Two Brits and two pots of tea.
It's OK. It's all going to be OK. I've found a place that sells Lemon Barley Water. (What is she on about?). Not just that, they also have dried marrowfat peas (come again?) and joy of joys, Atora suet (eh?) The wonders of sharing a cup of tea (what else) with another Brit in a Montreal cafe is that we can, rather sadly, swap the names of places where you can buy British foodstuffs. I know you're thinking Britain isn't exactly the gastronomic capital of the world but
Montrealers, imagine living somewhere without Imperial Cheese, Kraft dinner or a St Viateur bagel and you will appreciate what it is like to go two and a half years without a decent glass of lemon squash. I've had to drink water for goodness sake. I'm not sure that's healthy. Squash doesn't exist in this country. In my old Tesco's back in Blighty there were shelves and shelves of this stuff - liquid concentrate to make fruity drinks (I can't believe I'm having to explain this).
|Tea made with boiling water.|
Anyway, first chance I get I'm heading to the Bramble House store in Pointe-Claire to stock up on British delights, wearing dark glasses and a large hat because people who move abroad and search out their own cuisine are really sad. I love Montreal restaurants by the way.
While we British girls were on the subject of food (the eternal search for a bag of caster sugar for instance) can I just say a word on the pot-luck dinner. Yes it's all really democratic and Canadian and everything but sometimes I would like to go out for dinner without having to cook first. Is that really so bad? In Britain the host or hostess does the cooking and try as I might I find it very difficult to tell friends when they ask what to bring to say , oh yes could you just spend a few hours in the kitchen and rustle up a pudding?
The tea we were served today was great by the way and as you know, I'm a stickler on this point , but yes the bag was in the hot water when it arrived at the table (Canadians, you are learning. You have pleased me greatly with your progress).