When I first moved to a different continent, I found myself craving all sorts of things that were suddenly not available, often even when they were things that I had never really cared for previously. As the years have gone by, just about everything is now available -- either it has become a common item, or it is available if you are willing to pay the price.
One strange craving that has remained is cottage cheese. The French do not eat it, even if they have a few similar items, but they are just not the same, neither the flavor or the way the curds feel in your mouth.
So every now and then I will break down a buy a pot of British cottage cheese, made by Longley Farm, West Yorkshire. I just ate some, and it spectacularly satisfied my extreme hunger for it.
I never ate cottage cheese when I lived where there were rows and rows of giant pots of it at the supermarket. Never really liked the stuff. Completely irrational.
as you say - irrational. I don't even like Oreo cookies, yet when I lived in Australia if anyone even said the word I would have killed for one. bizarre. glad I'm home and don't have to care - but now I obsess over dark choc. digestives (which at least are obtainable - like your cottage cheese)
Some site I was on yesterday (maybe even here?) had a link to the South African Shop somwhere in darkest England. It was designed for people who had irrational cravings for Saffer rusks, biltong and a whole lot of stuff for which there are perfectly good substitutes.
Cottage cheese? Kerouac, it is the first pic in your food abomination gallery.
Hmm, living in Italy I missed decent croissants, and think bread of French heritage tends to be better. I also very much missed the availability of food from different continents, and was thrilled upon return to Perugia to see how many foreign students had started up restaurants and little shops featuring foods from away. This despite the stellar quality of Italian daily food. I didn't miss anything typically "North American", and certainly not poutine!
I sometimes get a craving for a cordial called Ribena. It's not too strong though and in fact disappears when I start thinking of ways to get it here. I just don't want to deal with friends who start asking me why they should bring a bottle over from Kuala Lumpur.
I sometimes get an irrational craving for the liquid/juice from homemade sauerkraut. Is that AKA brine? Anyway,we used to have huge earthenware crocks covered in cheesecloth with sauerkraut makings and would snitch when no one was watching. I,ve tried the storebought and just not the same.
Baz, there are SA shops in St Albans, Richmond and also near Aldgate Tube in Mile End Road. Since my trip to the Kruger Park I have regularly visited these shops when i am remotely near to them for a fix of Biltong, Borewurst, nik-naks and Ghost Pops!
I regularly crave good wet biltong washed down with Windhoek
Iain, The South African shop must be new in St Albans. I don't recall one when we lived nearby. We ate a lot of boerewors when we were camping in SA 4 years ago. I think it was because I was not taken with the displays of meat. Peppadews are a SA product I like.
I can attest that Swiss bread is excellent. One good thing about continental Europe is that quite a few countries have good bread, even though they are all different. I particularly like (besides French bread) Swiss bread, German bread, Danish bread, Italian bread and Swedish bread.
Baz I would kill for the rusks a SA person once made at a fair. They would break your teeth if you didn't dunk them in your coffee or tea. I have found some recipes but not tried incase they are not as wonderful.
You are wrong though.. sorry my luv, nothing can be replaced properly with another unless it is identical..to me at least. That is why i have one hundred of every sort of thing if possible. (ok kick my butt now if you like, being a pain i know)
Ribena, I only had a couple of times but talking about that makes me crave it.
I want some of that Swiss bread too. OMFG.. that must be good!