Being an immigrant is a wonderful thing; you belong in two places at once, sometimes more.  However, that doesn't mean that you don't have moments when you miss the country you were raised in.  Homesickness is a real thing, and for many immigrants the option to return to their home to visit doesn't exist.

When you leave your country, often you leave behind things that are special to you, heirlooms or trinkets that hold memories.  Still, recipes take next to no room in your luggage, recipes can be stored in your memory and passed down through the generations.

So, what is an immigrant to do when they are homesick? For many people, food plays a prominent part in bringing your country into your new home.

Every two weeks, we shall feature recipes from our staff and students that remind them of home. They will share the delicious foods that evoke a sense of calm and belonging.  Perhaps you will feel inspired to cook some of the recipes, bringing their world into your kitchen.

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Time to bake!

First up, we have our founder, Caroline, from the UK:

"Despite what people think, British food is wonderful, or at least some of it!  Whenever I think of home, or I am homesick, I long for certain foods.  I'll make foods with funny names such as Toad in the Hole, or Bubble & Squeak.  These foods that evoke a taste of Sundays for me.  They were comfort foods that were eaten with family in winters.  

Shortbread is definitely comfort food, originating in Scotland, it makes me think of the Highlands and Islands of my ancestors. So when I am homesick, I will often make a batch of homemade shortbread biscuits (or cookies).  Today I made flavored biscuits, one chocolate chip, and the other lavender. 

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Here is the simple recipe:

  • 4 oz of butter (125g)

  • 2 oz of caster sugar (55g)

  • 6 oz plain flour (180g)

  • flavoring (Lavender) 

  • Chocolate chips

 

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  • Pre-heat the oven to 375F/190C
  • First, mix the sugar and butter together until you have a smooth paste.
  • Slowly stir in the flour.  (I prefer to use my hands to mix.)
  • Split the dough in two.  In the first, add chocolate chips.  In the second, add Lavender flavoring, and coloring if desired (I use red & purple.) 
  • Roll the dough and cut into the size and shape you want.  As shortbread is quite rich, I favor smaller biscuits.
  • Sprinkle with sugar.  Place in the fridge and chill for about 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes.  Check the cookies after 10 minutes.  I prefer for my shortbread to be a little soft, but some people prefer it harder.
  • Chill and serve with a lovely cup of tea!
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