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Started by HerrWalrus on Sep 17, 2020 9:37:41 AM
What's the best (and worst) European thing you buy?

Dried beans and Galician almond cake from the Spanish deli. Tiramisu from Tesco. German wheat beer (when the supermarket hasn't run out of stock).

Not a fan of the various muesli and granola products. Gets stuck in the teeth.

cozzer - 17 Sep 2020 09:39:03 (#1 of 45)

Mature cheddar, Cornish pasties, Scotch whisky

airynothing - 17 Sep 2020 09:48:14 (#2 of 45)

Parmesan, Iberico ham, wine.

tasselhoff - 17 Sep 2020 09:48:48 (#3 of 45)

Comté, parmesan cheeses.

Lack of pasties is annoying.

TheVoiceOfReason - 17 Sep 2020 09:51:38 (#4 of 45)

Look at all this nasty foreign food.

airynothing - 17 Sep 2020 09:53:51 (#5 of 45)

Quite right. Chuck another prawn on the barbie, mate, and we'll be right.

Moschops - 17 Sep 2020 09:58:14 (#6 of 45)

Manchego from Lidl

Tricyrtis - 17 Sep 2020 10:02:32 (#7 of 45)

Lack of pasties is annoying.

You could make your own, then you'd have all the pasties you want.

Catspyjamas17 - 17 Sep 2020 10:08:21 (#8 of 45)

Spanish avocados are pretty nice.

Worst? I don't know, Dr Oetker pizza probably but it used to have a kind of mucky attraction.

tasselhoff - 17 Sep 2020 10:21:42 (#9 of 45)

God, I lived on Dr Oetker pizzas when I was in Germany


WibbleAgain - 17 Sep 2020 10:27:49 (#10 of 45)

European thing

Define "European". European in style? Bought in Europe? Made in Europe? Presumably it includes British?

As to "thing", it's an impossibly wide range. From rawl plugs to toothpaste to cars and garden machines, or even manufacturing machines.

Most things bought in Europe are now made in China.

I suppose that leave us with food, which seems to be what everyone is posting about. Even so, a lot of tinned Italian tomatoy things, for example, are made of tomatoes from Africa...

[Edit] from China, actually:

Catspyjamas17 - 17 Sep 2020 10:28:36 (#11 of 45)

At one time they seemed quite nice, to me, for a frozen pizza. We used to call them Dr Oscar as our then cat was called Oscar.

Also found an old diary entry which was telling about diet/weight, considering myself greedy for having eaten half of one of those pizzas (was very slim then). Nowadays I could eat a medium Dominos through the box.

DonkeyOT - 21 Sep 2020 17:38:00 (#12 of 45)

#2 -

Can you get jamon Ibérico in UK? I bet it's dear, isn't it? God knows it's extortionate in Spain.

Bloody tastes incomparable though, doesn't it?

Catspyjamas17 - 21 Sep 2020 17:39:17 (#13 of 45)

They sell great slabs of it in Aldi middle aisle from time to time at a reasonable price.

harryhaller - 21 Sep 2020 17:41:15 (#14 of 45)

Ferraris are quite nice, I hear. Though some say Lamboughinis are better.

goldfinch - 21 Sep 2020 17:41:48 (#15 of 45)

Olive oil, parmesan, San Marzano tomatoes

DonkeyOT - 21 Sep 2020 17:42:34 (#16 of 45)

#13 C/P - Yeah, but that's just jamón serrano, which is nothing like as nice as Ibérico. Depending on weight a whole leg of Ibérico runs into three figures!

Aldi have it every Christmas, I got one a few years ago - very disappointing.

goldfinch - 21 Sep 2020 17:44:30 (#17 of 45)

What I wouldn't buy is any music from France or Spain.

tasselhoff - 21 Sep 2020 17:46:15 (#18 of 45)

Or bacon as we know it.

Catspyjamas17 - 21 Sep 2020 17:47:22 (#19 of 45)

Ok, I hadn't examined it closely as I don't eat meat any more. When I did, the best ham I had was in Trevelez.

harryhaller - 21 Sep 2020 17:48:11 (#20 of 45)

German bread. Makes others seem like cotton wool or cake.

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