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September 22, 2014

fudge browniesI spent this weekend camping in North Cascades National Park and rafting down the Skagit River in northern Washington. What an adventure!

One member of our party was an Englishwoman working as an au pair in Seattle. Now, this young lady loved her desserts, so she’d definitely have loved gourmet cookies and fudge brownies from Fairytale Brownies.

That said, she may have had trouble ordering them – even if we had found an Internet connection out in the wilderness.

As Irish writer George Bernard Shaw once said, “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” This woman, like her English countrymen, have got their cookies and brownies all mixed up with their biscuits and crackers.

If you’re unclear where our two nations stand, here’s a rundown:

In England, a biscuit is a small baked product that an American would probably refer to either as a cookie (if it was sweet) or a cracker (if it was savory).

In England, the word cookie is used only to describe a chocolate chip cookie. The word cracker is rarely used.

In England, a brownie is just a brownie. And when it’s a fudge brownie ordered from Fairytale Brownies, it’s a jolly good show. And, yes, we can deliver overseas.

 

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