The Brits do so much food really well... not even kidding. The fruit and veg generally tastes better here, the meat is fantastic... though I have missed my dips. Chips (crisps) and dips. Have a wine: chips and dips, need a snack: chips and dips, just in from a night out: chips and dips.
I see so many varieties of hummus here, and a bit of tzatziki. But I just keep dreaming of the dips back home
On Coles' (Australian version of Sainsburys) website I was given a choice of 102 varieties of dip. This is one quarter of one of SIX pages!
So there was have it... I miss dip.
Have a bothered to make my own? No. Do I know how incredibly quick and easy is it to make dips? Yes. Do I have a blender? No.
I made either a foolish mistake, or a life changing choice the other day. I did my first grocery shop in M&S. For my Australian readers, I'm not sure if we have an M&S equivalent back home. It's like if David Jones had a very posh fresh food and deli attached. It's divine.
Low and behold, what did I find? Dips!
Certainly a few shy of 102. But proper dips. This one started me salivating as soon as I saw his name: Butternut and Chili.
This evening I grabbed myself some oatcakes (possibly the greatest dip/cheese accompaniment ever- thanks Scotland) and dived in.
Hello! Look at these colours. That orange, that's real butternut squash, spices and seasoned. That beautiful burnt red: chilli oil. Onions and peppers on top.
I am so happy to find this dip. I am surprised at how healthy it is. If I were to eat the hole pot (which may or may not have happened) it would still do less damage than the crisps that could have partnered it. (It's still a sometimes food.)
Cheese platters will come to life from here on out, I can feel it... and I do hope that M&S do more.
Oh Britain, you just make me feel more and more welcome everyday!