After a week in England, Toni ponders a few changes:
I've been back in England a week and was intending to blog about all those little changes I notice from one year to the next. You know, American words like shoo-in that seem to have crept into the local lexicon since last summer. Or the appearance of packaged waffles in the bread aisles of ASDA.
But no. I have proof positive that the UK is capitulating to American trends.
First, we had the use of the word "cup cake" instead of the traditional "fairy cake". Many others have blogged about this so I won't go into what it means for civilization and the western hemisphere; it is obviously a harbinger of Brits calling sweets "candy" and crisps "chips". Where will it all end?
Glancing through a copy of Good Housekeeping the other day my eye was drawn to one of those can't-live-without gadgets that are really a huge waste of money. Like rice cookers (what's wrong with a pan of water) and vegetable brushes (what's wrong with a nail brush? - Just kidding.)
This one comes to you from Lakeland, The Home of Creative Kitchenware. It's a CUPCAKE maker. (Even though it looks like a cross between a sandwich toaster and a Yorkshire pudding tray).
It's bad enough that Lakeland use the American term, but it also encourages consumers to step over to the dark (ie. American) side, by not having the patience to wait for said cupcakes to bake in a regular oven.
Oh no. Haven't got 20 minutes to spare. This must-have gadget bakes them in literally half the time.
Next thing you know Brits, your kitchen counter tops will be lined with toaster ovens, waffle makers, three gallon coffee makers and electric griddles the size of small ice rinks.
Step away from the catalogues. You have been warned.
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