There were many things I loved about England.
I loved the scenery.
The people I met.
And of course, the pubs.
And this is going to sound crazy to those of you who aren’t food obsessed, but one of my favorite things to do when I was there was search high and low for non-American(ized), fun, British food. I went to many restaurants and would sometimes even spend an hour or two of an afternoon in the aisles of Waitrose, Tesco, or Sainsbury’s, just to look at the different foods.
(I know, I’m weird.)
One of the best foods I bought there was actually from the 99p store (basically a dollar store). They were these delicious little shortbread cookies that came in a blue package.
I can’t for the life of me remember the brand, and I can’t find them anywhere online. Maybe they’re out of business? Either way, they were so stinkin’ good, and I remember wishing we had something like them in the States.
Enter Ina Garten’s Shortbread Cookie recipe.
These cookies taste exactly – I mean, exactly – like the cookies I got from the 99p store in England.
When I made them for Sarah’s gift, I knew they were going to be good, simply because I haven’t come across a recipe of hers that isn’t. But I didn’t expect them to take me back to England. I’m so happy I decided to include those cookies in her gift, because hopefully they gave her a taste of the island she’s now calling home.
Isn’t it funny how something as seemingly insignificant as a food can make us nostalgic?
I’m linking this post up to Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday. 🙂 Thanks for hosting, Katie!