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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 08:55 pm
On the side of my dinner tonight (on the box it came in, rather), at the beginning of the little paragraph about Refunds If You Are Not Satisfied and Your Rights As A Customer, was:



It's great that you've chosen this Toad in the Hole.
..

Emphasis mine.

Whut?

It is not remotely great that I have "chosen this Toad in the Hole" (and for the sake of fluffy ferrets, I hardly hand-selected that particular one lovingly out of all the inferior ones nestled in the Iceland freezer cabinet). It is lazy that I have chosen this Toad in the Hole. It is cheap. It is displaying a quite disturbing insouciance towards the nutritional value of my daily food intake and, by extension, my overall health, if you want to push it, because Lord knows, I'm not exactly expecting a gorgeously balanced and delicious meal out of a suspiciously greyish-coloured slab of frozen food that cost me all of a quid!

Great. Pffft.

Ahem.

I'm not entirely certain why that got to me so much. How ridiculous. But I found being confronted by such alarmingly jocular and buoyant enthusiasm to be fairly out of left field, yes.

It wasn't a bad dinner, actually. ;)

[And no, I am not procrastinating whilst hacking through typing up the Black Peter discussion, at all; why do you ask? ;) ]
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Your choice of that toad in the hole will indirectly lead to greatness.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, well, that's okay then. Nice of it to reassure me, in that case! :D
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
I've got to tell you. I'm not sure what a so called "Toad in the Hole" is but I certainly wouldn't want to eat one. I don't care how enthusiastic the manufacturer of... Whatever the hell it is... sounds. I will put no toad, within or without a hole, into my mouth.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
*snerk*

Ah, but this is a great toad! It says so right there on the packet!

It is a mostly entirely benign British concoction, I swear. Sausages in Yorkshire pudding. Quite nice. Far superior when home-made, mind.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Sausages in pudding? That's not the most apetizing combination I would have imagined. Then again there are a lot of things that I wouldn't have thought were that great that turned out to be outstanding once I tried them. I might have to see if I can find one of these Toads when I layover in London later this year.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yorkshire pud is savoury (flour, eggs and milk), so probably not quite so alarming as first thought to have meat in there. :) Though some people also eat it (minus sausages) with jam or syrup. Bit like porridge in that respect - salt or sugar.

Definitely try a Toad when you're over in London!
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Ew, what the shit? Pudding with jam? Noooooooo.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
I just found out there's a place over here that does Toad in the Hole. All is well...:-)

Andrew
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
:sigh of relief: Reinforcements! A fellow Toad-lover! Thank you!

And that's prety cool - you'll be visiting it to sample, I take it!
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Damn straight! I'm already making a list of 'must-eats' for when I come home...

Andrew
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
*snorfle!* Oh dear... :)
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
I know...talk about a competitive consumerist society. Even food packets have to pretend to be your friend. :P

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Wolfie. You eat Toad in the Hole out of a packet?

I think part of me just died. I'm getting very Mrs Hudson like urges to swoop in and take over your diet, and make you lots of nice homemade dinners. And I HATE cooking.

:.-(

Eat properly or you'll break!
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
Wolfie. You eat Toad in the Hole out of a packet?

No, actually, I eat it off a plate. :P (Well, okay, it was still in the plastic tray whilst on the plate, but the plate was in the vicinity. So there. I'm so civilised, I am.)

And can I just say: *cough* hotel *cough* Coventry *cough* My Mad Tinned/Packet Food + Camp-Stove Skillz...? ;)
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Dude, that was an emergency. Packets were allowed!

That 200 mile walk I did? We cooked real food every night. :P
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
That's because you and B. are Ray Mears Types, and initiated into mysterious culinary arts I will never grasp if I try from now till Doomsday. :P

You know that kerfuffle a few years ago, when Delia Smith reissued all her Basic Cooking books, and critics claimed she was "patronising her audience" by including instructions on how to boil on egg? I felt like sending her a thank-you card because it meant I didn;t have to keep ringing my dad and asking him how long to leave it on the cooker for.

Speaking of which, vaguely appropriate icon as it sort of resembles an egg-timer. XD
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Haha, the only reason I can produce something vaugely resembling a meal is because in my house you either try or you starve. There is no instant food. >.>

I had that Delia book dammit, and I still do my eggs her way! I wasn't one of the ones saying it was patronising, trust me!
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Wtf is "Toad in the Hole"??
Sounds disgusting...
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
It's this! It's just sausages in Yorkshire pudding! It's really quite nice, actually! Even the mass-produced Iceland version I was eating last night!
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I was going to imagegoogle Toad in the Hole to find out what on earth it is, but I don't think I have the guts. Is it anything like "fire in the hole!"?
Monday, May 25th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
No. It. Isn't.

For pity's sake!

It's just this!

I suppose we're asking for it, calling it that... ;)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Er...sounds...delicious...Seriously it does sound good, sausages and yorkshire pudding. I'd like it crispy though, not soggy. Can you throw it in the oven then?

Go to the store and get yourself some double Devon cream and put on it...OMG...coronary, but I bet its good.
Monday, May 25th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yep, just a straight oven-bake job. And definitely crispy.

Cream? Cream on Yorkie pud? How delightfully decadent. I really must try that! :D

Edited because I have an oven; not an iven.
Edited 2009-05-25 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Erm.

Initially I wanted to comment that I so know what you mean, but now, after reading all the comments (and just having eaten five rather biggish taters with tzatziki) I feel thoroughly sick, thank you very much.

Fuck, I used to LIKE Yorkshire pudding. It's great.

*stares*

Oh noes. XD
Monday, May 25th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hah! 'Tis not my fault all these Strange Furrin Folk have never encounted Toad in the Hole...

Though in fairness, I did just have to look up 'tzatziki' just then. Sounds rather tasty.

I'll admit that putting jam on YP is just wrongwrongWRONG on so many levels, but the cream idea sounds tasty. :)