Nice!

When the nice folk from fashion site Lifestyle Mirror popped in for a photo shoot with Brit model and actress Poppy Delevingne, they felt like a mid-morning snack. We handed round some NICE biscuits, and they instagram’d this wonderful photo.

The delicious coconot-flavor cookies are widely eaten in Britain, but originate from the French town of… you guessed it. You can find these and other British Pantry items in our lovely grocery store, Carry On Tea & Sympathy.

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Much Ado About Stuffing!

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Nicky – ever generous and kind – thought she’d share her famous stuffing recipe with all you lovely people. This recipe is perfect for turkey and you’ll hopefully have most of the ingredients lying around your kitchen already. So try it out this Thursday for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe by Tea & Sympathy

1 large onion chopped
2 sticks celery chopped
2 red apples chopped
6 rashers bacon chopped
3 sausages out of skin
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh chopped sage leaves
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
salt & pepper
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 or 2 eggs

Fry the onions until soft then add the bacon. Cook for a few minutes then add celery, apples, nuts, sausage meat, sage, herbs, salt and pepper. Fry until it is mostly cooked. take off the heat and add the bread crumbs and beaten egg or eggs. Put into a baking dish and bake for approx 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Delicious!

For the truly lazy we also stock Paxo at our Carry On Tea & Sympathy grocery store. This is a stuffing mixture you can add water to then bake in the oven. So whatever your time constraints this Thanksgiving – Tea & Sympathy has got you covered!

Weetabix… Don’t Let Them Go Soggy!

America likes its breakfast cereals sweet, colourful, and largely made up of marshmallow. With cereals in Britain, we have a reputation for being a bit blander  – but the country’s not too worried, downing 6.7kg of the stuff each per year! British adult breakfast cereals may not be appealing to the eye (we’re looking at you, porridge!) but more than make up for it with lower sugar levels and great taste. In this week’s British Pantry we take a look at Weetabix, which isn’t just the most popular cereal in the UK, it’s also – for better or worse – a part of the culture too.

Weetabix in Popular Culture

Weetabix Skins

Advertising for Weetabix in the 1980s featured the ‘Weetabix Skins’, a skinhead gang that threatened viewers to “make it neat wheat mate… If you know what’s good for you!” OK!!!

Jon Stewart

The Daily Show presenter is pretty hilarious when turning his attention to most topics, and Weetabix is no exception. During a Daily Show package on American soldiers working in Afghanistan, he said:

“To the NATO Allies that we met. The troops from the other countries that were there. That give so much. Your service is much appreciated. But that is no excuse to introduce Weetabix to our troops. I’m sorry. That is not a breakfast. That is a building material.”

The Weetabix Challenge

Two minutes to consume two Weetabix with no liquid. Is it possible? [LANGUAGE WARNING]

Liam Gallagher

After Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney had a hair transplant, pundits were at a loss with how best to describe it. Former Oasis singer and Manchester City fan Liam Gallagher stepped in, describing Rooney as “A balloon with a Weetabix crushed on top.”

Marmite… We Bloody Love It!

For this week’s British Pantry, we’re paying due respect to Marmite. ‘You either love it or you hate it’, apparently. We bloody love it!! Here’s Nicky with a fantastic piece of Marmite pop art – and below we’ve picked our top five limited edition products featuring the deliciously gooey black stuff.

Tea & Sympathy’s Top 5: Limited Edition Marmite Products

5. Royal Marmite

We’ve featured this one before. Produced especially for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee earlier this year.

4. Marmite Love

With Champagne!

3. Marmite Vaseline

If you ever wanted a kiss from us, here’s your secret weapon!!

2. Marmite Absinthe

This would have been top spot, but unfortunately it’s just a joke!

1. Guinness Marmite

Two of our all time favorite flavors. In one jar. Heaven!

McVitie’s Digestives & Tea & Sympathy Rosie Lee: Just Married!

Today’s British Pantry is something of a wedding party. For we are celebrating the harmonious union of a biscuit to a cup of tea. Now don’t laugh just yet. Hear us out first. We’ve preached the wonders of dunking in the past, and following the launch of our brand new teabags last week, there was only one grocery item we could feature today. The McVities Digestive biscuit!

The first digestive rolled off the biscuit press at the turn of the 20th century. There’s been no looking back since and we’d wager that you’d find a pack in 90% of British store cupboards. Not sure how we’d get to the bottom of this one, but the offer’s on the table! We do know that 52 Digestive biscuits are consumed every single second in the UK, which more than speaks for itself!

The distinctive name derives from a belief that acid in the biscuits aided digestion, while that even more distinctive flavor (the one that lends itself so well to being dunked in a mug of tea), is a mixture of brown wheat flour, malt extract and wholemeal. If you’ve never tried one, where have you been?! And if you have tried one, you’re yet to experience the perfect marital bliss gained from dunking into a mug of our new brew.

McVities are available in-store, as are our new teabags. We can ship both. Just get in touch at info@teaandsympathynewyork.com, or on 212-989-9735.

Frank Cooper’s Oxford Marmalade

What does the Queen eat for breakfast? Marmalade, of course. And not just any old marmalade, but Frank Cooper’s marmalade; yes, the very marmalade we sell in-store. Because if it’s good enough for Queenie, it’s good enough for us!

A bittersweet, citric jam made from oranges and sugar, Frank Cooper’s is a real tale of the British Dream (that’s the precursor to the American one…). Mr Cooper was an Oxford shopkeeper and his wife cooked up the first batch of eponymous marmalade in 1874. It was so good that by 1901, they had a whole factory making the stuff!

Made to the same recipe all these years later, the full range includes a Course Cut and Fine Cut variety alongside Vintage Marmalade and Strawberry Conserve. We sell it in our Greenwich Village store, and can also ship. Email us at info@teaandsympathynewyork.com or call us on: 212-989-9735, to have yourself a royally good breakfast!