I want real smarties back on the shelves

When I was a kid, I used to get a big box of smarties most Christmases from a lady down the road.  I loved smarties; they would be the one sweet I would ask for if my mum was buying us a treat.  As a teenager I found that smarties were even better mixed with Hula Hoops (chocolate and salt, mmm)!

Nowadays, I only eat smarties if someone else has bought them for me.  They taste odd (almost not that nice) because of the lack of E numbers.
I understand why E numbers have been reduced, but why don’t companies sell two versions of their sweets?  The adult version, complete with all the “bad” bits – for those who don’t care as long as it tastes good!  And a version for kids – no E numbers – no flavour.

I can’t be the only one who thinks they should bring back the good old versions of sweets.  What would you bring back?

Things that our new cats have eaten (mostly stolen)

Our new cats seem to eat anything… the majority of which they steal or we put in the recycling box and it gets taken back out.

This is a list of things that we know they’ve eaten (in no particular order):

  • Leg of lamb (as seen in this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEgv1doKWFE)
  • Stilton cheese – although they didn’t eat much.
  • Whole croissant
  • Loaf of bread uncut
  • Sliced bread
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Corn on the cob
  • Coleslaw (with lots of onion…)
  • Frozen lamb (tried to chew it)
  • Corned beef hash and carrots
  • Edam cheese
  • Meatloaf sandwich (all of it)
  • Yum Yum
  • Biscuits (like Cornish fairings)
  • Roasted parsnip
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Roast potato
  • Brussel sprout (chewed the second one but didn’t eat it)
  • Peas and sweetcorn
  • Breaded fish covered in tomato ketchup
  • Poppadom
  • Donut
  • Swede
  • Parsnip
  • Corn for the pheasant (bird seed)
  • Corn Fritters
  • Spaghetti
  • Carrot Peelings
  • Tuna and sweetcorn sandwich
  • Pepper seeds and flesh
  • Mushrooms (fried – not much sauce)

Food Waste

I’ve just come back from holiday in Cyprus and while I was there I really wanted to write an article on something that wound me up every day: food waste.

We had a fourteen day holiday and ate out all but one day. On average over the two weeks, the cost per head for supper was 15 Euros. The first night we went out to eat, I ordered carbonara and was presented with enough food for two people. I only ate a little over half and commented that there was enough for two in my bowl.

Next night I ordered chicken and got the largest piece of chicken fillet I have ever seen! …and a huge pile of chips. I must admit that I ate everything, but did feel uncomfortably full all night.

This trend continued for the entire two weeks. In fact every night it seemed to get worse. From the second night onward the restaurants we went to were giving away free dishes in order to win an extra point from the customers. One of the restaurants gave us an entire meze dish set and a complete green salad. We sent all of that back which they were surprised at. The waitress pointed out that it was on the house but we pointed out that it wasn’t going to be eaten.

The amount of meat we ate in two weeks was amazing. I’m pretty sure that in two weeks I ate the same amount of meat that I’d normally eat in 6 weeks. One night we had each ordered souvlaki. Each plate that arrived on the table had three skewers of meat and was about eight pieces in length. One would have been sufficient. We each ate two, but shouldn’t really have.

This is probably one of those rare times where I prefer the way we have it in the UK. When we order a meal, we tend to get the right amount of food for one person. There are rarely any extras which would go to waste or make people greedy; you get what you order.

Another thing that annoys me is buffets (this is particularly frustrating in hotels). The amount of food that people take and waste really annoys me! I can only guess that I’ve been brought up differently from most people, but when I go to a buffet, I take as much as I think I can eat and no more. After all, I can always go back up if necessary. We went out one evening and watched one table take twice as much food as they actually ended up eating. They did that for each of the three courses too!