Wednesday, October 31, 2012

British Isles Show Details Announced

New Date, New Venue
Returning for its 22nd year, Canada's British Isles Show returns on a new date and with a new location. Following a 2-year hiatus, the British Isles Show will be held March 8,9 and 10 at Hall 6 in the International Centre in Mississauga (near Toronto Pearson Airport).

New Team
Show organizer, Brian Martin, has teamed up with Premier Publications and Shows (a division of Metroland Media, wholly owned by Torstar Corporation) to make this the best ever British Isles Show.

The show will host a variety of exhibitors representing the British Isles, including food, specialty products, travel and more. Entertainment will also play a large part in the weekend event with celebrity guests and entertainers. "We also hope to add a few surprises as well" said Katherine Breeson, General Manager for Premier.

Easy Scotch Egg Recipe Idea

Scotch Eggs are a traditional snack food in the UK. Enjoy them for Halloween parties, at Christmas or any time you fancy a good, nutritious alternative to junk food snacks.


  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Beaten egg
  • Square sliced sausage meat
  • Ruskoline breadcrumb dressing
  • Seasoning
  • Flour


  • Coat moist hard-boiled eggs in flour
  • Wrap in a blanket of seasoned sausage meat
  • Coat thoroughly in beaten egg
  • Roll in a bed of Ruskoline until completely covered
  • Deep fry in very hot oil until the sausage meat is thoroughly cooked
  • Allow to cool before serving
The square sliced sausage is available in Blighty's meat freezer. We also carry Ruskoline breadcrumb dressing, but you will have to go disturb your chickens to get the eggs.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Good Clean Fairy Story

Old Softy
The old UK TV ad jingle used to say: "Hands that do dishes can be soft as your face, with mild, green Fairy Liquid". Do you remember the tune?

Time To Do The Washing Up
That was an old ad from many years ago. Back then the dishes would be hand-washed three times per day, everyday. No wonder people worried about the effect all that detergent would have on their skin!

Sod It, The Dishwasher's Full Already !
Many people have dishwashers now, but there are still occasions when hand-washing is preferable. Like when the dishwasher is full already, or we want to clean a delicate item that is not recommended for the dishwasher.

Soaking Action is Built-In! Wow!
That's where Fairy comes in handy (excuse the pun). Now, there is Fairy Platinum with "built-in soaking action". Cowabanga! I wash dishes, how did I ever live without that?

Upgrade to Platinum - And Nobody Gets Hurt
Look, if you don't buy the hype, just accept this from somebody who uses Fairy Liquid everyday: it is better value for money than generic detergents because it is more concentrated, and yes it is milder on your skin. And Fairy Platinum costs the same as the old Fairy at Blighty's. So upgrade to Platinum today; it won't cost you a cent more!

$3.99 for a snappy platinum-coloured 433ml bottle.

Mad Cow Takes Taxi to Canada

I Wanna Tell You A Story
The late, great Max Bygraves loved to tell us a story. He would have had a field day with all the ammo Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) could have given him.

Bungling Bozos
CFIA failed to protect Canadians from contaminated meat from the XL Foods plant in Alberta.

But they did protect us all from the dangers of eating McVities Penguin biscuits - by banning them from Canada!

Absolutely Unbelievable - But Unfortunately True
In case you missed the Penguin biscuit story, CFIA banned them because they contain added calcium. And the calcium comes from milk. And milk comes from cows. And cows have mad cow disease. Ergo, by CFIA logic you are in danger of catching mad cow disease by eating biscuits. You really couldn't make up a story so hare-brained if you tried.

You Don't Know What You've Got 'til It's Gone
Anyway, until CFIA regains its senses, there isn't a Penguin to be had anywhere in Canada. So the upshot is, we have introduced McVitie's Taxi biscuits instead. Taxi biscuits are made in the UK with caramel wafers and rich chocolate cream covered in milk chocolate. Just $4.99 for a pack of nine. Enjoy.

A Little Less Filling & A Lot Less Expensive

We Brits love our biccies - especially cream biccies. And none taste quite so rich and fulfilling as a bourbon cream.

Bourbon creams are a sandwich of two chocolatey biscuits layers filled with chocolate cream.

They taste unbelievably good - especially when dripping with tea after a good dunking!

Less Filling? Eat More!
Sainsbury's claims these bourbon creams are a little less filling - great, so you can scoff a couple extra with your cuppa!

Here's The Deal
Regularly $3.49, Sainsbury's Bourbon Creams are on special - for a limited time - for just $1.99 for a big 400g pack at Blighty's.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Simple Bread Sauce Recipe

We ran out of Colmans Bread Sauce mix just before Thanksgiving and some folks got into a bit of a lather about it. But, as I explained to them, bread sauce is one of the simplest sauces you can make. And you can make it from scratch for a few pennies in about five minutes.


  • Flour
  • Margarine or butter
  • Milk
  • White bread
  • Seasoning


  • Melt a tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan
  • Remove from the heat and stir in a tablespoon of flour; mix into a smooth paste
  • Add one cup of cold milk very slowly while stirring vigorously
  • Add a vegetable or chicken stock cube for extra flavour (optional)
  • Return to the heat and cook until the sauce thickens
  • Lightly toast two or three slices of white bread then cut into small croutons
  • Stir the croutons into the sauce until dissolved; use a hand blender for a smoother sauce
  • Season with salt, pepper and garlic

John's Notes
I served thick-cut pork steaks instead of turkey for Thanksgiving this year. I created a special bread sauce for pork by peeling, coring and finely chopping an apple. I microwaved the apple for a couple of minutes then stirred it into the bread sauce - a very tasty variation on an old tradition.

New: Drumsticks Chew Bars

Old Favourite
Here is an old favourite that is new to Blighty's. Drumsticks original raspberry & milk flavour chew bars from the UK.

Go Ahead, Tell Porkies
Only 49 cents each ... and we will believe you without question when you tell us they are for the kids in your family.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Good News - British Isles Show is Back!

Get ready for a spring 2013 return of the popular British Isles Show in Toronto.

The British Isles Show ran for over 20 years before escalating costs caused it to be suspended.

Blighty's has been keeping its ear to the ground for updates and this week the good news arrived.

Show organizers told Blighty's the British Isles Show will be back in March 2013 at a new venue, the International Centre near Toronto's Pearson Airport.

More details will be published as soon as they are available!

New Scottish Butter Sultana Biscuits

A Scottish Classic
Take your taste buds on a trip down memory lane and remind yourself that some things in life cannot be improved upon.

Try these new classic British biscuits from Border Biscuits of Lanarkshire, Scotland.

What You See is What You Get
Border Butter Sultana biscuits are light and packed with exotically enticing sweet sultanas. They are packaged in Border's classic see-through packaging so you can see exactly what you are buying.

Chocolate Gingers Too!
Border's classic biscuit range is made using traditionally authentic recipes and good old fashioned ingredients. Try Border Chocolate Gingers too. Each is just $3.99 at Blighty's.

The Best Buttertarts You Ever Tasted

Ok, I was skeptical at first, but my doubts were swept away at the first bite.

I took one of the pecan tarts home and offered it to SWMBO (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed). She agreed - with great enthusiasm.

Are buttertarts traditionally British? Not sure about that, but once people try these it will certainly become a British tradition even if it wasn't before.

Sure, you can buy a 6-pack of butter tarts in the supermarket for a lot less, but they don't measure up to these deep-shelled taste bud temptations.

Blighty's has them on trial for a limited time, at $2.99 each, in a variety of flavours. Try regular, currant, raisin or pecan and be prepared for ecstasy.

The Maids' Cottage buttertarts are handmade in a local bakery using all-natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.