So, you’re settled into your new London home (thanks London Relocation), your children are enrolled in school, you’ve figured out that the National Health Service is actually very good, you have a local GP on call and you are using you A-Z to get around. Now, what about food? Your exciting family move to London will grow rapidly less exciting if you want to spend years living on takeout, sooner or later you’ll have to get out and brave the supermarkets. Remember that the shops are on a much smaller scale that in the US and not many people buy in bulk, which is probably because lugging a trolley home on the bus is not much fun. There are supermarkets that deliver though.
You might find that you’re a bit confused as to what the names of foods are, especially if you’re looking for something and only have the American name for it. Shopping and cooking can be quite a challenge if you’re new to living in London.
Family Move to London – A Little Taste of Home
Cooking measurements are a little different in England and you’ll have to get used to the metric system of measurements. Even the cup size is different. A recipe that calls for one cup of flour in the US means 8 oz. In English recipes it means 10 oz. Items in England are sold in kilograms, so you’ll have to convert to pounds to get a good idea of how much you are buying. A kilogram is 2.2 pounds. You might find that your home baked cake recipes do work as well in England. The flour is slightly different as is the sugar. Try out some new English recipe book if you are keen on baking.
The Fundamental Guide to Biscuits and Cookies (and other weird words…)
Cookies in England are called biscuits. This hilarious guide will help you figure out what the difference is and what you’re getting when you’re offered a biscuit. Crackers are called savory biscuits. Jelly is jello, and jam is jelly. Zucchini’s are known as courgettes in England and eggplant is called Aubergine. Most of the food items are pretty similar, but if you’re looking for something that is distinctly American then you have to check the specialty shops, buy it online, or ask friends and family to bring it with them when they visit.
Your family move to London is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a way of life that is probably more foreign that you thought it was. You have the opportunity though, to embrace and learn about a new country and a new culture while you are here, enjoy it!