A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published September 19th 2012
Gastronomy from Great Britain - Pomies' Pantry Delights
Being a pome who has now been away from Blighty for five years, I do get the occasional craving for some of those foods which are typically English and hard to get hold of Down Under. So on finding myself in the city recently, I thought I'd swing by the shop which I'd heard a fair bit about but not yet experienced firsthand.
Treats From Home can be found on Collins Street in the Collins two3four arcade, on the first floor. It's small but well stocked with many delicacies from the Motherland, which will have your mouth watering and the phrase, 'Oh, I remember those!' tripping from your lips.
Now be prepared to pay at least twice, if not three times, what you would pay in England for these delights, for obvious reasons. You're not going to want to do a weekly shop in there. But for a little treat (because you've earned it), you might want to splash out a bit.
There is plenty of non-edible merchandise on offer at Treats From Home
Treats from Home stocks all sorts of foods and some very British novelties (Union Jacks feature highly, along with red telephone boxes and black cabs). There are chocolate bars aplenty; think Yorkies, Curly Wurlys (I got a pack of five for $5), Cadburys Fudge and that bizarre Caramac bar, which I'm still trying to figure out. Sweets feature highly on the list with some old classics like Flying Saucers, Bon Bons, those strawberries which seem to made of foam, Liquorice Comforts and good old Rhubarb and Custards.
You can get your fix of Jammy Dodgers, Cadburys Fingers and Custard Creams in the biscuit section, as well as cereals like Sugar Puffs and Shreddies. If your brain is going into sugar overload just thinking about all that sweet stuff, there are plenty of savoury options too.
'A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat.'
I bagged myself a jar of Branston Pickle (I'm going to go and make a cheese and pickle sandwich when I've finished writing this) and almost bought a jar of Heinz Sandwich Spread, but I could hear hubby's voice in the back of my head at this point telling me to stop spending his hard earned dollars. There are Pot Noodles in a variety of flavours, tins of mushy peas for the Northerners and many other pantry items.
One of the reasons I went in to the shop was to buy some Discos (a type of crisp for the non-English amongst you). Being 7 months pregnant I have been craving salt and vinegar Discos since, well, possibly before I even got pregnant. Unfortunately crisps and snacks have a very short shelf life and as such they are only ordered in, in small quantities. Alas I was very disappointed that my salt and vinegar Discos were not in stock, in fact, there were very few crisps of any description available. That was my one disappointment, but I still left the shop 5 Curly Wurlys and a jar of pickle less well off.
There are several different types of Bisto to tempt your tastebuds
The great thing about Treats From Home is that if you're feeling spectacularly lazy or have money to burn, you can order online and have the excitement of your hand picked package delivered to your very doorstep. Yum! They also offer some really delicious sounding hampers, or you can create your own hamper for an extra $5. If you're buying for a friend and are unsure about their tastes there are gift vouchers available in $20, $30, $40, $50 and $100 denominations. Hint, hint...
For a full list of products available and more information, go to www.treatsfromhome.com.au. I'm not promising you'll find exactly what you're after, but you're sure to find something delicious and very British.