Saturday, March 18, 2006

Expat Nosh (Cream Teas)

I met a couple of stoats from England the other day. We were chatting over a couple of bottles of Asahi Dry when they mentioned a mythical creature called 'cream teas'. They told me that they roam the south west of the country and can usually be found in close proximity to friendly farmhouses.

This set me a-wonderin', are cream teas exclusive to the shores of Britain or are they to be found in other corners of the globe?

I started my search in the expensive department stores of Osaka. No luck there, only tonkatsu, tempura and pasta. I then decided to try some local bakeries. Again, I was thwarted by the local cuisine preferences of baumkeki, fluffy cheesecake and chou buns. On my way out I remembered a busy little bakery in Hankyu had fruit scones. Then, like an udder slapping you in the face, I also recalled there was an import shop nearby where I may be able to procure the critical ingredient: clotted cream. With scones held tightly in my fuzzy hands I went to the import shop, and they had clotted cream!!. However, I almost crapped myself. It was $72 for 24 grams (give or take a few cents depending on the exchange rate). Reeling in the shop I made a decision to make do with whipping cream and raspberry jam.

Upon arriving home I set about whipping the cream. I have heard complaints that whipping cream leads to hurting arms (aaawwwwww). Grippy feet, hands and a tail meant I did not suffer the same fate as many a human cream-whipper.

Having now tried cream tea, I can say they are pretty good, but I do prefer banana bread myself.


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