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Old Apr 27th 2007, 10:48 pm
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Hello Again (Serial Poster).

May seem a bit of an odd question but can you get the things in NZ that you can get in Blighty ie: Tetley T, etc.
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There are a lot different kinds of food in New Zealand. If you can't find the exact brand that you are fond of you should be able to find a close approximation. Sometimes you just have to get creative.

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Hello Again (Serial Poster).

May seem a bit of an odd question but can you get the things in NZ that you can get in Blighty ie: Tetley T, etc.
You can most things and there are also internet companies that specialise in shipping British food to expats. Bit pricey, sometimes.

In fact one of them advertises on this site. (bottom of this page)

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Hello Again (Serial Poster).

May seem a bit of an odd question but can you get the things in NZ that you can get in Blighty ie: Tetley T, etc.

Should that be CEREAL poster??!
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You'll find you won't really miss things that much - you can get pretty good alternatives for most things and there are the odd shop that imports british brands. The only think that I don't mind paying extra for is Bisto gravy - $7.50 for a little tub but worth it
I also find the fruit,veg,meat and fish much nicer here.
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I also think you'll get on better if you can through yourself into a new experience/life and include in that your eating... be experimental and open and ask lots of peeps and you'll eat not only better, but far FAR cheaper!!
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I also think you'll get on better if you can through yourself into a new experience/life and include in that your eating... be experimental and open and ask lots of peeps and you'll eat not only better, but far FAR cheaper!!

That's a good point. If you really like your British food you'd be better off staying in Britain.

I don't think the NZ diet is much different to the UK one anyway....more Lamb out here, of course.
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I just noticed you're in Paignton in devon! When we moved here we were living in Blagdon Barton - about half way between Totnes and Paignton - i used to shop at Paignton Safeway or Lidls! My ds1 went to playschool in Collaton St Mary

I had the sister of a friend of mine and her family here for a day over Christmas - they live in Paignton too... they loved it and if it were up to her husband they'd be moving here...
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I also think you'll get on better if you can through yourself into a new experience/life and include in that your eating... be experimental and open and ask lots of peeps and you'll eat not only better, but far FAR cheaper!!
Totally agree - we eat far more fish and shellfish - fantastic selection and very fresh - the Pacific/SE Asia influence has great flavours - coconut cream/lime/chile/coriander - would recommend "Savour the Pacific" by Annabel Langbein - one of NZ's iconic cooks. Because we don't get the long dark damp winters, lots of family recipes - shepherds pie, casseroles - are now only served at family gatherings for nostalgia's sake.

Also agree that kiwis - of all nationalities - are delighted to help with unfamiliar ingredients - the farmers markets are wonderful - fresh ginger/lemongrass/galangal - didn't even know what galangal was 'til I came here!

And, of course, all sorts of pumpkin/squash - not just at Halloween!
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Walkers Smoky Bacon crisps, just got my mun to send over a box of them!!!!!!!

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Also agree that kiwis - of all nationalities - are delighted to help with unfamiliar ingredients - the farmers markets are wonderful - fresh ginger/lemongrass/galangal - didn't even know what galangal was 'til I came here!
It's great isn't it? I've got lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime and chillies growing in my garden now - the other day we had Thai hot and sour ,soup for lunch on a whim - i had all the ingredients in the garden

I agree that the farmers markets are wonderful - the one up in Kerikeri is FAB!

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You'll find the longer you are here the less you miss stuff anyways, my taste has completely changed and now if I try chocolate etc from the UK it tastes funny to me.
Dilmah is the best tea I have bought over here.
It's hard to know what's a good brand and what's bad at first so you have to try stuff and just decide for yourself.
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You'll find the longer you are here the less you miss stuff anyways, my taste has completely changed and now if I try chocolate etc from the UK it tastes funny to me.
Dilmah is the best tea I have bought over here.
It's hard to know what's a good brand and what's bad at first so you have to try stuff and just decide for yourself.
Yep... Dilmah gets my vote

The only big problem I had when I first arrived was.... mayonnaise ... even today - *what they're talking about, is... salad cream*

'Best' is the brand to go for - I was told, years ago, that it's Hellman's branded Best for the Oz/NZ market.
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I'm sooooo addicted to Best mayonaise that it's just not funny
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I get best too - it's the best! (groan)

I buy those massive great tubs of it and dish it out, they last months

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