English Christmas


Chris’s English Marm (read: his mother) sent a package for the holidays. We opened it because she said we had to. Inside, there were some wrapped gifts that go under the Christmas tree, and some food items from England to make Chris feel closer his homeland, or some such thing.

Of course, there was a rather LARGE jar of Marmite in there . . . but some other odd things, too. Like cans of baked beans and some pastry type things called Pork Pie and Sausage Rolls.

Pork Pie???

And these . . . I think they are cookies . . . I’m not sure. I haven’t tried them – – but they are called “Digestives”

I say, “What on earth are digestives?”

“Cookies”, Chris responds.

“Really, they sound like something old people eat in order to regulate their bowels.” I say.

“Fine, don’t eat them”, he says.

I may not. You know, I’m rather picky.

There’s also some English Cheddar (Chesher?) cheese and English bacon. I guess English cows and pigs are different somehow.

Redfred . . . you have some insight here?

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31 thoughts on “English Christmas”

  1. I had a tear in my eye as I read pork pie…. I’m jealous. you probably won’t like the pork pie, especially the “jelly”

    Baked Beans I blogged about when I first started blogging, it is basically immoral that Hienz don’t stock them here in the US.

    Digestives are the best busciuts, especially if they have milk chocolate on them, great for dunking… oh yeah Buscuits is the correct name for cookies.

    British bacon is a different cut from American bacon, you will not want to eat the cruddy stuff they sell over here after you try the superior British cut, The cheeses come from different regions, thus Cheddar comes from Cheddar, BTW Cheddar is not in Vermont, just like Champaign is not in California.

    I am envious, my Marmite is running low again, but my Mum is coming to visit in Feb, hopefully I can persuade her to bring a care package, Actually she is bring my daughter so I am so excited about that I probably won’t even notice one way or another.

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  3. Do you do Christmas Crackers? Christmas is all about the Crackers, It wouldn’t be Christmas if your not sitting at the table with Turkey, a Large glass of Mulled wine and a paper hat scewed on you head, trying to get the ball in the cup and figure out what the hell the motto is going on about…..

  4. Fred, I knew you’d come through! She sent the ‘regular’ digestives and the milk chocolate covered ones . . . and some type of fruit shortbread.

    I’m unsure about this pork pie thing . . . I may just leave those to Chris. I might try the sausage rolls, though – those look interesting. But it’s that word . . . ‘jelly’ that you said in reference to the pork pie. To me, pork and jelly just shouldn’t be in the same sentence!

    And of course the huge jar of marmite is alllllll Chris’s.

  5. AND ?!?! wow Chris is a lucky bugger….

    The Jelly is the best part, with out Jelly it is not a pork pie… it is just where the fat that came out when it was cooked has congealed under the crust…. Yummy!

    We make sausage rolls, my mothe imparted her recipie one year

    As I have said before Marmite is the best arguement I’ve heard for the existance of god, ’nuff said.

    Where is Chris from in England, ‘Marm’ sounds a little northern, or a bad a Americain impression….

  6. Chris spent most of his life in south east England and has informed me that my misuse of the term “Marm” is, indeed, a bad American impression.


  7. Of course English cows and pigs are different… They all mutated after Mad Cow Disease and Foot and Mouth. Most have two heads and wall eyes.

    Eating an animal that’s been fed its own relatives is bound to add flavour. Ask any British Government scientist!

    Enjoy the Marmite. Did you know it’s made from the leftovers of the brewing industry? That’s why eating it puts hairs on your palms. (Or was that being bitten by a werewolf? Honestly – my memory these days).

  8. 10 years of marriage to an Englishwoman has given invaluable insight into they mysteries of English comfort foods. And I still have no idea what the appeal is. The digestives are pretty good, though when they’re covered in chocolate. Pork pies are killer with salad cream, and Marmite cures hangovers. Or at least makes the alternative so much more appealing! Seriously though – the english got bacon right. What do we have to do to get bacon like that here?

  9. I tried Pork Pie. Chris eats it cold. I didn’t like it that way – – but did like it heated up a bit.

    I’m absolutely in LOVE with McVit chocolate digestives. LOVE THEM!

    There were also these things called Ginger Nuts – – which are like cookies, but better. Yum!

    Haven’t tried the sausage rolls or bacon yet.

    Still won’t touch the Marmite.


  10. Did you butter the toast before you marmited? you must have done something wrong……..

    Ginger nuts are nice but Milk Choc Digies are the best. If anyone wants to try them the link I posted above will ship stateside.

    You are in for a treat with the sausage rolls, We just put ours in but the Oven broke… we are having a minor panic right now as we are cooking for 21 tomorrow !!!

    I can fix the oven temporarily if need be but hopefully the electrician will be here in an hour or two.

  11. Ginger nuts go with coffee, digestives with tea.
    HOT pork pie … that’s just not right.
    Marmite – as the adverts go, you either love it or you hate it. I’ve yet to hear of a non-Brit actually liking the stuff.

  12. “More English foodsรขโ‚ฌยฆ.

    Black Pudding


    Lisa, Christmas Pud? ”

    Correction, those are SCOTTISH foods, I myself am scottish.

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