                                    Tomato Paste

Vanilla Essence                                  Vanilla Extract

Vegetables:  Beans, Broad                 Fava beans

                              Beans, Soy              Edamame

                               Courgettes             Zucchini

                               Swede                     Rutabaga

Whipping Cream                                Heavy cream  (Whipping cream has the consistency of single (half and half) cream but with a higher fat content can be whipped into peaks)


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Definitely Eddie

I feel in the mood for a bit of a giggle.  This is Eddie Izzard from his very funny show ‘Definite Article‘ and here he is talking about the famous experiment with Pavlov’s dogs, except this time applying it to cats. Eddie clearly knows a thing or two about our feline friends:


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A happy start to the weekend

I’m not being a very good blogger lately am I?  No time to web surf you see. I’m also thinking that this blog is really pretty weird because of its scrapbook-type nature.  My last post was about the mafia’s [alleged] misdoings and it’s going to sit alongside a video of cute babies.  I am nothing if not totally random and diverse.

I’m not one of those women who coos, oohs and aaaahs at every baby on the planet but this ad is just adorable and makes me feel good every time I see it. There is something so sweet and special about hearing babies laugh and in this ad the third baby is positively creasing himself.  Wonderful!  Here’s a happy start to the weekend then…

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Friday Music: One Giant Leap

If you’ve been around here a while you’ll know that I have a soft spot for Robbie Williams.  It would be too simple to say then that this is why I love this track.  The fact of the matter is that I love the refrain (at 2.32), I love the lyrics (despite being in rap format which I’m generally not a fan of – Maxi Jazz is a master of this art) and I love the arrangement.  Top that with the fact that I heard one of the musicians behind this track talking on the radio and he said that Robbie turned up for the recording session apparently without words to his piece.  They thought the whole thing was going to be an absolute disaster until his cue came and out of his mouth came the words ‘ Hello Dad  Remember me?  I’m the man you thought I’d never be.  I’m the boy who you reduced to tears, Dad I’ve been lonely for 27 years…’  (and the rest, as they say, is history).

My Culture by 1 Giant Leap, featuring Robbie Williams


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Two things…

TreeVoysFirstly, any genealogists out there:  I was on Ancestry.com this week and came across what could be the birth records of two recently found and personally significant relatives.  The only way to prove their connection to my tree is by ordering their birth certificates, which I notice you can now do directly from the Ancestry site.  I clicked on the link but lo and behold, Ancestry were anticipating charging me £20 each for the pleasure of receiving these certificates and then quoting a wait of 16 working days.  Being a pedantic soul when it comes to family history research, I’ve collected the BMD certs of all direct family members where possible and I knew that I wouldn’t have done so at anything near £20 a pop.  So I went on over to my usual source for these, the UK Government’s ‘General Records Office’.  Sure enough, certificates are still available there for £7 each and the quoted wait is 4 working days.  Moral of story?  Don’t even think of ordering documents from the Ancestry site.  It’s shiny, it’s happy and helpful but it’s also horrendously expensive.

For anyone new to family research, to order a UK certificate it’s best to have the GRO index reference and this is something that you can look up without membership to Ancestry and better still, it’s for free.  Just head on over to the aptly named FreeBMD and key in your relative’s details.  You can then order the certificate from the General Records Office here at a much more reasonable rate.

Secondly, has anyone else noticed that the French have an entirely different approach to the construction of many of their websites?  Where English speaking sites are all about speed in leading you from page to page, the French sites I’m referring to like you to stay a while and read through oodles of verbiage.  I’ve noticed this on several sites but the biggest offender I’ve found so far is Geneanet whom I rely on for finding my French relatives (of which there are many).  I recently made the mistake of forking out money on up-graded membership, so that I can view documents.  The trouble is, I’m having such huge difficulty wading through their clunking site that I haven’t made any headway yet.  If it all worked in a similar way to the English sites I might well have traced my family back to the year dot by now.  As it is, I’m thinking that a trip across the water and some serious leg work would probably yield swifter results.

By the way, if anyone knows of a smokin’ hot site for European research, please share!  I’m currently going nowhere fast with this.


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French and Saunders: Bideford v Florida

When my husband and I first visited the U.S. with our very young children we stopped one day at a supermarket in Palos Verdes just outside L.A.  I waited outside with our sleepy girls whilst my husband ventured into the shop.  It was the first time he’d been in an American supermarket and just wanted a couple of small cartons of milk for the children to drink and maybe ‘lunch box’ sized treats of packets of dried raisins to eat.  He came a cropper at the first hurdle (the milk).  Here in the UK we have skimmed, semi-skimmed and full fat milk in small cartons of about 230ml (great for those lunch boxes), half litre and litre cartons.  What he saw in that US supermarket was just totally mind-boggling.  There was milk with this, milk with that, milk with this but not that, milk without any of it (except a little bit of this), milk with all of it and the sizes ranged from about 2 litres up to…well I don’t know really, he said they looked like gallon containers.  A lady shopper saw his bewildered face and took pity on him.

‘You look lost’  she said.  ‘Can I help?’

‘I just want milk,’ he replied forlornly.  ‘Ordinary milk, from a cow, that no one has done anything to.’

That was our first experience of American food shopping.  Nowadays, with regular visits under our belt, we’re old hands at it, rarely surprised by the sheer variety, sizings, quantities and even quirkiness of ingredients.  (Although there are notable exceptions still)!

Today, because I’m just not feeling at my pukka best, I went over to YouTube to check out a few comedy videos to brighten my mood.  I came across a French and Saunders sketch that I’ve never seen before and it made me laugh out loud because it’s filled with their usual silliness, comparing the tiny town of Bideford in Devon with life in a gated community in Florida, and because it references our above experiences of the American culture compared to our rather more austere (and sometimes lacking) European ways.  Here it is:


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Cooking with the seasons – Summer*

Summer BerriesSummer is, of course, the best and easiest season in which to source fresh, locally grown produce.  However while supermarket shelves are heaving under the weight of fresh fruit and vegetables at this time of year, you need to be aware that many are still sourced from way beyond your direct area.  It’s quite possible that there are smaller, local producers selling many of the same products fresh from the fields and this is why I’m a fan of farm shops.  Seek them out and you will often be rewarded with the best fruit and veg money can buy and the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting traders in your own community.  

It may be that supermarket shopping is easier for you and that buying locally produced goods is less of a priority.  Whatever the case, Summertime gives us an enormous variety of fruit, veg, fish and meat which is at its best at this time of year.


Seasonal Vegetables

Artichoke, Asparagus, Aubergine, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn-on-the-cob, Courgettes (Zucchini), Fennel, Green beans, Green peas, Herbs (Basil, Chives, Dill, Fenugreek, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme), Jersey New Potatoes, Kiwi Fruit, Marrow (Squash), New Potatoes, Peppers, Rhadishes, Rocket, Runner beans, Salad ingredients, Sorrel, Spring Onions, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress

Seasonal Fruits

Apples, Apricots, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Blueberries,   Cherries, Gooseberries, Elderflowers, Loganberries, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Redcurrents, Red water melon, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tayberries,

Seasonal Meat & Game

Lamb, Wood Pigeon

Seasonal Fish

Cod, Clams, Crab, Dover Sole, Grey mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Lobster, Mackerel, Pike, Pilchards (Sardines), Plaice, Prawns, Salmon, Sardines, Scottish Squid, Sea Bass, Sea Trout, Trout


*(Seasons and availability of produce obviously varies from country to country depending on geographical location.   This list is primarily based around location in the UK & western Europe).


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Lola's Theme

The weather is really ~bleuch ~today and I seriously need something bright and uplifting to cheer me up.  Will you join me in a quick blast of the Shapeshifters? ….


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Because you're worth it

Is it too late for the Olay do you think?

The Ugly Duchess



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