Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Cucumbers and muffins

Regular cucumbers here are garden cucumbers: thick, squat, and full of seeds. Skins are thick, dark green, slightly warty, and usually so heavily waxed that peeling them is the only option.

The cucumbers I knew from home — long and narrow, with thin slightly ridged skin — are sold here as "English cucumbers", usually at a premium.

Oddly though, "English muffins" here are neither muffins nor English; they have a much more open texture than the breakfast muffins sold in UK supermarkets, almost closer to a crumpet. Thomas' is the main brand, but I'm rather partial to the Orowheat sourdough muffin.