► NOTE: Also see the BRITSHOPS page on this website for list Florida’s English tearooms and Britshops. There you can buy
British foods imported from the UK.
► FLORIDA BRITS REJOICE! WONDERFUL NEWS! We love our bangers and mash. Now British bangers have come to Florida from the famous UK company Balson British meats. Read the announcement from Balson’s British president below: Now available at your nearest Costco. So rush out and get ’em. January 2017: We at RJ Balson & Son, “England’s Oldest Family Business” and “Europe’s Oldest Family Butcher” — since 1515 — are excited to announce that ALL COSTCO locations in Florida are NOW STOCKING RJ Balson’s Award-Winning Traditional Bangers! You can now purchase “BALSON BANGERS” for 75% OFF our online store price. Due to COSTCO’s structure and volume, this is a great price with a LIMITED TIME OFFER. Get stocked up while you can: the bangers are in a 2 lb sell unit pack and can be frozen for up to 6 months after purchase! This is a great chance to show COSTCO the demand for British and Irish food, so please help spread the word! Please forward this info to your interested friends and contacts, and “Like” us on Facebook and share our updates! Thank you for your time, we appreciate you! Our website is www.balsonbutchers.com and our Facebook page is “R.J. Balson & Son, USA”. All the Best, Oliver Balson, President RJ BALSON USA, Inc.
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► BRITISH BANGERS…the nearest thing to UK sausages you’ll find in Florida. Utterly delicious and supplied to many British and Irish pubs around Florida, they are home made by Murvest Foods in Ft.Lauderdale, owned by John Murphy [Irish] and wife Sylvia [Australian]. You can buy them yourself to enjoy at home. Delight your dinner party guests with classic Bangers and Mash and onion gravy. You have to buy a case of these but they go fast, freeze well and I give them as precious presents to my special British friends. HOW TO BUY: Go in person to pick them up from Murvest’s Ft.Lauderdale premises. Call Murvest  772-6440 for prices and opening times. OR : They will ship via UPS to your office Monday-Friday only, NOT to private homes, so someone is definitely there to sign for it. The sausages come frozen. Call Murvest Foods  772-6440 in Ft.Lauderdale to arrange shipment. Make sure to ask for Sylvia or John by name and ask for the British Bangers. They also do the same in small cocktail size-great for parties. I also recommend their Black Pudding–a fave with Brits–have tried that–delish. Tell them Patricia sent you.–PK
► DAVENPORT Sundays Grill  588-2162 serves Bangers and Mash and shows Premier league football. Brit owners Paul and Tony Gray
► DAVENPORT The Proper Pie Company.  438-2705 British owner Derek.
► ORLANDO [Sanford] The Daily Express Cafe  644-6282 British owners serve your fave dishes like fish and chips and sell British foods.
► KISSIMMEE The British Chippy  507-5064. An authentic fish and chip shop like we loved back in UK. Ask for British owner Steve Barnes.
► FT. MYERS OK-UK Fish and Chips  599-2328. British owner John Norton.
► CAPE CORAL Pete’s Fish and Chips  458-2447 in west Florida. Ask for British owner Peter Rushton.
► OSPREY Scrambles  966-6347 for breakfast and lunch. English owner Karen.
► ST. PETERSBURG Luvits Pieshop  608-6529 run by English baker Taina Brabant. They have the authentic pies expats crave from back home.
► ST. PETERSBURG Jack’s London Grill  289-7170. Ask for British owner Peter Leonavicius
Q. In 1966 I emigrated from England. I remained in Miami until retiring a few years ago and moving up to the Gainesville area. One of the things that I have struggled with over the years is trying to make scones.
I have tried numerous recipes, but they never seem to come out right for me, and I have never been able to settle on a recipe that worked well. It’s embarrassing to think that an English person cannot make scones. Any assistance with a recipe would be greatly appreciated.
A. There are lots of recipes for scones, but I’m happy to provide one, though I know I invite quibbling over ingredients (Should you include an egg or not? Should you use buttermilk or sour cream? Should you add sugar, and how much? Should you include raisins, other fruit, or none at all?). Better than a recipe, though, I think a quick primer would help anyone who wants to make a crumbly, tender and buttery scone. These are tips I learned from my daughter, who lived in Dublin, Belfast and London for several years and approaches her scone baking as an art form:
1. Especially on warm days, or in a humid climate, it is essential that the butter be almost frozen, and the buttermilk ice cold. You should work quickly so the ingredients stay cool — that will make for a flakier, more-tender scone. Genevieve picked up a handy trick of putting a stick of butter in the freezer for 30 minutes, then pushing it through the large grater of a food processor. You end up with lots of small icicle bits that are easy to distribute through the flour. No doubt you could use the large holes on a hand grater as well.
2. Handle the dough as little as possible. At Ballymaloe (the best-known Irish cooking school) you are told to make a claw of your hand, and use only your fingertips to incorporate the flour, keeping the fingers stiff and basically raking the wet ingredients into the dry.
3. You don’t want the dough to be even or smooth — you just want to disperse the butter and incorporate the remaining ingredients. Resist the temptation to add more flour, other than what you’ve used to dust your board. The dough should be wet and a bit sticky, not clean and smooth like a yeast bread dough.
4. Put away the rolling pin. Pat the dough, don’t smush. You can use a knife to make the traditional wedge shapes from a round of dough, or to make squares from a rectangle. If you want perfect circles, use a biscuit cutter rather than rolling dough into balls with your hands.
5. Once you’ve put the dough onto the cookie sheet, put the whole thing in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. This gives the gluten in the dough a chance to rest after any stretching has taken place and will make the dough flakier.
6. Put your baking sheet on the top rack of the oven, rather than the middle one, to ensure the scones rise well and get a nice, burnished top. END
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