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Some things just don't translate 
23rd-May-2006 01:17 am
buttermilk biscuits
I can always count on brits_americans for my daily dose of 'let's perpetuate some stereotypes'. Most of it leans toward two theses:
1. Brits are awesome, have more highly developed taste buds and are all around healthier, happier, and smarter people. But everyone drinks tea nonstop.
2. Americans are barely acceptable, have poor taste in everything from flooring to sandwich bread, and are on speaking terms with Bush/personally responsible for all the ills in the US policy. But they have good teeth.

I usually stay out of the fray, viewing the whole thing as a large intarweb spectator sport.

But, they disparaged the biscuit.

American biscuits are tasty and easy to make. If you can't agree with both parts of that statement, you're either celiac or you've never had a real biscuit.

On this point I stand, and I cannot be moved.

As I stated elsewhere, if you don't believe me...come have a biscuit in my kitchen and tell me they aren't good. I dare you.
23rd-May-2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Do you need someone to bring some Virginia Ham too to make Ham Biscuits? *smile* I definitely fall into the all biscuits are good camp...
23rd-May-2006 12:49 am (UTC)

I don't eat ham...but have to admit that the smell of a honey baked one cooking is quite nice.
23rd-May-2006 01:05 am (UTC)
"American biscuits are tasty and easy to make. If you can't agree with both parts of that statement, you're either celiac or you've never had a real biscuit."

bwahahahaha. right on.
23rd-May-2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Just tell em "it's a savory scone" and that should shut them up... they're really very very familiar. My old aussie beau used to say cookies are biscuits and biscuits are scones.
23rd-May-2006 02:22 am (UTC)
basically they are exactly that - and as a brit I say yay to that.

It's not an either/or situation!
23rd-May-2006 09:34 am (UTC)
I stopped reading that community, it got too annoying :-(
23rd-May-2006 11:01 am (UTC)
My finger hovers over the remove button a lot more recently.

Too many people with opinions and no facts. :(
23rd-May-2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, but you being in Britain I must assume that by "biscuit" you mean "cookie" LOL. HA!
23rd-May-2006 02:43 pm (UTC)

Actually, it's kindof weird. Traditional British ones are biscuits, but if you buy chocolate chip, they're cookies. I have no idea who makes these decisions.
23rd-May-2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
I accept your dare!
23rd-May-2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
You just want a cook. :)

Bring it on. Shall I expect you at tea time?
23rd-May-2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Damn, am I that transparent? ;)

Tea time works for me, perhaps not tea time this evening - I don't think BA would get me there in time.
23rd-May-2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
I made buttermilk bisquits last night to use for strawberry shortcake. Nothing equals that.
23rd-May-2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
23rd-May-2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Biscuits are delicious and tasty, but I still want to take you up on the dare. :-)

(UK AntiUS-food snobs may say there are no such things in the UK, and I would agree that a proper American buiscuit is not the same thing as a scone, but I've doen a lot of hisotirc baking and recipe research, and there were popular items called 'beatn biscuits' in 18th century English cookery that were pretty much the same as American biscuits. If they've lsot them int he intervening period, well, that's their fault. :-p)
23rd-May-2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
But the UK has great biscuits too - chocolate penguins, hobnobs, ginger nuts, boasters the list goes on :)

Most are better dipped in tea than in gravy though...
23rd-May-2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yes. They do. And I don't think I want to live without Penguins now that I've had them.

However, the UK just doesn't seem to do a savory, bakery sort of biscuit. Nothing wrong with that. I'm just not going to take guff from those community members. :)
23rd-May-2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Indeed! I am most partial to McVities Digestives!
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