Spring?! Rambling…

Cleethorpes Seafront

We’ve had a beautiful sunny week here in Cleethorpes. I have lots of posts to write – I’ve been to Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, and Paris, home of all sorts of famous and infamous figures. Plus I have become guardian of two adorable guinea pigs, but have had to treat both for ringworm (I am now very proficient at getting piggies to take oral medication).

But for now here’s a picture of low tide. The daffodils are blossoming. The robins are singing. It feels like spring. Is it too early for the weather to last? Did the groundhog see his shadow? Does England even have groundhogs?

Also, if you’re local, go get the Canuck approved maple macchiato from Riverhead Coffee. Made with Canadian maple syrup drizzled on top. None of that fake “maple flavour” nonsense. Tastes like winter & home. (I know I keep raving about Riverhead Coffee. They don’t sponsor this blog. Not that I’d object if they wanted to…!)

Ah, I could go for some pancakes with bacon right now. Drenched in maple syrup. Pancakes. Not the crêpes that English people call pancakes. I mean, crêpes are great, but they aren’t the same thing at all, and are definitely not the vehicle for maple syrup delivery.

Thinking about how expensive syrup is here makes me think of all the other foods I took for granted in Canada that are much harder to find. Salsa in bulk quantities, for instance. Fresh guacamole. Pierogies and Polish sausage. Bulk rice of all varieties. Dried chickpeas. Frozen fruit. All things I am used to finding easily in even small grocery stores. There are a good selection of curry sauces and spices here, but they’re all mild. But kale is plentiful and cheap, and the cheese selection here is amazing. Goat cheese doesn’t cost a small fortune, either. And the bread isn’t as full of sugar and additives. Even the cheap loaves at the gas station are relatively sound ingredient-wise. Which is neat.

Though I still can’t get over how many things are labelled “One of your 5 a day” referring to servings of fruits and vegetables. The Canada Food Guide recommends 7-10 for an average adult. Not that any government is the perfect source for nutritional information, but it is interesting what different countries recommend to their population and why. I wonder if it has to do with post-war rationing in England? Or the later economic downturn when fresh produce might have been prohibitively expensive? All just guesses on my part, maybe I should do some looking into it.

This post is a little all over the place. Thanks for bearing with me, dear readers! As Tigger would say: TTFN!


2 thoughts on “Spring?! Rambling…

  1. In all honesty we should be eating like 20 a day.

    I don’t know how it is/was in Canada, but here in the states bread is often just a sugar-and-additive fest. My favorite part about traveling—esp. to Europe—is when you turn over a food package and look at the ingredients and go, “Hmm, okay, yep this is all from the ground or a cow.” And not, “Let me go take four years of Greek so I can read this.”

    I’m looking to spend some time in Europe in the coming months, and I’m looking forward to three months of REAL, non-GMO food.

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    1. Yes, the more fruit/veg the better!

      In Canada it is very like the States. On one hand there’s Wonder Bread with lots of sugar, on the other hand there are some very nice grainy breads with no sugar that – depending on which city/area you are in – might not actually cost that much more. And there’s a powerful local food movement in Canada that is resulting in better quality food with good fresh ingredients.

      Here in the UK there is a interesting mix. On one hand there is less sugar in most convenience foods (soda pop, bread, etc), but there is a big culture of eating sweets and cakes. And the default side dish at restaurants is French Fries and there is not always the option to sub for a salad. There’s less food choice in general here than in the US/Canada.

      I was in Paris last weekend, and the food was so simple and elegant and delicious. And fresh. Fresh baked bread. Fresh caught fish. Salad accompanying most meals. I am definitely a French Foodie.


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