Making Time For Breakfast

by HEAB on May 20, 2011

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Recently, I shared my typical quick breakfast with you: coffee and chocolate. This morning, Summer and I were out the door early to join our friend Stephanie for a walk. There wasn’t time for chocolate. However, there was time for coffee…there is always time for coffee. So, after walking for an hour, feeding Summer, and putting her down for her morning nap, I decided to put some time and effort into today’s breakfast.

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Chai tea infused oat bran layered with coconut cream and topped with glazed nuts.

TAZO sent me a sample of their new zero calorie Iced Chai Black Tea sweetened with stevia and erythritol. I usually only consume caffeinated beverages in the morning, and since I wasn’t in the mood for a cold drink, I decided to try the tea in my oat bran. I took a sip before adding it to the pot, and it’s good. The chai spices are strong which I love, and it’s not too sweet.

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The tea added the perfect hint of flavor to my oat bran (I love cardamom and cloves!), and it paired really well with the coconut cream and sweetened nuts. I have to admit, it was nice to sit down and enjoy a slow quiet breakfast as it’d been a while.

Tazo would like to send one of you a sample of their new tea along with a tea tumbler and a picnic tote. To win, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite British slang word. I will use several of mine in a sentence: I enjoy snogging with CD while wearing fun knickers because CD has a jolly good arse and is not a wanker. OK, your turn. :)

{ 257 comments }

Shay Q May 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

Days when I’m just “beavering” and I’m in a “chivvy” going to and fro, tea calms my mind and clears my senses.

I like any British words that are only pronounced correctly with a nose stuck in the air. (I also love tea!)

Mara May 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

This is a perfect breakfast! I make Tazo hot chai almost everday, but haven’t ever infused it with my oatmeal- I have been wanting to do it with some amaranth and bake it, but this sounds easy peasy. I love the nuts on top, it just makes it perfect.

Alyssa May 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

Hee!
I particularly like “Bob’s yer uncle.” Or “Gone round the twist.” But that’s ’cause I’m a chav.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Those aren’t really ‘chavvy’ terms, or at least not where I’m from in England. ‘Gone round the twist’ means to go crazy and ‘Bob’s your uncle’ means ‘there you go’.

Alyssa May 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

That’s true! (And I’m waaaaay too old to be a chav, lol!) But around here we don’t really know that, hee!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 6:44 am

Oh, I see some old chavs around here! (not saying you’re old though!). They have bright orange skin from too much fake tan, bleached blonde hair (usually hairsprayed to within an inch of its life), too much tacky make-up… wearing cheap tracksuits or pink velour. Classy!

Alyssa May 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Oh that’s too funny!!!!

Joslin May 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love chai! My favorite British slang word is snogging, it’s just so fun to say.

melissa @ the delicate place May 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

i love chai so hard. here’s mine when i haven’t had any caffeine: ‘you must be knackered? you forgot to wear pants?? are you takin’ the piss?’ BRILLIANT!!

Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

I love your creative use of the tea! Good on ya! ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

British slang word? Wow you’re really taxing my brain cells this morning.
I’ll go with shagging :)

And I love the use of tea in your oatbran. Yum!

Katherine: Unemployed May 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

I love PORRIDGE for oatmeal or loo for bathroom. I don’t know if those count but they make me laugh. or ‘wicked’ for awesome

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm

To Brits, the bathroom might contain a toliet but it’s primarily the room with the bath and/or shower in it. Public restrooms/bathrooms are just known as toliets/loos to us. Interesting how we have the same words but use them for different things!

Heather M. May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

Ha!!! My favorite would have to be wanker :)

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

“Don’t be cheeky”

Heather T. May 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

I find bangers and mash with tinned peas to be jolly good!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Eewww I hate tinned peas, especially the mushy kind. Ick!

Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. May 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

Stealing your tea infused oats idea! I get a kick out of how our spelling is always different…flavOUR, favOURite…which we bloggers use all the time as descriptive words! Oh and cubbord….instead of pantry! ;)
Have an great weekend, Heather!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

It’s actually ‘cupboard’ ;)

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

And we do have pantries though I don’t think they’re as common as they are in the US – cupboards are a type of cabinet.

Ellen May 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

I’d have to say that my favorite slang word from across the pond is SKINT. As in, “I just graduated from college, jobless, and am now completely skint.” I could sure use some free tea (for drinking or for infusing oats…mmmm!)

Hannah@mindrunningwild May 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

Wow!! I’ve been thinking so much about doing tea infused oats lately. How do you get it to work? Do you put the tea bag right into the water or do you make tea first and use that as the liquid? Looks good :)
I’m actually studying abroad in London next year so I am quite excited to learn all the slang. I really love the word “twee” which means “cute!”

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Hannah,
Well, this morning, I simply cooked my oat bran in the TAZO tea instead of water, but in the past, I’ve just steeped a bag or two of my favorite tea, and then used the brewed tea to cook the oats in instead of my usual water. So, make the tea first and then use the liquid. :)

I studied abroad for a year in London and loved it so much that I went back after graduating on student work visa. It’s an amazing city!!

sarah May 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

I actually make my oatmeal or rice pudding like this all the time. I just use the Tazo chai concentrate that you buy at ‘bucks’ or the grocery store–it adds so much flavor–LOVE it!
While visiting London, my husband and I loved how they would say ‘mind the gap’ while on the subway!

Julie May 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

That breakfast sounds amazing…love chai! Wanker and shagging are probably my faves…love saying “mind the gap” and CHEERS of course – studied abroad in London 10 yrs ago and miss it every single day!

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Julie,
Me too. I was there for my entire junior year of college (1997 – 1998) and then went back after graduating on a student work visa. Loved London – miss it so much.

Julie May 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I was there Fall ’01 – best time of my life and have not been back and am dying to go – so jealous you went back after graduating and worked! that’s awesome :) where did you study? what school?

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Julie,
I attended Richmond University, an American international school, and my credits transferred back to Auburn. I took classes at their Kensington campus and lived right across from Kensington Gardens. One of the best times of my life as well. When I went back, I lived in Bayswater and worked in Covent Garden doing office work for a gourmet Italian food distributor. It was so fun, but most of my pay went towards rent, and I shared a one room flat with 3 other girls. There was a sink in the room, a bathroom down the hall, and a kitchen in the basement of the building. Tight quarters but totally worth it!

Julie May 20, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Nice! I lived blocks from Covent Garden right off Great Russell Street at the Bloomsbury tube stop – FSU in London owned flats and classroom buildings in the heart of London – we walked everywhere!!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I’ve only ever heard ‘mind the gap’ at train stations over here (i.e. watch the gap between the train step and the platform edge). What kind of context have you heard it in? Curious… :P

Holly @ The Runny Egg May 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

I have to admit I scanned the comments first because I couldn’t think of a British slang word that you didn’t use! So I’m stealing Averie’s: shagging.

Shelley May 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

Love chai – and I used to work for British company here in the US. I loved working with those guys – great sense of humor. My favorite expression is ‘chuffed’ followed closely by ‘you silly git’ .

Chelsie May 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

What a good idea to use tea as your liquid for oats. I have never thought of that. I feel a whole bunch of new oat creations coming on.

When I was in Spain there were tons of british slang words flying around. My favorite one had to dangly bits. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what they are talking about. It caught me off guard so I laughed for almost a whole day about it.

Angela May 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

Oh, bollocks!

Although most English slang is quite right.

Heather Marie May 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

I like wanker but you have to say it like this… Wanka!!!

Marie May 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

Bloody. As in “Bloody ell, I’m out of almond butter!”

;-)

JW May 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

How about cheeri-o. Is that British? haha

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

JW,
Yep, I believe it is. Good one. :)

Greta May 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I see that I am not alone – but snogging is definitely one of my favourite BrE words to. I know that I have other ones, but I just can’t seem to remember them! Anyway, your breakfast sounds wonderful. <3

Baking 'n' Books May 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Why only coffee and chocolate most mornings? Lack of time? …that’s the diet of Models isn’t it? ;)

Um…”oh bloody hell” – that’s english right? Or “don’t get your knickers all in a knot”.

:)

Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola May 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I love the idea of putting chai in your oats! I wonder what other combos you could do…

And my favorite British phrase is “I can’t be bothered…” When I was living in London I heard it *all* the time and it always sounded so rude to me, but for them it’s just commonplace!

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Emily,
The possibilities are endless. You can steep any tea and use the tea for cooking any grain. Not sure why I don’t do it more often!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I’m deliberately avoiding it as I do not need another distraction in my life :P It’s hard though!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Oops – this was meant to go on the comment below about Pinterest. This is what I get for being an overeager commenter…

Tracy May 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I don’t know any British slang so I’ll steal one of yours! Snogging sounds fun ;)

You have me totally hooked on pinning! I’m following you on Pinterest!

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Tracy,
It’s totally addicting. Loving some of your boards as well. I could spend hours on that site pinning and repinning. So fun!

Sarah May 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

That oat bran looks good! I have never tried that before. Only oat meal. Gonna try it!

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Sarah,
Oat bran is my favorite! I find it much more filling than rolled oats, and I just love the taste. Plus, it cooks up much faster on the stove-top. Only takes a minute or two. Hope you like it. :)

Lana May 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

My favorite is “Blimey!” just because its so much fun to say!

Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks May 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Looks delicious! Must have been a nice hour walk this morning. It was raining here in PA all morning, but now, it looks like the sun is shining! too bad i have to go to work ;)

my grandparents are Scottish, so some of my favorite words they use: wee, aye, bairns, wains (both mean children), so many more! i could listen to them talk for hours!

Lisa May 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

My favorite british slang word is “bloke”!

Thanks for the giveaway!!

shana May 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I’m a big fan of “dodgy”!
and iced chai is pretty much my favorite drink ever!

Sarah May 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Hmm.. blimey, bugger, bollocks. And wanker, of course.

Monica May 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Chai Tea, my favorite!
Speaking of favorites… my favorite british slang word is knickers! I laugh out loud every time I hear it.

Jaclyn May 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

oh I just love Tazo tea!!! British slang is too fun- snogging? seriously :)

Jackie May 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Def knackered! I started saying that after a recent trip to London :p

Kerryne May 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Mmmmmm Tazo tea… Chai is my favorite.

I spent four years living in Cyprus where we made many great English friends. Some of my fav’s were the way that say chicken fill-et rather than fillet (fill-ay) like us… that one was very hard for me to get used to, Cheeky, bonnet and boot (hood and trunk of a car), knackered (tired), wanker, snogging, pants means underwear to them, another hard one to get used to, I honestly could go on and on. Love it!

Beth (cookiehoarder) May 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Definitely bollocks. Chai in oatbran is such a great idea! I would never have thought of that.

Lauren May 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I’m in a bit of a nark today as my bloke is out of town!

Kat May 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

your breakfast looks tasty! wanker is awesome – totally makes me laugh out loud :)

Jessica May 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

“Shagging” for sure!!!

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood May 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I’m not sure if this is a British slang word but I read it in a book by an author who writes about a girl in the UK and she uses those slang terms ;)

“I like dancing around at night in my “nuddy-pants”, hehehe.

Anisha May 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Now that I’m off school for the summer, I can actually take a few days to pamper my “knackered” self and then get up to all sorts of “jiggery-pokery” shenanigans until August, when,I’ll probably realize I was a complete “prat” for not using my free time to look for a job. “Bollocks”!!

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Anisha,
Haha, love it. :)

Melanie May 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Bugger, definitely! I use it all the time. “Bloody hell” has also been known to fly out of my mouth from time to time.

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I’d love to try this! I gave up their Chai lattes a few years ago when I found out there was much more than tea involved.

I love the slang terms from Harry Potter… my favorite is “row”!

Lynn May 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Slang word? Probably loo. I also like bollocks and bloody hell.
What I really adore about British “wording” is the addition of “u” in colour and favourite. It’s just precious!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Hehe thanks, though be careful who you call ‘precious’ over here… it can mean cute and adorable but said in the wrong tone can be patronising :P . ‘Course it depends who you’re talking to aswell.

I think words ending in -our are derived from Latin whilst -or are derived from French. This wikipedia page is pretty interesting, although a bit long winded: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences#-our.2C_-or

ilovefetacheese May 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Mmmm I love spicy tea!! And “bollocks” is definitely my favorite word!!

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad May 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Ooo I would love this! My favorite British slang word… BOGEY! Hehe.

margaret May 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

The only thing better than tea and coffee would be more tea and coffee. A whole house full – though to swing that I’d have to put it “on the never never.”

But the bleeding interest would kill me.

on the never never means credit. so cute, the Brits.

birdie to be May 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I love chai too! Your breakfast looks so good! (Actually it always does)

Danielle @ weightsandmeasures May 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I have definitely made chai overnight oats before using chai concentrate! It was a winner!

Darcy May 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

bloody hell! or bugger! Mainly bc i feel like i can swear and sound more cute than crass- at least stateside. :) miss you gal! coffee soon.

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Darcy,
Yes, miss you too! :)

Hayley May 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

bullocks!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I think you mean ‘bollocks’ – a bullock is a young bull :P

Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’m simply knackered after a long day at work!

Karen May 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Don’t get your knickers in a twist! I will tell anyone to “bugger off” who tries to take my caffeine!

Erika May 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

“Oh bollocks, I do believe I burned the spotted dick!”

Mama May 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Giving my daughter her ‘dummy’ as i lay her in her ‘cot’!!

Nicole May 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I like “flat”… it’s all sophisticated sounding. “Shall we head back to my flat?”

Esther May 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

My favourite british word definitely has to be wanker. So fun!

Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish.com May 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I’m a brit from the North East of England or more specifically Newcastle upon Tyne (home of brown ale) and my favourite slang words include toon instead of town, pop instead of soda, ket instead of sweets, I could go on and on. I also love saying ‘chuffed’ – i.e. happy. and tosser and wanker are also faves ;-) I have to say I’ve just been reading those comments – its well funny what some of you guy’s over the pond think of our slang!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Go Geordies! I’m from between Durham and Newcastle but have my roots in the toon. I’m loving these comments too. And it’s a nice reminder of how our slang differs between the North and the South (for you Americans, theres a running joke in England that the North dislikes the South, the South dislikes the North, but everyone hates the Midlands).

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hats,
Yes, I’d heard the north/south thing. Good to know the truth. ;)

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

(ps – North is better! ;) )

Natalie @ cinnamon bums May 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

wanker would definitely be my favorite as well… i like how cookies are called “biscuits” haha

Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

It always cracked me up when our British neighbors called cookies “biscuits”!

“Would you like a biscuit?”
“No, I’d rather have dessert right now”
“Uhhhh”

HAHA!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

A cookie is a specific type of biscuit over here (usually chocolate chip or some variation thereof). Biscuit is the umbrella term and encompasses many, MANY different things. When I first started reading about American food I was slightly disturbed at the thought of ‘biscuits and gravy’ till I realised that your biscuits are what we’d call a type of dumpling.

Becky May 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Has anyone said Full Monty ?? lol That just means the whole thing and I want your breakfast- the Full Monty ! It sound soooooooooo good ! I love oat bran now since reading your blog (and Kath’s). and I eat oatmeal and/or oat bran every morning for breakfast- hot or cold , with various toppings & add-ins. REALLY love the sound of this one and I love Tazo Tea. Sounds like a match made in Heaven!!!

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Becky,
I love the movie Full Monty – hilarious, and I’m so happy to hear you are loving on some oat bran. Puts a smile on my face. :)

WendyF May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I’m with Hayley, I like Bollocks !

Picky Nicky May 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Wanker is my favourite one too :D All those episodes of Skins have really started to rub off on me!!

Evan Thomas May 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Funny giveaway. I have an app on my iphone that has about 120 different british slang words and their meanings and I hope to hear some of them on my trip to London in a few weeks.
Anyway, I think my favorite is snog, because it sounds so much dirtier than it is.

Tabitha May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Hilarious! I’m British and that was perfect!
Boy do you eat well.

Batter right in – a Glaswegian phrase meaning to push on with a task.

Kelly @foodiefresh May 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I love “arse” too. And although it’s not slang – just a different way to pronounce it – I love it when the Brits say “aluminium”. I always wish I could say “Bloody Hell!” but I don’t think I could pull it off.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

‘Arse’ counts as slang – it’s slang for bottom (as in your rearend).

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Oops, sorry, just realised I misread your comment. Ignore my previous comment!

Does anyone know how the difference between aluminum/aluminium came around?

Graze With Me May 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Haha, I love your use of the words wanker and arse!

I knew a woman who kept talking about her “fanny pack” when she was in England many years ago – evidently all the Brits thought she meant maxi pad since “fanny” means vajayjay or as they said “a woman’s front bits”. Another one I like is “Bob’s your uncle!”

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Yep, over here ‘fanny’ means vajayjay! Definitely don’t tell a Brit that your ‘fanny hurts’ because you will get A LOT of weird looks :P . We call fanny packs ‘bum bags’ – so same thing but different words.

Jill May 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This one makes my Canadian relatives snicker:

I am from South Carolina and our state dance is the shag! We especially love to shag on the beach :-)

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Jill,
Shag was one of my favorite movies growing up – have you seen it? I had a crush on Chip (I think that was his name). So cute.

Jill May 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

I haven’t seen it but will have to look for it. Thanks!

Kelsey May 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I loved Chip too! I hated Buzz :)

Michelle @ A Voracious Appetite May 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I love when they say “Jolly Good” or “Cheers”. I spent a couple months in Oxford one summer and I just loved it there. I can’t wait to go back!

I also love the idea of making oats using tea. I wonder if peppermint tea would work? And then add a little dark cocoa powder to the mix and you’d have thin mint oats? Maybe I’ll need to experiment this weekend!

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Michelle,
I tried peppermint tea oats once. It tasted kind of bland, and I made the mistake of blending in cocoa powder and spinach. It looked like a bowl of poop. My advice – use peppermint extract and spinach OR cocoa, but not both. :) The spinach gives it a lovely green hue.

Jo May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Well thats just pants innit? -meaning.. its all going south.
Oh and my favourite… “bugger all” meaning we’re screwed!!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

‘Pants’ means rubbish, rather than it going south/going wrong (e.g. ‘that movie was pants’).

‘Bugger all’ actually means ‘nothing’ (e.g. ‘there was bugger all showing at the cinema’). ‘Buggered’ means screwed. :P

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

(ps – thought I’d point out that ‘buggered’ also means tired/broken… and some other things, in a similar way that ‘to screw’ = ‘to have sex’… check urban dictionary if you want the full details!).

Whitney May 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My favorite is definitely “Bugger”

alain May 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

hey heather! thanks for holding the giveaway. i’m having a heck of a fun time reading on the comments on this one! my favorite would have to be “bloke”. i’m thinking it’s about time i meet a nice cute english bloke :)

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Alain,
Yes, it’s time. I can feel it. :)

Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) May 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

HAHAHAHA this post is making me laugh SO MUCH!! I’m a Londoner, so reading this is HILARIOUS! I didn’t know that words like ‘snogging’ and ‘wanker’ don’t exist in America!! Lol! :D

Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

You made chai tea oatbran? :D That’s the best idea ever! :D :D :D

I love chai tea, and this reminds me that I need to have it again!

Usually, my breakfast consists of several mugs of black tea with diluted cream I use instead of milk (and like better than almond milk in my tea) – this works well, because in the cream is mainly fat (basically I only thing in dairy I can tolerate) and thus satisfying and soothening. I could never stomach solid things in the morning very well, so I’d have a bowl of chai tea oat bran in the afternoon. :)

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Kath,
I’m the same way with dairy. Can’t handle much whey and casein…wish they weren’t so tasty! I love cheese.

The Healthy Hipster May 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I love making tea infused baked goods. And I used to drink tazo chais all the time in uni, although i never could handle the sugar high. This stuff sounds absolutely top notch though! ;)

Christin@purplebirdblog May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Geez Heather, you practically made me choke on my pineapple with that sentence!! :D Alex’s mom is British, and knickers is a regular part of his working vocabulary. My favorite phrases are “bloody hell” and “knock up.” Knock up in this scenario meaning wake up, but saying “I’m here to knock up your daughter” has quite the hilarious ring to it in America! ;)

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Interesting! I’m a Brit and I’ve never heard ‘knock up’ for ‘wake up’ before – I’ve always heard it in the context of getting someone pregnant.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

A word of advice: bollocks and wanker are slang but are also swear words over here. Bollocks is slang for testicles and wanker is slang for someone who masturbates (wanking = masturbating). Be careful using them! Same goes for bugger (as in ‘oh bugger’ – the same as saying ‘oh shit’).

HEAB May 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Hats,
Yeah, I’ve been told that Wanker is not very polite. Thanks for the tips. :)

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Don’t want anyone getting into trouble hehe! :D The big swear words are the same over here as in the US I think, such as the f-bomb and the c-word.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:34 am

Also I see a lot of people mentioning the word ‘knackered’ (tired). ‘Knackers’ is slang for balls too :P

Amanda May 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

i mean, aside from having a dessert called “spotted dick,” i love “bloody”… i know it’s quite the bad word, but having heard it growing up and never really knowing its true meaning means it now holds a small place in my heart :)

Lauren May 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I love the word snogging. Every time I read it in Harry Potter, I want to laugh out loud!

Emily May 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Hm, not sure what my favorite slang word is, but one thing I thought was funny when we stayed in London last fall was that the microwave in our flat had a button that said “chaos”! I have no idea what the function of the chaos button was! I didn’t feel too compelled to try it out.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Ooh I’ve never seen that before over here! Mine doesn’t have one. I’m slightly saddened but also relieved, in case I was tempted to press it and ended the world or something lol!

Kate (Bread & Chocolate) May 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Blimey! I love a spot of tea while watching my morning telly.

Will have to try this Tazo chai…

Samantha May 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

LMAO, I almost spewed my coffee at your use!

It’s not exactly ‘slang’ since we use the word, although not nearly as much as our friends over the pond…but the word ‘naughty.’ The husband is a huge UEFA fan so many a mornings he’s up at 4am to watch dvr’d matches before work and they use naughty like we would dirty or ugly, etc when talking about play manners, fouls, etc.

Ana May 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

What an idea to use the tea to make the oats Heather, love it! I don’t think I would have ever thought of doing that. Chai oats sound good.
As far as the British slang words, I like bloke and bollocks, but shagging is also funny!
Ana

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel May 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Damn, I can’t think of a single fun British slang word… but if I win the giveaway (or even if I don’t!), I promise I’ll look some up :) Brent and I are planning a trip across the pond to spectate at the olympics next summer, and I clearly need to have the lingo down before we go!

Jamie May 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Bladdered! It describes someone who’s basically drunk. How perfect, huh? I can totally relate…seems like I can’t even finish a beer without having to hit the ladies?

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Haha at uni I learnt so many words for being drunk: bladdered, wankered, smashed, wrecked, plastered, sloshed, trashed, hammered, shitfaced, hooned, wasted… and a recently coined term, sheened (after Charlie sheen)

Courtney May 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I love the word “dashing,” especially when British people say it! :D

Elaine May 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Oh, bloody hell. My PBS station dropped “Are You Being Served” from the telly schedule (pronounced shed-ule).

Hats @ See How She Runs May 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I’m English but I pronounce it the American way (ske-jul).

Laura May 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I like “skiving off” work to take a yoga class and enjoy a smoothie with friends!

Jennifer May 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I love the word snogging. It seems so naughty in a good way ;)

Katie May 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I haven’t read all 100 plus comments above me, but I am betting I’m the only one with the British slang word for a birder: a TWITCHER. So much more awesome than birder!

Danae @ CookingInCambridge May 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Favourite British slang? This was MADE for me! ;) Fit bird.

VEGirl May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

“I’m feeling a wee peckish. Oh no, I just have to go to the lou” My favorite british words :)

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I love when they say “Bloody Hell!” I actually say it around my husband all the time, since I like it so much! Haha!

Dominique @ The Good Life May 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Ooooh, I love me some chai! When I’m living on campus at my university, I love to go to the cafeteria and make my own chai “lattes” by adding milk to a strong cup of chai (extra hot, of course). So good!

I love British slang…one of my friends is from Britain, and I love teasing him until he says something in his accent- it’s adorable! I’d have to say, my favorite British slang words are probably “cheeky” and “bloody”- as in, “I spent half the bloody night snogging with that cheeky bloke and he didn’t even offer me a lift back to my flat!” (Please note- despite what the previous sentence may indicate, I’m actually a somewhat classy broad.) ;)

Mary May 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I studied abroad in England last year while I was in college, and I only wish I could have been there long enough to actually pick up an accent for reals :) bur my favorite word is knackered! (as in tired :) )

Alexandra May 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Well, good god, that’s bloody fantastic! while snogging is certainly a mad hot pastime, i prefer other loo activities.

okay, so that was not particularly grammatically correct, even in british slang, but i tried. :)

Jen May 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I definitely like snogging. It just sounds so cute! I also like “gutted,” as in “I was absolutely gutted when my team lost the game,” but maybe that’s more Australian? not sure.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 2:53 am

Yep, we use the word ‘gutted’ over here (to mean disappointed, likeyour example).

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 2:53 am

Yep, we use the word ‘gutted’ over here in Britain (to mean disappointed, like your example).

Cindy May 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Knickers definitely

Katie T May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I love hearing “Brilliant!” it reminds me of Harry Potter :)

Rachel Lauren May 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Those oats look delicious!

I love dodgy. And nutter! I used to work in a coffee shop with a British lady and a lot of our customers were mutters!

Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily May 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I love saying “bugger off”…it cracks me up.

Laura (LunaChickRuns) May 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I love “mind the gap” from the subway stations in London. I say it every time I am in a city with a subway system, because I’m dorky like that :-)

Stephen May 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I lived with some British-born Sri Lankans for awhile and picked up a few British slang words, the one I tend to use the most though is to refer to my room, office, or desk as a “tip” when it’s messy.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 6:47 am

We use ‘pig sty’ to describe a messy room too.

Jess S. May 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

love the word porridge. it just sounds so cozy and fairytale-ish.

Lorri May 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I lived in England for several years and they had the funniest commercial for a chocolate bar. One of their slang terms was “pecker” which meant your spirits or your attitude. The saying was, “Pick up your pecker with a Cadbury’s Double Decker.”

I still giggle when I think of it.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 2:57 am

Interesting… I’m a Brit and haven’t heard it used for spirits. I’ve always heard to when someone’s talking about their nose (thought I sometimes hear it to mean a certain part of the male anatomy, though that’s more American isn’t it?).

Jules May 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Bloke! I love that one..

Christina May 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

i like how they say things are “brillant” – so fun!

Rayna Mazer May 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

BRITISH SAYINGS !!! yes , wow i am full of them since my Mom was born in England and my Grandparents are still alive and lived most their lives in England. I had to start writing down all these funny things my grandparents say because they make me laugh – so many to tell but since this is a Food Blog lets do the food related one :
There is “Tuck In” which means to eat and the british carry their Tuck boxes,
then there is Peckish of course which means hungry, and” Suss it out “,
i like ” IM NOT GREEN YOU KNOW EVEN THO I AM CABBAGE LOOKIN”
and then one my grandma said recently “My belly thinks me throats cut!”
Make me laugh :)
Ps I Love Chai -your breakfast looks yummy RAYNA

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 2:58 am

Where I’m from in England, ‘tuck’ also means sweets (so a sweet shop is called a ‘tuck shop’).

Anita Ruiz May 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Sorry to say, all I can think of is words Austin Powers uses….so I am going to go with shagging.

Tammy May 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

“Gudt day mate”

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

Ah that’s more Australian than British, though we do use the word ‘mate’ here (to mean friend but now usually as a greeting e.g. ‘hey mate, how was your party last night?’).

Moni'sMeals May 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

yumm! Love chai! It has been awhile since I have had some so good reminder. Have a nice weekend with Summer. :)

Hilary May 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Easy Peasy!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

Don’t forget the second half!

‘Easy peasy… lemon squeezy!”

Eden May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I hate it when commenters whore out their own posts on other people’s blog, but I did do a fun post all about British slang a few weeks ago. I did some research for it and my favorites are:
“on the blob” (menstral cycle)
And…
“dog’s bullocks” (like the “bees knees”)

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:02 am

I’m a Brit and I first came across the slang ‘on the blob’ when I was at uni. Not sure if I’m grossed out by it or not! Love the ‘dog’s bollocks (not literally of course!).

Clairerose C May 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Back in high school( a lifetime ago), we had a classmate who was English.He would describe someone he didn’t like as a, ” Bloody Wanka”.Is that appropriate?hehe…

Erika May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

That’s brilliant! Righto, cheerio! I love watching Jamie Oliver cook on the cooking channel and listening to his english slang. He’s got an amazing garden too that he cooks from.

Maija May 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

One British word/name I have always loved is a “butty.” When I was in pre-school, our babysitter was British and she would make us “chip butties” which were white bread sandwiches with lays potato chips smashed inside. Nope, nothing else, just chips and bread! Back then I loved them but thinking about eating that now isn’t as appealing haha.

Thanks for the giveaway to you and TAZO!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:04 am

Chip butties are SO good. I haven’t had one in a while though! It’s a carb-lovers dream. If any Americans visit England, definitely take a trip to one of the coasts and get some chips (big, thick, chunky fries) from a ‘fish and chip shop’ and either have them in butty form or drowned in vinegar.

Theresa May 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

“Up yer bum!” I love that phrase…however, a British word I use on a daily basis is “Loo”. I get strange reactions when I ask someone where the loo is. I love all things British… so much so that occasionally I will drive on the left hand side of the road. ;)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut May 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I love the word knickers….I laughed so loud watching the reality TV show for the Beckhams, they just moved to California and they were learning how to do the earthquake drill so she crawled under the table and said “Can you see my knickers?” is such a British tone that I can imitate her very easily.

Lilly May 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

bugger and bloody hell are a few of my faves. After watching the show Weeds I was obsessed with British phrases for a while :) Also I find it funny how they all say “at uni”, instead of “at college” or “at my university”.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:08 am

Yep, over here the school system usually works like so:

- start infants school age 5 – 7
- primary school age 7 – 11
- secondary school age 11 – 16 (sit exams in the final year that determine what you can take at sixth form/college)
- sixth form/college age 16 – 18 (you sit your exams that determine what you can take at university/which university you can go to)
- undergraduate university education age 18 – 21 (usually 3 years though can be longer depending on the course)
- then postgraduate education after that, either straight away or later in life.

‘Uni’ is just short for ‘university’.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:11 am

I should mention that schooling up to age 16 is usually compulsory, but anything afterwards is optional (but most of the time, depending on what career path you want, is highly recommended).

Abbey May 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Oh, bugger!

mcintosh May 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Toss up…arse or loo (does that one count?)

Angela May 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

My favorite has to be “Cheers!” It isn’t really slang, but I love it when the British regularly use “lovely.” Sounds so much better with their accents!

jc May 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

it’s probably “wicked” i loved it since harry potter =D

Annie May 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

BOLLOCKS!! I’ve been using it for a while… well… because I mayyyy have been saying “bull” uhhh “stuff” so much that it was coming out at inappropriate moments… so now I’m saying BOLLOCKS and it makes me smile but still gets across my point!!!

Julia Mielish May 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I moved to the states from England years ago. My first run in with an English word that doesn’t mean the same in the US, was asking to erase something and I needed an eraser, but in England they are called rubbers. Imagine the shock of my 8th grade christian school teacher when I asked her for a rubber. I got sent to the prinicpal’s office, which BTW would be a headmaster in the UK.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:17 am

Hehe oh dear! I think the American meaning is becoming more common here in England – a few of my friends call them ‘rubbers’ (and ‘johnnys’).

Alaina May 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Hmm, I love tea!

Gosh, I don’t know really any sayings that I like but I always get a kick out of Monty Python and Blackadder. :-)

Amanda May 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Wanker for sure!

katie May 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

bangers and mash. definitely.

McKayla @ Green Groats May 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Chia tea in oat bran! I’m lovin that.

Tara May 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Bloody hell! You’re breakfast looks jolly good. I actually tried that tea once. I didn’t like it straight up because the spices were really strong, but I made an iced chai tea by adding some milk and ice and it was deeelish.

Katherine May 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Bollocksed.
Why you ask? Notting Hill-the movie-is my love in life.

lara May 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Yep….bangers and mash, then a dash to the loo!! :)

Angel7 May 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Everything is “hunky-dory!” :)

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Julie May 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Mine is bollocks!! :)

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli May 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm

What a fun giveaway! I love Hugh Grant movies, especially the scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral where he’s running late and just keeps saying “bugger” over and over again! Cracks me up every time!

And just because I have to say it, “Oh bloody hell, don’t get your knickers in a twist!” Lol!

CH May 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

That tea sounds amazing! I love iced tea, I love chai, and I love oatmeal too. :)
Favorite british term is probably “loo”!

Lisa May 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I love the spices in chai–they’re my favorite! I like the British word dodgy, like on those bars that listed the ingredients “…and nothing dodgy.”

Pam May 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I would never eat spotted dick.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:43 am

Thought I’d point out that spotted dick is a steamed pudding (not the American kind) made out suet, with dried fruit in (hence the spots!). It’s actually really tasty.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 3:44 am

Thought I’d point out that spotted dick is a steamed pudding (not the American kind) made with suet, with dried fruit in (hence the spots!). It’s actually really tasty :)

S @ extremebalance.net/blog May 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

You’re hilarious—and that totally borders on TMI in the BEST WAY EVER! ;)

My mum’s mum was off-the-boat, and my mum inherited some expressions, which were then passed along to me. I never understood where those expressions came from (that none of my friends seemed to use), however, until I started watching BBC TV, and I made the connections. Heh.

(But I don’t love chai so I’m staying out of this giveaway… very fun comments, though!)

Katie M. May 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I looooove the chai tea. My friend came home from serving in Iraq and learned to make it “from scratch” with whole spices and tea and sweetened. Hmm…favorite Brit slang word. “snarky” is that even british? My sister and I use it all the time.

HEAB May 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

Katie,
I think so. :)

Tea-bag May 21, 2011 at 12:09 am

I like to wait in long lines for the bathroom just to say that I’m in the queue for the loo!
Btw – I would marry chai tea if I wasn’t already engaged to mustard!

HEAB May 21, 2011 at 9:49 am

Tea-Bag,
So, mustard is two-timing on me, huh? That’s okay. I’m having an affair with butter anyway. ;)

Emily May 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

I’ve been known to refer to people as chavs and slags, haha. I just ADORE British slang, and I used to read all sorts of British teen fiction (oh, those were the days), so I’m chock-full of it. :P

Sarah Beth May 21, 2011 at 12:59 am

Don’t know if this even counts…but adding “BLOODY!” prior to exclaiming anything pretty much makes my BRITISH FLAG FLY!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 7:05 am

Just going to get my geek on for a moment…

It’s called the Union Flag (made up of the crosses of Scotland, England, and Ireland, but not Wales). Rather than being the flag of Great Britain (which is the main island made up of Scotland, England, and Wales), it is the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (more commonly known as the UK).

So I am English and British :)

Wendy Heath May 21, 2011 at 1:22 am

I love knackered, sliding around for a shufti, “having a row,” and bollocks. Such great language! American English is so boring sometimes.

Lexi May 21, 2011 at 1:35 am

“blimey!”

best. word. ever.

hahaha

megan @ the oatmeal diaries May 21, 2011 at 3:08 am

This breakfast looks phenomenal! I have a few chai tea bags to use up and I definitely want to try something like this :)

Ragnhild May 21, 2011 at 3:28 am

mmm, Oat bran with chai sounds amazing! I LOVE soy chai latte, so I guess this is something I would like!
Love thta idea of chocolate for breakfast though ;)

Lori May 21, 2011 at 4:45 am

Oh “bugger” this is a hard one.

Jessica May 21, 2011 at 5:40 am

YUMM-O@your breakfast!

My husband is a Kiwi…I love love LOVE English colloquialisms! The accent isn’t bad, either. :)

My favourite has to be gobsmacked!

Shelly May 21, 2011 at 5:49 am

Bullocks! lol

Hats @ See How She Runs May 21, 2011 at 6:51 am

I think you mean ‘bollocks’ – a bullock is a young bull :P

Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) May 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

I love Tazo teas, especially chai! And I think the only reason I love this phrase is because of Harry Potter, but, “Bloody Hell!” hehe :)

xo

Allie S May 21, 2011 at 6:55 am

I would have to agree, “snogging” is definitely my favorite!

The Teenage Taste May 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

Mmmm…your breakfast does look delicious! I love tea and the fact that I don’t have it all the time makes it even more of a treat!
I’m going to have to agree with quite a few other commenters. Snogging definitely one of my favorite slang words. :-D

Miava May 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

In Persian “tea”, as in just a regular hot cup of tea, is pronounced “chai”, but more like chiEE. So once I served actual chai. They hated it. But, then again, I never did accuse my inlaws of having good taste…!

My favorite British characters are Horace and Jasper from “101 Dalmations.” Everything they say is slang…. I LOVED London. I love movies set in London. I should have had British inlaws ;)

emily May 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

I have to admitt I am not that familiar with british slang wods, but snogging is a great one and a new favorite!

Miranda (Untamed Kitchen) May 21, 2011 at 9:14 am

I love British slang and humor. Bloody and wanker are some faves. Just this week I started watching a hilarious British show called “The IT Crowd.” It’s brilliant!

elisa May 21, 2011 at 9:32 am

Snogging is my favorite …thanks to harry potter :)

Alyssa May 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

My fave Brig slang?? Snog, trolley, tube, wanker, hangers and mash, jolly good, pants are underwear, knickers are pants, chips are fries, crisps are chips, and your fannie is something that cannot be restated online!!!! Love me some tea :-)

Alyssa May 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

Oops! Lots of autocorrect above!

Carolyn May 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

how the word brilliant is used more than we do when talking about something..

“It was quite brillant..”

i don’t think it’s slang.. but i love it…great word

carolyn May 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

“oh bloody hell that was wicked brilliant!”

kinda get s the point across… ;-)

Kerry May 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

My favorite word is simply “bollocks”!

Sue H. May 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

i love the word, and the food, “bangers” and mash.

Yvette May 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I love chai tea and Tazo products! I am going to have to steal someone’s word because I don’t know any of my own. :) . Cheeri-o just sounds so perky, I will go with that one. :)

Anne May 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

definitely bugger..i call my younger brother that allll the time :D

Stephanie @ StephSnacks May 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

‘Blimey’ would be my favorite British Slang word :P

Heather May 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Bollocks! We’re out of oat bran!

Stacey May 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Knickers…

ali May 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’m a “shag” fan 2. :)

And I would totally love to win this Chai tea.

When I normally crave some chai, I usually brew the tea from tea bags and then add stevia to taste.

This would be way more easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy fun.

Katherine May 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I could be mistaken, but I think they say “lovely” more than us Amerians…and I really like that word :)

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Anita May 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

It’s been raining so much around here today I don’t dare go out without my “brolly” ( umbrella, I have a British friend )

Danielle May 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Definitely “snog/snogging”…makes me crack up every time :)

Sarah May 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Jimminy Crickets.. and Wanka

Katie May 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I love “bollocks.” Is that a bad word to write on the internet? I don’t even know because other countries’ swears never quite translate!

Heather May 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I love British slang in general, but a couple of favourites are ‘take the mickey out of ‘ and ‘skive off’.

Taya May 22, 2011 at 1:06 am

Yum! I love Tazo teas!

I also love British slang. It’s hard to choose, but “bloody” and “snogging” will always be on my favorites list!

Andrea May 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

Heather, Your posts tempted me to wander into oat bran territory….and…wow! 10x better than oatmeal. Thank you! Breakfast this morning was fab!

If you have the time, I do have a quick question for you. I eliminated artificial sweeteners from my diet about 1 yr ago, but I cant help but notice that you seem to have a liking for stevia. Do you find it to be a safe alternative to sugar? I’d love to know your thoughts on it!

HEAB May 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

Andrea,
Woo-hoo, so happy to hear you tried and loved the oat bran. My favorite as you well know. :)

As far as the sweeteners go, yes, I do like stevia. It’s great for when I get a sweet tooth, but honestly, most days, I try to skip it. I find that the more I use it, the more my body craves sweets. So, if you’ve gotten used to not sweetening your foods, then I would try and avoid it. Gosh, so much for leading by example, huh? I need to be better about that. I do believe it’s a safe alternative, but again, I wish I didn’t rely on it as much as I do.

Andrea May 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thank you for the response! I feel comfortable heeding your advice and moving forward sans sweetener. I probably don’t need to form any new habits. ;)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

Now that looks like my kind of breakfast! I love tea infused oats. I love the word bugger and wanker. I love british slang. It’s so much fun to listen to.

Carrie May 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm

“Chuffed” is definitely my favorite English word. I also like that they called underwear “pants,” and pants “trousers.”

amyjogo May 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

‘Y-Pants’. For men’s briefs. Andif I’m not mistaken, I think it can double as an insult. Can’t remember for sure though. Still fun.

Hats @ See How She Runs May 23, 2011 at 5:10 am

Aah I think you mean ‘y-fronts’ (men’s briefs – the fly is part of an inverted Y formed by the seams, hence the name). They’re also called tightie whities. I haven’t heard it used as an insult here though…

Sara May 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

Pants! I love hearing a person say “that meeting was absolutely pants,” when s/he means it was a bad meeting. I work it into my conversations whenever possible. :)

Katherine May 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

Haha the comments are so funny on this post.

I love the word snogging, and I also love the way British people pronounce the word basil (bahh-zul).

Neena May 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

I love saying “Bloody Hell!”

Nikki May 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

I’m going to ditto the “Bloody Hell” phrase.

I also have the ‘Tim’ voice on my tom tom, which is a british man giving me directions. Instead of telling me to get on highways I get told to “stay straight on the motor way.” :)

Aly May 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Wanker for sure hahahaha… and it’s funny just like that!

Jo May 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I think I prefer “sod” or “sodding” to “bloody.” Though my favorite nonexistant British slang originates from my semester abroad in England. I happened to be traveling with a (somewhat annoying, rather gullible) girl from Wisconsin and a pair of British guys managed to convince her that “Wizard” meant “cool” in England, so she went about an entire day saying everything was “so Wizard!”

Kaysie May 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Most of the people from the UK I met in Sierra Leone never say “2 weeks” so here are some of my favorite British words:

“It’s been at least a “fortnight” since I’ve had a “proper” cup of tea!”

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