Later today, if we’re lucky and the ParcelForce gods are smiling down upon us, we will have a box of American breakfast treats. Specifically, Aunt Jemima stuff, grits, and buttermilk biscuits. Oh, and a bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, but that’s less a breakfast food than the rest really.
In the over four years I’ve lived in England, I have not once ordered American foods from a specialist importer. I have brought a few things over (Hidden Valley Ranch packets and Oreos), and friends and family have sent comfort food care packages in the past, but overall, what I haven’t had I haven’t much missed. But the other day, as I was preparing a grocery list of what we’ll be serving to his family for Christmas breakfast, Neil mentioned his love of grits.
Unfortunately, grits are not a food that anyone outside of the southern states of America seems to take very seriously. You can get them throughout the US, but they are a distinctly southern dish. Neil fell for them a few years ago and then again the last time we were in the US visiting family. Buttermilk biscuits and grits. Neil’s unexplainable connection with the US south is undeniable.
I found, what I think, is the most reasonable place to get them, and a wealth of other American goodies, based on unit price, delivery charges, and range diversity: The Stateside Candy Company. I’m sure I won’t order often, as these things are a luxury to have, but for a few tubs of grits and cheap(er) maple syrup, ordering a couple of times a year won’t hurt the bank balance much.
Fingers crossed we get our package today; I’d love to make up some grits for the in-laws on Christmas morning!