Angel Slices

Brand: Mr. Kipling Cost: £1 Found at: Tesco It was a miserable day for a walk. It is the last week in June, but the weather has turned extremely sour. I was warned that the Scottish summer would be like this, but the unseasonable warmth and sunshine of May had lulled me into a false... Continue Reading →

Baklava Assortment

Brand: Eridanous Cost: £1.50 Found at: Lidl             How have I been alive on this earth for almost three decades and never once had chocolate covered baklava? How did I stumble through my life before this moment, completely oblivious to how good life could be?             For those unfamiliar with my favorite desert, baklava is... Continue Reading →

Hand Finished Carrot Cake

Brand: Lidl Deluxe Cost: £1.49 Found at: Lidl             The more I learn about the Middle Ages in Europe, the more I realize that it was an absolutely lawless time in the history of food. Suddenly, you had all the spices coming in from the crusades with no sense of how best to use them.... Continue Reading →

Sakura Cake

Brand: Meika (Excellent Sweets) Found at: Bokkusu   I’ve talked before on this blog about how I feel towards “sakura” flavoring. I have never known cherry blossoms to have a scent, and as I have never attempted to eat one, I cannot say if they have a flavor either - but as far as I... Continue Reading →

Wife Cake

Brand: Dong Wang Yang (Looking East) Cost: £1.60 Found at: Oaka Supercity   I went searching for moon cakes in Scotland in February and unsurprisingly met with very little success. I’ve been missing them lately but had forgotten that, even though there are many Chinese grocery stores in Glasgow, they are unlikely to stock a... Continue Reading →

Dream Roll Cake (Drömrulltårta)

Brand: ICA Found at: ICA For years, Europeans have been hassling me about Marshmallow Fluff. “You Americans and your sweet things,” they say, in a patronizing tone. “You put marshmallows on your sandwiches.” First of all: don’t knock it till you try it. Marshmallow Fluff has been a friend indeed at many points in my... Continue Reading →

Frosted Mince Pies

Brand: Mr Kipling Found at: Tesco  Cost: £1.50   Mince pies were described by my Glaswegian co-worker as a UK staple that has staunchly resisted globalization. And this, I think, is largely an issue of branding. When I hear the word mince pie, I think of ground meat. When any normal person hears the word... Continue Reading →

Jaffa Cakes

I have always wished birthdays had themes the way anniversaries do. I’m thinking about this because I have recently had a birthday, and as much as I treasure the thoughtful gifts of others, I also want to do something to celebrate my anniversary with myself. It is my longest relationship, after all, and I feel... Continue Reading →

Orkney Thin Oatcakes

Brand: Stockan’s Cost: £0.60 Found at: Sainsbury’s   On the minus side, these flat oat crackers taste and look like starchy cardboard. On the plus side, they are an amazing base for cream cheese. And while I usually judge snacks on their own merits alone, with these quarter-circles of blandness I feel weirdly compelled to... Continue Reading →

Tea Cakes

Brand: Tunnock’s Cost: £1 Found at: Sainsbury’s I arrived in Scotland as I arrive in every new country: jetlagged, bewildered and smelling of sweat and sleeplessness. Just because I travel a lot does not mean that I travel well. And the last thing I wanted upon my arrival was a new experience: I wanted a... Continue Reading →

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