Sunday, 15 March 2020

The lure of junk.



I suspect we are all guilty (at times) of eating some pretty trashy rubbish; behind closed doors of course.

Whether it be fish-finger sandwiches, spoons-full of nut-flavoured chocolate spread, or even buckets of McScotch eggs.

I'm probably guilty of numerous gastronomic faux pas, one of which was certainly buying this jar of Heinz Sandwich Spread; a bizarre pot of cheap Mayo mixed with small red and green 'bits'.

The label is in Dutch, so I can only go by the illustration which suggests that the 'bits' are finely chopped red pepper, celery, onion, and gherkin. The taste would go along with that.

I am perfectly aware that this is rubbish food, but it takes me back to summery Cricket Teas when I was still at Prep' school; aged about 12/13. At about 4pm, the kitchen staff would appear from the pavilion with mountains of Sandwich Spread sandwiches, and huge jugs of Orange 'coloured' drink, that I think was made from powder. It was all so wonderfully refreshing and comforting, and not a single small boy failed to tuck-in.

I'd been looking for Lady M's favourite Peanut Butter on the 'foreign foods' aisle, when I spotted the above, and I simply had to have it. It's a bit more yellow than I remember, but the flavour is still the same. It won't last long. Lady M herself even tasted it, and declared it to be OK; praise indeed. 

There still wasn't any of her favourite Peanut Butter; it having been replaced by a horrible new very oily French version. Yuk.

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  1. It's not quite the same unless you accompany it with those triangles of foil wrapped something masquerading as cheese.

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    1. The Cow only laughs because they call it 'cheese'.

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  2. Reminds me of jars of piccalilli which I used to love. Also reminded me of fish paste which we had at home. My father loved anything fishy. I'd buy a jar now just for the memory.

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    1. I like Piccalilli; it's very easy to make. My father was a huge fan of anchovy paste (Gentlemans Relish). I buy a much cheaper version.

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    2. The little fish paste jars were so useful. I miss them, but not the paste!

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  3. I can guarantee I’ll often be taken back to my childhood when I visit your blog Cro !! Haven’t thought about Heinz Sandwich Spread for years ...... you can still get it here, I just had a look. ..... and, my Dad played cricket so we often went to watch him on a Sunday ..... I loved the teas in the cricket pavilion ...... we were allowed to join the cricketers , probably because my mum made the tea ! XXXX

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    1. Lady M was cajoled into Cricket Tea making when my oldest played for a local club in Brighton. She refused to do it a second time!

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    2. I tried the namaste greeting at the funeral yesterday. My children smiled at it but the rest thought me very odd, as I am anyway. May not have been the best time to try it, at an Orthodox ceremony.

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    3. Don't give up; you will eventually be seen as avant garde.

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  4. More than 30% Groenten! Should be good.

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    1. Mostly 'Greenery', with just a hint of 'Redery'.

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  5. I love it. There's always a jar in my fridge. I sometimes use it instead of tartare sauce!

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    1. Well, I suppose that's what it is really. I will have some next time I have a Fish Finger Sandwich (which I love).

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  6. It was always in the ward kitchen cupboard when I was in hospital as a weekend cleaner some 60 yrs ago. Mum never bought it for us at home.

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    1. Does that mean it has healing qualities? Sounds like a good selling point.

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  7. Patem Pepperium (Sp?) Gentlemen's Relish. I'm sure you've mentioned it before. It's the sort of thing people used to buy for men and whilst I love anchovies (especially smoked) PP never endeared itself to me. However I am never without a jar of Sandwich Spread (Original) which looks less yellow than the contents of your jar. I don't eat it very often but when I have a craving at least it's there.

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    1. My father always had PP for Christmas; it was if it was an extra special treat. Yes, I remember sandwich spread being much paler than this jar; the Dutch obviously didn't get the recipe quite right. I blame current the fashion for Turmeric.

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  8. Oh. Yeuck. Sorry but I always thought it tasted horrible. Oh God, and that icky pink fish paste too!! It's a wonder I survived my childhood.

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    1. I just knew someone would hate it! I expect you're talking about Shippams Fish Paste. My mother knew Ian Shippam, but we didn't eat his paste.

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  9. The foods that bring memories..Pirate has to have HP sauce on eggs...you have got me thinking as to what food does it for me...

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    1. I have never understood the appeal of HP Sauce. On eggs it has to be Lea & Perrins for me.

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  10. I had completely forgotten sandwich spread Cro - the thought made my mouth water.

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    1. It really is very nice, in a junk kinda way. Better maybe in summer than now.

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  11. I like Sandwich Spread and still buy it. Fish and meat paste is still available in supermarkets and I buy it occasionally. I wrote about it in a blog post a few years ago,Shippams paste, you may recall. Colmans mustard jars I have in plenty because I eat a lot of mustard. HP sauce is vital and I could not live without it. I have to have it with scrambled egg, and on cheese sandwiches, and with cottage pies and chicken pies. The thing I miss most is Heinz Vegetable Salad, which we used to call Russian salad, is not longer made. I wish they would bring it back. If they can make sandwich spread they should still be able to produce vegetable salad.

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    1. Rachel, I'm with you on mustard, HP sauce and, above all, Heinz Vegetable Salad. I miss that soooo much. I tried for several years to replicated it but to no avail.

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    2. That Heinz Vegetable Salad was delicious; I remember it well. I wonder why they stopped making it?

      As I said above somewhere, I don't like HP sauce; for me it ruins everything. I actually bought a bottle out here once, simply because I saw it on sale. I had to discard it.

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    3. I do also love Lea & Perrins and am never without it.

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  12. Same time of the past you mention come to my inner eye - in Germany it was called "Relly", I think. I LOVED it! Cannot find it now at the Supermarket - but that may be because a lot is sold out - for example Heinz Beanz.
    I'm proud that I can offer my translation skills for the Dutch text - as long as you promise not to slam the door of our elevator into my face :-) (You can only understand this cryptic remark if you read my post "Panic is knocking at our doors".)

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    1. I haven't bought Heinz Beans for decades. Here in France I buy tins of white haricot beans in tomato sauce, which I think are even better.

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  13. I hope I'm not responsible for all these junk food revelations.

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  14. We all need guilty pleasures. I am with Madame Magnon with regard to peanut butter. I like it on toast with strawberry jam and I like it in sandwiches with tomato slices. And I know what you mean about that horrid oily stuff.

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    1. Lady M has her Peanut Butter with Raspberry jam. She was partly brought up in the USA, so there's no stopping her.

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  15. In my sister and all her family this is a staple in their fridges. Never had a desire to taste it myself. Maybe I will introduce it to the grandkids.
    Jean

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    1. It's quite addictive in a funny sort of way. You know it's ghastly, but you can't stop yourself from eating it.

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  16. No, no, no! It's just horrible stuff. Stick with the charcuterie and red wine.

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    1. I haven't eaten any decent charcuterie since I had my blood pressure scare; it's about time I started again.

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  17. What time do the polls close in le pythonesque plume de ma tante election

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  18. They’re also going to the polls in Monty Python 🐍 polls Bavaria.

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    1. They close when someone dares cough in their direction.

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    2. On the news we just saw the grinning emperor rubbing his hands with apparent glee or was it gel. I won’t tell you what Mrs G shouted at the TV as I don’t want to be deleted.

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    3. I'm reassured to hear that there are others out there who SHOUT at the TV. I find myself doing it often (occasionally in unison with Lady M).

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  19. We always keep Lea & Perrins around! And my dad always had Coleman's mustard close by. But I'm with Lady M as I love peanut butter!

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    1. I'm a Peanut Butter fan too; but NEVER with jam; what are these people thinking!!!

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  20. I remember the very white sandwich spread from my youth. I bet this has mustard, too! I would like that.

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    1. I suspect the yellow is Turmeric, it doesn't have a mustardy taste; which would have been preferable.

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