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Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

"We have many Polish customers who want to
buy food they are familiar with.


This is the key point.

My brother is one of the million plus recent arrivals in the UK. He's always telling us how there is nothing in any British shops. He even goes as far as to get my mother to send him vitamins, packet soups, aspirin by post.

He like all his housemates don't speak a word of English and are completely confused by food labelling and British shops. They live in a virtual Polish bubble in Scotland.

And before anyone else says it: my brother and all his friends are complete plonkers .

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

There are foreign people living in Poland who are in the same bubble, diplomats shopping in their comissary, expats smoking only Marlboro, people eating the (never QUITE authentic) British/Irish food at Jimmy Bradley's/Bar Below/London Steakhouse etc.

One of the strangest things I saw, though, was on a market stall in Leeds, UK. Among all the kielbasa, Sourdough bread and Winiary soups, which to be fair are Polish specific, I also Jogobella yoghurt (no real difference to British, except a bit more sugar) and, wait for it, two brands of Polish margarine!

Is there really a difference?

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

I remember going to Leeds market in a desperate hunt for carp for Wigilia.
Those good old Jews still keep the traditions!

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

That's interesting!
My brother and his wife (moving today from Warwick to Colchester)never complain about food or basicly anything. True, they speak English quite well.
My brother's wife told me the short story of their Wigilia carp. She was offered one by a local (English) fisher but rejected it - it was 20 kilos large, old, smelly, muddy creature (the carp of course, I have no idea how old the fisher was!)

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

A foreigner in any country buying much liked imported items from his homeland, which cannot be obtained in his adopted country makes sense - marlboro, specific bread or sausages, etc.

What is plain ridiculous is importing things like yoghurt, margarine, aspirin, vitamins, etc. from your homeland instead of buying the local product.

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

Packet soup is the same shit the planet over AND besides a new arrival from the west to Poland.

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

I remember going to Leeds market in a desperate hunt for carp for Wigilia.
Those good old Jews still keep the traditions!

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Is the carp eating thing originally a Jewish tradition?

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

Jewish style Carp (in fish auspic flavoured with a dash of lemon and raisins) is one of the favourite carp recipes.

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

I just saw off a friend at Warsaw airport, going to London to join his ex-partner for a few months. Among other things, he took with him: 30 packs of paper hankerchiefs, a jar of gherkins, knives and forks (I told him they already have cutlery in London), a wooly hat and winter clothes (he's coming back in August), chicken stock cubes and to cap it all, Lipton's tea bags.

Coals to bloody Newcastle.

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

Well he will certainly need to warm clothes as it's freezing in the UK at the moment plus the tissues will be handy when he catches the lurgies and gets all snotty.

The knives may be useful if some Poles after his gherkins and lipton tea try to mug him.

Re: Heinz meanz tripe to Poles pining for home

Neil - most British Jews picked up traditions from their former 'homelands' of NE Europe.
I remember having problems in a cake shop in Golders Green ... I kept calling the Jewish produce by their Polish names!
"Oh, you mean chollah!"
"What's szarlotka? Could you point, perhaps?"