Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tornado! A Culture Shock for this Englishman

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In the wake of the devastating tornado that rippled through Joplin, Missouri on Sunday - killing some 116 people - I was moved to consider the fact that I, during my 29 years, have yet to witness a tornado, hailing (excuse the pun) as I do from England.

The only major British tornado-related incident I can recall occurred in the city of Birmingham in 2005. It was one of the strongest tornadoes recorded in the country in 30 years and, as I recall, ripped through a housing estate, leaving multiple terraced buildings in its wake. Luckily, no residents were home at the time of the storm and, in fact, no fatalities were reported that day.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sausage Rolls: Why America Should Adopt them

Image credit: Norman Rogers. Public Domain.
Having lived in Indiana for the past 3 years there are some things that I still miss about the United Kingdom: public transportation, the National Health Service and my mum's cooking, to name a few. But this past weekend, I was reminded of a British "cuisine" that, deep down, I might miss more than any of the aforementioned luxuries. I'm referring to sausage rolls.

Nothing more than a sausage tucked inside a coating of puff pastry, a sausage roll is the most heavenly food on Earth, and is, in fact, extremely versatile. You can serve it at family dinners, house parties or even eat one while you navigate your way down the street.