Getting ready for the 4th July


I am a great champion of British food, but it doesn’t stop me enjoying food from all around the globe. And I’ve always wanted to be in the US for a 4th July celebration. Heck, I don’t even like clams, but I’ve always wanted to go to a clam bake on the beach. Preferably one Martha Stewart has organised.

Here’s a few things that I might add to the shopping list to spice up a 4th July evening here in the wet Leicestershire countryside until Martha sends my invite.


Maker's Mark Bourbon


This is a special edition bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon which would add something to the evening. There were great bourbon based cocktails on offer the night we ate at WD-50, and I think could get a taste for them.


A1 Steak Sauce


I don’t think I’ve ever had A1 steak sauce but I think I probably should have a bottle on standby for this particular BBQ.


Marshmallow Fluff for s-mores


Then there’ll need to be marshmallow fluff, perfect for very quick s’mores I guess.


Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix


I’d want corn muffins, and this is America’s favourite mix. Of course, I’d rather make my own but if you want a true American taste, then maybe this is the route to it.


Duff Goldman Zebra Cake


Duff Goldman is one of my favourite US exports, so happy to see his product line here in the UK. In a gloriously over the top way, I’d mix up his zebra cake and serve that.

Nothing too serious, and probably unlikely to see any of these at Martha’s but what the heck!


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Helen Tarver

Collector of great gifts and fabulous food, mum, cake baker & eater, wine opener. I write about food and the gift of it in its many forms.

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