English Full Breakfast Now Available as a Breakfast CerealAn English full breakfast is a traditional meal consisting of, most commonly, baked beans, black pudding (that’s a type of sausage), fried eggs, bacon, fried tomatoes, fried bread, and mushrooms. It’s a calorie-packed meal that will power a working-class bloke through the labors of the day.Now it’s available as a cereal. The tabloid The Mirror reports that today, which is December 2, is National English Breakfast Day. If you’re too busy to cook up one of these meals, you can instead eat Caff Crunch, which is a cold cereal with all of the flavors of the English “fry up.”-via Dave Barry
McDonald's Food Might Be Better in 2024They say you can demand anything cheap, fast, or good, but you cannot have all three. You should get at least two. McDonald's rules the fast food world by delivering cheap food fast. Even though everyone has a favorite menu item, the quality of the food has never been groundbreaking, with the exception of fries, and only if they are eaten within 90 seconds of receiving them. But lately the prices at McDonald's are rising astonishingly fast, and people have noticed. Getting one's food fast is not enough to keep them coming back. In the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Study, McDonald's had the lowest satisfaction score among fat food outlets, at 69%. So what are they going to do about it?​They are planning to improve the food. We already knew about McDonald's plan to switch to cooking their onions right on the burgers, but that is just one of 50 improvements the chain plans to roll out in 2024. Global marketing director Chris Young told the Wall Street Journal, "We can do it quick, fast and safe, but it doesn't necessarily taste great. So, we want to incorporate quality into where we're at." That's a refreshingly honest statement. So McDonald's will stay fast, but since they are giving up on cheap, they are going to try to make their food worth the price. We will see when the changes go nationwide in early 2024. (Image credit: Kenneth C. Zirkel)
Internet Falls in Love with Mom Making Tater Tot CasseroleHer name is Jess, her TikTok handle is @applesauceandadhd and she is amazing. Jess has gone viral for this video of her making tater tot casserole. Men on Twitter are professing their adoration of her.
Coffee Deviled EggsKyle Marcoux goes by the online name of The Vulgar Chef, which is completely fitting. His videos are delicious and inventive abominations that frequently contain foul language. But Marcoux’s dishes are nonetheless intriguing and his entire Instagram feed is worth exploring.But today, we will focus on just his whole breakfast deviled eggs. The egg yolks are mixed with (I think) cream and sugar, which would belong in a well-prepared cup of coffee. The yolks are stained with coffee for the pick up that you need early in the morning. So each egg is a complete cup of coffee, but not likely one you could order at a Starbucks.
An American's Guide to Christmas PuddingIn the UK, it's traditional to eat Christmas pudding for the holiday. It's also been called plum pudding or figgy pudding, which we know from songs, but what is it, exactly? It's nothing like what Americans call pudding, which is a custard of milk and eggs with flavoring. It's closer to fruitcake, although there's no cake in it, and it's boiled instead of baked. And it's sometimes set on fire. In a history of Christmas pudding, Mental Floss explains the medieval roots of the pudding, which began as a savory mix of bread crumbs and broth. It later evolved to contain dried fruit of all kinds, meat or at least fat, and plenty of other ingredients over time. It also became thicker and less like pottage. The descriptions of what the pudding contained over time reminded me of nutraloaf. It only became a sweet dessert after sugar was made affordable by the establishment of Caribbean plantations, and became associated with Christmas through its use by the royal family, and a mention in Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol.After reading the history, I was still confused as to what this traditional gem of British cuisine is today. So I looked up a recipe for Christmas pudding from the BBC. It is mostly dried and preserved fruit (apples, raisins, and citrus peel), nuts, and sugar, with a small amount of breadcrumbs and flour, held together by butter and eggs. Yeah, there are spices, and a tiny bit of brandy (you add more to set it aflame). This mix is boiled for eight hours, then cooled and stored, then boiled again for an hour before serving. In addition to that long boiling time, there is an elaborate procedure for wrapping it- twice. Christmas pudding would have to be truly tasty to make it worth the time spent, but tradition is tradition. (Image credit: James Petts)
Starbucks Holiday Drinks are Better Overseas'Tis the season for Starbucks to ramp up the sugar and spice flavors for Christmas shopping and office parties and all the activities that surround the holiday season. You've been enjoying Pumpkin Spice Lattes for a while now, and you've recently had your first Peppermint Mocha of the season. But Starbucks offers a multitude of seasonal flavors outside the US that will make your mouth water.In Latin America and the Caribbean, you can get a Red Velvet Latte, a Holiday Cinnamon Latte, or a Hazelnut Caramel Latte. Meanwhile, China has the Starbucks Apple Joy Latte, designed to taste like apple pie, complete with caramel and diced apples on top. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa has the Caramel Waffle Latte, inspired by Dutch stroopwafel cookies. In Japan, holiday revelers are enjoying Strawberry Merry Cream Blended Cream Frappuccino® (yes, the title has two creams) and the Strawberry Merry Cream Tea Latte. In Japan, strawberries ripen in the winter and have become associated with Christmas. Read up on other Starbucks holiday drinks that aren't available in the US, and then enjoy your Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai Latte, which is. -via The Takeout​