Expat Comfort Eating

I am not a 100% sure what British people think of as comfort foods. Baked beans on toast? Pies? Sausages and mash? As an American, I think of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and specifically as a Californian, I think of burritos. Oh, and we really love breakfast/brunch. I’m talking French toast, waffles, buttermilk pancakes, and so forth. 

When I moved to London in 2002, American fare was hard to come by. And when you did find something, it just wasn’t as good as what you would expect in the U.S. I remember taking my then boyfriend-now Husband to meet my parents  in 2003. My parents stocked the fridge with my favourite treats. It was going home in so many ways.

Nowadays American foods are in great supply in London. I am not sure what it is like in the rest of the UK. Many supermarkets even have an American (or world) foods section. I often keep some Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in the kitchen cupboard. I don’t know why, or how, but something about this chalky cheese pasta in a box makes me feel happy.

I made some for lunch today but my son refused to even try it. He’s 22-months old, surely anything brightly orange should appeal. My five-year old daughter won’t touch the stuff either. What a shame. Maybe it’s an acquired taste like Salt & Vinegar crisps. Now that’s disgusting.


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