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About Leslie@myfoodhistorytravelblog

Hey! I'm an American living in the UK with a passion for food, history, and travel. You can follow my experiences at myfoodhistorytravelblog.com (not a creative title - but you know what you'll be getting).

Haggis Pie

Tonight is Burns Night!.  A celebration of the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns, though often an excuse to eat haggis and drink whiskey.  Over the past few years my Burns Night recipes (brownies and squash) have focused … Continue reading

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Returning to a New Normal?

  Huh, it’s been quiet here on the blog.  I haven’t written anything for the past five months.  The interface on Wordpress even changed in my time away 🙂 Well, that’s all down to the fact that Baby B joined our … Continue reading

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Spanish Babymoon

Well, I guess as the title of the post suggests; I’m pregnant!  Baby is due to arrive in October, and that means that most of the low-cost European airlines will allow me to travel through mid-August.  So with that in … Continue reading

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Sauerkraut

Hubs doesn’t really cook (I had to inform him that you had to add meat to a can of Manwich to make sloppy joes).  He can cook (recently when I was away for week he cooked most nights), he just doesn’t … Continue reading

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2015 AP US History Exam Debrief

My 2014 AP US History Exam Debrief has gotten a lot of traction on the site.  Now, it could not even possibly be considered to have gone viral in the grand scheme of the internet; but excluding the homepage (which post … Continue reading

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Mini Meatloaves

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll probably have noticed that I like the freeze things.  Partly because it helps me deal with recipes that usually serve four, when it is just us two; but also because it … Continue reading

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Update: Tony the Tiger Bites

Roast lamb is a traditional Easter meal.  Now I know what you are thinking, that’s not a picture of a lamb dinner up there, but there is a connection.  As a kid, my mom had a cast iron cake pans, … Continue reading

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Guinness Braised Corned Beef

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Ok, ok, with the exception of the Guinness, this dish isn’t really consumed in Ireland.  Corned beef became popular with Irish-Americans in the late 19th century when it was available from Jewish butchers and seen as … Continue reading

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Tartiflette

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Tartiflette.  This recipe is inspired by our ski trips to France, where we always have a ‘cheese meal.’  This particular gooey cheese dish is common fare in Alpine ski towns and a great meal to have after a day on the … Continue reading

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Courchevel – Update

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As I mentioned in my La Tania post that we were so impressed with Courchevel that we made arrangements to return.  Well, we’ve just returned from another ski week; and we like it even more than the first! As this … Continue reading

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Realistic Riga

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Back in the states we shared seasons tickets to the Washington Capitals; and attending those games is one of the things we miss most of home.  So on our ‘bucket list’ of things to do while in England was to … Continue reading

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La Tania/Courchevel/3 Vallees

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We spent a week skiing the expansive Les Trois Vallees ski area (hence the long blog title).  And all in all we were thoroughly impressed with the place! Les Trois Vallees is made up of three distinct resorts: Courchevel, Meribel, … Continue reading

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A Short Skiing History

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This week we’re back on the slopes, and a I’ll have a post recapping our trip when we return.  But until then I’ve put together a short post chronicling the development of recreational skiing. The earliest historical evidence of skiing are … Continue reading

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Scotch Squash

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It’s that time of year again!  Burns Night is approaching!  A night to celebrate the works of Scottish poet Robert Burns; but for most of the people I know, it is a night for drinking. Last year I made a … Continue reading

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Oven Pulled Pork

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When we lived in Fairfax we’d often visit family about two hours south in Richmond, VA.  We always tried to plan our trips for Saturdays so that we could stop off at our favorite BBQ joint, Allmans, in Fredericksburg (the halfway … Continue reading

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White Christmas (barely)

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Happy New Year!!!! I hope you all had a fun night and are enjoying a relaxing day! As much as we had fun in Rome last Christmas.  We did find that there were several chunks of time that we were … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

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At Christmas, dessert is always a cookie tray that my Mom puts together.  (Oh yeah, we still had cake, and there were brownies; but the main focus of dessert were the cookies.)  The selection varies each year with a mix … Continue reading

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The Story of Finn McCool

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Giant’s Causeway in Bushmills, Northern Ireland is one of the world’s natural wonders.  It was formed around 60 million years ago, when volcanic lava protruded through the earth’s chalk beds creating liquid basalt ‘ponds.’  As the lava cooled the new … Continue reading

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Nifty Northern Ireland

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In the past year and a half, I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to traveling.  Not just the ability to do it; but also the ease.  Well, all that karma came back to me this past weekend.  The plan was … Continue reading

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Balanced Budapest

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We booked a last minute trip to Budapest for a long weekend.  Since the package included both airfare & hotel, the process was pretty quick and just left use to check out some travel books from the library.  And of … Continue reading

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Bonfire Night

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  Photo Credit: Marianne While many communities hold their celebrations on the weekend before or after (for logistical purposes); the 5th of November (today) is Bonfire Night in the UK.  Remember, remember the 5th of November… [By the way that … Continue reading

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Bonfire Bites

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The 5th of November is Bonfire Night.  Where communities across the UK light old furniture on fire because they’re too lazy to take it to the tip (or dump), and set off fireworks.  Well, that’s an over-simplification and an explanation … Continue reading

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Camping in Cornwall

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The blog’s been pretty quiet the last two months, huh.  Well, don’t fret it isn’t that I haven’t been out there traveling at my usual rate (though my travels have been within the UK). But, up until last week I was in … Continue reading

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S’more Brownie

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Oooops! I went the entire month of August with out a blog post.  Well, I guess that is an indication of how busy August was for us.  So, while the astronomical summer has not yet ended.  Too many of us, … Continue reading

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Cheez-It Crusted Chicken

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This recipe (like my Fails!: Ranch Potato Crisps) is also based on the Let’s Dish meal we used to get when we lived back in Virginia; except this one turned out successfully when I made it without their instructions.  While, … Continue reading

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