What you can´t do without

#1
I´ve lived abroad since leaving the colours seven years ago. I manage to rub along quite nicely alongside Johnny Foreigner, even going so far as to marry one. My diet is pretty local, but I have the odd craving for some good old British comfort food - corn dog hash, sheherds pie etc. My trips to Blighty are becoming less and less frequent, so my ability to stock up is limited. The list is now down to two bear essentials, without which I really cannot live. They are Yorkshire tea (how many boxes of 240 can you fit in a small day sack?) and Marmite (sadly victim of security restrictions on hand baggage).

What are your "can´t live without" faves?
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#3
Encona Hot Chilli Sauce.
 
#5
We've got things pretty much covered in France. What you can't buy locally, we get sent from a shop in Paris. Bacon, tea, cheddar cheese are all available locally but Marmite and gravy granules we get sent.

Though I have seen a Dutch equivalent where you can get your toilet paper sent from the Netherlands. 8O
 
#7
Gyros spice, usually bought in big 500g tubs from boxhead supermakets. Roast chicken just isn't the same without it.
 
#8
Proper British bacon, the German stuff just isn't the same. Also self raising flour for dumplings and gravy granules. Pretty much everythig else is covered. Make my own shepherds pies with fresh ingredients.
 
#9
Mr_Fingerz said:
Encona Hot Chilli Sauce.
Good one. I discovered this on a trip down to Gib. Goes well with nearly everything except chocolate cake, particularly if you want that extra kick. Very similar to the home made African chilli sauces that you see all over the continent.
 
#10
Mr_Deputy said:
mistersoft said:
Though I have seen a Dutch equivalent where you can get your toilet paper sent from the Netherlands. 8O
I was told a few years ago that as well as the well-known 'Cheese Heads' nickname the Germans also call the Dutch 'Layby Shtters.' Those who camp in S Europe and travel by campervan or car often buy ALL they need at home in NL and buy nothing locally. They also tend to drive thru Germany and leave little messages on this NL bog roll. As they are quite an open lot and there is a bit of antagonism with the Krauts - maybe they are simply leaving their impression of the locals. I don't know.
I heard that as well. No matter where they are heading, everything will be bought in NL and then schlepped halfway across Europe stuffed into every nook and cranny in their shed on wheels (fcuking caravans). This includes everything from potatoes to beer to bog roll. As for those little messages, they probably say "Can we have our bikes back?" or "Can we have our radios back?" as the Germans confiscated them during WW2.
 
#11
Jock pies, Cornish pasties, Forfar bridies, Melton Mowbrey pies... Oh, and beer. We have lager and lager and more lager but beer is like frogs teeth. So, all the healthy stuff then.

The main thing we miss and it cannot be fetched is drinking water straight from the tap.
 
#13
Bacon Butty with loads of bacon in it
 
#14
Bacon is the real problem with foreignland. Especially islamically challenged countries. Oy Abdul, no! Turkey is for wrapping in bacon, not making bacon!
 
#15
don't go to Cyprus for a bacon butty either unless you take your own
 
#16
Cuddles said:
Bacon is the real problem with foreignland. Especially islamically challenged countries. Oy Abdul, no! Turkey is for wrapping in bacon, not making bacon!
In Germany, I used to buy the Tulip bacon. It's a very thinly cut streaky bacon and on contact with a frying pan, it will shrivel up and then disappear. It usually takes a search party to find it again and by that time it's cold.

In the Netherlands bacon was quite difficult to find which is strange as Tescos sells Dutch bacon. We either bought it from the UK on shopping trips or bought lumps of bacon and sliced it ourselves.

Here in France bacon is available but only streaky. Though the circular cold smoked bacon does fry up quite well. If we want decent back bacon then there's the shop in Paris that sends it (at a price).
 
#17
DiDi said:
don't go to Cyprus for a bacon butty either unless you take your own
Note to self, re: travel plans, Cyprus. Bacon butty is self-service item in Cyprus. Signed for self.
 
#20
warm crusty bread butter bacon

must go and lay down
 

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