If there is anything that prevents expats from losing their minds in what we call culture shock, it is cuisine. I think it is safe to say that some Americans living in the Czech Republic do not visit fast-food places only because of their, duh, fast-food attributes, but because of the tie with the homeland they provide. Of course, I don’t mean just McDonald’s, but also TGIF, Burger King, etc.
If Czech expats living in the U.S. [or elsewhere] decide to make-bake-fry-cook-whatever anything they used to like back home, they often face problems with ingredients. Let’s face it, flour is not the same, and therefore the dough is not the same, hence the final product is not mommy’s final product they used to know.
Tanja of Czechmatediary has lived in the States for over a decade and she seems to be an exception, because she promotes Christmas baking the Czech way with complete recipes. I know the particular Christmas cookie and I can tell by the photo that American flour is just not the same. 🙂
Be it as it may, Czech Christmas candy/cookies taste great, as do rohliky, dumplings, etc. If you want to try some, recipes offered by expats might work better than those pulled directly from Czech websites…